YOU NEED PATIENCE FOR AN OVERCOMING FAITH (3) - JAMES 1:2-4

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In Isaiah 28:16b, the Bible says “… he that believeth shall not make haste.” Whenever you are hasty, the devil is most likely at work and his goal is to short-circuit you and your faith. For example, if a farmer plants tomatoes but long before they’re mature, he tells his sons, “Go and cook those tomatoes for me, I’m hungry!” He would be terminating the growth process he started.

You cannot eat hot soup in a haste.  If you dip your hand into a pot of boiling stew because you are hungry, you will most likely have a burnt hand and stomach upset. This is because you need patience to enjoy the sweetness of the soup. In the same vein, you need patience to reap the fruits of faith. Impatience makes a lot of believers go for satanic alternatives just before God’s provision shows up. An impatient Abraham will sleep with his maid, an impatient Saul will offer priestly sacrifices and lose his kingdom. Don’t let impatience rob you of what is yours from the Lord.

The Amplified Bible says in Hebrews 10:36, “For you have need of steadfast patience and endurance, so that you may perform and fully accomplish the will of God, and thus receive and carry away [and enjoy to the full] what is promised.” Add patience to your faith today and the full harvest of what was promised you will be yours if you faint not.

PRAYER: Lord, deliver me from haste and impatience as I wait for your promise. Oh that I will be one of those believers who step into the joy of your promises in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Bible in a year: 1 Chronicles 22:1-23:32, Romans 3:9-31, Psalm 12:1-8, Proverbs 19:13-14