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Old 04-28-2015, 07:52 AM   #1
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Developing Patience

James 1:1-4

When people confide to me that they are praying for patience, I often ask what else they're doing to acquire a calm and gentle heart. Patience isn't so much something believers receive as it is an attribute that they develop over time and through experience.

Think of patience as a muscle that you have to use in order to see it build. To that end, believers should recognize difficulty as an opportunity to flex their patience. The human instinct is to cry out to God in bewilderment when tribulation comes knocking. We blame. We resist. We complain. What we don't do is say, "Thank You, Father--it's time to grow in patience!" People aren't trained to think that way, but according to the Bible, that is exactly how Christians are to respond.

James tells us to consider trials a joy (1:2). But we often fail at this, don't we? Humanly speaking, praising the Lord for tribulation is unnatural. However, doing so begins to make sense to believers when they cling to God's promise that good comes from hardship (Rom. 8:28). We are not waiting on the Lord in vain. We can praise Him for the solution He will bring, the lives He will change, or the spiritual fruit He will develop in us.


Accepting hardship as a means of growth is a radical concept in this world. Even more extreme is the believer who praises the Lord for the storm. But God's followers have cause to rejoice. Tribulation increases our patience so that we can stand firm on His promises and await His good timing.
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Old 04-28-2015, 08:01 AM   #2
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Thank you Bill, have a blessed day!
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Old 04-28-2015, 08:07 AM   #3
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Amen! That which does not kill us will make us stronger! Praise The Lord!
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Old 04-28-2015, 08:19 AM   #4
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Good word Brother!
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Old 04-28-2015, 08:39 AM   #5
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Thanks bro. Bill
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Old 04-28-2015, 08:47 AM   #6
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I struggle with patience. Thank you for posting Bro. Bill.
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Old 04-28-2015, 08:48 AM   #7
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That is a great message.
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Old 04-28-2015, 08:51 AM   #8
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Old 04-28-2015, 08:55 AM   #9
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Thank you sir.
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Old 04-28-2015, 09:00 AM   #10
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Thank you. I can always use a bit more patience.
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Old 04-28-2015, 10:09 AM   #11
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Part of our "mental gymnastics" and probably the toughest thing for humans to do is to "turn it over to our Lord" because most of us know we've got it under control.
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Old 04-28-2015, 10:16 AM   #12
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Thanks for posting Bro Bill.
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Old 04-28-2015, 10:31 AM   #13
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Good timing.
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Old 04-28-2015, 10:35 AM   #14
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but dadgummit I want my results/answers now!!

Thanks Bro Bill, amazing what a deep breath and a bit of stillness will do.
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Old 04-28-2015, 11:20 AM   #15
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Think of patience as a muscle that you have to use in order to see it build.
My youngest daughter's got that muscle on a strict workout regiment.
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Old 04-28-2015, 11:33 AM   #16
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Thank you. I can always use a bit more patience.
Can't we all!
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Old 04-28-2015, 11:43 AM   #17
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Perfect timing for me..Thx
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Old 04-28-2015, 01:00 PM   #18
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Thank you and Amen, bump to top
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Old 04-28-2015, 08:43 PM   #19
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Old 09-01-2022, 09:37 AM   #20
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Up! Great read brother Bill


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Old 09-01-2022, 09:42 AM   #21
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Great message, thank you!

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Old 09-01-2022, 12:13 PM   #22
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Iíve been waiting patiently for 7.5 years for this thread to be bumped to the top, does that count?

Thanks for posting Bro Bill
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Old 09-01-2022, 01:38 PM   #23
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Amen great one to bring back
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Old 09-01-2022, 09:21 PM   #24
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Up! Great read brother Bill


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Amen!!
You found one from 2015
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Old 09-02-2022, 08:24 AM   #25
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Amen!!
You found one from 2015

Yes sir. Iíve always struggled with patience and that situation is not improving as I age. Search function came through for me
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Old 09-02-2022, 08:32 AM   #26
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never ask for patience, unless you know what comes with it.
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Old 09-03-2022, 10:59 PM   #27
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Iíve been waiting patiently for 7.5 years for this thread to be bumped to the top, does that count?

Thanks for posting Bro Bill
Well it warms my heart that he found it in the search box.
God had me post it then to help many Years later.
Be blessed Gerald
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Old 09-04-2022, 09:58 AM   #28
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And it still helps today !
Thanks always Bro. Bill.
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Old 09-04-2022, 10:25 AM   #29
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Amen.
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