James 5:7-11

Our Scripture Reading for today is:

James 5:7           Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. 8 You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. 9 Don’t grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!

James 5:10           Brothers, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.

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In the midst of our lives, we are thrilled to have not just ANY God, not JUST a God who is our Judge and who stands at the door, BUT a Lord who is FULL of compassion and mercy! Proven on the cross, our God abides with us each and every day, giving us the confidence and strength and faith to PERSEVERE with great joy until He comes again!

BLESSED are those who persevere! Think of all the times that blessing resulted in your life because you persevered. In our modern day we just do NOT practice perseverance… We live in the day where if Obama doesn’t deliver in 100 days all his promises, we have the tendency to give up on the idea that he can accomplish anything. We live in the day of immediate gratification and we need to release those gratifications and set our eyes on the long view of faith. Pray for it! God will give it to you!

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