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Patience – Godly Quality or Euphemism?

Patience is defined as “enduring, able to bear up under.” The Greeks of old had a belief that the Earth was held up by a Greek god named Atlas. This was in contradiction to what the Bible said about the subject, “…the earth hangeth upon nothing” (Job 26:7). However, we can understand how difficult it would be for a man to hold the earth on his shoulders. That is being “able to bear up under”. The actual meaning of patience is much more meaningful because it applies to spiritual things.

When almost everything was taken from Job, he was able to continue with his faith in God without cursing God and dying as his wife suggested. Patience – that godly quality of godly character that allows us to move forward in a course of action without losing faith or hope. Everyone appreciates a patient person who, when things get tough, can keep going despite the difficulties or even consequences to their actions. It is interesting that the quality of patience is viewed so highly that even impatient people want those around them to be patient. Continue reading » Patience – Godly Quality or Euphemism?

Seeing Soberly…Reality

I just spent the night sitting with a co-worker/friend whose house had burned to the ground with everything they own still in it.  My friend, his wife, and son made it out alive. However, there were 4 members of this family. Their four year old daughter did not make it out. This was truly a sobering experience.

The apostle Paul told the Roman brethren, “For I say, through the grace that was given me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but as to think soberly…” (Romans 12:3). When beginning to preach, a wise preacher by the name of Ronnie Hinds always said the word “sober[ly]” is thinking about things the “way they really are.” Is that not what God is trying to impress upon us as He tells us “not to think of ourselves more highly than we ought…”? In reality, we are the created and not the creator! Continue reading » Seeing Soberly…Reality