“You’ll even be turned in by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends. Some of you will be killed. There’s no telling who will hate you because of me. Even so, every detail of your body and soul—even the hairs of your head!—is in my care; nothing of you will be lost. Staying with it—that’s what is required. Stay with it to the end. You won’t be sorry; you’ll be saved.” Luke 21:19 MSG
Patience is a friend of time. Impatience is the best friend of destruction. There is nothing, absolutely nothing that can replace patience as invaluable virtue. Good timing produces the concrete result, which in the end somehow makes the long waiting worthwhile.
Hanging in there does come with lots of sacrifices. First, it requires reaffirming your faith in God. Under no circumstances must you doubt the Lord’s capabilities in providing the desirable outcome. Second, it demands to embrace the spirit of positivity. Yes, you believe it and you shall have it! That’s how it works. Staying in the realm of visualising that you have already obtained what your need even when you have not received it.
Third, you have to pray. No one can pray for you as much as you can. Prayer is like the cement that solidifies the bricks to ensure they do not fall apart. Prayer is the torchlight that illuminates the dark places. Prayer is the passport to create the first point of contact with God. Overall, prayer is the mantra of a genuine Christian!
Fourth and last, be patience. The price(s) that is associated with waiting is inestimable! When you rush to obtain something, you are likely to get the counterfeit or something that you may not like at all. The best is to hang in there; wait, wait and wait until you have the real thing you asked for.
“Other seed fell among rocks. It began to grow, but the plant soon wilted and died for lack of moisture.”
Luke 8:6 NLT
The trouble with having a stagnated life is much more complicated than anyone can imagine. Things stop moving as expected. Life becomes boring and empty. Everyone just about you becomes the perfect target to blame. Above all, you feel trapped. At that level of stagnation, prayer and praises have no different meaning because they have turned into routinely procedures.
How do you recognise a stagnated Christian? Here is how – for five months he is with God and everyone knows his as a Christian. For the following seven months, he is with the world, and he does the things about the world. In other words, he is a Christian, who travels and comes back to the Lord at anytime he wants. He prays and read the Bible when he remembers to act so. His Bible has accumulated tons of dust over the course of the times he never bothered to read it. Even his electronic Bible app was not opened for months.
The problem with this is that such a Christian whose life is stagnated cannot see beyond the actual minute. He cannot learn new things from God, and he will invariably miss out from hearing the messages of the Holy Spirit. When he reads the Bible, he repeatedly reads the identical chapters and verses all over once more. He will pray the alike types of prayers as much as he wishes. He continues to see God all the time with the exact mental images of the Lord he made long ago. It is no wonder such Christian is a rocky, rocky one; always unstable and insecure.
This is why as Christian, you need the daily renewal of your mind so that you can experience the freshness of the Holy Ghost. The more you remove the old clothes of fellowship and put on the new ones, the closer you become to God. Think about Jesus and how He would proceed back to His Father in the solo times to regain and refresh the anointing. This is very significant. Hence, I pray you, do not allow stagnation in your relationship with God. It is unsafe and will draw you away from all the blessings and divine protection.
Then Jesus told this story: “A man planted a fig tree in his garden and came again and again to see if there was any fruit on it, but he was always disappointed. Finally, he said to his gardener, ‘I’ve waited three years, and there hasn’t been a single fig! Cut it down. It’s just taking up space in the garden.’ “The gardener answered, ‘Sir, give it one more chance. Leave it another year, and I’ll give it special attention and plenty of fertilizer. If we get figs next year, fine. If not, then you can cut it down.
(Luke 13:6-9 NLT)