What does patience look like?
For you have need of patience, that after you have done the will of God, you might receive the promise.Hebrews 10:36
People often throw in the towel and quit when they don’t see results as quickly as they want.
I am amazed at how short-lived some people’s faith really is. If their prayers for healing aren’t answered immediately, they allow their flesh to convince them, for example, that it is God’s will for them to be sick. Or if they sow their finances and believe for a financial harvest but don’t see that harvest in a matter of months, they are tempted to think that everything they have been taught concerning prosperity must be a lie. The problem is that these Christians want quick “microwave answers” to problems that probably took some time to develop. They need to give their faith time to work.
Most people quit before their faith has time to fully work. These people need a good dose of patience to go along with their faith. You see, faith and patience are partners. You need both to receive the promise of God. Hebrews 10:36 says, For you have need of patience that after you have done the will of God, you might receive the promise.
The person with faith and patience is committed to maintaining his position. He will stay in that spot as long as it necessary for him to achieve victory. He is intent on standing by his commitment regardless of the cost he must pay. Nothing can sway or move him to change his mind. He is not going to relinquish his territory. It is faith that manifest as a tough resistant, persistent, obstinate, stubborn, tenacious spirit that refuses to let go of what it wants or believes.
If you haven’t done well in the past at standing firm in your faith against the pressure of the enemy. Don’t feel condemned. Just receive this as an encouragement for the lord to get back up and go for it again. To experience a breakthrough regarding a difficult situation or trap that you’ve struggled with for too long, you must take a bold stance of faith and then stand still.
Yes, it may take time for your answer to manifest. Just because your request is in accordance with God’s will, the answer doesn’t always quickly come to pass without a hitch. There’s a devil out there that doesn’t want you to experience God’s will for your life. You also have your own flesh to deal with, and flesh loves comfort- it does not like a challenge. Your faith may need to grow. God wants you to come to a higher level in the process of receiving the answer to your prayer. You need to renew your mind so you can ask in faith, nothing wavering (James 1:6)
My prayer for today.
Father, I repent for each time I have fallen short of your promises simply because I gave up before my faith had time to fully work. I neglected to feed my faith on the word of God. As a result, I began to give place to the flesh tendency to become impatient when what I really needed to do was to preserve in faith and be strong. I receive your forgiveness and cleansing, and I ask you to strengthen me with might in my inner man so I can let patience have its perfect work in me. In Jesus Name
Questions for you to consider.
What are you believing God to see manifested in your life? Maybe it’s more than one thing. Are you being steadfast and immovable until you see the answer to your prayer? I urge you to dig in your heels and refuse to be moved by anything until you see God’s promise come to pass.
Love Pastor Cindy.