Growing by Patiently Enduring Until the End

Johnny Kjaer October 18, 2019 James 5:1-20

“I am not alone here. My brothers in the faith are in many neighboring cells. Even within these walls God is strengthening our faith and inspiring radiant hope in our hearts! Christ is unconquerable.” (Giorgi Vins)

“When my turn came, I lifted my Russian bible high and said, ‘I’m the happiest man in the world. I now have my own bible, and no one will take it away from me!’

3 ways to grow in patient endurance until the return of Jesus Christ

I. Live for Enduring Riches Instead of Dissolving Dollars that Devour You

A. By evaluating how you view resources

James 5:1-3 - Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries which are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments have become moth-eaten. Your gold and your silver have rusted; and their rust will be a witness against you and will consume your flesh like fire. It is in the last days that you have stored up your treasure!

Matthew 6:19-21 - Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Hebrews 11:10 - …he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

Hebrews 11:25-26 - …choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward.

Colossians 2:3 - …in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

1 Peter 1:4 - …an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you…

B. By considering how you get your resources

James 5:4 - Behold, the pay of the laborers who mowed your fields, and which has been withheld by you, cries out against you; and the outcry of those who did the harvesting has reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth.

James 5:6 - You have condemned and put to death the righteous man; he does not resist you.

C. By changing how you use resources

James 5:5 - You have lived luxuriously on the earth and led a life of wanton pleasure; you have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter.

2 Corinthians 8:9 - For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.

Acts 20:35 - Do we remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

1 Timothy 6:17-19 - Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.

II. Cultivate a Patient Perspective in Your Suffering

A. By waiting for the joyful fruits Jesus will produce when He comes

James 5:7-8 - Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains. You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near.

Ephesians 2:7 - …so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

B. By remembering the blessing of others who patiently endured

James 5:10-11 - As an example, brethren, of suffering and patience, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. We count those blessed who endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord’s dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful.

C. By avoiding the consequences of impatient speech

James 5:9 - Do not complain, brethren, against one another, so that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing right at the door.

James 5:12 - But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath; but your yes is to be yes, and your no, no, so that you may not fall under judgment.

III. Pray Persistently Because of the Powerful Effects

A. Prayer helps you endure patiently in all circumstances

James 5:13 - Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises.

James 5:17-18 - Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months. Then he prayed again, and the sky poured rain and the earth produced its fruit.

Colossians 1:11 - …being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience…

Philippians 4:6-7 - Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

B. Prayer powerfully heals those suffering from sickness and sin

James 5:14-16 - Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him. Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed.

Johnny Kjaer

B.A. - Church Ministries, Maranatha Baptist University
M. DIV. - Faith Bible Seminary
D.Min. - Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (in progress)

Johnny is married to Tori. They have 3 children Leif, Tryggve, and Kjirsti. He has been a part of the youth ministry at Faith since his internship began in 2010. He has been in the position of Pastor of Student Ministries since 2013. Johnny is an ACBC certified counselor. He also serves the church by directing the Lafayette Living Nativity and the Lafayette Passion Play.

Read Johnny Kjaer's Journey to Faith for the full account of how the Lord led Pastor Kjaer to Faith Church.