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The Patience Race Part I

Faith that Moves Mountains

Hebrews 12:1b let us lay aside every weight and the sin which does so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.

Hebrews 11:36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.

Dear Friends: I pray today that these words of inspiration are falling on a heart that is open to receiving encouragement that there is hope in any circumstance of life. It is my sincere prayer that these words of encouragement will bless anyone reading with the motivation to let go of your struggles and the battle to try to constantly figure it all out, and just begin a journey of trusting God, believing He is for you and not against you, having faith to walk with Him and commune with Him and know He will bring you through to a place of victory.

We all have situations in our lives that seem impossible, situations where nothing we do seems to give us a breakthrough. It is at these times that faith and patience are required. We may know in our rational thinking that God is hard at work in our circumstances. We may, in the seeming unrelenting darkness, realize that things will turn around some day. But what about the present day, this day in which we’re struggling with doubt, maybe even nearing despair? What do we do about the day we wake up in the same turmoil as the day before and wonder where is God and what is He up to, what is taking so long? These are the days faith and patience must be called upon to work together on our behalf in extraordinary ways, knowing God will work it out for our good. I exhort you to allow these words of inspiration to open to you the possibility of a new and better way in the struggles of life.

Faith and patience are often referred to as the “power twins” because one without the other will fall short of God’s desired goal for us. Faith can move mountains, even though these mountains often seem insurmountable and impossible from our everyday perspective, but it often takes patience to see it through. So once again, be encouraged, my friends, that this is a process with God, an exciting journey, but a timely process nonetheless.

Often in our desire to get out of the discomfort or pain in the hard places of life we pray and, when nothing happens, we get anxious. We can pray for a while, but to stand firm in faith for an extended period of time, believing our God is able, requires extraordinary patience. InLuke 21:19 God’s Word says in your patience possess ye your souls. In Hebrews 11:6 we read that without faith it is impossible to please him; for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. We are in a race in this life and yet God tells us to be still and know that He is God. So I exhort you to keep praying, keep believing, no matter how long it takes. Don’t lose hope, don’t throw away the faith, don’t lose patience in the hard places, because God is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to know Him and have eternal life.

His love for us is unconditional and immeasurable. His care of us is constant. He never slumbers or sleeps (Psalm 121:4). In Lamentations 3:22b-26 we read that His compassions fail not, they are new every morning; that the Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh after him; and it is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.

So may I encourage you today to run your race with patience, to be faithful and diligent in seeking the Lord. If God says it is good to both hope and quietly wait for His salvation, then beloved continue to look to Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith and see what great things He has in store for you. Scripture is full of words of inspiration, full of words of encouragement. God’s word is life and light to all who will read it and by faith let the word enter their hearts and change their lives.

The grace of our Lord be with you all.

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