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People of Patience - Sunday, March 4th, 2007

"Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains. You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. Do not complain, brethren, against one another, so that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing right at the door. As an example, brethren, of suffering and patience, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. We count those blessed who endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord's dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful."
- James 5:7-11

All throughout the week I have been focusing on patience, one aspect of the "fruit" of the Spirit. Let's just say, I thought I had patience, but in all reality, it varied from case to case. For example,as I phone call churches and individuals everydayto confirm thepotential speakers, Irun into other people's busy schedules. Sometimes they are in. Sometimes they are not. Sometimes the secretary passes along the message, sometimes they don't. Sometimes they respond to email, sometimes I never hear from them. My patience is growing thin and it fluctuates. But the apostle James writes to his fellow believers and commands them to be patient NOW! Regardless of the situation, have patience.Just as the farmer "waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it," I too must trust the Lord willprovide the appropriate individuals to share at the 40-day tent revival.It will not happen overnight.It will take time.It takes patience. Look at the life of thefarmer,the results dependedon the"early and late rains."It was out of the farmer's hands, yet the Lord provided. What a source of encouragement.

Therefore, when Iwaiton the Lord's willand timing, I can trust that all40speakers will be accounted for; and even more encouraging, these individuals willdesire to be apart ofThe Dallas Revival.Take for example, a pastor I called from Lancaster. This individualwasn't on my list. In fact, Ihad never heard of him, yetsomeoneencouraged metocall him on his cell phone. I did. And one hour later he called back. First of all,response from someoneusually doesn't happen that quickly. And second of all, this pastor grew up going to tent-revivals for numerous years under his father's leadership.Without a doubt, this pastor agreed to participate, especially as a speaker! After I hung up the phone, I asked the Lord for forgiveness.Why? Because I hadn't trusted in the Lord's timing. I had shown little patienceas I got rejection fromcertain individuals over the course of the week. Yet Jamesspokeof this very issue when he wrote, "You too be patient, strengthen your hearts...do not complain, brethren, against one another, that your yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing right at the door." Regardless of how difficult and stressful the situation is, we mustn't quit. We must continue to endure through "the suffering and patience."For when we patiently persevere through life,God willus bless usbeyond measure. James confirmed this mindset when he wrote, "Behold, we count those blessed who endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of theLord's dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful."Therefore, let us pray for patience on a daily basis; a patience that exemplifies the life of JesusChrist in all that wesay anddo.
- klm
" We cannot organize revival, but we can set our sails to catch the wind from Heaven when God chooses to blow upon His people once again."

- G. Campbell Morgan