24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
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But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law.
1. Thwarting the enemies schemes (1 Corinthians 2:8)
2. Testing our Hearts
3. Bless others in the midst of our trial. (Luke 6:38)
4. Sifting out unbelief and distrust of Him
5. Replacing Murmuring and complaining with hearts of gratitude
6. Building our character (Psalm 17:6)
7. Testing our loyalties
I heard a statement that 60,000 thoughts go through our brain everyday.
As I pondered this it seemed to me that most of those thoughts can be categorized into a few buckets.
Discounting or minimizing our accomplishments and our progress to date.
Discounting or minimizing God's ability to come through when life is tough.
Discounting or minimizing God's promises to us.
Discounting or minimizing our faith in God to fulfill His words to us.
Believing God and believing in ourselves to do well and overcome.
If you had those 5 buckets listed in columns on a piece of paper and checked off each time a thought went through your mind...I wonder which of the 5 buckets would fill up the fastest? (click here to download the 5 thought buckets template)
Consider Abraham, our father of faith, who received amazing promises from God. He was UP IN years (aka "old") when God called him.
He had to wait, exercise patience, endure long, 20 MORE years until God's promise came to pass at its...
Have you ever said, "God, I want patience and I want it NOW?"
What's really going on?
Delays...or so it seems to us. In reality God uses the perceived delays as part of His strategy to bring us into His purposes at precisely His time.
Some discoveries I've made while sitting at the yellow light waiting for it to change to green:
1. He's thwarting the enemy's schemes. I Corinthians 2:8
2. He's testing our hearts. Will we humble ourselves or get hardened towards Him? Are we frustrated that He's not getting things to happen quick enough for us and our time table. Is He really the potter are we the clay?
3. He's allowing us opportunity to bless others in the midst of our trial. Do we really have JOY? Jesus first, Others second and Yourself last? Or do we pout and withhold because we're not happy about our situation?
4. He's sifting out unbelief and distrust while strengthening our trust in Him.
5. He's replacing our murmuring and complaining with hearts...