The Forces of Patience
What happened if you have been confessing, believing and praying and acting in faith and you are not yet seeing the manifestation of the answer you desire in the natural?
“And He said, the kingdom of God is like a man who scatters seed upon the ground, and then continues sleeping and rising night and day while the seed sprouts and grows and increases--he knows not how. The earth produces [acting] by itself--first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. But when the grain is ripe and permits, immediately he sends forth [the reapers] and puts in the sickle, because the harvest stands ready”.
Let’s point out a few things from what Jesus said in this scripture:
1. Jesus calls the parable God’s way of doing things. There is a way things are done in the kingdom of God. Jesus was explaining the way things are done in the kingdom by these scripture. God’s way of doing things. Jesus talked about this in Mat 6: Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness (his way of doing things and being right), and all other things shall be added unto you (Amplified version).
2. Notice that the seed was sown and the sower slept and rose, night and day while the seed sprouted. He went about his business, night and day. He did not see manifestation on the day he sowed the seed but he was confident the seed had been sown in the earth. He knew he needed to be patient.
3. The seed he sowed went through a progression – First the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear, then the harvest. He did not uproot the seed while it was still a blade, he waited for full manifestation.
In our walk with God, it is important that we recognize the place of patience – consistently applying and staying on God’s word and with our actions of faith until manifestation. In consistency lies the power, Gloria Copeland says.
We need to hold on to the hope of the gospel that was preached to us and refuse to be moved away, whether we see immediate result or not.
In the parable of the sower, Jesus talked about the men that had the word sown in their heart, the first set had the word but the devil came and took away the word by force, basically because they did not understand the word. Some other people heard the word and received it with Joy, but had no root in themselves, so when afflictions and persecutions arose for the word sake, they got offended and let go of the word of God. Yet still others heard the word, but the distractions of life, the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choked the word and it died at mid day, But there was the final set who heard the word, understood it, held on through persecutions and affliction, refused to be offended by the word, refused to be seduced and distracted by the pleasure of the word, refused to be deceived by riches and stood their ground on the word, and they bore seed – 30, 60 and 100 fold.
There is a hundred fold return that is available if you refuse to give up on the word.
Situations are going to come against you in the process of your walk of faith, like Jesus explained in the parable of the sower, but we will hold on, we will refuse to give up on God and His word, we will be like the last set of people who received.
The need for endurance, steadfastness and patience.
1. Jesus said, “If you continue in my words then are you my disciples in deed; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”. It is in “continuing” in His word that we come to know, get deeply acquainted with, and actively recognize the truth for it to set us free. You cannot know the truth and be set free if you don’t continue in God’s word.
2. Jesus said in Mark 4: 24 “Be careful what you are hearing. The measure [of thought and study] you give [to the truth you hear] will be the measure [of virtue and knowledge] that comes back to you--and more [besides] will be given to you who hear. You want more result, you pay more attention, you give more thought and study to the truth you hear. You pay no thought and study, you get no result, you pay minimal attention, you get minimal result etc. So, if we are not seeing the virtue and knowledge we require, then we are not paying the attention that is required.
3. James 1: 4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. Patience is essential as part of the developmental process. Amplified says ”But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing. Notice that 3 words were used to represent patience - endurance and steadfastness and patience. You need to hold on to the end. He that endures to the end shall be saved “soteria” that is delivered, healed, changed, and transformed. If we hold on to what God said in his word, in our speaking or confession, in our thoughts and imaginations, and in our agreeing with the word and taking sides with It in our heart, till the end, we will be healed, saved, prospered, delivered, transformed, whatever salvations means to us, whatever it entails.
4. You have need of patience so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive your reward. Hebrew 10:36. This encapsulates the purpose of patience in our walk of faith. Your reward is coming, but you need to be patient.
5. There is a law of progression that is working on your faith drive. Your answer is going through the progression, first the blade, then the ear then the full corn in the ear and afterwards the harvest. Your harvest is coming. The cycle may be short or long, but there is a progression. This is called the law of progression. Your faith is still working. You may not see the manifestation today, but your faith is still working. God is turning things around for you from the roots.
The story of Jesus and the fig tree comes to mind. He cursed the tree, and it did not look as if something was happening to the tree, but by the next day, it died, FROM THE ROOTS. It did not look like it changed, if you looked at it, the leaves still looked green, the stem still looked strong, but the word was working on it, in its root.
When you step out and start releasing your faith, the issue may look like it is not changing, you may not even see any physical change, but the word is working on the roots of the situation. You see why you cannot give up on your faith?
Hold on, your faith is still working!
Memory Verse: James 1: 4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.