Patience Under Pressure (James 5:7-20)
Pastor Bryan Ferguson | February 28
Patience in 3 areas of Pressure - James 5:7-20
1. Patience Under Pressure...in SUFFERING (5:7-11)
a. Suffering due to circumstances (vs.7-8)
b. Suffering when others attack you (vs.9)
c. Suffering, some examples (vs.10-11)
" Take the old prophets as your mentors. They put up with anything, went through everything, and never once quit, all the time honoring God." (MSG)
2. Patience Under Pressure...with Your WORD - 5:12
"Above all else..."
"But instead we must be so full of integrity that our “Yes” or “No” is convincing enough and we do not stumble into hypocrisy." (TPT)
James was quoting Jesus – Matthew 21:21-22
3. Patience Under Pressure...in PRAYER - 5:13-20
These 7 verses reveal 7 times that our patience could be under pressure and tested when we are praying.
Vs. 14 – Elders Praying…
Vs. 15 – Praying for the sick…
Vs.16 – Prayers of the righteous…
"God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." (2 Cor. 5:21)
Patience in Prayer is BIG...
"Elijah, for instance, human just like us, prayed hard that it wouldn’t rain, and it didn’t." (5:17-18 MSG)
Patience Under Pressure! If ever we need It, it is now!