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The Blessedness of Patience

By Yooko Dawson-Andoh

Ordinarily, patience is not one of the virtues strongly desired, sought after or prayed for because of its nature. Patience is not glamorous, attractive, or appealing in the midst of congregation of believers as the gifts of the Holy Spirit and God the Father 1 Corinthians 12:-10, Romans 12:6 and James 1:17. And yet when you possess this virtue, it makes you stand out and noticeable amongst Brothers, Sisters and even those who are not of the same faith. When the degree of prevailing conditions are very hot or of such intensity that makes you jittery, desperate or loose hope of the promises of God, patience displays its qualities that enable you wait for the goodness of our Lord Jesus Christ. For without it, desperation can lead you to wrong choices and decisions that end you up in paths of destruction.

What then is patience? It is the ability to endure waiting, delay, or provocation without becoming annoyed or upset, or to persevere calmly when faced with difficulties, serenity, endurance, staying power, lack of complaint, persistence.

Galatians 5:6 tells us “faith which worketh by love”. This God kind of love defined in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 referenced in the scripture ends with “love endureth all things”. The revealed truth shows that your ability to endure waiting or delay is connected to the working of your faith. By virtue of being a believer of Jesus Christ, faith is the fundamental principle by which you receive from Him. In view of this, you operate by these four principles:

1. Live by faith – Habakkuk 2:4, Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11

2. Walk by faith – 2 Corinthians 5:7

3. Stand by faith – 2 Corinthians 1:24

4. Please God by faith Hebrews 11:6

And because patience is connected to faith, there is need to possess this worthy character quality. What then is the blessedness of patience?

Bring Forth Fruit

Luke 8:15 tells us “but that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience”. The scripture deals with the parable of the sower of the seed, the word of God. Though you have a good heart and receive the word of God to act upon it, different kinds of tribulations, temptations and difficulties will surely come to test your ability to wait only upon God. For you need patience during period of germination to bear the fruit of your labor. Needless to say that it is during the time of waiting to bear fruit these various kinds of challenges seem to take a stand against your faith in Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ is the greatest seed ever to be sown to bear fruit. The writer of this message and you are both fruit of the seed of Jesus Christ sown at Calvary. He is the word of God, John 1:1 and 14 sown in death for the sin of man who waited for three days before His resurrection. Today billions of believers in Him are His fruit and many more are being added daily.

According to 2 Peter 1:4, believers are partakers of His divine nature. And patience is one of the characteristics required of you. 2 Peter 1:5-7 lists these qualities. They are:

1. faith 2. virtue or praise 3. knowledge 4. temperance or self-control 5. patience 6. godliness 7. brotherly kindness 8. charity or love.

From the above listing, you realize that patience is connected with other characteristics desired of you to be a partaker of Christ divine nature. Possessing these other qualities in addition to patience enable you experience the fruit mentioned in 2 Peter 1:8. The scripture tells us “for if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ”. The original word translated as knowledge also means full discernment or acknowledgement. For full discernment to abound in you, your ability to persevere calmly, endure and be serene is tested when faced with varying difficulties.

Fruit bearing doest not come on a silver platter. It places demand on your ability to endure, be lack of complaint and staying calm under provocation without becoming annoyed and being persistence.

Become an Example

James 5:10-11 tells you “take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy”, (emphasis mine). The three groups mentioned in the scriptures are worthy of example. They are:

1. Prophets

2. Them and

3. Job

These three groups represent the body of Christ. The prophets signify those chosen by the Jesus Christ to proclaim His Word. Job accounts for those who understand Deuteronomy 8:18 which tells us “but thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day”. Job also represents believers that have lost all their possessions including children and refused to curse, complain, and murmur against God even when pressured or accused wrongly by their wife and friends. He also represents the patience of believers that wait for deliverance and restoration by God. And them speak of believers who possess the capacity to endure different kinds of situations.

Patience is a quality that others stop to look, ponder and reflect upon for the purpose of learning when displayed in very intense situations. This is possible because patience is usually contrary to the norm of the society.

Have Hope

Romans 5:3-4 reveal the truth of how patience works together through the tribulations you encounter as a believer of Jesus Christ to experience hope.

1 Timothy 1:1 tells you that Jesus Christ is our hope. Jesus Christ, the living hope of those who believe in Him “endured the cross”, Hebrews 12:2. He also “endured such contradiction of sinners against himself”, Hebrews 12:3. He who died on the cross for the sin of man did not partake in what He died for

It was on the cross He endured that He declared affirmatively that “it is finished”, John 19.30. This statement refers to the work given Him by the Father. The irony of the truth is that the sinners of contradiction against Him were amongst the multitude He died for on the cross. His endurance is evidence that He went through things and not over them. This shows that believers in Him will also encounter tribulations and go through them to gain the necessary experience for their walk with Him.

Now Romans 5:3 and 4 says “knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope. Patience encourages and strengthens you during periods of experiencing varying kinds of troubles. For only in tribulation when everything looks hopeless that patience can guide you to keep looking unto Jesus Christ, your hope. The experience you gain from tribulation will teach you to depend only on Jesus Christ, your hope. He is the source who guides you most assuredly through trials to victory.

Possess Your Soul

John 4:24 tells you that God is a Spirit. Genesis 1:27 affirms that God created man, male and female, in His own likeness and resemblance. And because God is a Spirit, His likeness and resemblance He created is a spirit. Again, Genesis 2:7 tells us “the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul”. The breath of life in Genesis 2:7 represent the spirit of man God created in Genesis 1:27. It is clear from Genesis 1:27 and Genesis 2:27 that the spirit and body of man were both created and formed by the Lord God. But when the spirit of man came in contact with the body, the soul was birthed and man became a living soul.

The mind, will, emotions and feelings of man are housed in the soul. You use the mind to think. And you use the will to choose from available choices and to make decisions. Emotions and feelings indicate how you feel towards circumstances and varying situations. The soul therefore makes you a free agent. As a free agent, you can elect to follow and be a doer of God’s word. Alternatively you can choose to follow the dictates and desires of your soul which are contrary to God’s Word. In spite of the soul being a free agent, you are expected to conform to the word of God. But this will not be the case unless you patiently make the conscious decision and effort to use God’s Word as a standard in all that you do.

With the help of the Holy Spirit, your soul can be transformed by the Word of God to patiently respond to the unexpected or the sudden changes in situations instead of reacting by how your feel. This is important because the soul of man is influenced and affected by varying kinds of circumstances you pass through while on earth. When you fret, panic, worry and become anxious, desperate and restless at the unexpected or when confronted with puzzling problems and difficult situations, your soul will act in haste contrary to God’s Word. But as you patiently wait for food to be properly cooked before you eat so does your soul require patience to handle and properly digest the varying circumstances you encounter before you make a wise decision.

To possess your soul implies your ability to surely trust the indwelling Holy Spirit to teach, direct and guide you calmly and patiently deal with issues not according to how you feel but in conformity with God’s Word. The soul may oftentimes make you to slip in obedience. However, the one true God has made provision for this kind of mistake in John 1:9. The scripture commands you to confess your sins and unrighteousness and be forgiven by the Lord God. When you do so, the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses you from such sins.

The scripture in Luke 21:19 therefore admonish believers that “in your patience possess ye your souls”.

Delivered from Temptation

Isaiah 46:10 tells us “declaring the end from the beginning”. The scripture teaches that God reveals the end of the finished plan for you at the beginning. Despite this assurance, God does not show or speak of the various things including temptations that will surely confront you on the way to achieving the end purpose which He declared at the beginning. The natural question that arises is this: why should God take this position and allow His children to pass through such an experience. The truth is when you depend and keep looking unto Him, continuously abide in Him and patiently wait on Him alone, you will believe that no matter the intensity of temptation that arise up against you, God Almighty will surely deliver you.

The temptation Joseph experienced in the hands of his brothers, Genesis 37:18-18 bears testimony of how the Lord God patiently delivered him from the pit and the evil plot to kill him. The Lord equally made him to escape the wrongful accusation of Potiphar’s wife, Genesis 39:7-20. Although, Joseph spent years in prison as a result of Potiphar’s wife lies, God eventually delivered him and promoted to the palace through the special spiritual gift of dream interpretation which He had given him.

During the periods of temptation, Joseph endured hardships before he witnessed God’s redemption. The one true God who is all knowing, Psalm 139:1-6 and all seeing, 2 Chronicles 16:9 will surely deliver you from every kind of temptation if only you learn to wait patiently, depend, abide and keep looking unto Him alone. Revelation 3:10 tells us “because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth”.

Obtain the Promises of God

The promises of God are written clearly in the Holy Bible for believers of Jesus Christ to receive and experience. And yet these promises are obtained by faith and not through your feelings. God expects believers to receive from Him by faith. Given this truth, it is very important for you to understand faith. Hebrews 11:1 tells us “now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”. From Hebrews 11:1, the phrase “of things” is common in both “substance of things and “evidence of things”. Thus the scripture could safely be stated as now faith is the substance hoped for, the evidence not seen by omitting the common phrase “of things”.

From this standpoint, the substance hoped for now is the evidence not seen now. The fact that there is lapse of time between when the substance is hoped for and the time it manifests makes it crucial for you to exercise patience and wait for it. Romans 8:25 clarifies. It affirms “but if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it”. The promise of God is the substance not seen now but hoped for which eventually become evident for you to possess when you patiently wait for it. While waiting, you must also learn to persevere calmly, be free from complaint and persist when difficulties and puzzling situations arise up against you.

Hebrews 6:12 also tells us “that ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises”. The validity of this truth is shown in the testimony of Abraham in Hebrews 6:15. It says “and so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise”. The promise of Isaac to Abraham by God in Genesis 15:4 and its fulfillment in Genesis 21:1-4 gives credence to the truth that patience is needed to receive the promises of God. Though Abraham went through trials with his wife, Sarah, they both learned to endure and wait for the promise of God. They also learned that any scheme, design or plan of man to circumvent the promises God in ways that seem right in the sight of man ends in failure and frustration. Be patient.

Perfect and Entire Lacking Nothing

James 1:3 tells you “but let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing”. The word perfect from the original translation also means completeness or full age. And the word entire also means complete in every part, whole or perfectly sound.

Believers of Jesus Christ go through a process in order to experience the perfection in Him. It does not come on a silver platter and neither can it be easily attained. This is because it comes with pain which may seem hard to bear. Some of them are the different types of challenges, temptations and tribulations you face while on earth. Each situation requires a certain measure of waiting, endurance; persistence and lack of complaint. The nature and degree of such trials also present you with the choice to exercise patience in our Lord Jesus Christ who has the final authority over them. He surely works out the expected result at the end. Without patiently waiting on Him, you may take another way that seems pleasant to your eyes but contrary to the path designed by God Almighty for you.

The expression “lacking nothing” indicate that your endurance, reliance, confidence and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ during times of challenges, temptations and tribulations makes you believe that all is well despite the physical evidence that say otherwise. This kind of attitude was displayed by the Shunammite woman in 2 Kings 4:23. The scripture tells us that she said “it shall be well”, despite the seemingly physical evidence that her son was dead. In 2 Kings 4:26, she responded in similar manner to the inquiry of Prophet Elisha through his servant. The scripture tells us “run now, I pray thee, to meet her, and say unto her, is it well with thee? is it well with thy husband? is it well with the child? And she answered, it is well”. Believers of Jesus Christ today can gain lessons from the attitude of the Shunammite woman.

When you rely on Jesus and endure during intense moments of test, He will not fail you. He will ensure that you do not lack the need you trusted Him to provide. But His provision comes in His own way and time and not your own.

Quality of Servant of Jesus Christ

Having being chosen as a servant of Jesus Christ, certain attitude is expected of you. Such behavior patterns which are essential for your spiritual growth enable you to function and perform your duties faithfully and in honor of Him. Nevertheless, your position as a servant does not make you immune to the challenges that face His children. It may rather attract different kinds of challenges to test your faith and patience in our Lord Jesus Christ who chose you to perform His work and not yours.

Acts 16:17-18 tells us “the same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, these men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation. And this did she many days”. The girl’s witness was true yet the spirit by which she spoke was evil, wrong and wicked. Apostle Paul and Silas had to endure the cries of the girl in public for many days while waiting on the Holy Sprit to teach and direct them on how to deal with the spirit in her. Had they relied on their natural abilities, they could probably have agreed with the witness of the girl and thereby displease our Lord Jesus Christ. Waiting patiently on the Holy Spirit proved fruitful as He revealed the nature of the spirit which spoke concerning their mission. Following the revelation, the Holy Spirit empowered Apostle Paul and he cast out the evil spirit out of the girl.

As a servant, God’s children will come to you with various problems. And each one of them may require a certain degree of endurance to listen patiently, counsel, encourage and administer prayer effectively. When you fail to exercise patience, the desired result can be aborted and your efforts fruitless. This is because the behavior of God’s child which is contrary to the Word of God may be the central issue to be resolved. Apostle Paul and Silas waited patiently on the Holy Spirit for direction and received instructions from Him. Depend on the Holy Spirit patiently to minister.

2 Timothy 2:24 reveals the truth and tells us “and the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient”.

How Patience Comes

And now you ask: how does patience come? Believers normally ask for things. And when they ask, patience is not among the list. And if included, it may not be among the top priorities.

Even when patience is asked for, Jesus Christ may choose to answer the request through the situations you encounter. Patience does not come through the ways you may be familiar with. It is noteworthy to mention that though you may not ask for patience, you need it because challenges come whether you ask for them or not. The Holy Spirit manifests patience in and through you as evidence of operation of one of its fruit listed in Galatians 5:22. The original word translated as long suffering also mean patience. As patience begins working in and through you, change of fresh breath also starts flowing through you.

As stated earlier, believers of Jesus Christ:

1. Live by faith – Habakkuk 2:4, Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11

2. Walk by faith – 2 Corinthians 5:7

3. Stand by faith – 2 Corinthians 1:24

4. Please God by faith Hebrews 11:6

James 1:3 therefore soberly counsels us “knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience”. And Romans 5:3 tells us further “knowing that tribulation worketh patience”

Conclusion

A relevant question is: why is patience a blessing.

In relationships amongst God’s children, situations arise that demand or require of your patience to effectively deal with them. If and when this character is not demonstrated by you or other persons involved, the result will be out of line with God’s Word. The occurrence of such instance can even lead to division or separation which causes a child of God not to speak to another Brother or Sister over a very simple issue. But the situation could have been avoided had one of you exercised patience.

And because patience enables you to carefully consider, examine and reflect on and over words spoken, complaints and uncomplimentary remarks in depth, it makes you to avoid taking hasty decisions. By this approach, you are able to have good understanding of the situation. And a wise decision can then be made. Though you may not fully know the rationale for the other person’s attitude, patience can lead you with the help of the Holy Spirit to deal with any unpleasant consequences as a result of the situation.

Hebrews 12:1 tells us “wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us”. When you run without patience, you either stumble or fall down. The path of troubles, trials and test that you go through are sometimes designed in such a manner that patience is an inevitable character to possess in order to walk and run victoriously over them. Though you will inevitably stumble and fall down, you not have to stay down. Be wise therefore through the virtue of patience to avoid the unnecessary traps and things you bring upon yourself.

It is worthy of acceptance as a believer of Jesus Christ to reflect, consider, and understand the truth in 1 Timothy 1:16 each time you read or study the letters of Apostle Paul in the New Testament. The Holy Spirit through him directs you to pause and know that the revelations written through him came by patience and not by ease and comfort. In all honesty and sincerity the facts, principles and truth unveiled in his letters by the Holy Spirit teach believers in Christ Jesus a fundamental moral quality, patience. The lessons learned will enable you to become an effective vessel for the Holy Spirit to pour out from you revelations that edify the body of Christ.

As stated earlier, patience is not glamorous and self satisfying but painful. And yet its rewards bring refreshment. It demonstrates beyond any doubt that the one True God is eternal and faithful. He shows up at the right time in His calendar and not according to your time. The time frame you live in is far too small to contain Him. When you exercise patience in situations that could lead you to grind your teeth, kick the door, punch a hole in a wall, shout over reason and reject wise counsel, Jesus Christ by His Holy Spirit will brighten the situation with the right solution for His glory. Through Apostle Paul, the merit and fruit of patience is seen as an example to emulate. The scripture in 1 Timothy 1; 16 tells us “Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting”. The original word translated as long suffering also means patience.

From the aforementioned, patience is a blessing when birthed by the Holy Spirit and applied to deal effectively with different kinds of situations.

Prayer

Heavenly Father strengthen, encourage and empower your child to endure and victoriously overcome many prevailing situations which question their faith in you. Do this that at the end your child be made perfectly sound lacking nothing in Jesus holy name.

Shalom

Brother Yooko

Yooko Dawson-Andoh believes God’s Word to be living, incorruptible, powerful, and forever true. Devoted to a life of prayer and fasting, Yooko has experienced a tremendous level of revelation as he has studied and meditated upon God’s Word for the last ten years.

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