Archive | August, 2011

Developing Character: Patience and Gentleness

5 Aug

by Jonathan Doctor

The Fruit of Patience (Longsuffering)

Definition of Patience. Patience is a quality of self-restraint in the face of provocation which doesn’t hastily retaliate or is revengeful. Patience is a quality that does not surrender to circumstances or succumb under trial. Long suffering = patience with a purpose. Those that hear the Word with a good heart and keep the Word will bring forth the Fruit of Patience. (Luke 8:15)

Developing the Fruit of Patience The testing of your faith will put patience to work. (James 1:4) Prayer will produce Patience. (Colossians 1:9-11) Staying connected to the Vine – Jesus (John 15) Patience is vital to receiving Patience will cause you to bare fruit. (Luke 8:15) Patience is the power of perseverance. (2 Thessalonians 1:4) Quote from Gloria Copeland – Patience is the force that keeps you from fainting under pressure. Faith and Patience work together, they are called the Power twins. (Hebrews 6:11-15)

The Fruit of Gentleness

Gentleness is power under perfect control. Quote from Donald Gee – “it takes part of the rugged strength of manhood and part of the controlled tenderness of womanhood to make the very finest gentleness. It is kindness in the very best way and fullest sense of the Word,” Gentleness must never be confused with weakness. God is All powerful and Strong but He is also gentle. (Isaiah 40:10-12)

The need for the Fruit of Gentleness.

Gentleness is essentially in dealing with the souls of men.
1. Must be gentle to all men. (2 Timothy 2:24)
2. Gentleness is an essential requirement for a minister of the Gospel.
3. A minister should not drive the sheep, but gently lead them.

Practical areas where gentleness should be employed.
1. Gentleness with our words (Proverbs 15:1,4)
2. Church discipline (Galatians 6:1 Amp)
3. Relationships (Marital) (Colossians 3:19)

Gentleness equips the Minister of God with skillfulness and sensitivity.

The servant of the Lord must not strive, but must be gentle unto all men. (2 Timothy 2:24)
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Uprooting the blessing blocker of unforgiveness

5 Aug

When we refuse to forgive others, we are unable to receive forgiveness and answered prayers from God. But when we set our will to forgive, God forgives us and cleanses us from unrighteousness so that we can escape the guilt, condemnation and fear associated with sin. God forgives, loves and accepts us based on Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross (Ephesians 1:6-7).

Condemnation is an emotion associated with guilt and fear that makes us feel unworthy and undeserving of God’s blessings.

Sin robs us of the boldness and confidence we need to believe that God’s Word will work in our lives.

Sin often stops people from praying, believing and attending church.
God blots out our transgressions so that He can bless us (Isaiah 43:25, AMP).  God cleanses us from unrighteousness when we confess our sins (1 John 1:9).  God erases our sins and promises never to remember them again.  Just as God forgets our sins, we should also forget them. 

Remembering past sins opens the door for condemnation, guilt and lack of confidence toward God.  If you remember your sin and meditate on it, you will eventually repeat it.  God instructed us to remind Him of our merits (Isaiah 43:26, AMP).  Boldly remind God that you are in right-standing with Him through Jesus Christ and that you expect to receive His blessings and favor.  Jesus nailed our sins to the cross and wiped them out forever (Colossians 2:12-14). God requires that Christians forgive those who sin against them (Mark 11:25-26).

If we refuse to forgive others, we will not be forgiven.
Prayers are hindered when unforgiveness operates in our lives.
Unforgiveness is a fear-based stronghold that hinders the blessings of God.

Deliverance, promotion, healing and increase are directly linked to forgiveness.

Forgiveness is an act of faith, given in spite of another person’s actions.

Jesus instructed us to declare our forgiveness for others each time we pray (Matthew 6:12).

God has forgiven our sin debt, so we must forgive each other of all debts, regardless of the severity or frequency (Matthew 18:21-35).  Jesus told Peter that there is no limit to the number of times we must forgive (v. 21-22).  Those who refuse to forgive others are considered wicked (v. 32).  Unforgiveness opens the door to torment (v. 34).

Forgiveness is an act of the will and a decision to walk in the love of God.  Loving others involves forgiving them just as readily as Jesus forgives us (Colossians 3:13, AMP).  Married couples should be mindful to forgive each other instantly so that their prayers will not be hindered (1 Peter 3:7).

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