Patience is a virtue!
Ever noticed someone rushing to get ahead of traffic? Swerving from one lane to another. Cutting in. Cutting out. Each time, an accident ready to happen.
“One moment of patience may ward off great disaster. One moment of impatience may ruin a whole life.” Chinese Proverb
At the next stoplight, the angry driver is stuck next to you — waiting for the green light, not having gotten ahead. You can see the blood boiling and hear the horn honking because the person in front of the demanding driver could have made the light. You see the intense slamming of the steering wheel and fierce yelling through the front windshield. Yikes!
Ever noticed hints of this behavior in yourself?
One could say, living in a culture where things happen NOW breeds impatience.
Who doesn’t like the immediacy of 1) wanting something & 2) having it fulfilled in the blink of an eye? Instant downloads, purchases with one click, same-day delivery, instant messaging, you name it we got it
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Patience has a twin—faith. Kenneth Copeland calls patience and faith “the power twins,” and with good reason. Often looked at as a giant goal to attain, patience is more like the vehicle that takes your faith to the finish line—where manifestation and victory are found. In fact, faith won’t get you where you want to go if patience isn’t there to undergird it, strengthen it and keep it from caving in. Hebrews 6:12 tells us that those who inherit the promises of God are those who employ both faith andpatience in their journey.
Without patience you will give up and you’ll never see the answer you desire. Your faith will wear out. Without all the fruit of the spirit working together, you’ll quit before you get the manifestation. Answers don’t always come immediately. We sure wish they would—but they don’t.
However, you can’t just decideto have patience any more than you can decide to have faith. Yes, God gives everyone a measure of faith, but it has to be developed. Faith is developed by hearing, speaking and acting on the Word of God. And that takes practice! Patience is developed through tests and trials (James 1:3) and through practicing walking in the spirit to grow the fruit of the spirit, which includes patience.
If you don’t think you need to work on patience, the Bible has something to say to you! “For [you] have need of patience” (Hebrews 10:36, KJV).Some people may struggle more than others, but no one is perfect in this area. We all have a need of patience, and that comes from an intentional effort to live and walk by the spirit—to practice patience every day.
If you want to get to the place where you can stand in faith as long as it takes to obtain the promise, you can get there! But if you aren’t operating in patience in every area of your life, it’s going to be very difficult to be patient while you wait for a manifestation. If you’re ready to make a change.