4 Keys to Patience
Hebrews 6:11–12 New King James Version (NKJV)
“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.”
Patience means the capacity, or willingness, to endure waiting, delay, or provocation without becoming angry or upset. Synonyms of patience are calmness, composure, diligence, even temper, forbearance, fortitude, imperturbability, long suffering, perseverance, persistence, poise, restraint, self-control, serenity, staying power, and tolerance.
Here are 4 keys to patience as a child of God
Faith needs patience to work and patience requires faith. In Hebrews 6 we see that both are required to inherit the promises of God.
Faith comes by hearing the Word. We must get to a point where all possibilities begin and end with the Word.
Patience will exercise your “Faith Muscles” — revealing what faith you have and will grow it. Just as physical muscles can only grow through opposition — weights — so our spiritual muscles — our faith — grows through opposition! The more our faith and patience grows, the more we can overcome the trials, temptations and attacks of the enemy. The more we grow in faith and patience, the greater our victories become! We can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens us!
2) Be Diligent, Not Sluggish
Biblical patience is not passive, but active
Matthew 7:7,8 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”
Put yourself in positions to grow closer to your blessing and to receive it. God will give you direction, peace, strength and more in times of prayer, reading His Word, in church and so on. Take the necessary steps of faith to allow it to happen: Speak up, reach out, get out of your comfort zone. It took a step out of the boat for Peter to walk on water with Jesus
Faith without works is dead, our waiting may not be because of God’s timing but due to our lack of obedience.
Are you waiting for God, or is God waiting for you?
3) Walking in the Spirit
Galatians 5:22–23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering (patience), kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law”
Walking in the Spirit means living each day like Jesus: according to the Word and under the counsel of the Holy Spirit. If we live like Jesus every fruit will be produced in our life and make times of waiting a blessing not a curse
If you’re walking in the flesh (opposite to the fruit mentioned), you will lack patience and ultimately the blessing
Love will compel you to live for God, to never give up on anything God has promised or anyone/thing you are praying for. It will bring patience into every relationship and patience into us as we wait for the right one
1 Corinthians 13: 4–7 “Love is patient and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.