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'Patience and Fortitude'
by Travis Wiginton
05/03/07
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PATIENCE:
Endurance, perseverance, calmness and commitment.....
in the midst of pain, conflict, insult, delay or confusion.
This is not perfection, but 'Christ in you, the hope'.
It is not done in the weakness of the flesh, but in the power of the Holy Spirit.

FORTITUDE:
Firm courage, patient endurance of trouble, pain, etc.

There are many Scriptures on these two words...
but Romans 5:1-11 are the best....esp. verses 1-6.
"So now, since we have been made right in God's sight by faith in His promises...
we can have real peace with Him because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.

For because of our faith, He has brought us into this place of highest privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to actually becoming all that God has had in mind for us to be.
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials for we know that they are good for us - they help us learn to be patient.

Patience develops strength of character in us....
and helps us trust God more each time we use it.
Until finally, our hope and faith are strong and steady.
Then when that happens, we are able to hold our heads high...
no matter what happens and know that all is well.
For we know how dearly God loves us, and we feel this warm love everywhere within us because God has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love." (Living Bible)

Here are some Scriptures for your own study:
Romans 8:25
Romans 12:12
I Cor. 13:4
Ephesians 4:2
Galatians 5:22
Colossians 1:11 and 3:12
I Thess. 5:14

After 54 years of marriage and 50 years pastoring, it is my conviction that the most important characteristic given by God for marriage, family and relationships is.....
PATIENCE.

The trouble with human beings is, we want patience...and we want it NOW!

The more materialistic a society, the more this attitude is prevalent.

The Bible teaches us by worthy examples:
MOSES:
40 years in Median Desert, he was taught patience for leadership later in the Exodus.

JOSHUA:
The many years under Moses, prepared him for leadership to take Israel into the Promised Land.

JOSEPH:
The years in prison (without a cause) taught patience to deal with injustice by his brothers.
Thereby, he became Prime Minister of Egypt to the saving of his family when famine hit Canaan.

PAUL:
Two yrs. in the desert were needed before he was ready to be God's Ambassador for Jesus to the Jews and Gentiles.

JEREMIAH:
His patience was tested many times in Jerusalem while family and friends were captive in Babylon for 70 yrs.
His ministry was so very valuable and his patience was a big factor.

NEHEMIAH and EZRA:
Patiently led in the re-building of the walls of Jerusalem and to establish love for the Word of God. This took much patience and fortitude.

JESUS:
Is our Prime Example of withstanding so much...to accomplish so much.

All of the above could wear a pin that I saw once, 'PBPWMGINTWMY'
(Please be patient with me, God is not through with me yet')

The purpose of this paper is as much for me, as for you.
Recently I've had some health issues and I've noticed that at times, I've been a bit less patient with my Moyne than usual.
She has her own health problems and doesn't need my impatience added to those.

So God and I had a talk (or better, God had a talk with me!) to study what the Bible says and to learn from preparing this paper.

Perhaps the most patient person in the Bible was Job.
God led me to a study of Job and I want to help you with your study of Job.
Granted, Job can be hard to read, so here are some helps on the best Scriptures on Patience.
Job 1:8 and 20-22:
Job 5:8, 9, 17
Job 9:1-4
Job 10: 12
Job 13:15-16
Job 14:14
Job 19:25:
"I know that my Redeemer lives and in the end, He shall stand upon the earth".
Job 35:10-11: "God gives songs in the night."

The conclusion of Job in Chapter 42 is so precious.
The key verse is vs. 5:
"My faith was based on hearsay...
but now my first hand experience helps me to see you more fully".

Oh how WE need this!
"The Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than the beginning".

CONCLUSION:
Other key words to help define PATIENCE and FORTITUDE are:
Waiting
Resting
Trusting
Confidence
Steadfastness

Psalms 37 is full of action verbs for victorious and patient living.

The New Testament emphases that we must be:
1) Patient in Prayer: "Pray without ceasing"(Acts 12:5)
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with Thanksgiving, let your requests be known unto God." (Philippians 4:6)

2) Patient in Harvest: "We will reap if we faint not." (Gal. 6:9)
How true this is in farming and how true it is in Christian witnessing!

3) Patient in following God's Plans for our lives:
There is an old saying, "If you want squash, you can grow it in a few months.
But if you want an oak tree, it takes years!"

Peter knew something about patiently moving from 'mud to rock' character.
He wrote in II Peter 3:9:
"The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, but is long suffering to us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come for repentance."

Life can be frustrating and even exasperating, yet many times, impatience is just a reflection of our self-centeredness, in response to life's disappointments.

Please remember that waiting for God's Promises to be fulfilled...
is part of trusting Him, no matter HOW long the delay.

The writer of Hebrews tells us:
"Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He Who promised is faithful."

Hebrews 11 is the 'Hall of Faith' where so many exemplified PATIENCE and FORTITUDE.
We must 'go and do likewise'.


If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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Sharon McClean 03 May 2007
Thank you for this beautiful encouraging article Travis. It blessed my heart. This is one Scripture that I like in Job as well: Job 42:10--And the Lord RESTORED Job's losses when he prayed for HIS FRIENDS. Indeed the lord gave Job twice as much as he He had before. So may we pray for one another as God always leads us in triumph. I love you both, Sharon




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