Hurry Up and Learn PATIENCE - Part 4
Welcome to The 9 Now! If you are just joining, we are on a weekly series revealing a view into the 9 Fruits of the Spirit. During this series, I will share a Word of Encouragement on how the intentional decisions we choose to respond with, impact ourselves and others. Our decision to live in the Flesh or walk by the Spirit, is a choice we must all make daily. I invite you to post a comment, quote, or scripture that would encourage others, from what you have learned or wish to share. Thank you and may you encourage someone today, and may someone encourage you!
As we move to the fourth (yet first under the label We Respond With) fruit of The 9 NOW series, we are learning that God provides us the Love, Joy, and Peace needed to respond with Patience, Kindness, and Goodness. Today we turn our focus to PATIENCE. This is by far one of the most difficult areas for me to focus on, grow in, and enjoy learning from. Patience is not something I want to admit I have an issue with, but I do, so hurry up and read this and post a comment…please. :)
Patience or Long Suffering…
Depending on the translation you are reading, Galatians 5:22-24 identifies the capacity to accept something without getting upset, troubled, or angry as Patience or Long-Suffering. Capacity to accept. Powerful and convicting I say. Capacity that in 42 years I have not proven to possess. Why, because I am not intended to. If I had the capacity, perhaps I would not see the need for God, perhaps in my mind I would be Him. But, (and this is a not to be missed BUT), I am not and I do need Him. I need Him to help me because the truth is, I suffer and have difficulty waiting. If you have been following my ministry, blogs, or this series, you know my battle is control and the outcome is anxiety.
But What About You…
Are you suffering? Is there a battle you are facing? Do you find yourself easily agitated, short-tempered, or discouraged? If this sounds like you, allow God to do His work in you. Lay your burdens before Him and allow Him to do the work needed in your heart and mind to start responding out of the Spirit and reject the flesh. Words like agitated, short-tempered, and discouraged are indicators that you are responding in the flesh. Hope and praise are of the Holy Spirit and lead you to a Spirit-filled response. Patience is about waiting, growing, and changing. You are not alone in the fact you wait and you can take joy in the outcome of growth and change. The Bible shows us that Joseph was a slave and then prisoner in Egypt for 13 years, yet went on to be second-in-command in Egypt. David was anointed to be true king of Israel around the age of 12, yet waited 20 years before being appointed king of Israel. Moses waited in the desert for 40 years before God came to him, yet would go on to bring redemption to God's people, not to mention shadowed the life of Christ from the Old Testament. Waiting is how God develops our character, educates our mind, and frees our heart from the desires of the flesh.
The next time you find yourself responding in the flesh on the topic of patience, turn this lack of patience into anticipation. What is God at work doing? Watch how you appreciate Him more for having waited. Find gratitude in knowing your patience is you growing as you learn to wait on God.
“So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.” 1 Peter 4:19 NIV
One Thing if for Certain…
I am glad God is patient with me (us). There was a time in my life that if God would have said enough of that and stopped pursuing me, I would forever be changed. Instead He revealed His immense LOVE for me (us) I was changed forever. My life is one of service, you might say it’s Rising to a Life of Service! I have family and friends who I deeply love and Jesus loves infinitely more, yet they have not yet come to appreciate this patience and love. So I must remain patient and I must continue to suffer quietly, without complaint, without control, without worry. I must patiently TRUST in the Lord who pursues, who convicts, who transforms. He did it for me and I know with all my heart, soul, and mind He can and Will do it for them if they so desire. I will wait with the understanding that My Lord is a God of Love, a God of Sovereignty, and a God of Faithfulness.
Psalm 27:14 “Wait for The Lord; Be Strong, and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for The Lord”
If this post has moved in your heart, please share a comment, quote, or scripture to help others to be encouraged today.
The next fruit we will be Kindness, stay tuned.
Until next time…
Chris Hewitt, the WOE Writer