Faith and Patience

Therefore do not
cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of
endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the
promise
(Hebrews
10:35-36).Now the just shall live by faith; but if anyone draws back, my soul has
no pleasure in him
(Hebrews
10:38).
 
Endurance or patience
is an important ingredient of faith. It’s faith
and patience that inherits the promises.
The Greek word for endurance is hupomeno and it means to remain when under pressure. It’s the ability to keep your chin up when
things aren’t going well. It’s the ability to remain joyful and expectant when
it looks as though nothing you believe is coming to pass. It’s the ability to
remain unmoved and unshaken by circumstances.
  
The very nature of what faith is makes
patience so necessary in the faith fight. Faith
is for what you don’t have in the physical realm yet.
Faith takes the place
of what God has promised you until it arrives in the physical and you can see
it. Faith is the substitute for the thing
God has promised you until you can physically see or feel it.
   
The Word promises healing, so you have prayed and exercised your faith.
The pain increases and the symptoms worsen. Patience enables you to stand your
ground in the tough time. Patience or endurance enables you to look away from
the symptom and look at the promise of God, knowing that God is faithful to
fulfill His Word.
   
The faith life is very challenging to the flesh! So many think that
walking by faith means you receive instantly, but that is just not true!
Abraham waited 25 years for the child of promise to come! And his patience
enabled him to keep going strong when the impossibility of what he believed
weighed on him.
  
Faith and patience are the twins of success! Patience keeps you from
letting go of your faith! I remember
when I was believing God to build our current building. It seemed that
obstacles manifested every hour to keep it from happening. I had prayed, and I
was believing that I received the answer to my prayer, which was a building
being built.
 
At times I would get so tired of resisting the circumstances that just
kept compounding! But it was the hupomeno,
the ability to keep on going when the chips are down
, that refused to let
me quit. I gritted my teeth and praised God for honoring His Word! And you can
see the results.
  
Don’t quit if you’re in a faith battle. Rest in the promises of God. He
is faithful that promised. He watches over His Word to make it good. Heaven and
earth may pass away, but His Word never will! Allow patience to under gird your
faith today. Keep your eyes on God’s promises and not the unmoving
circumstance. You will receive if you just don’t quit!

2 thoughts on “Faith and Patience

  1. Pastor Mitch,

    Thank you for your powerful words. Every since I have been coming to your church you have educated and ministered to me greatly. God has truely annointed you and for that I am greatful. Thanks for allowing him to use you. My faith has truely grown due to your teachings. Please continue to allow him to speak through you…I promise I will continue to have my ears tuned in to the words he speaks through you.

    Many thanks from the first service, third row cheerleader- Tabitha 🙂 Keep preaching the Word. Love ya

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