We all get impatient. There’s likely one thing that comes to mind that we already know will cause us to lose it pretty quickly. Maybe it’s something silly like being put on hold by customer service or getting cut off in traffic. A lot of times, though, we’re quick to lose patience with those we see often – spouse, kids, coworkers. Why does this happen? And better yet, why should we care? Well, first realize that although we get set off by external factors, it’s an internal issue. Second, when patience runs low, people get hurt.
Have you ever heard someone say, “Don’t pray for patience!” They mean well, because the idea is that praying for patience will result in us having more opportunities to practice patience. Who among us really wants to invite more trials, tribulations, and tests? But as Christians, we should want to get better in this area because patience is a blessing. In his book Juicy Fruit, a devotional about the fruit of the Spirit, Ed Young points out that God allows us to go through the testing so that we would be stretched out and have to rely solely on Him. In doing so, He’s demonstrating that greater is He who is in us than he who’s in the world. And He does that in different ways: interruptions, inconveniences, and irritations.
Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John – each one tells over and over of Jesus being interrupted while He was in the middle of something. Someone asking for healing, little kids coming through, someone with questions or accusations. The disciples were usually displeased with these interruptions, but Jesus welcomed them. So what do we do with the interruptions? They’re on purpose, these tests sent by God. If in fact we’re being interrupted by the kids, maybe the Lord is trying to show us that we need to get better with them. He’s teaching us through the interruptions. The good news for us is that when we fail the test, we’ll get another chance to take it again.
Nothing tries our patience like being personally inconvenienced. Our world has us accustomed to expecting what we want, when we want it. It’s a selfish way to think, really, when we become aggravated at not getting what we want when we want it. So what are we to learn in those times of inconvenience? Recognize it as a situation God has provided to allow us to get better at maneuvering through those times with patience.
It’s usually the little things that really get under our skin. Unfortunately, those small things typically involve people. Go back to Moses. As he was leading the Israelites, he became irritated with them and all of their grumbling and griping and complaining. They wanted water, and in his irritation he lost his patience and with his staff he hit the rock and the water poured out. Problem was that’s not how God told Moses to do it. God told him to speak to the rock. And because Moses hit the rock, he would no longer be the one to walk the Israelites into the Promised Land. Losing his patience cost Moses the Promised Land!
We don’t want to be in a place where we lose our patience and it costs us a whole lot more than we bargained for, because we aren’t in control of the consequences. Instead, we are to put on the mind of Christ and rely on the guidance of the Holy Spirit of God. God is patient. He’s patient with the lost, as He desires all men to be saved and come to repentance. And He’s so patient with Christians (think Peter). Not only does He want us to have patience, He’s given us everything we need to be patient AND He gives us opportunity after opportunity to work on it. After all, Christianity is all about patience. Noah waited 120 years for the flood. Abraham waited 100 years for a son. The Jews waited centuries for the Messiah. The disciples waited 50 days in the upper room for the Holy Ghost. And here today, you and I patiently await the second coming of Christ.
Christian, we don’t get to sit back and just accept that we are impatient. We’re supposed to want to be better. So when the tests come, two words can change our perspective and even the course of our day.Be it interruptions, inconveniences, or irritations, two words – “Praise God”. Let those words come out and see if you don’t have just a little more patience in the waiting.
Jake Enriquez: 00:01 Press and Reach episode number 45. I have no patience and get angry easily.
Jake Enriquez: 00:15 Good. Morning, afternoon, or evening, whatever this may be to you. I sure hope and pray that you be found well in spirit, my friend. Hey, my name is Jake Enriquez and it is a joy, honor and a privilege to be your host today. So please let me welcome you to press and reach a podcast. We’re simply walking out our faith and encouraging others along the way. The same.
Jake Enriquez: 00:47 hey guys, welcome back to Press and Reach
Jake Enriquez: 00:51 morning. It’s actually afternoon now, but, uh, I hope and pray that you’re having a wonderful, awesome week and now they’re were there Thursday. We’re almost to the weekend, so I know that, uh, you can hang in there and make it so we’re almost there. You know, we’re going to answer a question actually wasn’t a question. It was a statement somebody made online. It said, you know, Ihave no patience and get angry easily. So, uh, you know, when somebody asked the question why does that happen? You know, the real easy answer is simple. You know, it’s an issue from within and the issue from within, you know, I always tell people, listen, you know, it is that it’s, um, out of the mouth flows the abundance of the heart. So really it’s a spirit check is something that’s taken place inside us at the time.
Jake Enriquez: 01:42 So we are going to talk about patience today. It’s everyone’s favorite subject by the way, is patience think that, right brother Vic. So patience, uh, you know, we all need a little bit more patience. So when I think about it, you know, patience is something that always crosses any lines. In other words, there is no race or culture or uh, even a socioeconomic class that, that holds it or contains it, be impatient, can cross any lines and it can affect anybody regardless of who we are, you know. So if we lack patients, we’re definitely, we’re definitely going to let it show. So, you know, a lot of times we’re waiting on different things. Maybe were impatient with different things, being impatient with, um, different situations in our lives and what’s really going on. Maybe you’re impatient right now, uh, with the situation, with a relationship you’re waiting to be, when am I ever going to maybe get married, when am I ever going to have kids?
Jake Enriquez: 02:37 Or there’s also another part of that is you know, how to deal with the kids. I do have. So there are some many different things that we can be impatient in and uh, you know, the question I ask though for any of us is what makes us a inpatient the fastest? What causes us to lose? So, you know, I’ll, I’ll go first unit as I put it in there. One of the things that makes me lose my patients the fastest is dealing with customer service. You know, that’s one of the things for me. So I mean, I definitely know I don’t like to deal with customer service on the phone. I tell my wife, I always ask her to do that. That way I don’t have to, not only gotta lose my patients, but number two for me is driving, you know, I really don’t like to drive around out here.
Jake Enriquez: 03:22 Um, because there’s a lot of people that like to, well, I’ll just say this, a lot of people will tell me I’m number one out there on the road or, or, or maybe they’re not so kind or gentle or whatever that might be, but it’s just tough driving out there. So those are things that I think about. It makes me, that make me lose my patients. But when patients by the way runs low for each and every one of us, a man, we can all get in trouble. We can all experience things, uh, that aren’t so good. You know, and people get hurt when patients runs low for us though. People get hurt by things. Maybe we say, or maybe people have said something to us, uh, that didn’t feel so good at one. So good. Um, uh, I don’t, I don’t know. A thing about it is, is I don’t think that we really quite understand the effect, the impact of us losing our patients or somebody else losing their patients.
Jake Enriquez: 04:20 You know, people always get hurt behind that or somebody always gets hurt behind it. But when it runs low man, there’s a whole lot of things that can come loose. But when patients runs low for a Christian, there should always be a one thing that we do. We simply look to heaven, you know, and we ask it of God, you know, there’s two questions we usually end up asking us why or how, why Lord has it come down to this for me again, or how did I get this way again? Or I’ll let this thing happen. You know, that that has taken place for me. And you know, I got to tell you that, uh, God wants us to have patients. He truly does. And when I think about us having patience, you know, I often think about bad advice when it comes to patience.
Jake Enriquez: 05:06 So let me ask you this question. What’s some advice that people give you when it comes to dealing with patience? Because one of the worst things if people can ever say or advice people can ever give, and I know I’ve actually said this before to somebody, is don’t pray for patience. And why did people tell you not to pray for patients? Why do you think that is? Well, I mean, I know that you’ve heard it said don’t pray for patience because he’ll give you those things. In other words, you’re going to go through a lot of trials, tribulations, and tests, but yeah, that’s true. It’s going to be true because you know the fact of the matter is God wants us to be patient, but I want you to think about this for a second. What if a football player, a quarterback, a pro quarterback, walked out on the field and says, man, for practice today, I hope they don’t make me throw the ball today or furthermore, what if the running backs and man, I hope they don’t have no running plays involved, those brothers don’t want to play the game.
Jake Enriquez: 06:07 In other words, when they don’t want to play the game, they don’t want to really be having an impact on the game that they’re playing. The same goes for any Christian. If you’re a Christian, you would want to get better in this area because patience is a blessing to patience as part of our faith. So we would want to get better. So we would pray for patience that God would lead us in this thing. And you know, the good news is this, God does lead us inpatients. He does. He leads us in the patients and he gives us his holy spirit that we would walk down through there the way that he would show us how well when he does it, he always does it in ways that we are going to have to fully rely on him. You know, I got this, a little devotion from Ed Young, I don’t know if you know who ed young is, but he’s got this devotional called a book called a juicy fruit and when I bought the book, My and my wife’s asking, what are you getting?
Jake Enriquez: 07:01 I said, juicy fruit because that’s, you know, it’s a fruit of the spirit. I love. I love [inaudible] like that, but, and if you want to check it out and you know, I don’t mean probably have google or something, but Ed Young’s book a juicy fruit was awesome to me, blessed me and I greatly appreciated it. But here’s the thing, he said, what God does is he stretches out, you know, he allows us to go through the testing that we would be stretched out and have to rely solely on him and no longer rely on us. So when that happens, you already know that what’s really happening is that he who is in us is greater than he who’s in the world. So that’s really what we’re going through. But he does it in different ways. So some of those different ways. There’s three I’s that we’re on to talk about real quick, but before we do that, let’s take a really quick break and we’ll be right back. Hey guys,
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Jake Enriquez: 08:32 So welcome back guys, and we’re just now getting ready to talk about the three I’s. So. And the three I’s are interruptions is number one. So God allows us to go through interruptions, right? Interruptions throughout your day. What are some of the things that are, uh, the interrupt you throughout the day, maybe going home, maybe you’ve had a long work day or whatever, and you go home and man, the first thing you want to do is take it easy. Sit down. But instantly somebody needs something from you right away, or maybe you want to go take a long hot bath and the doorbell rings. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to go take a long hot bath and somebody come ringing the doorbell but negative or I ain’t trying to go down a downstairs to answer the door bell man, this interruption after interruption after interruption.
Jake Enriquez: 09:16 Maybe throughout your day, you know, whether it be in business where they’re just be regular courses a day at work and there’s interruptions that are involved. But you know, when I think about the Lord, you know, in, in mark chapter 10, Jesus was sitting in teaching and you know, they brought the kids to the children and I’m paraphrasing by the way, but he says, you know, but he, he actually was displeased with his own disciples. Hey, let the, let the children come. And he told us for such as this is the Kingdom of heaven. So the Kingdom of God. But watch everything that we always saw about Jesus. If you look at the gospels, there’s interruption after interruption after interruption. Matthew, mark, Luke, and John is take a look at them and you’re going to see it. Talk about as he was going, this happened or as he was coming this way, this happened.
Jake Enriquez: 10:05 There’s always somebody interrupt Jesus along the way. There’s always something happening. If you notice, he’s always teaching a lesson there in the time of interruption and he welcomes them. So the question for us is, what do we do with the interruptions? What do we do with the test that God gives us during those times? Because those things are for a reason. Those things are on purpose. Ain’t no accident behind it. If in fact we’re being interrupted by the kids, maybe the Lord is trying to show us you need to get better with these kids. If in fact we’re getting interrupted by phone calls or whatever it might be. Maybe God’s showing us, hey, you might need to take those calls. Whatever it might be. There’s interruption after interruption, but you know, God has always teaching us through these things. So the question always comes back to is what do we do with the test?
Jake Enriquez: 10:57 You know, when we’re going through, I had a good buddy of mine and said, hey, when you don’t pass the test, you fail. You get to take it again, was really good news, but it’s true though. You’ll keep teaching us. But the other, uh, the other part is inconvenience. You know, we don’t like to be inconvenienced. None of us do. Matter of fact, we liked instant everything I’ll know about you, but you know, that’s the reason why you know as like starbucks on guys make a ton of money is we, it’s really off convenience. We like it right here, right now, and if we’re going to get inconvenienced, then we feel like we’re doing all the work and if we’re doing all the work, we start to think, man, I’m going to put in all this work. I’m going to get irritated, aggravated, whatnot, and then I’m all, it’s all about me and what I’m having to do.
Jake Enriquez: 11:42 So we’ve got to remember during those times that we feel like we’re inconvenienced, those are the times that our patience is really under attack. And those are the Times that we’re actually able to see God’s hand in it. He’s trying to show us these things as we think we’re being an inconvenience. It really is being led up to attest and showing us how to maneuver during that time. So it’s not be an inconvenience is actually being led to a situation, what we call an opportunity to be blessed in it. But also of the irritations now who knows about irritations, what’s the thing that may irritate you the most when it comes to patients? It’s usually the small things. Those are the things that get under your skin and make your skin crawl. You know, having to deal with somebody or something. But usually as people, usually it’s going, it would all be good if it wasn’t for what people, the people.
Jake Enriquez: 12:38 So we have to get, we have to deal with people and we could get irritated very easily. So irritations occur and I want you to. I’m going to take you to an example. I’m going to take this little coffee real quick. Allegiance, you an example. We know that a Moses, as he, as he was leading the people, he became irritated with him and became very irritated with him. And I’m going to paraphrase and I’m just kind of given the story, but as all of them were grumbling, griping, complaining, talking about, man, we, we need this. We need that. We need the water. And Moses finally got so irritated, lost his patience ac man. I’m about to give these guys exactly what they mean. And He, uh, took the stick and a broken on the rock and all the water came out. But God didn’t tell them to do that.
Jake Enriquez: 13:25 God told him to speak to the rock. But what happened is he broke, he busted the rock and the water came out and all the people got to drink. But the scripture says that God told him because you have done this and you, uh, you did this. You cannot be the one that leads them into the promised land. So the question for us on that simple, you know, what has losing our patient’s cost? US, you know, it caused Moses a whole lot, right? You know, he didn’t get to get to go that had inheritance, but for us, what does it cost us? We can think about it from all aspects and you can sit and think about it in time, but uh, we can look back and think, man, what it really costs me? That’s that time of reflection that we get to go through and God assured, take us through there and show it to us, but it can cost us different things, right?
Jake Enriquez: 14:21 So we don’t want to be in a place where we lose our patients and it costs as a whole lot because we’re not in control of consequence. Although we have choices, we don’t control the consequence, but you know, God does give us away. Like I was telling you early, it gives us a way to do it and we need to think from his perspective because he tells us to put on our spiritual eyes. He tells us to put on, you know, the mind of Christ and consider others and walk with others. And here’s a that. Here’s the thing to think about. God has been patient with two sets of people out here, the last and the state, so forever. Remember forever. He is wanted the last to come to know him. He wants all men to be saved and come to repentance. Remember? And he’s very patient in that, you know, so a lot of times we think about what God’s surely is a.
Jake Enriquez: 15:13 If you’re a Christian, you think about God is so patient with the law. No, God is really patient with Christians. God’s always patient with Christians as well. We always use old pete for an example again, but you think about pete for a minute ride. Oh Peter, you know, one day Peter, Tom Bout, you know he would die for Jesus. You know, he’s his ride or die, whatever, man, I get down for you and whatever. The next day I’ll know Jesus. I don’t know Jesus, who matter of fact, he was cussing. Say, oh, nothing about Jesus. God is patient with us Christians because you know, we can look at Peter but no goodwill and understand that we’ve done the same thing. We’ve done the same thing. We’ve lost that patients at a time or another and wanting to get back, but God, so he’s been so patient with us so he shows us how to do it.
Jake Enriquez: 16:03 He’s. He’s always showing us the long suffering that takes place, but in order to really move through this thing and grab hold of this patient’s thing, man, we want to learn how to live, learn how to love and learn how to lean, but you’ve got to learn what the new is. You know the scripture says that any man who is in Christ is a new creation. The old has passed away. Behold the new has come in because a new come remember this. It’s no longer I but Christ who lives within me that does all the work. Remember to rely wholeheartedly on the Holy Spirit of God as we walk through this thing with patients because he will give it to us if we’re trusting him in that, but not only that, you have to learn. We knew we needed to learn how to lane. I say we need to learn how to lean and get a new lane in your life, and that’s learning how to lean on and trust in God of again, we go through it and say, man, we trust in the Lord with all our heart and lean not on our own understanding and he will make our paths straight.
Jake Enriquez: 17:02 So that’s the reason why I know for fact, as we go through this thing, God wants us to be patient is show us how to be patient. We no longer have to say I have no patience and get angry easily. Uh, we, we don’t have to do that. God gives us everything that we need, which pertains to life and godliness. So as we go through this thing, I’ll certainly be praying for you to go, but I want to give you this because I wanted to just give it to you on this Thursday because as you go into this week, I want you to remember this about patients. Christianity is all about patients, is all about patients. It really is, you know, no awaited. Hundred and 20 years for the flood. Abraham was 100 waiting on the sun for centuries, the Jews way on the Messiah, you know, and the apostle, the disciples, they waited for 50 days in the upper room for the holy ghosts, and here we are, me and you today as a Christian, we are waiting patiently.
Jake Enriquez: 17:59 By the way, for that second coming of Christ. Christianity is all about patients, and the more we know about patients, the more we would really grasp and understand it and welcome it. God blesses us in it, man. So as you go through this day, no one understand who you are in Christ. As you go through this thing, you know, people always look for the practical. So I’m gonna, give you practical today. People always look for what do I do? They always want to have that application that I can really apply. I’m going to give you two words, is sets you free. Today means serious business to words that you can use because you listen to this, you probably going to go through some things. It’s going to try your patients. That’s just the way it works. As you go through it. I want you to remember this, two words should come out of your mouth in every situation.
Jake Enriquez: 18:49 It will absolutely change your perspective and change the course of your day. When you come up on somebody today and they try you in the have some maybe unkind words for you today. Let these words fall out of your mouth. Praise God to words. Praise God through it all. You praise God. When it’s bad, you praise God. When it’s good, you praise God and you let those words come out of your mouth. It will make you smile. It’ll change your perspective to do wonders for you. I can’t even explain it, but if you try it, I’ll tell you right now to change where you are, a change where you stand in that, hey, listen, I want you to. I want to welcome you to invite you to come out and listen to the press and reached podcasts that we have seen this. Go over to president, reached out calm.
Jake Enriquez: 19:35 I’ll want to, uh, I wanted to give that out to you today because I had a privilege of interviewing. One of my good buddies, John largent from back home, man, what a blessing it was, so I’ll put the link up in there, man. Make sure you go in and listen to John. John’s been a true blessing, true friend ever since he was a kid. Man. He’s always been helping people out, so I really want you to hear from him today. Go and check out the podcast. I’ll put the link in there. Just go over to the precedent. Reach a website as well, Preston [inaudible], and maybe it’s you. Maybe you want to come share a story of your faith. Definitely reach out to his man. We’d love to have you on. All right. Hey, this Thursday man, I’m wishing you a blessed and wonderful week as you go into it, man. Not only move with patients moving love and learn how to lane of brand new lane. All right, take care. God bless.
Jake Enriquez: 20:24 Once again. It’s been a joy hanging out with you, so please keep pressing and reaching and remember that you are not walking out your faith alone, out here for he has promised that he will never leave you nor forsake you. Have a blessed and wonderful day.
Jake Enriquez: 20:44 Um.