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Friday, June 17, 2011

Patience is truly a virtue! (Good thing)

I meet many people as a pastor day in and day out I shake thousands of hands, and give out hundreds of hugs in any given week. People of all backgrounds, races, social standing and professional fields ask the same questions. One of the most asked questions is "pastor where is God in my life because I have been going through _______for so many years and I can't see God?" Family our patience is truly a great thing. God is real and active always. However when we are going through and dealing with many issues it's hard to recognize God. During these times we must keep our faith, during these times we must remain patient giving God time to WOW and AWE us through miraculous works. My question of many new members to the Church is are you willing to be faithful long enough to allow God to work? Many times people have an issue and try the church just long enough to get frustrated then leave without their blessing and miracle. Sometimes our patience is a great way to show devotion to our God while we watch God work. Today's scripture for reflection speaks to holding on to God as well.

Hebrews 6:10-19 (NRSV)

For God is not unjust; he will not overlook your work and the love that you showed for his sake in serving the saints, as you still do. And we want each one of you to show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope to the very end, so that you may not become sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

When God made a promise to Abraham, because he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself, saying, "I will surely bless you and multiply you." And thus Abraham, having patiently endured, obtained the promise. Human beings, of course, swear by someone greater than themselves, and an oath given as confirmation puts an end to all dispute. In the same way, when God desired to show even more clearly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it by an oath, so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible that God would prove false, we who have taken refuge might be strongly encouraged to seize the hope set before us. We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters the inner shrine behind the curtain,

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