PATIENCE & PERSEVERANCE
Perseverance or patience. Which is more important? Actually, they are much the same. We need them both. It’s hard to be patient and persevere when things are going well, but when it seems life will never be ‘normal’ again, we need patience all the more. The older I get the more I value this character trait.
This fruit of the Spirit doesn’t grow easily in our lives (Galatians 5:22-23). No one is born with patience. Babies want everything right away. They demand their needs be met immediately. Sometimes we are the same way with God. We expect Him to give us what we want when we want it. Maturity is a process of learning to be wait and stay faithful no matter the circumstances (Romans 5:3). God uses difficult circumstances in our lives to make us more like Jesus (Romans 8:282-29).
During these unsettling times keep your trust in God. Continue in faithful service to Him and others. Read your Bible daily. Spend time in prayer and worship. Talk about your concerns with mature Christians who will pray for you. Remember His promises and trust Him.
These days will bring us closer to God or drive us further from God. Which is happening in your life?
Here are some good promises to remember:
And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:19
I will never leave you or forsake you. Hebrews 13:5
But those who hope (wait upon) the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint. Isa. 40:31
I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Ps. 40:1-3
I can do everything through him who gives me strength. Phil. 4:13
My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. 2 Cor. 12:9
Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
cto Rev. Dr. JERRY SCHMOYER
Christian Training Organization
(India Outreach, Spiritual Warfare, Family Ministries, Counseling, World View)
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