Friday, August 8, 2008

James 5:8

“You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.” (NASB)


“You too be patient (makrothumeo: endure, not to lose heart, persevere patiently and bravely; to be longsuffering, slow to anger, slow to punish); strengthen (sterizo: establish, make stable, make firm) your hearts (kardia: the center and seat of spiritual life; seat of the thoughts, passions, desires, appetites, affections, purposes, endeavors), for the coming (parousia: arrival, advent; the future visible return from heaven of Jesus, to raise the dead, hold the last judgment, and set up formally and gloriously the kingdom of God) of the Lord is at hand (eggizo: draw nigh, be at hand, come near, approaching).”


Don’t lose heart! Patiently persevere and establish your purpose and motivations for the visible return of Jesus Christ is fast approaching!


Today I simply want to say a prayer: “Lord, may Your people only have eyes for You today. May we not grow weary in well doing or become impatient in our waiting. Jesus, You are surely returning soon to establish Your Kingdom. Unveil our eyes to see nothing but this Kingdom. Let all else fall away and be as garbage under our feet today. It‘s time all distractions and earthly passions die - let them die today. Today, we live for Your Kingdom alone.”

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