~ This blog post is an adapted excerpt from a sermon by Peter DeWitt. You can hear the whole sermon, The Process of Faith (part 2), from Agathos Church – a non-denominational Christian Church in Columbus, Ohio by clicking here.
Patience understands that some promises take time to fully develop. Jesus was the Word become flesh – the process of God’s Words taking on flesh can be a gestational one. Heidi Baker has a book out about this right now: Birthing the Miraculous. In her book, she uses Mary (Jesus’ mother) as an illustration of how God’s Will is promised to us, grows in us, and how we can be a partner with Him in bringing it to pass. She highlights how the process was not necessarily easy for Mary – but she did not cast off God’s Words to her.
In other Words, if God’s promises get you pregnant with potential, patience keeps you from aborting His promises.
In the culmination of the parable of the sower, Jesus says “But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience. (Luke 8:15) When we KEEP the Word of God in our heart, we bear fruit – WITH PATIENCE.
Some promises take time to develop and come to full term!
Patience is active. It is how you gestate the promises of God. Patience is a place of strength. Your patience actually provides God a foundation on which to build breakthrough on in your life. Let’s look at a classic scripture about patience, James 1:2-4:
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”
Patience is developed through the testing of you faith. Note that God intends you to pass His tests. And passing leads to promotion. To the contrary, the enemy wants provide you with temptations. Now, how does a temptation differ from a test? Both have a similarity – they can be hard! But how do they differ? Simple. Temptations are for your failure – the enemy came to steal, kill, and destroy. A test, on the other hand is for your promotion – Jesus came to give life and life abundantly. The testing of your faith can bring life to you; the test is meant for your passing and promotion!
If God can only work through you with instantaneous miracles, there are a whole lot of things He cannot do through you. He wants us to be able to mix patience with our faith.
Patience turns momentary faith into momentum.
Patience is not about finding a new faith target, it is about sticking on the same one until you get it. Your capacity for patience with a promise from God will either limit or elevate the roles He can give to you.
Patience enables new territories of faith.