Patience Part 2 | Fruits of the Spirit

I’ve had many shortcomings with patience. I have a pretty quick learning curve and leaving this unchecked can leave me off in a corner somewhere frustrated with others. I hourglass-1703330_640know how that sounds stupid and that is because it is. However, it leaves me with higher and unrealistic expectations for others at times. I wouldn’t say that I am bad as other CEOs like you read on Business Insider, etc. but given the chance to have a Fortune 500 company would I be? Would I have been? Always seeking excellence without excuse for failure, all that pressure upon myself, then letting it trickle down to the employees every single day while I live in a haze of dissastifaction and nothing ever good enough.. I could imagine that and it is kind of scary.

For now, I’m not a super successful CEO but that doesn’t stop my progression towards being one. However, before I get there, may I learn patience in the most extraordinary way and yet be productive. I want to take a look at King Saul because he is a popular subject in the realm of patience.

I Samuel 13:8-14

Now he waited seven days, according to the appointed time set by Samuel, but Samuel did not come to Gilgal; and the people were scattering from him. So Saul said, “Bring to me the burnt offering and the peace offerings.” And he offered the burnt offering. 10 As soon as he finished offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came; and Saul went out to meet him and to [e]greet him. 11 But Samuel said, “What have you done?” And Saul said, “Because I saw that the people were scattering from me, and that you did not come within the appointed days, and that the Philistines were assembling at Michmash, 12 therefore I said, ‘Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not asked the favor of the Lord.’ So I forced myself and offered the burnt offering.” 13 Samuel said to Saul, “You have acted foolishly; you have not kept the commandment of the Lord your God, which He commanded you, for now the Lord would have established your kingdom [f]over Israel forever. 14 But now your kingdom shall not endure. The Lord has sought out for Himself a man after His own heart, and the Lord has appointed him as ruler over His people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.”

Imagine seven days go by and the person that had set up this appointment didn’t arrive inheadache-1910644_640 the allotted time. So us, being us, consider this extremely rude and move by ourself. Apparently, God is allowing us to read this scripture and to sit and think but for why. We were patient for seven days! What more do you want? A grace period? Interesting, isn’t it? Even when things don’t come in time we are yet to remain patient. And it isn’t a rare thing that people, things, shipments, traffic, etc. can be late or make us late. A grace period should always be in effect for our hearts. Elongate your patience is what I read here. It also makes me wonder if at times during the seven day wait if he, Saul, was waiting impatiently and decided in his heart, “if Samuel don’t arrive right away when he said he will, I’ll take matters into my own hands.” I too, have done this to myself where I lost faith in people. Perhaps, losing faith creates impatience. Even if we have no reason to have faith in someone or something does that mean we should let faith go? I fear that if we do it also lets patience go with it.

Relax, wait on God, be patient and have faith. Otherwise, fear, anger, hositility, worries of this world will creep in and consume you. So much easier said than done but the glorious feeling of relaxing is amazing.

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Facing Knowledge

The word SAGE popped up in my face a couple of days ago but it was pointed towards Jesus. It was in a poem that Jesus was the greater than any prophet and wiser than any sage. That isn’t verbatim but I connected on the idea of living as a sage rather than living as Jesus, which is also considered a sage which simply means very wise and god-like. Why? I don’t know for certain but it seems more achievable when studying the word sage versus being a philosopher of Jesus. Instead of studying how Jesus or God acts accordingly I now have a word, a definition to go off of. My brain works very different than others presumably. Where some people would read this and say, what, why, and as very limited others would simply just nod their head and go on with the day. I never put it to the test (being a sage, that is) but it makes me think of many other things even as I type.

For instance, trying to explain to the church that tithing was part of the law and it was spoken by Jesus’ mouth himself in scripture. And yet, the church in general says, yeaaaaahhhhhhh welllllll ya knooooooooo.. as if that one thing counts towards their salvation. Which it’s truly hard to digest that this was simply the law back then and that it doesn’t apply to those who don’t live under the law yet we give because we want to see prosperity.. well that is a blasphemy in many places. Yet, it is scripture.

So what gave the sheep power over the shepherds? Yet, we see this time and time again throughout the history of the Bible. Where sheep rise above their masters, or at least try to, and end up slaughtering themselves. And it isn’t even by their masters hand on Earth but by the Master in Heaven that leads them unto the slaughter. Whether that be actual death or just being enslaved. I’m here to tell you that this is what America has been doing for a very long time. You may argue it but look at Jesus’ words to the question how many times must we forgive a brother in a day. Do we really want to exhaust our forgiveness? Pretend that hyper grace is real? Want proof that hyper grace isn’t real? Take a deep look into China. If hyper grace was real then how could we grieve the Holy Spirit? How could we break the unpardonable sin if it was real? And really it should be called hysterical grace. The church has become like the media and has enslaved themselves to hysteria for the majority. They live in a blurred vision of the actuality of Christ and what is really going on in the spiritual realm. I doubt they have any sense to it.

Many times I have faced opposition from the church from speaking the scriptures of the Bible in concordance with what they were trying to say. The church can not strew scripture and pretend they will not be found out. How dare I go after a scripture and call it God or speak it without first adamantly searching the scriptures first? I get excited at times, I really do with the Word of God. But we have to know that teachers are going to be judged harsher so many should not teach. That simply means if we aren’t going to put the time into research and study into the Word of God and make sure every end is tidy before teaching, we probably shouldn’t.

In the southern USA they still believe that as soon as Jesus died on the cross people started to go to hell who didn’t even know about HIM but that is easily squashed if we read the book of ACTS. Hint: Sermon on Mars Hill. I’ve literally been told, “I am in seminary so I.. ”    Yeah that is cool bro but you should try reading the Holy Bible. And I gave him the answer and he sat there and said, “well, I don’t know but I’ll have to study it later.” My heart breaks over this simple false teaching because it destroys the potential of the kingdom of God. And if we are curious to know what happens when people teach false teachings and the men, or the would be men of the faith hear this? It keeps them away from the church. Why would one want to partake in a fantasy of what they want the scriptures to mean? Why would I? Why would you? Why would we want to attend a church that has a set belief system that isn’t biblical but it is only the best thing in town? Yes, not to forsake our fellowship together but when does something become a cult? When idolatry kicks in? Which brings me to my next point.

I am so sick of hearing that idolatry is more than worshiping another God. I hear it is playing video games, or drinking, or eating. No, let me say that the Bible has words for drinking. It says to not become drunk so then we could say drunkard but not idolatry because it isn’t the same thing. We could say eating is gluttony but not idolatry because that is totally something else. I almost wonder if these people have been deceived in defining idolatry as all these different things to soften the meaning so when the real idolatry comes they will say, well people commit idolatry all the time so we aren’t going to do anything about this either. That is a scary state of mind for the church.

To be clear the definition of idolatry is serving other gods. And to be clear God likens adultery against our spouses to idolatry against God. That is how deeply God feels about it as if we are cheating on Him with another. That is a personal and a deep level that shouldn’t be toyed with. That is God’s emotions towards us. Let that sink in if ya haven’t yet.

So why would anyone strew the true meaning of idolatry to get their way with others? That is simply it, isn’t it? To get their way? and not God’s?

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