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Asking for Patience

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(Romans 5:1-5) “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus the Messiah. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace by which we have been established, and we boast because of our hope in God’s glory.

Not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance (patience), endurance produces character, and character produces hope. Now, this hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”

 

 

According to what we just read, the only way to get patience is to be tried by suffering. Therefore, don’t be surprised if when you pray for patience, you get challenged the very next moment. Your son breaks a valuable item when you repeatedly asked him to be careful. Your spouse forgets to add salt to the food as if it was her first day cooking.

Maybe your father messes up all your computer files by repeatedly clicking everywhere on the computer instead of asking for help. Someone cuts you off on the road and nearly causes you to crash while they were on the phone. Your boss publically humiliates you for a mistake that he made and blames it on you.

These are things we face every day, and through these situations we grow in patience and mold our character to that of Christ. Once we have faced such tribulations over and over again, the experience teaches us that we will come out of the next challenge victorious as well. That assurance of victory will reflect on our attitude of hope, and this will bring hope to others. We no longer fear what will happen in the future as hope in the power of Christ will never disappoint us.

This is what separates us from those who don’t know God or have not experienced salvation through Jesus. We surrender to Christ by faith, believing that He washes away our sins. We believe that Christ already defeated sin and death on the cross for us and therefore no matter what we face in life, we are assured to come out victorious. And this same faith is composed of hope in God’s glory and power.

But this hope has to be based in the work of the Holy Spirit in us, not in the lottery, or any guru, or idol, job, education, or man’s promises. Only then we are assured victory and honor that comes from God. When God is the one that pulls us through, everyone will see it and declare that Jesus is the living God. We will then be able to walk with our heads up high knowing that God will never fail us.

 

Being tried by God builds character and every struggle automatically becomes a testimony if we hold on and continue to trust Him.

 

 


Prayers

• Heavenly Father, You are God who reigns forever to all generations, who is good to those who are pure in heart, and You are enthroned forever.
• Thank You that through faith we are established in Your grace. That we can put all our hope in Your promises.
• Forgive us for putting our hope in the empty promises of man.
• Let us not lose heart when we face storms or struggle in any way. We surrender all we are facing and ask for Your help to face it with patience.
• We declare that the hope we have put in You and what we are waiting for will not bring us shame or disappoint us in any way.
• We declare that we will receive the fruits of our labor and patience as we continue to trust in You.
• Let Your name be glorified through our lives and through the words of peace and hope that we declare in every trial.

• We ask in Jesus’ Mighty Name. Amen

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