Saying yes to God begins a conflict of faith and self.
The beginning of our faith journey also means letting go of our life.
“And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.” (Matthew 10:38–39, NKJV)
Spiritual Growth begins here. You find God by giving your life to Him. Once your life is His, you stop living for yourself.
On a deeper level, this includes obeying urges and promptings from our heart and Spirit — things we may not understand. These unusual intuitions can include a sudden urge to stop by a particular place, a random conversation, or taking an unusual route on the way home. These promptings can also include praying for people in public and giving your money to people you may not know personally.
This is why we call the Christian walk a life of faith. Most of us would love more clarity about where God is leading. I sure would. Faith is similar to being blind. The blind person must trust the person leading them. When you cannot trace God, you must trust Him.
Faith is the first step and patience must follow.
Faith and Patience
Patience is required for faith to endure tests. Through patience, we inherit our promises. The power of patience is a powerful force. Patience under-girds faith and gives it the endurance to persevere until the answer comes.
When faith wavers, patience will make it stand.
“So that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” (Hebrews 6:12, ESV)
Maybe you have waited for many years for a promise from God to come to pass. Patience is a constant in a changing world.
Patience is a key to spiritual growth. If you cannot wait on God, you are like a child that says, give it to me now. As children mature they learn to wait-they develop patience.
Waiting makes us better
During a delay, God does His best work. God’s delay is not His denial, and the scripture encourages us not to grow weary in doing well. What we call delay, God calls training.
While waiting, we come to realize that we cannot do God’s work in our strength-we come to the end of ourselves. God’s strength begins where our strength ends. Align your heart to God’s plan, and wait.
The best things in life are those things we wait for the longest. God’s delay purifies our motives and establishes our beliefs.
Waiting never means doing nothing. It means to wait with expectation.
“Have you not known? Have you not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, does not faint, nor is He weary? His understanding is inscrutable. He gives power to the faint, and to those who have no might, He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:28-31, NKJV).
It is in the “waiting stage” that you receive strength and patience is developed.
That makes a better you on all fronts.
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