How You Can Develop Patience
Patience, like a muscle, needs to be
exercised and developed in order to function effectively.
Patience is not something that comes automatically neither will
you become patient just by deciding you will be patient.
Christians need to train themselves to be patient and resistant.
I want to share several keys with you that will help you develop
God said; if you donít cast away your
confidence, you will have a great recompense of reward after you
have done His will. That means you need to be a doer of the will
and the word of God, and not a hearer only.
ďWhat are you to do?Ē
Line up what you are doing and what you are
thinking with the line of Godís word.
Every action, decision and goal in our
lives should be aligned with Godís word. When we have the stamp
of approval of His word, we will have the motivation to
Get Rid of Sin. The writer of Hebrews
exhorts us to; ďLay aside every weight, and the sin which doth
so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that
is set before us.Ē
Sin will hamper our progress, just as any
unnecessary burden hampers the progress of a runner.
If youíre holding onto a sin in your life,
that sin will stop Godís power from flowing up out of your
heart. It will quench the force of patience. Take a look at
yourself in the mirror of Godís word. If you lack patience
because youíve blown it, because sin has got hold of you and
quenched strength, the repent and get rid of the sin.
If you want to possess the promises of God,
youíve got to get sin out of your life. Sin will quench the flow
of faith and patience. Sin will stop the promises from working.
If you want to run with patience the race that is set before
you, you need to lay aside any besetting sin.
Lay aside and weight or encumbrance.
In other words, discard anything in your
life that does not promote obedience and fellowship with God.
ďLay Aside Every Weight.Ē We read in
Say NO to Fear
Fear causes a lot of people to become
impatient. When fear comes along, they fear that they are not
going to get the answer to their prayers. Remember, what
happened to Job? He feared! When his troubles came he said,
ďThe thing which I greatly feared is come
But you donít have to be overcome by your
fears. When Satan tempts you to fear, just say ĎNo!í
applies to a very sensitive area to all of us. We all need to
overcome the fear of criticism. Many people procrastinate and
become impatient because they are concerned about what other
people might say or think about them if they fail.
We need to remember that the word of God
teaches that we will face criticism if we successfully carry out
the will of God.
Fear of criticism, will discourage you from
doing the will of God. When we face opposition, we should not
let the things others say and do affect and discourage us. The
apostle Paul wrote:
People who criticize or slander us can
actually be used by God to develop a more Christ-like character
in us. What they intend for evil, God can use for our good..
So, thinking about failing because of
criticism is fruitless and failing to wait on God because of
criticism is allowing yourself to be defeated by evil the Devil.
We are to think of succeeding, and to
continue pressing towards the mark of the prize of the high
calling in Christ Jesus.
in our lives depends on our will including patience..
of you knows what it is to will to do something. If you will to
do something you can do it. Before you are a doer of the word,
youíve got to will to do it. If you really desire to exercise
patience, you can do it.
Know What You Want
It is impossible to exercise patience and
persistence toward a goal if you donít know what the goal is, if
you donít know what you are believing God for, or if you donít
know the direction in which He is taking you..
Also, if you do not have a strong desire
for a goal or dream, you will not persevere with the effect to
achieve it. When I look at biographies of great men of old and
observe the lives of great men of today, I find that every one
of them knew what he wanted and was patient in finding out how
to get it. If you want to be successful, you must know what you
want out of your life. You may wonder, ĎI donít know if thatís
what God wants me to do.í
If you are wondering what God wants you to
do, all you have to do is pray and ask Him to show you. God will
speak to you in various ways. He may speak to you to your heart
with a still small voice; He may speak to you through other
people in a way that you absolutely know it is Him, He may speak
through His word, or He may speak in an audible voice.
Get informed and organized
When God gives you a vision or tells you to
do something, it is to your advantage that you get every bit of
information available on it. Knowing the fact will help you
persevere on your course. You should do extensive research in
the area of your vision and make careful notes of what you
Meditate on your plan
A late scientist Albert Einstein said that,
ďNo problem can be solved without someone thinking upon it.Ē
In the Christian life meditation is a vital
key to success, and meditation is a process that demands
patience. God wants us to learn to think accurately about how to
deal wisely in the affairs of life. In order to deal wisely, we
should think upon His word day and night. Insights and
revelation from Godís word come only through patient, faithful
study and meditation. He promises that then we will have success
in whatever we do.
Allow others to help you, and help others
along the way.
After you have done everything there is to
do, there is one more thing you need;;
To "stand firm", waiting on god.
ďWherefore take unto you the whole armor of
god, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and
having done all to stand.Ē
Patience and persistence will help you to
continue pressing towards the mark and to move into Godís best
for your life; His reward for those who donít give up.