“That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises”
2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
Faith and patience are a set of inseparable twins. Isaiah 28:16 tells us that whosoever believes shall not make haste, or shall not be impatient. Faith must produce patience to obtain anything with God. It is patient faith that can obtain the promise of God. By patient faith, we mean steadfast, enduring, consistent, diligent faith. Hebrews 6:15 tells us that when God made the promise to Abraham, “And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.” Abraham endured, or was patient, and after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. That’s what it takes to obtain the promise. Any promise God has made to you in His Word will require patience to obtain it. Well, faith must be tried to produce patience. James 1:3 tells us that the trying of our faith works patience. When faith is tried, patience is the result. When the trials of faith come your way, don’t complain and sag. Don’t buckle and squeeze your face, murmuring around. Count it all joy! Knowing this, that the trying of your faith works patience. But don’t be quick to burst it right there in the middle of the process. Let patience have her perfect work. Don’tquitinbetween,saying“Iamnotsurethisisworking,”or“Iamnotsurewherethisisleading me, or I hope it will be alright.” Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will guide your paths.
Beloved, be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. God is up to something. Make sure you get down to what it is. Don’t quit half way. Press in, and press on. God is faithful to bring to pass every Word He has spoken to you. He is faithful to do it. Be faithful to receive it. Let the patient faith produce a walk with God like Enoch’s, and that which God promised you will leap into being for you. Be followers of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
My Solid Front (Confession):
In the Name of Jesus, I declare that my faith is steadfast and productive; I walk in the steadfast faith of Abraham, my father; therefore I obtain and inherit the promises. Amen.