Establish Your Hearts
April 19, 2020
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Passage: James 5:7-11
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I want to speak about the subject of patience and endurance. James speaks in chapter one about patience. 

  • James 5:7-11, 12

We see the reward of that patience and endurance.

Patience means steadfastness, and constant endurance.

When we go to James 5:7-11 once again he picks up the topic of patience. 

Four Considerations for Establishing Patience

We see four considerations of patience.

  • Example of the husbandman. vs. 7

The farmer plants the seed in the ground and is dependent on the rain, the weather, for the growing of that grain.

  • Christ’s second coming. vs. 8-9

He says be patient because His coming is approaching.

"And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.  (12)  The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light." — Romans 13:11-12

  • Example of the husbandman. vs. 7
  • Christ’s second coming. vs. 8-9

he give the approach of the second coming as another consideration of patience

  • Example of the Prophets. vs. 10

We see the examples of the prophets.

  • Example of Job. vs. 11

We see the reward of Job when his patience, endurance of great suffering was over. 

In order to patiently endure we must establish our hearts.

"Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;" — 1 Peter 1:13

Gird up, the loins of your mind, in order to strengthen your mind, to strengthen your heart. That’s what gives us the patience to endure. Because we have our hearts established in the Lord.

Responsibility of Teachers and Preachers in Establishing Hearts

"And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellowlabourer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith:" — 1 Thessalonians 3:2

Remember, in the book of Acts when Paul comes to Thessalonica, he’s there about three weeks and gets chased out by the Jews. So, he is concerned about the church there. So he sent Timothy back to establish them, to make them strong in the faith, so they could bear the burden. They were babes in Christ and needed someone to come and help them to be established in the faith.

  • 2 Peter 1:12

Peter wanted to see Christians grow to maturity and be established in Christ.

He said he would be negligent if he didn’t remind them. So he wanted to be sure they were established in the truth.

  • 1 Peter 5:10

Notice the relationship here with these four words, perfect, stablsh, strengthen, and settle. 

It is to be sure you are perfectly mature, fully grown as a Christian. We see the responsibility of teachers and preachers

God Establishes Us and Makes us Stronger

  • 2 Thessalonians 3:3

The source of our spiritual strength is God. Christ helps us have the tools to bear our burdens.

  • Romans 16:25

Notice, the power to strengthen us.

  • Romans 1:16

The gospel has the power to establish us in righteousness. In this unsettled world, God will help us to be establish us through His word. His word equips us. 

Teachers and preachers help us to learn, God establishes us, but we have to do our part.

Responsibility of Individual Christians to Establish Your Hearts

  • Colossians 2:6-7
  • 2 Timothy 2:15
  • Hebrews 13:9

This here is a command. Don’t be carried away with strange doctrine.

We have personal responsibility. 

  • Philippians 2:12

Why Be Established?

For Your Own Salvation

Troubles are coming and will sweep you out of your faith if you aren’t fully established in the faith.

Strange doctrines will come and blow your mind if you aren’t fully established in the faith.

  • Ephesians 4:14-15

We don't want to be blown away by the winds of false doctrine We don't want to be uprooted from the truth.

  • 1 Corinthians 15:58

We don’t want to fall into apostasy.

Matthew 13:5

The seed produced a plant. But, they didn’t establish in the earth and were carried away. We must have hearts of good soil to have deep roots of faith to withstand storms and false doctrine.

Also, to keep our labor from being in vain.

  • 1 Corinthians 15:58

When we are active and serving God and thus become more established in Him we ensure that our work is not in vain.

Wouldn't it be awful to serve our God in our youth but when we grow older to fall away not being established, and rooted in faith

Established Hearts For the Salvation of Others

We must be established to help others, our family, our children, and the society around us.

  • 1 Timothy 4:16

Strong Christians can be good role models for those who are still searching.

  • Acts 2:41,41

Notice, that generation, that first group, of Christians was persecuted almost from the very beginning, and for many years. That generation of Christians is where all Christians who followed came from, because they were fixed, and established in Christ. We need to look to them to be established and be strong.

Traits of the Established Heart

Thanksgiving

  • Colossians 2:6-7

We are established int he faith of Jesus Christ we are going to be thankful. A well established heart is not going to be complain, or grumble.

If we are thankful for what we have we aren't going to be grumbling.

  • Galatians 6:9

We are to wait without weariness.

If we're in a right relationship with God we will be joined together with Christ. One way or another that great day is coming. We will reap a great reward if we do not give up. 

We are to be patient.

  • James 1:3
  • Romans 5:3

So one who is established in the faith is one who is thankful, and patient. 

And, he is one who does not swear. Strong words are not part of the Christians heart.

  • Matthew 12:36-37

These are Some of the traits of one who has an established heart.

Motivation to Be Established

  • James 1:4

What is Our Motivation?

The judge stands at the door. The time is coming when we will be judged by the way we live our life. We will give an account for all that we do. 

We should establish our hearts so that we can stand in the day of judgement before the Lord.

So that you will be able to stand in the judgement.

  • Psalms 1:1-2
    • Let us be like the tree deeply rooted and be so strong that we shall not be moved.
    • Let us be like the tree planted by the waters that brings forth its fruit in its season.

Let us be like the tree…

It is planted by rivers of water. When trees are planted by rivers it is not dependent on rain to get nourishment. It depends on the river. 

So when we are established in our hearts in Christ Jesus we are like the tree that brings forth fruit in it’s season. Let us be strong in the storms of life, like the present times. 

Let us come through this stronger than before

If you aren’t a Christian, you need to do as they did on the Day of Pentecost. When they heard that they were sinners they asked, what shall we do, and Peter responding that they should repent and be baptized. You can do likewise and be added to the same body of believers that they did. 

You can be rooted and established in the world. The world needs us to be strong Christians to help share the word wit the world. 

You can contact us at any time and we will help you to be baptized for the remission of your sins.

Jack McNiel, Evangelist
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