Monday, November 3, 2008
Patience & Perseverance
Please forgive me for taking so long to post!! But I have been learning patience and perseverance from the Lord. I recently left the church that I was attending for 2-1/2 years. This decision was not made through malice, or haste, or of any disagreements between brothers and sisters. But after many weeks of prayer, my Lord informed me that it was time to move on. I Loved this church, so it was not easy to make this decision. But I have to be obedient. Since this time I thought I knew what patience was, buy I now have a new understanding of this wonderful word.
This has been a blessing in my life, because it has freed me to visit other churches of different denominations. Which has been a blessing, I have learned something that the church is indire need of help!! Congragations that were once overflowing have now become scarce. Everywhere we go we are asked to stay and to help with there ministry. But the Lord has not told me to stay. I know that God has prepared a ministry for me and my wife. It's hard for me to say No because I love all of these people that I come in contact with, because they are my brothers and sisters in Christ. But I have too be patient.
James tells us in 1:4, but let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and intire, wanting nothing. I have been offerd a position to be a pastor of a english service, that will be starting new. Even though this seems like the answer to my prayers I am being patient and waiting to hear from the Lord. I have heard many Christians say, don't pray for patience but I have corrected them, in love and have told them that patience is a blessing from God, and that patience produces perserverance. Just think if God didn't have patience with us there would be no grace. What if Jesus had no patience and decided that he wouldn't go to the cross, patience is love. Because we learn that we have to be patient with our brothers and sisters, those that are not saved yet and those that don't come to church.
I pray that all would learn to be more patient and the blessings that patience will bring into our lives as christians.