Patience

September 15, 2016

Chosen by God!

 

“For you have need of steadfast patience and endurance, so that you may perform and fully accomplish the will of God, and thus receive and carry away [and enjoy to the full] what is promised.” (Hebrews 10:36 AMP)

 

It is so hard to learn the lesson of patience. Every challenge is not to discourage us but to build us up and make us more like Him.

 

In the waiting He is working on us, in us, and ultimately through us. So many are watching and how we wait will impact others.

 

Right now the Holy Spirit has me parked at the corner of Psalm 46:!0, "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!" I've been here a long time, so obviously this continues to be an area of opportunity for me!

 

I am a take control, let's make this happen kind of person. This is no surprise to my Abba Father. He knows He has to slow me down or I will get ahead of Him. That is not a good place for me to be. And yes, I do wish He would hurry up! However, I have learned to trust God's timing knowing it's perfect timing.

 

Seriously, I have finally come to the point of resting in Him while waiting for Him. I know He's up to something and I want to be an active part of it.

 

The Chinese Bamboo

 

"Patience will refine and perfect you. Impatience will cause you to get out of step with the Spirit of God, whose lead you are to closely follow."

 

"When the Chinese bamboo is planted, watered, and nurtured throughout the growing season, it does not outwardly develop at all - not a bud or sprout appears. It takes five (5) consecutive years of cultivation before even the slightest sign of growth is visible. And then in the fifth year, something incredible happens: Within a six week period it grows to 60 feet!"

 

"For five years the bamboo seed silently develops underground - expanding its root system in order to make it strong enough to sustain the "sudden growth" that ultimately takes place in the fifth year. Had the tree failed to build a strong underground foundation, it would be impossible for it to "all of a sudden" reach its full potential when it comes time to push its way through the soil into the outside world!" (Dr. Cindy Trimm)

 

Now this really blessed me. While it may not seem like anything is going on - on the surface, there is a lot going on under the surface, in my heart. God is more concerned with our character than our comfort. He will do whatever is necessary to make us look more like Him. So, yes, I don't mind waiting on the Lord.

 

Be Encouraged! ❤

 

Leisa Wilkins Ministries

 

"Encouraging and Empowering you to become who God created you to be, God's Masterpiece, a Divine Original!"

 

Pastor | Author | Bible Teacher | Speaker | Encourager

 

www.leisawilkins.com

 

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