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Faith, Obedience, Patience

Faith, Obedience, Patience

Two days ago we talked about patience. Yesterday we introduced the faith of Jesus and touched on the necessity of understanding that He was in our same flesh and blood while wrestling with the temptations and challenges of His earthly life. Today we will expand on His faith.

Taking the Strong’s Concordance definition of faith once more [persuasion, credence, moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher…)], let’s look at the life of Christ. Before His birth He, by faith in His Father, said, “Lo, I come…I delight to do Thy will, O my God: yea, Thy law is within My heart.” Psalm 40:7,8. When reflecting on His birth and infancy, “I was cast upon Thee from My mother’s womb: Thou didst make me hope when I was upon My mother’s breast” Psalm 22:10. This is how Jesus was kept from sin in his childhood.

As He grew into a youth, faith (moral conviction) caused Him to say when tempted, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse His way? by taking heed thereto according to Thy Word.” Psalm 119:9. By faith, having studied prophecy, he understood at age 12 that He was the lamb of God symbolized in the earthly sacrificial services. By faith, again having studied prophecy, He knew when it was time to lay down His life as that sacrifice.

Jesus walked by faith. He had patience (endurance when tested) because of His faith. He kept His Father’s commandments because of His faith. (And remember, faith works by love! (Galatians 5:6) These are the three words, faith, obedience, patience, that stand out in Revelation 14:12, the passage we’ve focused on in this short study. What was the measure of that faith? that patience? that obedience? That is most clearly seen in the crucible of His final hours. Those final hours will be the focus of our next study.

Revelation 14:12-The Faith of Jesus

Revelation 14:12-The Faith of Jesus

Revelation 14:12 “Here is the patience of the saints; here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.”

Yesterday we talked about patience a bit. It’s interesting to find the attribute of patience here connected with faith and obedience. As I’m pondering those last four words, “the faith of Jesus” this morning, I feel like Job–I need to place my hand over my mouth.

Faith is defined in Strong’s Concordance as, “persuasion, credence, moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher),…” Hebrews 11:1 gives us the famous definition as “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Faith, then, has the ability to create within the heart the hope and evidence to cling to that which is desired. An example of this could be when Jesus prayed in Psalm 22:2, “but Thou hearest not…” (His feelings and emotions), but faith, which is persuaded of the character of His Father, says in vs 24, “…but when he cried unto Him, He heard.” This is why I believe, as John 17:3 says, that a true understanding of God’s character and an intimate connection with Him are the essence of eternal life.

So often we maybe feel a little like Peter; “…though all men should deny You, yet will not I!” But we must remember we’re made of the same stuff Peter was. The almost scary fact is that the Bible says that Jesus was “made like unto His brethren.” Hebrews 2:17 “Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren,…” Was Jesus like Peter? like me? Did He struggle with the same temptations to fear and doubt as I do?

I am going to suggest that unless we understand how fundamentally LIKE us Jesus was made, we cannot truly understand what the faith of Jesus is. We have to understand the ground from which “the faith of Jesus” was built. And we will talk more about that tomorrow.

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Patience!

Patience!

“Patience under trials will keep us from saying and doing those things which will injure our own souls and injure those with whom we associate. Let your trials be what they will, nothing can seriously injure you if you exercise patience, if you are calm and unexcited when in trying positions…. ”   Our High Calling, page 70

The frontal lobe of the brain is the area responsible for emotional reactions.  But there are areas of the brain that can give the frontal lobe “a run for its money”, so to speak.  One such area is the amygdala.

The amygdala is that area of the brain that is responsible for emotions of fear, anger, panic, etc.  It’s the fight or flight headquarters of the brain.  The late Dr. Elden Chalmers once stated that it is only the frontal lobe that can cool the fires of the amygdala.  

Is your frontal lobe being developed to help you become “panic proof”?  Can you handle stress and still be kind and calm?  Do you become irritable when you have “too many irons in the fire”?  It’s kind of “natural”, isn’t it?  But God wants us to live a supernatural life.  And with His strength and training, we can.

One of the best things God has called us to in order to help us to prepare for the closing scenes of this life is country living; time in nature and in the garden.   If you’ve experienced it, you know what I’m saying when I say that gardening and country living develops patience!  We’re told in Revelation 14:12 that the people of God in the final scenes of earth’s history will possess patience….and the faith of Jesus.  

We’ll talk more about the faith of Jesus tomorrow.  But for today, do you have patience?  are you developing patience?  Are you choosing to allow the Lord to control your frontal lobe so it can calm that impulsive amygdala?  Day by day?  When you’re cut off in traffic?  When someone offends you?  When you smash your thumb with a hammer, burn the toast or are otherwise challenged?  Hiding the promises of God in the heart by memorization is a HUGE advantage here!

God help us to be willing to embrace the discipline it will take to become the people of Revelation 12:14.  

The Confusion of Babylon

The Confusion of Babylon

I do not know who this doctor is, but she is clearly thinking correctly!  God help us!

Closure for Jesus Family Camp 2018

Closure for Jesus Family Camp 2018

Closure for Jesus Spring Family Camp
May 16-20, 2018
1884 Rouse Branch Road
Liberty, Kentucky 42539
Theme: Closure for Jesus

Camp registration begins Wednesday, May 15, 2018 at 5PM; meetings will begin Thursday morning. We request you notify us of your plans to attend by the end of April so we can have an estimate of how to prepare. There are no housing accommodations available. Motor homes and campers are welcome, but there are no hookups available. Tent camping spots are available, and we will have outhouses and outdoor showers for campers. Camping is permitted (unless there are heavy rains) on the south side of the creek, but vehicles are not permitted. Supplies must be carried to camp sites on the south side of the creek.

Children must remain under the supervision of parents at all times. NO PETS!! No food is provided; campers must provide their own provisions. Please, no shorts or tank-tops or otherwise immodest clothing. We suggest you bring drinking water. We have water, but it’s sulphur and tastes icky to some.

There is no registration fee, however, there are expenses for us to have camp meeting. We request you consider a love offering to help us meet those expenses and continue to develop our camp ground and ministry building for future meetings.

This year’s keynote spiritual speaker is Dr. Norman McNulty and the theme is “Seeking Closure for Jesus”. Practical components will include: gardening, gardening with horses, natural remedies, wild edibles and medicinals, homestead finance, solar power, mental and emotional preparedness, etc. Speakers are (but not limited to): Kalon and Danna Gesellchen, Titus Morris, Brooks Fuller, Scott Esh, Trish Malpica. We will strive to video record as much as possible for those who cannot attend.

We will strive to keep time open daily for personal needs and personal devotions. General quiet time is from 9PM-6AM, during which time we request you be respectful of the needs of fellow campers for rest.

There is a gas station within 6 miles of our farm, and there are grocery stores and produce markets within 12 miles. There is a motel in Liberty, Kentucky, which is about 12 miles from our farm.

For more information, stay tuned to our web page (www.closureforJesus.com), Youtube channel (Danna Gesellchen), and Facebook page (Closure for Jesus). See you there!!