The Power of Patience

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Alyssa in her little green Crocs:)

“Then Abraham waited patiently, and he received the promise.” Hebrews 6:15

“For you have need of endurance so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise.” Hebrews 10:36

Patience…it’s a word that most of us do not like. But, today I want to show you how vital the fruit of patience is to receive the promises of God in your life. Did you know that patience is also defined as endurance and perseverance? The Greek word for endurance is “hupomone.” (Please stay with me for a moment as we define the Greek word, “hupomone” and get a clearer picture of why patience is so imperative to our spiritual life). “Hupomone” means, “constancy, perseverance, continuance, bearing up, steadfastness, holding out and patient endurance”. “Hupo” literally means, “under,” and “mone” literally means, “to remain.”

Therefore, we can define patience as: “The ability to bear up under difficult circumstances, not with a passive complacency, but with a hopeful staying power that actively resists weariness and defeat.”

This is good news, because most of us give up too soon. Once we receive a promise from the Word of God we want an immediate manifestation of that promise – like NOW! But it usually does not work that way. Just as Abraham had to wait patiently before he received his promise – so do we. There is a slice of time between the PROMISE and the PROVISION where the POWER of PATIENCE is vital. You see, during this in-between time is when the enemy attacks you the most. The devil will do everything within his power to distract, discourage and pull you off track. When the attack comes – you will need the power of patience. You need the supernatural power of endurance to bear up under the trials of this life and ACTIVELY resist weariness and defeat. The truth is YOU WIN – if you do not lose hope!

I encourage you today to ask God for the power of patience to manifest in your life. Whether you need it now or sometime in the near future – the “hupomone” power of God will help you to wait patiently and receive your promise!

Prayer:
Lord, I need the power of patience in my life. Help me to bear up under difficult circumstances with a hopeful resilience that actively resists weariness and defeat. When the enemy comes like a roaring lion, I declare the supernatural power of endurance is manifested in my life. I will not give up. I will not lose sight. I will be victorious and receive ALL the promises of God in my life. Amen.

6 Comment(s)

  1. The word patience is sometimes hard to swallow. Because you want it now. I am like that. I had a friend point that out to me a couple of days ago. I am a person when I want to do something and find the solution; I just want to run out and get it down and now. When she said that, I had to think about it and said yes “I am like that”. So, now I am learning patience. It is so ironic because I am teaching my wednesday class on that too. It is so hard to be patient but I know it is better for me at times to be so. Thanks for the word.

    love,
    stephanie

    Stephanie derolus | Aug 27, 2007 | Reply

  2. This is an awesome word. We need the truth taught like this. As a christian I want things to come easy because our God is so big and can do anything, right!? It is hard to wait but always worth it and your truth today helps us know that we are not forgotten and to carry on!

    Kelly Porter | Aug 28, 2007 | Reply

  3. Thanks Tracy, I know you were thinking of me when you wrote this. 🙂

    Patience. It is so important to all of our life. Whether it be with the children, the husband, or the grocery store line. It is a fruit of the spirit which needs to be exercised more in my life.

    Thanks again.

    Angel Cope | Aug 28, 2007 | Reply

  4. This is a powerful message and spoke right to my heart! Thanks Tracy!

    Trudy | Aug 28, 2007 | Reply

  5. Oh, Is this good!!! Patience….sounds so easy but in reality it’s so difficult to wait on God! I’ve heard it said that many people give up right before their break-through or miracle.

    Help us Lord to wait, as the Word says, “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles.”

    Great word….right on time!

    Brigette Wagner | Aug 29, 2007 | Reply

  6. UGH! My GREATEST struggle!!!! Thanks for the post….I needed that!…I WILL perservere & remain in Him! Amen!
    Love ya!
    marie

    Marie Davis | Aug 30, 2007 | Reply

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