The Power of Patience
“But let patience have perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” James 1:4
“Patience is a virtue” is a common expression in Western culture. But, most people don’t seem to want to develop patience. Few would consider patience a virtue today. We don’t want to wait, and we certainly don’t want to suffer! 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.
Long-suffering is no longer a commonly used term, but it is a virtue needed when intolerance, oversensitivity and anger are so common. Long-suffering is a fruit of the Spirit. It is associated with mercy and hope, and is considered a high level of patience. Long suffering does not surrender to circumstances, nor does it retaliate or seek to punish (I Peter 3:20).
Patience is the spiritual ability to have a flexibility cause in our disposition, remaining calm when humanly we would rather panic, hurry or become angry. Patience is a fruit of God living in us, who is patient (Romans 15:5). Patience does not happen overnight. It develops and grows under trials, so it is important not to run from difficult situations. Patience is not about human will power to endure; 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 gives a word of comfort or strength. After a time of holding on without complaining, there is 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.
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 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 appear to move slowly. Having an 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.
Everything looks different when we replace the word patience with God. “For you have need of patience (God), that, after you have done the will of God, you might receive the promise.” (Hebrews 10:36). “In your patience (God) possess your souls.” (Luke 21:19). “And not only so, but the glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation works patience (God).” (Romans 5:3).
Developing a 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 responsibility of believers is to know and release the Holy Spirit to be our patience.
Perfect means our position in Christ. After we have accepted Jesus as Savior, we are made perfect. It is not based on our behavior.
Entire means nothing left out, whole, complete, full, undivided, not decayed. This comes into place when we see our oneness with Christ and begin to give thanks for this privilege.
Wanting nothing means the deeper we become aware of our position in Christ, the more we experience TOTAL PROVISION AND CONTINEOUS SUPPLY!