Patience Is A Walk Of Faith

2 Corinthians 5:7 says, “For we walk by faith, not be sight.” Romans 1:17 is speaking about the gospel, it says, “For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, The just shall live by faith.”

When we ‘feel’ impatient, it is a sure sign that we are in our flesh. The feeling is a messenger to let us know that we have stepped out of faith, and to immediately course correct through a faith declaration like: You are my Masterful Orchestrator.

Patience is accepting and walking in God’s time table. His timing is impeccable. Remember, He speaks something, but then there is a waiting period before it is fulfilled. Think of Abraham and Sarah. It was 25 some years between God’s spoken word and its fulfillment.

I often read Romans 4:16-21. It fortifies my faith. Verse 16 says that the promise is of faith so it can be according to grace. Verse 17 says that God calls things that aren’t as though they are. Verse 19 says that Abraham didn’t consider his impossible circumstances: he was 100 and Sarah was beyond child bearing years. Then we go to verse 20. He did not waver in unbelief. Verse 21 says that he was fully convinced that God was able to do what He promised.

Faith is believing and embracing what God has said. First for salvation. Romans 10:10 says, “For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Our daily walk is continuing to believe and speak God’s promises.

Paul said in 2 Corinthians 4:13, “…we also believe and therefore speak.” If we listen to the words coming out of our mouth, we will understand what our heart truly believes. Paul was quoting from Psalm 116:10. It says, “I believed, therefore I spoke, I am greatly afflicted.” Our words are either death words or life-giving words. Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”

David said in Psalm 19:14, “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight…” The Lord sees our heart. He knows every thought before we think it. Psalm 104:34 says, “May my meditation be sweet to Him…”

The Lord is always at work. Hebrews 13:21 says, “…working in you what is well pleasing in His sight…” I love Ephesians 1:11. It says, “…being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will.” The word ‘according’ means in the same measure.

Therefore the Lord is always at work to produce His righteousness in us. He is using every circumstance in our lives to conform our thoughts, purpose, and actions to His will. He is at work in our impossible circumstances to reveal our hidden dross. Certain manifestations of our flesh that will only rise up when tested through the time He has spoken to when He fulfills. That waiting time purifies our heart’s belief. Dross: doing things in our own strength, and fleshly behavior such as impatience.

Believe means to trust in, lean on, and embrace all that the Lord is doing in our lives. Contentment in that time of waiting is the fruit of patience. Impatient? That is another manifestation of our hidden flesh-dross coming to the surface.

Finishing Well

In 2 Timothy 4:7 Paul gives us three things to help us understand how to finish well. It says, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” Battles, race, and tests define our course.

Battles: 2 Corinthians 10:4 says that our weapons are mighty in God to pull down strongholds. The battle is for our mind. Verse 5 says, “Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”

We fight with God’s word through the experiential truth we have gained and walk in. We consistently renew our mind so we can quickly recognize the lies that satan throws at us. When a thought comes that is contrary to who God is, we hack it to pieces by speaking the truth of His word.

Race: We run with endurance. Hebrews 12:1 tells us how. We lay aside every thing that would weight us down, like worry, and anything that binds us to our past. We never justify our sin but quickly confess it. We let go of our past because it is passed. Things like unforgiveness, bitterness, resentments, anger, worry, and fears all entangle us and block us from being conformed to His image.

Tests: Our faith is tested, refined, purified, and strengthened through fiery trials. Faith comes by hearing the word. We embrace our trials because they are His agents to conform us to His image. We grow in our experiential knowledge of Him. He reveals His character to us through our trials. Our intimacy with Him broadens and deepens. He gives us revelational insight that upholds and sustains us.

Philippians 1:6 says, “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” God’s will for our lives will be completed. However, if you are repeating a lesson over and over, it is time to move on. God told the Israelites that they had been at the mountain long enough (Deuteronomy 1:6). They could have made the journey in 11 days, but it took them 40 years because of  their rebellion.

Another explanation: the Lord has allowed a thorn in the flesh. It might be a direct attack to keep you from accomplishing what the Lord has called you to do. For Paul, it was to keep him from being arrogant because of the revelations God had given him. However, it was a messenger of satan. My Bible has a note: an intense, wearying difficulty or affliction.

Whatever you are going through, may you persevere and finish your course well! You might like to read my ebook on Amazon ~ He Drew Me Out Of Deep Waters: encouragement for hard trials.

True Rest

Hebrews 4:10 says, “For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.” The Amplified says, “…has ceased from (the weariness and pain) of human labors…”

Verse 11 in the Amplified says, “Let us therefore be zealous and exert ourselves and strive diligently to enter the rest (of God, to know and experience it for ourselves)…” Mental anguish resists rest and results in emotional fatigue. Don’t let your thoughts steal your true rest.

Matthew 11:28 says, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” The Amplified adds overburdened. If a doctor prescribes total bed rest, it means to not be physically active.

There is another way to rest and that is through a correct mental attitude. We can be still physically, but our mind is churning with frantic activity.  Rest: releasing everything simply trusting.

True rest incorporates a still mind. Psalm 131:2 says, “Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with his mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.” When an infant wants to be fed, they are not calm and quiet.

We need to learn to occupy our mind with peace. Isaiah 26:3 says, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” I may say that I trust the Lord. However, do I live it in my mind? Do my thoughts reflect that trust?

Releasing

Everything

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The Interim

The time before something is said to happen and before it happens is the interim-trial that purifies, refines, and develops our character. Here are two Bible individuals to think about.

Joseph was 17 when the Lord gave him two dreams. Both said that he would be a ruler over his brothers. That set up huge circumstances of opposition. Let me refresh your memory. He was sold as a slave. Yet in his slavery he prospered because the Lord was with him. Then he was falsely accused and throw into prison. Even in prison he prospered because the Lord was with him.

Psalm 105:16 says that God called for a famine. The famine did not arrive for seven years. Verse 17-18 says, “He sent a man before them–Joseph–who was sold as a slave. They hurt his feet with fetters, he was laid in irons.” All this took place in the interim. Verse 18 says, “Until the time that his word came to pass, the word of the Lord tested him.”

Now let’s go to Abraham. At the age of 75 the Lord told him to get out of his country and journey to another. The Lord promised him a son. There was an interim of at least 25 years. Romans 4:19 says, “And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb.”

The word, the interim, and the set time. Genesis 21:1-2 says, “And the Lord visited Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did for Sarah as He had spoken. For Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.”

I love Luke 1:45. Each time I get a new Bible I write it in the front. It says, “Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.” There are other verses. Isaiah 55:11 – His word will never return to Him void. Jeremiah 1:12 – He watches over His word to perform it.

Numbers 23:19 says, “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” Job 42:2 says, “I know that You can do everything, and that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You.”

The interim is a trial that builds the character needed for the foundation of the promise. Neither Joseph nor Abraham were ready for the word of the Lord to be fulfilled in the moment He spoke it. Neither are we ready until the Lord has tested His word in us. The dross must be refined for the metal of our character to come through the fire proven and ready for His purpose to be fulfilled.

Prayer of Release

Psalm 62:8 says, “Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.” We see a good example of this through Hannah. She demonstrated how  she emptied her heart.

1 Samuel 1:13 says, “Now Hannah spoke in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard…” Verse 15 says that she poured out her soul. Verse 16 she says, “…I am a woman of sorrowful spirit…have poured out my soul before the Lord.” Verse 18 says, “…So the woman went her way and ate, and her face was no longer sad.” Her inner freedom is a testimony of her prayer of release.

To pour out something is to empty the contents. I’ve always been amazed at David’s action in 2 Samuel 23. Three of his mighty men risked their lives to bring him water from the well of Bethlehem. Verse 16 says, “Nevertheless he would not drink it, but poured it out to the Lord.”

The water was poured out. It was gone. I believe that is what David is saying in Psalm 62. We are to empty our hearts before the Lord. We bring everything that is troubling us to Him. We tell Him how our situation is affecting us, holding nothing back. He already knows, but He wants us to express it.

He is able to take care of us. We recognize afresh Who He is at all times. Our confidence is in Him and His ability. Part of our release is letting go of how we think the Lord should do something. We end our prayer of release with thanking Him for His power to accomplish what we cannot.

Are you worried about something? That is a great indicator that you are carrying a burden that is not yours to carry. 1 Peter 5:7 says to cast that heavy burden on the Lord. Psalm 55:22 says, “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.”

Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established.” The word ‘commit’ is a picture of a loaded camel. When it’s time for the load to be removed, the camel kneels down, tilts far to one side, and its burden rolls off.

What Is Presumption?

Psalm 19:13 says, “Keep back Your servant from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, and I shall be innocent of great transgression.”

This morning in my quiet time the Holy Spirit led me to compare Scripture with Scripture. I want to share the understanding I gained with you. I ask the Lord morning and night to keep me back from presumptuous sins. I thought it meant to presume I knew something that I didn’t. It is more than that.

Deuteronomy 1:43 says, “So I spoke to you; yet you would not listen, but rebelled against the command of the Lord; and presumptuously went up into the mountain.” Moses was referring back to Numbers 14. He told them not to go up because they would transgress the command of the Lord. Verse 44 says, “But they presumed to go up to the mountain…” Numbers 15:30 uses the word defiantly. They willfully rebelled against God’s word

The context of 2 Peter 2 is about false teachers. Verse 10 says, “And especially those who walk according the the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise authority; ;they are presumptuous, self-willed…” The Amplified says, “…presumptuous (and) daring (self-willed and self-loving creatures)!”

James 4:17 gives us more succinct understanding. It says, “Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.” Passive inaction to do what God tells us to do. I love Psalm 19:7. It says, “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, make wise the simple.” His word is our standard of conduct. All action or inaction comes first from our thoughts.

Hebrews 12:10 clearly defines His disciplining purpose. It compares His way to our early father’s way. It says, “For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness.”

Let’s go back to verse 9. It says, “…Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live?” Amplified says cheerfully submit. Here is an interesting verse. Luke 12:33-48 is talking about servants. Verse 47 says, “And that servant who knew his master’s will, and did not prepare himself or do according to his will…”

Contrast the above with Hebrews 5:8 which says, “Though He were a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things that He suffered.” Jesus didn’t sin. He promptly obeyed in all the Father asked Him to do. He was the perfect Son. We sin. We can be grateful the Lord watches us, and therefore cheerfully submit to the discipline of His loving course correction.

As I started to type this blog I got a text from a dear friend. She texted: I want to encourage you to not lean on your own understanding. It is just in my heart today. Trust in the Lord with all your heart. That is the encapsulation-fortification of not giving in to the temptation to presumptuously sin.