TUESDAY 10TH AUGUST, 2021
THEME: ENDURING PATIENCE
PASSAGE: JAMES 1:1-4
MEMORY VERSE: Matthew 24:13 “But he who endures to the end will be saved.”
HYMN: MHB 491 (220.127.116.11.) – CHRISTIAN, Seek not yet Repose.
Some Christians are uncomfortable with the word ‘patience’ in the practice of faith. James admonishes us to have enduring patience when we are facing diverse temptations, which will serve as a shock absorber to overcome such temptations. Christians need enduring patience to serve God. As James puts it in verse 4: But let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and venture, wanting nothing.
Look at the last two words “wanting nothing!” You will lack nothing when you have enduring patience. But Satan is seriously sowing the seed of impatience in the world, saying that ‘if you are patient in Christ, you will miss out. That is untrue!
Patience is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:22-26). Some impatient Christians run to native or witch doctors in the name of looking for solutions for their challenges. They easily forget people who exercised enduring patience and had their problems solved. When you overcome you have Joy in your heart without anybody telling you.
Some Christians today are running from pillar to post because of a lack of enduring patience in God. Every little temptation puts them off from God. Jesus Christ endured the pains on the cross and got victory in the end.
Beloved, enduring patience will make you give testimony. Don’t be emotionally moved by little challenges in your life. Run to God in prayer. Don’t run to where they will give you a “quick solution”. Enduring patience is a virtue every Christian should imbibe but it is missing in the church today. There is impatience in some Christians, who say: ‘if the church cannot change you, change the church.’
You cannot change the Word of God. Enduring patience will open your eyes to God’s blessings. Don’t drop enduring patience from your faith, for you are blessed already. Only those who endure to the end shall be saved.
PRAYER: Father, grant me enduring patience in every challenge and temptation in my life, and don’t let me take a wrong step, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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