TEXT: JAMES 1:4
INTRODUCTION: WHAT IS PATIENCE? Let us look at patience as a virtue and self-controlled ability to stay calm and accept delay or defeat without complaint no matter how distraught the situation may be. It is viewed as a strong element in human achievements be it physical, moral or spiritual.
Most people exhaust their patience in want of hasty influence of materialism. But the psalmist declares… “I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined unto me and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay and set my feet upon a rock and established my goings”. (Psalm 40:1-2). These are the Lord’s Providences on patience.
PROLOGUE: Brethren, Nigeria has walked out of recession leaving scourges and scars on the landscape of our economy; hardship, hunger and starvation ring bell in many homes in Akwa Ibom. But Solomon out of his wisdom wrote: “The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet” (Prov. 27:7).
The primary duties of Government is to make food supply available and affordable to the citizenry and protect them from the “wolves in sheep’s clothings”. Please, listen to Moses father-in-law, Jethro Ex. 18:17-21. And Jesus consoles in Jn. 14:1-3; Acts 14:22; Rm. 8:18; 2Cor. 4:17.
Aim: The sole aim is to install the spirit of patience in us as Christians, for even in the animal kingdom (they say) it is only the patience Dog that eats the fattest bone.
COST EFFECT ON PATIENCE
- Lack of patience can throw it’s victims into the bottomless abyss of failure – whether in the physical or spiritual.
- It can cause broken homes – no matter the marriage nature be it white or black wedding.
- May leave a devout Christian in a mess of dis-fellowship or expulsion.
- It can lead to a very serious loss and ghastly motor accident.
- Can send someone out of Trade or Profession.
Beloved, an old prophet foresaw our predicaments and lamented bitterly (Isa. 1:21-25.) “I begin to wonder whether this prophet has ever visited Uyo, Akpan Andem market and its environs”.
Verse 23 …Thy princes are rebellious and companions of thieves, everyone loveth gifts and follow after rewards; they judge not the fatherless neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them.
COMPLAINTS AND UNEQUAL JEALOUSY
Two classes of Christians exist even within us:
- The Obedient
- The Disobedient
- The obedient Christians observe or try to observe all the tenets of the gospel of Christ
- The disobedient may openly oppose it and tag it “modernization or universal sin” One of them is dress code and another is limping between two opinions.
ARGUMENT: We know some of us may damn this information because of our sneer consciences as the children of Israel in Jeremiah’s days did (Jer. 18:11-12).
Question: “How heavy was the sin of Lot’s wife before she became the pillar of salt; how meaningless was the sin of Ananias and his wife before they both died”?
Brethren the bible position is clear (1Cor. 10:12; Gal. 6:9; Mt. 16:19; James 1:21, Jn. 12:48).
THE TEARS OF PATIENCE
Two quarrelsome women in our neighbourhood once engaged themselves in a vulgar abuse. The scenario was captivating with sadness and joy of defeat as they called each other names…..
THE JOY OF PATIENCE
When all hopes were lost:
I Sam. 1:9 – Hannah of Israel was blessed with – Samuel
Gen. 18:11 – Sarah of Haran blessed with – Isaac
Heb. 10:35-36 – Bro. Effiong Okon Akpan (Jnr) of Africa – blessed with a set of Triplets.
My beloved brethren, we must exercise patience and wait on the Lord.
UYO TOWN CHURCH OF CHRIST, 20 PAUL BASSEY STREET, CHRIST, 20 PAUL BASSEY STREET, UYO.
SERMON PRESENTED BY BRO. S. O. EKANEM/BRO. ANYAYA ESSIEN
ON SEPTEMBER 10, 2017