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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

My Utmost For His Highest : "The Passion Of Patience"

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May 2, 2012


THE PASSION OF PATIENCE

Though it tarry, wait for it.

Habakkuk 2:3
http://www.BibleStudyTools.com/search/?query=hab+2:3&sr=1

Patience is not indifference; patience conveys the idea of an
immensely strong rock withstanding all onslaughts. The vision of God
is the source of patience, because it imparts a moral inspiration.
Moses endured, not because he had an ideal of right and duty, but
because be had a vision of God. He "endured, as seeing Him Who is
invisible." A man with the vision of God is not devoted to a cause or
to any particular issue; he is devoted to God Himself. You always
know when the vision is of God because of the inspiration that comes
with it; things come with largeness and tonic to the life because
everything is energized by God. If God gives you a time spiritually,
as He gave His Son actually, of temptation in the wilderness, with no
word from Himself at all, endure, and the power to endure is there
because you see God.

"Though it tarry, wait for it." The proof that we have the vision is
that we are reaching out for more than we have grasped. It is a bad
thing to be satisfied spiritually. "What shall I render unto the
Lord?" said the Psalmist. "I will take the cup of salvation." We are
apt to look for satisfaction in ourselves - "Now I have got the
thing; now I am entirely sanctified; now I can endure." Instantly we
are on the road to ruin. Our reach must exceed our grasp. "Not as
though I had already attained, either were already perfect." If we
have only what we have experienced, we have nothing; if we have the
inspiration of the vision of God, we have more than we can
experience. Beware of the danger of relaxation spiritually.

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