"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law." Galatians 5:22-23 NJKV
“Patience is a virtue” is a common expression in Western culture. But, most people in society don’t seem to want to develop patience. More often we hear phrases like, “I’m just not patient. I was born that way and that’s just the way I am” or “I’m running out of patience”. The Bible lists one of the fruits of the Spirit as long-suffering. Few would consider patience a virtue today. We don’t want to wait, and we certainly don’t want to suffer!
Long-suffering is no longer an everyday term, but it is a virtue needed when intolerance, oversensitivity and anger are so common. Long-suffering is associated with mercy and hope, and is considered a high level of patience; it does not surrender to circumstances, nor does it retaliate or punish (I Peter 3:20, I Thessalonians 1:4). Patience is not about human will power to endure, but it is the Holy Spirit released to give power to keep doing what works (Galatians 6:9). Instead of trying to be patient, say, “Holy Spirit, I release You to be my patience at this moment.”
“Now may the God of patience and consolation grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus.” (Romans 15:5). Consolation is someone who gives a word of comfort or strength, and after a time of holding on without complaining, sees the prize of victory. That is why it is important to understand the principle of paradoxical thinking and speaking; thinking and speaking opposite of how it is, based on God’s Word.
A believer receives the life of God, His divine nature, upon accepting Jesus Christ as Savior (II Peter 1:4). The source of all supply is drawn to our position of wholeness in Christ. The life of God produces certain characteristics that are displayed as the believer obeys the Holy Spirit. Sowing in the Spirit and of the Spirit reaps abundance. A life of abundance comes from the awareness that we live by a power greater than ourselves (John 4:4). By the Holy Spirit power, we are not circumstance controlled, fed, led or defeated, but we create new circumstances. As the Holy Spirit reveals more of who He is, He causes us to experience a vast and infinite flow of peace, power, plenty and purpose.
Developing our connection to God, the Source, is the most powerful way to increase the level of abundance, fulfillment and happiness. Put your words of faith on any circumstance that looks difficult or impossible and speak by the attitude of the Holy Spirit, knowing all things are possible. The Holy Spirit creates within believers thankfulness for every situation. The main responsibility of believers is to know and release the Holy Spirit to be our patience.
Living life is always a test of faith and a work of patience (James 1:3). “But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” James 1:4. Do not allow slothfulness, but through faith and patience, inherit the promises (Hebrews 6:12). The writer of Hebrews says, “For you have need of patience (God), that, after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise.” Hebrews 10:36.
The promises of God must be turned into reality by mixing them with faith. When the promises of God are spoken by faith, they become a seedbed for miracles. Sometimes this may require supernatural patience because the wheel of results can move slowly. Having the awareness of His patience removes worry, anxiety and fear of the future. By the Holy Spirit, our potential is to live in the now with great power to choose God’s way and His Word. Thank you Lord for being our source for all things.
Lord Jesus Christ, You in me by the Holy Spirit, are my miracle of life, health and peace. Holy Spirit, You are my excellancy of life power. You fill me with energy to experience life abundantly. Thank you for Your grace that I can never earn nor do I deserve. I believe and receive perfect health provision from Jesus’ stripes, supernatural peace which cannot be shaken and sufficiency for all things. I call forth my Divine destiny which I am able to accept by the Holy Spirit’s power. I am a creation of God upheld by the Word of His power and I am a channel for the riches of His glory to flow to others. Thanks be to Jesus Christ whose mercy endures forever. Amen!