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S.O.A.P. Entry #3- Patience


You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near.
James 5:8 NASB1995


-the object is to make the text as plain and simple to understand as possible within its context. A Strong's concordance and a dictionary were used to accomplish the following. 
-the word used in the scripture for "patience" also means "to persevere."
- the dictionary meaning for "persevere" is this: "continue in a course of action even in the face of difficulty or with little or no indication of success"
-in other words- whether or not you see the end of the situation- keep going. This is what faith is- trust the Lord, He knows what He is doing.
-the word "strengthen" literally means "to establish."
-putting it even simpler: it means "something to exist or done for a long time and therefore recognized and generally accepted"
-in other words, do it long enough that it is accepted as the norm.

-"coming" means the same word as "presence" in Greek
-"Lord" also means "Master" in the text (an authoritative figure)
-"near" means "to come/ be made near"

Therefore, the above verse can be understood as follows:

You too persevere; establish (do it long enough that it becomes the norm in) your hearts, for the presence of the Master is coming near.
James 5:8


Whatever your situation is right now, you might not see the end of it – the Lord has seen the results, and it is good. Ready yourself. Have faith and trust Him in your relationship with Him. Keep going!

Keep persevering, keep being patient. Seek Him with all your heart, and His presence will draw near to you. Be still and wait patiently for him to act. Whatever battles you are facing, be still. The Lord will fight for you.


Lord Jesus, thank You for the plans and purposes that you have for my life. I may not understand what I’m going through right now, but I trust that you know what You are doing. I can do all things through You. I will be patient and I will persevere. I will strengthen my heart. May Your presence draw near to me as it is written. You say that Your grace is sufficient for me, let it be so. In Your precious name, I pray. Amen.

Credit: Richard Lionheart

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