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Patience To Be Patient

Patience To Be Patient May 14, 2011 — by Philip Yancey Our Daily Bread Radio is hosted by Les Lamborn Read: Psalm 130 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His Word I do hope. —Psalm 130:5 Bible in a year: 2 Kings 19-21; John 4:1-30 Children want things now: “But I want dessert now!” “Are we there yet?” “Now can we open our presents?” In contrast, as we get older we learn to wait. Medical students wait through training. Parents wait in hopes that the prodigal will return. We wait for what is worth waiting for, and in the process we learn patience. God, who is timeless, requires of us a mature faith that may involve delays that seem like trials. Patience is one sign of that maturity, a quality that can develop only through the passing of time. Many prayers in the Bible come out of the act of waiting. Jacob waited 7 years for a wife and then worked 7 more after being tricked by her father (Gen. 29:15-20). The Israelites waited 4 centuries for deliverance; Moses waited 4 decades f…

Bumps in the Road

Saturday, May 14, 2011 Bumps in the Roadby Charles R. Swindoll Read Exodus 2:11–15 First surprise. Next confusion, followed by fear, like icy fingers around the heart. When Moses' well-kept secret hit the prime-time networks, he got the shakes. And acting on fear, the biblical account states that "he fled from the presence of Pharaoh." Why did he run? Verse 15 tells us, "Pharaoh tried to kill Moses." Now that Moses had tipped his hand and shown his true loyalties, Pharaoh couldn't stomach having such a threat around. In the king's eyes, a disloyal and out-of-control prince was better off dead. What awful repercussions grew out of Moses' ill-considered action. It is very possible that you, too, have been forced to deal with such consequences. Your track record may reflect a pattern of great ambition but little knowledge. Great desire but little discernment. Great aspirations but little humility. Great zeal but little wisdom. And so you have to r…

Selfish Christianity

Selfish Christianity John 6:22-27 Which interests you more—who Jesus is or what He can do for you? I’m afraid that too many of us are more concerned about what He can give us than we are about getting to know who He is. But this is nothing new—Jesus had this problem when He walked on earth. The crowds often sought Him out for what He could do for them. Even though their needs were quite often legitimate, Christ knew their motives. There is a fine line between selfishly trying to use the Lord to get what we want and humbly coming to Him with our needs and struggles. Some of the issues we bring to Him are so pressing and urgent in our minds that our desire for Him to take action in the way we want becomes greater than our willingness to submit to His will. At times, what we call “faith” is really a demanding spirit. We must remember that our needs will come to an end, but Jesus Christ will remain forever. If our prayers have dealt only with presenting our requests to the Lord, we’v…

Places of Greatness: Desert Sands

Weekend, May 14 & 15 Places of Greatness: Desert Sands Then Jesus said to him, "Away with you, Satan! For it is written, 'You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.'" Matthew 4:10Recommended Reading Matthew 4:1-11 We're often told that Jesus quoted Scripture to the devil and thereby defeated him. But it's not quite that easy. In reading through the story of the Temptation in Matthew 4, we notice that Jesus also relied on the Holy Spirit who was leading Him at every point (verse 1). Christ was also maintaining the spiritual discipline of fasting, and we can assume this was a season of prayer for Him (verse 2). Our Lord was also determined to say, "No! No! No!" to Satan's three enticements. We also notice that Jesus outlasted the temptation, for verse 11 says that Satan limped away in defeat having been worn out by our Lord's unflinching righteousness. Within that context, Jesus quoted Scripture three times to Sa…