There's no need to be stifled in our spiritual growth any longer, by listening to how having desires can only be lust and that trials are only for the sake of suffering. In this Epistle, we've already learned how our Father can use anything, especially our desires and even our personal trials, to build our faith and bring us closer to Him. Being critical of those who are seeking God's blessings by faith is nothing more than a reflection of personal doubt and a flawed concept of God keeping His distance, rather than Him being in us, directly involved in our personal lives. What it all comes down to is how conscious each of us are of God's presence and how we want our lives to be.
It is our individual responsibility as Christians to equip ourselves spiritually by not settling but enduring with joy, as God directs our lives thru storms and valleys. Continuing on with a miserable attitude only leads to more bitterness. Do not keep deceiving yourself into thinking your life is so much harder than everyone else's. Pick yourself up and by faith, seek God's best. For the worst of times for us, truly has a silver lining for the glory of God because He loves doing the impossible. One of the most effective ways of coming to this is learning the importance of being patient:
7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.
In this verse we not only see His patience, but also our need for patience as well. We are all waiting for something; either good to come to others and yourself, or something bad. But the question is, are you patiently waiting or full of frustration and anxiety? THIS IS A WINDOW INTO WHAT'S "COMING" UP FOR YOU. As you will see, something from "the Lord" is always on it's way to you, for He knows your thoughts and what you have need of before you ask Him. If you are faithfully waiting to be blessed and rewarded then it is coming to you. If you are in need of correction or even judgment, this is making its way to you as well. There's no need to be impatient, something is on its way for each of us from God. Notice what Christ has to say about it here:
24 And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given. 25 For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath. 26 And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; 27 And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. 28 For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. 29 But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come. 30 And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it? 31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth: 32 But when it is sown, it groweth up, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it.
WHATEVER YOU GIVE IS WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO GET AND WHATEVER YOU SOW IS GOING TO PRODUCE YOUR HARVEST. When God gives you the desires of your heart because you ask for them, believing they will come to pass, it is like the farmer sowing a certain kind of seed expecting that certain kind of harvest. However, if you refuse to do this, you are still going to reap a harvest of whatever seeds you've sown, and you'll just have to settle for what you get, like it's always been. WAKE UP! Why keep settling and find out what "a grain of mustard seed" faith will do for you. Consciously live in the direction of having His best for your life for His glory! If you have already done what James instructed us in the first chapter, here is some of that wisdom you have asked for! His Word cannot fail us!
The Greek word in our text translated "Be patient" is Strong's Exhaustive Concordance #3114 to be long-spirited... forebearing... patiently endure. James gives us a simple word-picture of how enduring faith actually works. Here we have a "husbandman" or farmer who is dedicated to tirelessly working to prepare the ground, so he can sow the seed which will produce the kind of harvest he wants. There is only so much he is expected to do (which pictures our faith) for he then must wait for the rain to fall, depending upon "the Lord" for the growth process to occur. This requires great patience because of (and even in spite of) all the labor he has put forth. OUR FAITH WILL BE BLESSED WITH "THE PRECIOUS FRUIT OF THE EARTH" FROM THE GOOD SEED WE HAVE SOWN, IF WE WILL ONLY ENDURE TIL THE HARVEST.
While James previously spoke of letting "patience have her perfect work" thru trials which we cannot control, this is in reference to something we can control; sowing the seed we want and then patiently waiting on the harvest. Begin seeing life as perpetual growing seasons while we continually sow and wait for the increase. Where you are now (which we call 'our life') is the sum total of what you have previously sown and reaped, whether we want to accept it or not. At this point, your life is the result of where you've placed most of your attention, whether it be on the flesh or the Spirit. HIS BEST FOR YOU WILL COME WHEN YOU CHOOSE TO DELIBERATELY SOW TO THE SPIRIT. What will initially help us understand the importance of patience is accepting that we always end up reaping what we have sown. Not accepting this truth will only lead to more unnecessary frustration. STOP MAKING EXCUSES AND IMPLEMENT THE NECESSARY CHANGES TO SOW FOR GOD'S BEST.
37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: 38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
Notice the consistent patterns Christ lays out: you will receive back what you give out. This isn't teaching us not to judge. But that if you do judge someone else, expect to be judged yourself. Or, if you do not want to be judged, then don't go around judging others. Do you forsee a time in your life you may need forgiveness? Of course. So you need to forgive others in the meantime because if you are unforgiving then that is what you will get in return. What do you want to receive? Then give it. For whatever seeds you sow, that will determine what kind of harvest you will receive. In principle this is what James is teaching as well, just do it with patience. The Apostle Paul was also on board with this idea:
7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. 9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. 10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
Despite what modern-day nicolaitans may say, you are the one responsible for determining whether or not you are being "deceived". Those who seek to deceive you will also seek to control you thru fear, always being made to feel threatened and insecure themselves by those who've been set free. We are only to follow our Christ and what His words have to say, for they are Spirit and they are Life. Indeed, the Scriptures do teach what is commonly called The Law of Attraction as we just read examples of, from Christ and Paul. This does not mean we should believe everyone or everything out there who teaches something under this subject heading. But it does mean we should seek to understand and apply everything the Scriptures teach on it, unless we want to continue on living in this same cycle of settling.
Yet no matter what any of us refuse to believe or do about it, "God is not mocked" because it is the truth. One, for instance, can deny the natural law of gravity, but regardless, what goes up must come down. So too with this spiritual law as Paul says, "for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." The proof is right there in the open book of your life.
Following this, leads to His best for you, while denying this principle will continue to lead you to "reap corruption". This is just as sure as any promise in the Scriptures. Denying it will not prevent it from affecting your life. These and other Scriptures teach us we can purposefully use this to our advantage and of course, for His glory. We can never become "weary in well doing"; by always looking to "do good unto all men especially unto them who are of the household of faith."
This "household of faith" Paul spoke of to the Galatians is Strong's Exhaustive Concordance #3609 from #3624 the Greek word oikos which is simply a dwelling. THE EXPRESSION "HOUSEHOLD OF FAITH" CARRIES THE ESSENCE OF LIFESTYLE CHRISTIANITY. This is the actual taking on of the responsibility of being white or those who are of the faith of Abraham- Israelites (Galatians 3:9). So indeed it is genetically based, but it is the very expression of our genetics thru our lifestyle and experience, following the example of our faithful ancestors. This is for those who dare not to settle for having only entered the strait gate, but are willing to extend themselves in faith onto the narrow way. These are they who are unashamed to dwell together in their faith, possessed by God's Spirit as an invincible household. LET US DWELL AS ISRAELITES WHO HAVE THE COURAGE TO TAKE OUR FATHER AT HIS WORD AND LIVE IN HIS POWER. It's one thing to know we are Israelites, sons of Adam. It's quite another to unashamedly assume our position as the sons of God, walking together as the household of faith.
If you remain stiff-necked (as many Israelites in the past) don't expect much from your life. This "corruption" (we should at all cost avoid) is Strong's Exhaustive Concordance #5356 which is ruin (spontaneous or inflicted). This level of ruin is something we can experience or witness over a period of time or can happen suddenly, self inflicted or otherwise. Here's something Paul had already wrote previous to his teaching on sowing and reaping in his Epistle to the Galatians:
16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. 18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these: Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
What do those who seem so quick to judge these things "manifest"? Is it "love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance" or things you see that Paul mentions in the other list? If having desires is always so evil, then what does Paul mean by "the things ye would do"? He can only be referring to what they really want to do or to their deepest desires. LET HIM LEAD YOU BY "THE THINGS YE WOULD DO" TO "INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD"! The way to keep from reaping corruption is to embrace the Biblical Law of Attraction by sowing spiritual seed. STOP HOLDING BACK GOD'S BEST FROM COMING TO YOU BY SOWING THE WRONG KIND OF SEED. Crucify your "flesh with the affections and lusts" by walking "in the Spirit of God". REPENT OF YOUR 'WRECKLESS SOWING' AND CLAIM THE PROMISES OF GOD.
Cast away your doubt by trusting in your heavenly Father once and for all, no longer making excuses for your dead faith with "Well, it just must not have been God's will" or "I cannot understand why these things are happening to me; I've done nothing"- EXACTLY, IT'S TIME TO STAND UP AND WALK IN THE SPIRIT. It all comes down to learning these simple lessons taught by Christ and His Apostles. When we look to do good to others, the same will return unto us. Though it can become wearisome at times, let us be patient "for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." HIS BEST FOR YOUR LIFE IS COMING BY DELIBERATELY SOWING GOOD SEED AND PATIENTLY WAITING FOR HIS RETURN.
Indeed it does rain on the just and the unjust; there are certain things which God has decreed that are unalterable and cannot be changed, many things. But when those rains fall they will bring whatever seed we each have sown, to fruition in our own lives, and we will receive back that which we have given to others and to God. The Scriptures teach both God's sovereignty and man's responsibility and to go too much in one direction gets us out of balance toward error, confusion, and as we see, corruption. Understand, it is the will of our Father for you to sow good spiritual seed and to expect a wonderful harvest. STOP USING "IF IT'S GOD'S WILL" AS AN EXCUSE TO NOT BE A LIFESTYLE CHRISTIAN. Discover and perform God's will by faith.
Even those seeds we sow to the flesh, our Father allows to grow, bringing forth a harvest of consequences which are intended to correct and wake us up. Stop writing off what you've reaped in your flesh as it just being God's will for you to have a mediocre or miserable life. OUR FATHER ALWAYS WANTS WHAT'S BEST FOR HIS CHILDREN REGARDLESS OF HOW WE CHOOSE TO LIVE. But as long as you continue to not pay attention to what seeds you are sowing, there's no way your harvests will ever change. We cannot deny His promises and expect anything but His correction if we are truly one of His. Faith is not an option, it is the power behind lifestyle Christianity. CHANGE YOUR HARVEST BY CHANGING YOUR SEED, CHANGE YOU ATTITUDE AND CHANGE YOUR LIFE.
So the conclusion to James' Epistle begins by challenging us to endure in our faith at all costs. What do we wait for as "the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth"? People wait upon the "coming of the Lord". Of course there's nothing wrong with seeing this in reference to the 2nd Coming of Christ. Yet with the imminence of His Coming, should this not be our attitude at all times with patience being a fruit of the Spirit?
Regardless it's the Lord of the Harvest Himself, Christ Who lives in you (Colossians 1:27). So as the Lord is on His way, "Behold" the faithful believer as he patiently awaits "the precious fruit of the earth... until he receive the early and latter rain". This references a great outpouring of God's Spirit prophecied by Hosea and Joel in the "latter" days. It is clear from the Book of Acts chapter 2 that "the early... rain" was fulfilled with the events surrounding the Day of Pentacost. The "latter rain" still remains yet future as there is no indication of its fulfillment anywhere in the New Testament Scriptures or in history (Hosea 6:1-3; Joel 2:21-32; Acts 2:14-21). Could we be on the threshhold of this "latter rain"? Could Israelites implementing faith into their lifestyle today, be sowing seed in preparation for the harvest of harvests?! HIS BEST IS YET TO COME WITH THIS "LATTER RAIN"!
From a practical standpoint, there is very little difference between how most Identity Christians and white Judeochristians are expressing their faith, other than their views on non-whites. WHAT WILL MAKE YOUR CHRISTIAN EXPERIENCE AS IT SHOULD BE, IS TO EMBRACE A LIFESTYLE OF FAITH. Don't just sit around waiting for Jesus to come, be His heart, hands, and feet to your people today as there is a special outpouring from our Father to come.
The New Unger's Bible Dictionary page 1081 states the following concerning "the early and latter rain": "The ruling feature of the climate of Syria is the division of the year into a rainy and dry season. Toward the end of October heavy rains begin to fall, at intervals, for a day or several days at a time. These are what the Bible calls the early or former rain. It opens the agricultural year. The soil, hardened and cracked by the long summer, is loosened, and the farmer begins plowing. Till the end of November the average rainfall is not large, but it increases through December, January, and February, begins to abate in March and is practically over by the middle of April. The latter rains of Scripture are the heavy showers of March and April. Coming as they do before the harvest and the long summer drought, they are of far more importance to the country than all the rains of the winter months, and that is why these are passed over in Scripture, and emphasis is laid alone on the early and the latter rains."
Sometimes we wonder if our people will ever awaken on a larger scale. This verse is the closest thing we may have to a guarantee. Those already living by faith and walking in the Spirit, will be that much more empowered and blessed when the latter rain comes.
The only reason you cannot see God's best for yourself and others in His Word is because you simply refuse to. Look at where you are today. How do you expect to have a better life if you go on following the same old ideas while having the same old attitude which continues to jam you up? Reach deep inside and become the kind of Christian you want to be.