We live in an instant culture – people want instant muscles, wealth, success, love and satisfaction. So much so that if we don’t get what we want instantly, we move on very quickly to something else that we can get our hands on. Problem is, life isn’t instant, nor an event or destination but a process, a journey, a story. Life unfolds incrementally not as one complete package.
Prophecy plays a pivotal role in our lives to reveal Gods promised intent for our future. However, we need to partner with the prophetic and in between the promise and the fulfilment, we must prepare. Both the Holy Spirit and Satan is involved in the process. The former to equip and position us, the latter to resist and destroy us and God’s purposes for us.
There are 2 fundamental keys to fulfilling the promise of God in your life. Many of us have heard about the importance of faith but not enough of us have heard about its twin partner = patience. Faith must be partnered with patience for the promise to be realised.
Patience perseveres with the confidence faith provides (Hebrews 10:35-36). When we refuse to be patient, we damage our confidence and delay or even possibly abort the promises of God. Patience is a fruit of the Spirit, whereas impatience is a fruit of the flesh and one that the enemy can use to destroy us and others around us.
Faith possesses the promise of God in our spirits now but patience matched with faith possesses the promise of God in our reality in the future. Faith and patience looks like actively waiting on God (Isa 40:31) but it also looks like praising and thanking God in the meantime (Hab 3:17-18).
What promise have you received from God that you have either let go of or are struggling to believe in? Don’t lose heart. Partner your faith with patience and you will possess the promises of God.