The most intense time that faith is released and your belief and trust in God is increased on a dramatic scale is after you pray. Which is still before you actually see the answer. This is the critical time when things are being set in motion by your faith, even though you can’t see anything happening, it is. It’s the time when your the most tempted to say “nothing is happening. I prayed and believed, but I don’t have it. It I guess I never will. Maybe I don’t have enough faith. Maybe it doesn’t work.”
Sometimes we want to say stuff like this but don’t! The Bible says in Romans 12:3 that every believer has already received “the measure of faith”. You don’t need more faith. What we need is something to strengthen the faith we already have, so it will continue working until the answer comes. What we really need is patience.
Patience is one of the characteristics God placed inside you when you became a Christian. It doesn’t give in to tough times. It doesn’t quit believing. Patience supports faith to keep it stable and strong when circumstances say “it’s impossible.
Patience is the the complete opposite of hopelessness.
Verse passage: Ephesians 2:12 “remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world” – NIV
Ephesians already lays out that Christians are “without hope” and are “without God”.
Patience is also associated with hope. Patience will hold on. It knows “I have a promise from God, and I will stand on that promise. I will wait or endure till the promise is answered.”
Patience is such a powerful force that it cannot be overcome. If you exercise the patience inside of you, it will be there when you need it to help you stand. It will support your faith to keep you believing with strength until the answer comes.
Exercise patience when you feel like giving up or feel like doubting that your answer will come. Faith and patience working together will make you a force to be reckoned with and will truly help you through the most difficult times in life.
Verse passage: Colossians 3:12 “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” – NIV