have already established that the LORD is totally aware of our lack of and our
need for patience.
In Hebrews 10:35,36 we are admonished, "Ye may not cast away, then, your boldness (confidence),
which hath great recompense of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, having done the will of
God, ye may receive the promise."
New Testament use of this word occurs over thirty times and refers to, patient
mainly, cheerful or hopeful constancy; constancy which stays under, or bears up under trials,
constancy which shows itself to have fortitude, and endures suffering willing and cheerfully.
it comes to living out the details of life you can begin to see just how essentially
important it is
to possess patience? If you were to reference the Scriptures you would discover the following. The
patience of Job. The patience of the Prophets. The patience of the Apostles. The Patience of Jesus. The
patience of Christ Word, and the patience of the Saints. Fortunately for us they all come from the
same Greek meaning which we already discussed above.
let's get down to the verse at hand, mainly, Luke 21:19, "In your patience
possess ye your
important notes before we begin. First, God is not only the God of all patience,
but He is
the only source by which we may obtain patience. If you don't have a living, personal
relationship with the Creator, then you will know nothing of patience. Secondly, if you are a
believer be assured of this, GOD'S M.O. is to lead us into all patience. So it would behoove us
early in the stage of the "race which is set before us", to get with the program.
now, Luk 21:19 - In your patience, possess (preserve) ye your souls. The LITV
puts it this
way, "By your patience you will gain your souls. " To better understand what this verse is
speaking about we need to take a look at the preceding verses, 13-19.
before all these things, they shall lay their hands on you, and shall persecute
you up to the synagogues and prisons, bringing you before kings and governors for my name's
sake. It shall turn out unto you for a testimony. Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to
meditate beforehand how to answer: for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your
adversaries shall not be able to withstand or to gainsay. But ye shall be delivered up even by
parents, and brethren, and kinsfolk, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to
death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake. And not a hair of your head shall
does this relate to us today seeing that all Scripture has been written for our
and instruction. I think the key to patience is found in verse fourteen (14) which says, "settle it
in your hearts." What is it that we are to settle in our hearts? To be courageous. No matter the
environment, or the intensity of the circumstances around us, we can face life with something
other than tolerance. We can actually glory in our trials and tribulation.
is when we rejoice in our trials that we deprive them of their power to hurt us
or have dominion
over us. It is here, when we live life on this level, that we can begin to enjoy life in a freedom that can
only be experienced as we become one with Christ as a partner in His sufferings. " And not only so,
but we also rejoice in our tribulations: knowing that tribulation worketh stedfastness. Have this mind
in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: ." Rom 5:3, Phil 2:5.
It is in our patient continuance, in the things of Christ that we will truly find our life. "For whosoever
would save his life shall lose it: and whosoever shall lose his life for my sake shall find it."
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