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"Pilgrim and Sojourner." - 1 Peter 2:11

 THE PATIENCE OF FAITH by Oswald Chambers

"Because thou hast kept the word of My patience." Revelation 3:10

Patience is more than endurance. A saint's life is in the hands of God like a bow and arrow in the hands of an archer. God is aiming at something the saint cannot see, and He stretches and strains, and every now and again the saint says - "I cannot stand any more." God does not heed, He goes on stretching till His purpose is in sight, then He lets fly. Trust yourself in God's hands. For what have you need of patience just now? Maintain your relationship to Jesus Christ by the patience of faith. "Though He slay me, yet will I wait for Him."

Faith is not a pathetic sentiment, but robust vigorous confidence built on the fact that God is holy love. You cannot see Him just now, you cannot understand what He is doing, but you know Him. Shipwreck occurs where there is not that mental poise which comes from being established on the eternal truth that God is holy love. Faith is the heroic effort of your life, you fling yourself in reckless confidence on God.

God has ventured all in Jesus Christ to save us, now He wants us to venture our all in abandoned confidence in Him. There are spots where that faith has not worked in us as yet, places untouched by the life of God. There were none of those spots in Jesus Christ's life, and there are to be none in ours. "This is life eternal, that they might know Thee." The real meaning of eternal life is a life that can face anything it has to face without wavering. If we take this view, life becomes one great romance, a glorious opportunity for seeing marvellous things all the time. God is disciplining us to get us into this central place of power.

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 2010/5/8 20:30Profile

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 Re: THE PATIENCE OF FAITH by Oswald Chambers

God is disciplining us to get us into this central place of power.

When one thinks of the axle of a wheel - it's center - it can be noted that the axle continually moves in one direction (either forward or backward) while the other parts of the wheel go from forward to backward and then forward again as they go around to move the cart in the same general direction.

The further one gets from center, the further one has to go in order to achieve the same distance.

 2010/5/9 1:03Profile

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As I look back at the years of my failure to grasp the living Gospel of christ, I see that I called my experience "coasting". What I meant was that I was waiting for something from the Lord. Had I been able to articulate what I was waiting for I might have been able to avoid a whole lot of trouble.

Curious how we need, not only the wheel, but an axle, gears, drive chain, motor, and driver in our walk with Christ. Coasting is a deadly way to live in Christ.

Thank you for your post.

By His Grace:

Paul Horton

 2010/5/9 8:24Profile

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