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Patient faith can be humiliating

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When Abraham was aged ninety-nine and his wife eighty-nine, the Lord appeared to him and promise that his wife would bear him a son within a year, But there was a catch this time. He needed to change his name from Abram, meaning Exalted Father to Abraham, which means The Father of Many. You can just imagine the reaction of his friends when they receive a card from Abraham assuming it was an invitation to his hundredth birthday party. Instead they find an announcement from the childless nonagenarian that from now on he wanted them to address him as the Father of Many. It was humiliating, but then patient faith often is. It is costly but it never goes unrewarded.

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From the book "Straight To The Heart Of Hebrews And James"

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Dead works

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The Lord appeared a fourth time to Abraham with a promise: his descendants would be as many as the stars in the night sky. Abraham believed him but frustrated by the delay, he took matters into his own hands and made his wife’s slave girl pregnant instead. This lead to the greatest faith test of all. His attempt to receive God’s promises through dead works provoked God’s silence for the next thirteen years

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If God is Sovereign

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Paul MillerIf God is sovereign, then he is in control of all the details of my life. If he is loving then he is going to be shaping the details of my life for good. If he is all wise then he’s not going to do everything that I want because I don’t know what I need. If he is patient then he is going to take time to do all of this.
When we put all these things together – God’s sovereignty, love, wisdom and patience – we have a divine story.

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Many parents today will tell

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Many parents today will tell you that they wish they had more of the virtue of patience. I love the story of the man in the supermarket who was pushing a trolley which contained, among other things, a screaming baby. As the man proceeded along the aisles, he kept repeating softly. ‘Keep calm, George. Don’t get excited, George. Don’t get excited, George. Don’t yell, George.’ A lady watching in admiration said to the man, ‘You are certainly to be commended for your patience in trying to quiet little George.’ ‘Lady’, he declared, ‘I’m George!’

Mark Stibbe

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From the book "The Father You've Been Waiting For: Portrait of a Perfect Dad"

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