It is humbling to know that Jesus came to earth born of a virgin and dressed in the flesh of a man.  That He lived a sinless life and was tempted in all ways, yet without sin.  That He humbled himself on a cross and died to set us free from sin and death.  That He rose again and resides at the right hand of the Father.  That He sent the Holy Spirit to empower His church to disciple the nations.  Therefore, how does God enable MHBC to persevere in fellowship with Him, in spite of circumstances that discourages us?

1.       Relationship

Christ wants to be the sole source of all that is good to you and your only source of hope.

Exodus 20:5 (HCSB)
5 You must not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God …

. Romans 8:16-17 (HCSB)
16 The Spirit Himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children,
17 and if children, also heirs—heirs of God and coheirs with Christ—seeing that we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.--This must be our supreme privilege and security!  Don’t forget who and what you are.

 

Romans 8:15 (HCSB)
15 For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father!”

Scripture confirms that God is our loving, listening, providing, righteous, powerful, generous Father.

 

Matthew 7:7-8 (HCSB)
7 “Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you.
8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who searches finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

 

  Is God going to give you a rock and a snake (9)?  Sometimes God answers the prayers that we ought to have made rather than the prayer we did make.

2.      Scripture

Psalm 130:5 (ESV)
5 I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in His word I hope;

 

Psalm 27:14 (HCSB)
14 Wait for the LORD; be strong and courageous. Wait for the LORD.

Scripture enables us to focus, ask, hear, and pursue after the Triune God. 

The goal:  To wait passionately for the Lord.—not just surviving. 

Psalm 40:1-2 (HCSB)
1 I waited patiently for the LORD, and He turned to me and heard my cry for help.
2 He brought me up from a desolate pit, out of the muddy clay, and set my feet on a rock, making my steps secure.

Are you willing to wait on God, however long it takes?  It takes humility to say yes, it takes God to bring it about.

Nehemiah and others with him prayed daily for nine months.

The wisdom and goodness of God is perfect.  He answers at just the right moment to bring about the fullness of our joy and His glory.

3.      His Plan

So why does God require us and regularly make it necessary for us to be patient, persistent, and persevering?

·         To purge us of our self-centered and self-serving motives.

Are you more concerned for your own comfort and glory?  Does the Father need to pull off some layers of self-absorption?

·         To encourage us to live wisely, obediently, and reverently as we live out life.

God mostly works in the natural flow of life, and very often this takes time.  Don’t kick the door open until God cracks it.—God sovereignly chooses to give His best time to give His best gifts.  He is never too early or too late.  God is always on time!