LET PATIENCE HAVE ITS FULL EFFECT
…when it seems as though you are facing nothing but difficulties, see it as an invaluable opportunity to experience the greatest joy that you can! For you know that when your faith is tested it stirs up in you the power of endurance. And then as your endurance grows even stronger, it will release perfection into every part of your being until there is nothing missing and nothing lacking. (James 1:2-4 TPT)
Trials and temptations, as difficult as they are, are for your good. You’ll ultimately find joy in them. Your faith blossoms under pressure and you learn true patience as you endure.
Sometimes we want God to effect a change right away. We’re praying about a situation or something we want to prevent from happening, and we want instant answers. But there’re times when patience is needed while expressing your faith. God never wants us to panic at such times.
James 1:4 in the Voice Translation says, “…true patience brought on by endurance will equip you to complete the long journey and cross the finish line mature, complete, and wanting nothing.”
Yes, there’ll be challenging times and uncomfortable circumstances, but the Word encourages us to count them all joy, knowing that the trying of our faith produces patience in us. Then the 4th verse tells us what patience, in turn, produces in us when we allow it to do its work and have its full effect. So don’t keep pushing and agitating; you could miss out on God’s plan.
Let’s read James 1:4 again, this time, in the Amplified Classic. It says, “But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.” This is what patience produces in us: we become perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.” Glory to God!
Dear Father, I thank you for my faith prevails over circumstances, and I live victoriously and triumphantly above sickness, disease, fear, and terror. I’m in charge and in control of my life and circumstances. I’m strong, bold, and courageous, functioning from a vantage position of rest, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Philippians 4:6-7, Proverbs 24:10, Hebrews 12:1
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: John 5:1-30,1 Kings 4-6
2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: Mark 9:14-29,Numbers 13