by Mark Baker

The Power of Patience The Work of Perfection
Mark Baker
James 1:2-4

James 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3. knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

Patience is a work of perfection. Without patience, we can not inherit the promise. It is a requirement to seeing our faith fulfilled. It is the enabler to our faith, the ability to hold on to our faith when all seems lost. It allows our faith to endure. In other words, we will not give up our faith in the face of whatever comes our way, no matter how long it takes.

Strong's Bible Dictionary says that patience is cheerful (or hopeful) endurance, constancy:

Hopeful endurance, I like that.

I train bonsai as a hobby, and sometimes it takes many years or even decades to get a desired result. You have to look ahead in time and imagine the outcome of your work.
I've had people tell me many times that I just don't have the patience to do that kind of thing. I think we can honestly say that patience is one of those things that many Christians don't have the patience to wait for. In all seriousness however, the truth is we don't have to. If you are in Christ, you have patience. The ability to walk in it is greatly up to us. The ability to stand and keep on standing is on the inside of each one of us. we each have to yield to it. Some people don't like to hear things like that, but God's Word is God's Word, and it is the truth. The truth is what will set us free and cause us to have assurance in the midst of turmoil. As we just read, "But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing." So how could patience have its perfect work if we don't have it. If we don't have it then God would be unjust in telling us to let it have its perfect work wouldn't He? God is not unjust, and He has provided all that we need to do what ...

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