KEY QUESTION

How does God provide the help I need to deal with stress?

KEY IDEA

I am slow to anger and endure patiently under the unavoidable pressures of life.

KEY VERSE

Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.

Proverbs 14:29”

 

  • Patience is NOT
    • lethargy - a lack of energy - I just don’t feel like moving…
    • Procrastination - a lack of motivation - I’ll do it later
    • Being paralyzed by fear or indecision - The Deer in the Headlights
  • Patience IS
  • We are patient with others BECAUSE - God is patient with US!
    • the old song - “have patience”
    • Exo 34:6  The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness,
    • Pro 16:32  Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.
  • A lack of patience is an issue of FAITH 
    • “Impatience is a form of unbelief. It's what we begin to feel when we start to doubt the wisdom of God's timing or the goodness of his guidance.“
    • The opposite of impatience is not a glib superficial denial of frustration The opposite of impatience is a deepening, ripening, peaceful willingness either to wait for God where you are in the place of obedience, or to persevere at the pace he allows on the road of obedience”  
    • "To Wait in His Place - To Go at His Pace” - John Piper
  • Romans 2:7 - to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life
  • Isaiah 30 - “Ah, stubborn children,” declares the LORD, “who carry out a plan, but not mine, and who make an alliance, but not of my Spirit, that they may add sin to sin; 2  who set out to go down to Egypt, without asking for my direction, to take refuge in the protection of Pharaoh and to seek shelter in the shadow of Egypt! 3  Therefore shall the protection of Pharaoh turn to your shame, and the shelter in the shadow of Egypt to your humiliation.
    • When we doubt God’s timing and rush ahead before He tells us yes or gives us a plan on how to move forward.
      • This is either a manifestation of FEAR or a manifestation of PRIDE
        • FEAR - God’s not going to come through in time
        • PRIDE - I can handle this myself - I know better than God in this instance.
      • Or we doubt God’s goodness and change our minds about obeying Him.
  • What to do when you feel impatient
    • Be aware - 
      • this feeling of fear, doubt, or shame IS NOT FROM GOD
      • IT IS from the ENEMY and HE ONLY WANTS TO STEAL KILL and DESTROY
      • if you act out of impatience you will be playing into Satans hands!
    • Do Battle in your soul
      • But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.       Isaiah 40:31
      • Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.John 14:1
      • Matthew 19:26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.
      • John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled; do not be afraid.
      • 2 Tim 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

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