Has God promised you something or shown His vision and purpose for your life? Have you been treated unfairly and you are waiting and hoping for Lord’s intervention and favor in your situation. Maybe there are great blessings that you can perceive that the Lord has in store for you, but it seems nowhere in the horizon. You feel helpless as it looks completely beyond you. But all you have is His word and a knowing that God wants to give it to you. It is a sanctified desire, in other words, a legitimate desire in the will of God but the tangible manifestation of it hasn’t taken place yet. And to make matters worse, you are seeing just the opposite of what God has shown you.
A. CERTAIN THINGS WILL BE BEYOND YOU
There are certain things that we can accomplish due to our gifting, talents and hard work. And all these gifts are given by God. But there are certain things that God wants to accomplish through our life which looks impossible or very hard to our natural mind. But this very situation should make us depend on Him and completely trust Him even when our logical reasoning will paint a different picture.
Consider this, God came to Abraham when he was very old, at the age of 99 and promised him a son. God promised Him something that was totally and completely beyond his natural capacity and ability. God could have come early in the younger years of Abraham and given him a child much earlier. Probably at the age 60 or 70, it would have still qualified as a marvelous miracle. But God for some reason decides 100 plus will be okay.
When God wants to accomplish a certain purpose of His through your life, be assured, it will be completely beyond you. It will take God resources to bring it to pass. Fleshly efforts will bring out fleshly results. He will not allow any flesh or strength of man to boast. The glory will be fully due to Him. It may seem to be a big and overwhelming thing for us but for God it is business as usual. So all He wants from you is to put faith in what He has said, that’s it. The only warfare that you will engage in will be the good fight of faith.
B. DON’T JUST FOCUS ON GETTING THERE
We usually tend to focus primarily on our destination but God is more interested in what’s happening in us during the journey. He is shaping our character so that we grow more mature, to the stature of Christ. It is character that we take from here into eternity. We are being trained to rule and reign with Christ in His kingdom in the age to come. Also tests, difficulties and trials are meant to purify us and increase our spiritual stamina and develop spiritual muscles. When we pass certain tests or temptations we have the privilege to show ourselves as approved workmen of God.
Also remember Joseph’s story. He received a dream from God but for the next 20 years everything went just the opposite. Betrayed by his own brothers, sold as a slave, accused wrongly of rape and put in prison. But Joseph remarkably kept a good attitude and there is no indication in the scriptures that he became bitter. Psalms 105:19 says regrading Joseph’s situation, “Until the time that his word came to pass, the word of the Lord tested him.”
C. TAKING MATTERS INTO YOUR OWN HANDS
The greatest temptation will be to take things in our own hands and try to bring out the promises or visions of God into manifestation using our flesh. It may not work out at all or probably could but will sooner or later will have unwanted consequences. You need to trust God and His timings. Do not lean on your own understanding. This is the time where you will need to exercise both faith and patience.
D. FAITH PLUS PATIENCE
Wikipedia describes patience as:
Patience (or forbearing) is the state of endurance under difficult circumstances, which can mean persevering in the face of delay or provocation without acting on annoyance/anger in a negative way; or exhibiting forbearance when under strain, especially when faced with longer-term difficulties. Patience is the level of endurance one can take before negativity. It is also used to refer to the character trait of being steadfast.
True faith will always last. It is steadfast and stable. It has an enduring quality to it. And it will always be accompanied by patience. When faith and patience are working together in your life, it is a powerful twin force which will help you to overcome anxiety, fear and restlessness. Focusing in just one of these two is like trying to fly with one wing. You won’t make it to the sky. You will not be able to break away from the gravitational pull of the flesh and the world which largely gravitates towards impatience, hastiness, unbelief, fearful and anxiety. You will be pinned to the ground. To get free from these and to be able to soar into the sky you will need to exercise both faith and patience.
If you are learning to walk in the spirit, you will grow in patience. Because patience is one of the fruits of the Spirit. Everything begins with a seed, both in the natural and spiritual. And that seed grows if proper conditions are met. So as you grow in the Spirit, you will grow in the area of patience. The seed will come to maturity.
E. DO NOT OVERLY FOCUS ON THE DEVIL
Many people overly focus their attention on the enemy, the devil and the demons. They spend more of their time beholding and studying the darkness much more than the light. They will blame the devil for all the delays and obstacles but will not look at the unbelief, impure motives, complaining and impatience or sins of their own heart. Paul said we shouldn’t be ignorant of the schemes of the devil but he didn’t say focus on it. We need to be aware of Satan’s scheme and guard ourselves. His intention is to weaken you in faith and tempt you to unbelief. But we should spend more of our time beholding the Lord and run our race looking unto Him. We should let the word of God examine our hearts and then respond accordingly. You need to take full responsibility. When God was dealing with the Israelites for their unbelief and complaining, He did not mention a word nor gave insights that the devil was making them do it.
F. WHAT DID ABRAHAM DO?
Talking about Abraham, the father of faith, Romans 4:18-22 says, “who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.” 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. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.”
So what did Abraham do:
1. He did not consider his limitation and inability.
2. He did not waver at the promise of God. He did not give in to unbelief.
3. He did not allow his faith to be weakened. True faith goes stronger with time.
4. He gave pre-emptive glory and thanksgiving to the Lord. True faith and trust will cause you to do this in advance.
5. He was fully convinced that what God promised, He will do it.
FEW SCRIPTURES ON PATIENCE
I encourage you to also meditate these few scriptures on patience:
In Luke 21:19 Jesus says, “By your patience possess your souls.”
In Luke 8:15 Jesus says, “But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.“
Hebrews 6:11-12 says, “And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.“
Hebrews 10:36 says, “For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise.”
James 5:7 says, “Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain.”