CHRISTIAN EDUCATION FORUM Word for the Day "Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path". Psalm 119:105
Patience: A God given ability Psalms 37 v7a - “Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him;”
All of us are familiar with the waiting season. And like me, I am sure that most of us aren’t fans of this season. The wait doesn’t seem to have an end. As humans, we always learn to cope with failures and other discouragements but during the wait; the matter seems to prolong and the destination, whether good or bad, seems far away. There are times when the waiting season seems to be harder than the actual goal or outcome that we are waiting for. And each day our spirit grows wearier and our faith seems stretched and we feel as though we cannot hold on much longer. But we need to realize one thing.
A waiting heart is exactly the type of soil wherein God wants to grow his fourth fruit of the Spirit: Patience Our Bible portion of the day exhorts the believers to wait on the Lord with patience. Everything around you is seen and known by God. He sees every hurt, every brokenness, every struggle and every desire that people hold dear to them. He sees the wicked plotting evil and prospering in their journeys. And He reminds us that HE has the final word. He is able to do far more than all we could ever ask or imagine. (Eph. 3:20) He is faithful to do what he has promised. (1 Cor. 1:9) He assures us that he will direct our path and even when we stumble, we will not fall as the Lord uphold us with His hands. (Psa. 37: 23-24) So the next time you feel like you have reached the end of your rope. Know that He has seen your plight. Read His words for you and rely on His promises for your life. And let His Spirit grow His fruits in your life so that in the proper time, you may eat of the benefits.
PRAYER O Lord, give us your fruits of patience and peace in this trying and hard season of our lives. May we rest in your promises and drink deeply from your Spirit to sustain our bodies and souls. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY “Patience is a grace as difficult as it is necessary, and as hard to come by as it is precious when it is gained.” – Charles Spurgeon
Noel George, Long Island MTC Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church
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Meeting... wash them with water. Then dress Aaron in the sacred garments,
anoint him and consecrate him so he may serve me as priest (Exodus 40: 12-13). Priesthood
among the people of God was a divine command and initiation. God wanted some
people to be separated for the special ministry among his people. God appointed
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God. Priests are always separated and appointed as channels that connect God
with his people. All throughout the history of Israel, priests played an
important role in connecting people with God and to lead and guide them in the
statutes of God. But there are incidents in the Bible where the priests failed
in their duties and that led the people to go away from God. So the priests
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