[Faith Race 11-08-2020]
Press On In The WORD
Relying on the Spirit
One seeks to be justified by either walking in the flesh which is subject to the law, or in liberty by the Spirit of God. Those who attempt to be justified by the law have become estranged from Christ and fallen away from grace. (Galatians 5:4).
Believers in Christ Jesus must walk in the Spirit to not fulfill the lusts of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things you wish. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Galatians 5:17-18.
It is written…For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision or uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love… If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Galatians 5:5-6,25.
For we walk by faith, and not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7.
Waiting on the Lord
David , the Psalmist, wrote: I would have lost heart, unless I believed That I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord! Psalm 27:13-14.
Waiting on the Lord requires patience, which requires for you to trust in the Lord with all your heart and not lean on our own understanding, and acknowledge the Lord in all your ways for the Lord to direct your paths (Proverbs 3:5-6). For it is written...“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9.
It is the Spirit that produces patience in your lives, and such is produced by the testing of your faith. Jesus said, By your patience possess your souls. Luke 21:19.
Faith Produces Patience
We have heard many pray for the Lord to give them patience…now! Patience, however, is developed and produce as a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22), which occurs as faith is being tested and worked in times of trials. While our natural man does not want to have to endure trials, we, in the Spirit, are to count it all joy when met with trials.
The Apostle James wrote… My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. James 1:2-4.
Patience’s Perfect Work
One must allow patience to have its perfect work of maturing one’s faith to endure and produce fruit to the glory of God, and faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17). Jesus taught and explained the Parable of the Sower to mean that the one who heard, understood, received, and accepted the word of the kingdom would bear and produce fruit through patience (Matthew 13:23; Mark 4:20; Luke 8:15).
Believers who abide in Jesus Christ are His disciples who bear much fruit to the glory of God the Father (John 15:8), some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty (Matthew 13:23). Jesus said… A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher. Luke 6:40.
It is in and by patience that we endure and wait on the Lord. It is written… My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience. Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord- that the Lord is compassionate and merciful. James 5:10-11. The Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning. Job 42:12a.
For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through our patience and comfort of the Scriptures may have hope. Romans 15:4.
Therefore do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is for but a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things that are seen, but at the things that are not seen. For the things that are seen are temporary, but the things that are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18.
Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 15:5-6.
Jesus said… Therefore you shall be perfect, just as the Father in heaven is perfect. Matthew 5:48.
Praise, Bless and Please the Lord Jesus Christ!