7 STRENGTHS OF CHRISTIAN BELIEVERS
Bible Fact: God uses a combination of spiritual characteristics to bring Christians to the point to glorify God.
The Big Idea: Growing Christians exhibit more positive spiritual qualities on the inside that cause them to get more personal blessings from God; while at the same time, they also become increasingly more effective and highly attractive to sinners in the world.
SPIRITUAL GROWTH TAKES TIME…
There once was a farmer who went to town to purchase seeds for his farm. As he was returning home one of the squash seeds he had purchased fell from his pocket onto the ground. It happened that within a few feet was another seed of a different type. The place where the two seeds lay was rather fertile, and miraculously they took root.
After about a week the squash seed showed signs of growth. The second seed showed none. After two weeks the squash began to sprout leaves. The second seed showed none. After seven weeks the squash began to show fruit. The second seed still showed no progress. Four more weeks came and gone.
The squash plant reached the end of its life bearing much fruit in that time, but the other seed finally began to slowly grow. Many years later, the squash was all but forgotten, but the other tiny seed, an acorn, had grown into a mighty oak tree.
So many people want their faith to be like the squash. They want to experience it all right now... Spiritual training -- requires hard work and patience -- as anything worthwhile does.---by Steve Smith, "Pursuing Godly Living" 2/15/2009
Patience is at the top of the list of godly virtues to be achieved by growing Christians. Patience is the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset. Patience allows multiple events to run their course until they come together to benefit a single over all purpose. As for Christians that purpose must fit the will of God (Romans 8:28).
The Christian’s best strength is not in material things or muscles but rather in their patience.
I. Patience is the best one word photo that describes God and how God responds toward an action, a need or a desire. Psalm 103:8; 145:8; Nahum 1:3
II. Patience is chosen by the wise and waits on God for directions; Proverbs 16:32; 19:11
III. Patience often comes at the cost of pain, is perfected in agony and results in a hope that glorifies God. Romans 5:1-6; I Peter 5:10
IV. Patience must be endorsed by ones’ personal permission in order for it to become prominent in the character so that it can be practiced in the will; James 1:3,4
V. Patience allows time for the best qualities to be put first at the end when everything else is gone. John 2:1-11
VI. Patience has good works and receives rewards from God. James 5:7,8,11
A. God’s moving upon a matter cannot be measured by the condition of a situation but is always tended to by His mercy.
B. God may not come when you want Him but He is always on time.