How To Develop Supernatural Patience – (Video/Text)

Patience is not just the ability to wait.
It’s a fruit of the Spirit, engulfed in love, able to wait without a negative response, knowing God is good, in control, and means to make all things work for the good.

Patience is a sign of inner strength.

Impatience is a form of unbelief. It’s what we begin to feel when we start to doubt the wisdom of God’s timing or the goodness of God’s guidance. ~ John Piper

LEAP – Listen – Engage – Apply – Produce

Dear brothers and sisters, be patient as you wait for the Lord’s return. James 5:7

Being patient is part of the Christian job description.

We prove ourselves by our purity, our understanding, our patience, our kindness, by the Holy Spirit within us, and by our sincere love. 2 Cor 6:6

We have been beaten, been put in prison, faced angry mobs, worked to exhaustion, endured sleepless nights, and gone without food. 2 Cor 6:5

Five Steps To Develop Patience

1) Put yourself in situations to practice the attitude or condition of patience.

People with understanding control their anger; a hot temper shows great foolishness. Prov 14:29

2) Remember how patient God is with us.

The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.
2 Pet 3:9
3) Fully trust God that all will be used for the good.

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. 29 For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. Rom 8:28-29
4) Practice the disciplines of getting to know God.

Be FAT ….. Faithful Available Teachable

But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. 3 They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do. Ps 1:2-3

5) Follow the golden rule.

“Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.” Matt 7:12

Life Hack For Positive Thinking – Be Kind

If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that. Matt 5:47

Kind: having or showing a gentle nature and a desire to help others : wanting and liking to do good things and to bring happiness to others.

You can act kind without being kind.

Real kindness is other centered.

I’m bankrupt without love.
Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
1 Cor 13:4 The Message

Be God’s Love With Skin

People Have Needs

1) Emotional
Hint: Be a good listener

He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. 2 Cor 1:4

2) Physical
Hint: Acts of kindness

For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’
Matt 25:35-36

“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’ Matt 25:40
3) Spiritual Needs
Hint: Be GLWS

For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. Rom 1:20

Some people don’t recognize they need God. Others are just not willing to trust.

All people know they need something.

We are created to worship.

Everyone will worship something because there is a God sized void that needs to be filled.

You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
6 Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. 7 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. Phil 2:5-7

When he appeared in human form, 8 he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
Phil 2:7-8

Not all people respond to kindness the way you expect.

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your

Memorial Service For The Lady Who Was Always Smiling

helen ball
Dear Friends and Family of LCC
,

Tomorrow, Saturday, we are celebrating the life of LCCer, Helen Ball, with a memorial service at 2:00PM.  Helen had been sick for a few years and went to be with Jesus in heaven on May 23rd.

What I know and what people have been telling me since she left us is that we will always remember her smile.  The lady smiled all the time, even when she was feeling terrible physically.  And she loved her Life Connection Church family.

I remember when we had our first meeting about the new building construction she felt so bad she could hardly get out of bed, but she came to the meeting.  She was so excited to see LCC grow the love and change the world.

Here is part of the eulogy her husband Bob wrote:

“Helen’s smile was genuine and she passed them out generously without giving a thought to the power they contained. But, I think she knew, probably better than most, that the power of a smile could provide not only the conveyance of joy and happiness, but also of calmness and well being.”

You are invited to the service tomorrow.  It is going to be a celebration of Helen’s life.  Please pray for the healing for people that will need to happen in the service and for Bob as he goes forward without Helen by his side.

Life Hack #1 For Positive Thinking

Always Be Grateful – LifeHack #1
Two Life Hacks That Guarantee Positive Thinking

Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for. ~ Zig Ziglar

LEAP – Listen – Engage – Apply – Produce

Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thes 5:18 NLT

Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live. ~ The Message

It’s not natural to be grateful. We are afflicted with ingratitude.

Being grateful is a choice you have to learn to make during the good and the bad times. You can make it an attitude, a constant state of mind, with discipline.

How?

We are assured and know that God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose. Rom 8:28 Amp

God fits our life situations, good and bad, into the good plan that does not end on earth.

Tests and trials train us in faith.

..through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. Rom 5:2-4

Five Reasons For An Attitude of Gratitude

1. You are a person of great value.
2. You are unconditionally loved.
3. You are forgiven … Guilt free
4. You don’t have to worry, God is in charge.
5. You have a greater purpose in life than you can imagine.

Attitude of Gratitude Makes A Much Better Life
1. Victory over negative emotions. (fear, depression,
lonelieness, celf-centerdness, discouragement,
negativity,

You will be tempted. Switch on the attitude.

2. Better relationships
3. More energy
4. Less illness
5. More physically active
6. More joy
7. Better sleep
8. More enthusiastic
9. Encourages generosity
10. Makes people more important than materialism

Real worship is thankful worship.

How To Have Spiritual Prosperity In All You Do


It’s where you focus and where you obtain wisdom that determines if you are spiritually prosperous or not.

If we speak to the Lord about the Word, the Word will speak to us about the Lord. ~ Warren Wiersbe

LEAP – Listen – Engage – Apply – Produce

They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do. Psalm 1:3 NLT

Water represents:
• Drinking the “Holy Spirit” (1 Cor 10:4)
• Washing in “The Word of God” (Eph 5:26)

Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked,
or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. Ps 1:1

Disconnection from God is a process for Christians that is pushed along by the influence of the world.

Two Choices of Influence:

The world will lead you to judgment.

Follow → Stand → Join

We are to be in the world but not of the world.

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Rom 12:2

The Word will lead you to joy. (godly Wisdom)

But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. Ps 1:2

Personal Spiritual Fruit

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Gal 5:22-23

You can only become spiritually rich when you realize you were born into spiritual poverty.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matt 5:3

Blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous—with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the poor in spirit (the humble, who rate themselves insignificant), for theirs is the kingdom of heaven! Matt 5:3 Amplified

Distributing The Fruit to Change The World

• Godly Character
• Active member of God’s local family
• God’s love with skin (kindness, generosity)
• Worshiping God in all areas of life.
• Showing and Telling others the Good News of life change

Royal Farris Life Connection Church Euless, TX
http://www.lifeconnectionchurch.org

How To Conquer Fear


Fear impairs your spiritual hearing.

The seed that fell among the thorns represents those who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced. Matt 13:22

1) Conquer the fear of the moment.

LEAP – Listen – Engage – Apply – Produce

The Lord is my light and my salvation—so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble? Psalms 27:1

• God is my light.
• God is my rescuer.
• God is my safe place.

2 When evil people come to devour me, when my enemies and foes attack me they will stumble and fall.
3 Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will not be afraid. Even if I am attacked, I will remain confident.
4 The one thing I ask of the Lord—the thing I seek most—
is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord’s perfections and meditating in his Temple.
5 For he will conceal me there when troubles come; he will hide me in his sanctuary. He will place me out of reach on a high rock.
6 Then I will hold my head high above my enemies who surround me. At his sanctuary I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy, singing and praising the Lord with music.

2) Conquer the fear of failing God.

7 Hear me as I pray, O Lord. Be merciful and answer me!
8 My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”
9 Do not turn your back on me. Do not reject your servant in anger. You have always been my helper. Don’t leave me now; don’t abandon me, O God of my salvation!
10 Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close.

3) Conquer the fear of whatever lies ahead.

Practice staying in God’s presence at all times.

11 Teach me how to live, O Lord. Lead me along the right path, for my enemies are waiting for me.
12 Do not let me fall into their hands. For they accuse me of things I’ve never done; with every breath they threaten me with violence.

Focus on God’s goodness and know He wants what is best for you in the context of the growing of “The Kingdom.”

13 Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living.

It’s easier to be patient if you are confident.

14 Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.

Pastor Royal Farris http://www.lifeconnectionchurch.org