November 23, 2021

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (James 1:1-4)
As I read James chapter 1 this morning, I was reminded of the many people in the Bible that walked by faith and did so with great patience. Not one of them accomplished the task or received the promise in a hurry. Although some never even saw the fulfillment of what they believed God for, they continued ongoing, trusting and believing God would fulfill His promises to them.
For example, Abraham was seventy-five years old when God told him to leave his homeland and go to a far-off land (country). In faith, Abraham obeyed God, as he took his wife, servants, and all his livestock and left.
One of God’s promises to Abraham was that he would make him into a great nation. God told Abraham that his descendants would number more than that of the stars in the heavens (Genesis 15:5) says, “And he brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” How could that be as Abraham was an older man already?
Years and years passed after God made this promise to Abraham, yet Abraham continued to walk by faith, believing God even though he saw no results. Abraham learned many lessons as he walked this faith walk. Abraham needed to go through the things he did before God could fulfill His promises to him.
Friends, are you patiently believing, or have you become disheartened and disillusioned? If you have, then you need to take stock today. Make some time to be alone with God. Repent of that unbelief. Go to Him in prayer and ask Him to confirm His Word to you. Then recommit yourself to walking the faith walk with Him, no matter what the circumstances may be. Would you Pray with me?
Father, I know that I have allowed myself to become discouraged and sidetracked by the circumstances in my life. Father, I ask that You forgive me and please help me to get back on track. Father, my heart desires to live a lifestyle characterized by patient faith. This I ask in Your Precious Name, Amen.

God Bless and have a Blessed Day, Friends <><


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