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Cypress Creek Church — Pastor David Bamberry

July 5, 2020

A FAITH THAT WORKS WHEN LIFE DOESN’T—Part 8

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A Faith That Handles Delays Patiently


Dear brothers and sisters, be patient as you wait for the Lord’s return. Consider the farmers who patiently wait for the rains in the fall and in the spring. They eagerly look for the valuable harvest to ripen. You, too, must be patient.  Take courage (don’t give up), for the coming of the Lord is near. Don’t grumble about each other, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged.  For look—the Judge is standing at the door!  For examples of patience in suffering, dear brothers and sisters, look at the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.  We give great honor to those who endure under suffering. For instance, you know about Job, a man of great endurance. You can see how the Lord was kind to him at the end, for the Lord is full of tenderness and mercy.   James 5:7-11 NLT

 

When is Waiting Patiently an Act of Faith?

 

1.  When circumstances are uncontrollable.

 

Dear brothers and sisters, be patient as you wait for the Lord’s return. Consider the farmers who patiently wait for the rains in the fall and in the spring. They eagerly look for the valuable harvest to ripen.  You, too, must be patient. Take courage (don’t give up), for the coming of the Lord is near.  James 5:7-8 NLT

 

2.  When the Truth is unpopular.

 

For examples of patience in suffering, dear brothers and sisters, look at the      prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. We give great honor to those who endure under suffering.  James 5:10-11a NLT

 

Don’t grumble about each other, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. For look—the Judge is standing at the door!       James 5:9 NLT

 

3.  When Pain is Unbearable and Unexplainable.

 

We give great honor to those who endure under suffering. For instance, you know about Job, a man of great endurance. You can see how the Lord was kind to him at the end, for the Lord is full of tenderness and mercy.  James 5:11 NLT

 

What Should I Remember While I’m Waiting?

 

1.  Remember, God is Bigger than all our troubles.

 

Dear brothers and sisters, be patient as you wait for the Lord’s return.  James 5:7a

 

You, too, must be patient. Take courage, for the coming of the Lord is near.   James 5:8 NLT


2.  Remember, God rewards patience.

 

As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. James 5:11a NIV

 

And let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing IF we don’t get discouraged and give up.  Galatians 6:9 TLB


3.  Remember, This is Not the End of the Story!

 

For instance, you know about Job, a man of great endurance. You can see how the Lord was kind to him at the end, for the Lord is full of tenderness and mercy.   James 5:11b NLT

 

I say this because I know what I am planning for you,” says the Lord. “I have good plans for you, not plans to hurt you. I will give you hope and a good future.”   Jeremiah 29:11 NCV

 


How Do I Trust God During A Delay?


1. Like Farmers, Wait Expectantly! 

 

...I wait expectantly, trusting God to help, for He has promised.  Psalm 130:5 TLB

 

“Those who hope in me will not be disappointed.” Isaiah 49:23b NIV

 

2. Like the Prophets, Wait Without Complaining!  

 

So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord.  Lamentations 3:26 NLT

 

3. Like Job, Wait Confidently!

 

If someone dies, will they live again? All the days of my hard service I will wait for my renewal to come. Job 14:14 NIV

 

The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. 2 Peter 3:9 NLT