IF FAITH PLEASES GOD.......
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.(James 1:2-4)
As promised in the next 3 capsules we would look at what patience means and it's place when we deploy our faith for healing. Don't forget that this blog is a capsule, so it is small and smooth enough to swallow, and easily digestible to release it's healing power.
The above passage is one of the boldest scripture in the word of God. It says you should rejoice no matter the situation (sickness or disease inclusive), why? Because the challenge to your faith (or your belief in the veracity of the promises of God) is an opportunity to put patience to work. Verse 4 says if you allow patience to do what its meant to do, YOU WILL BE PERFECT, ENTIRE and LACK NOTHING. This is a blank cheque, in fact it doesn't get better than this. So if you are struggling to effect healing in yourself, then you've got the mix of faith and patience wrong.
That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises (Hebrews )
In case you are still in doubt, look at the scripture above saying exactly the same thing. With the right mix of faith and patience you will inherit the promises, including those concerning healing. Or look at it the other way, if you are not inheriting the promises, it's because you are slothful ( or sluggish: NKJV or spiritually dull and indifferent according to the NLT bible version).
So if PATIENCE is this powerful and needful what is it? Can I suggest that patience as described in the scriptures is not passive, in fact it does not mean doing nothing or hanging about helplessly waiting for something to happen.
Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them (Mark )
I refer you to capsule 16, PATIENCE is the spiritual quality that stands as a bridge between 'believe that ye receive them' and 'ye shall have them'. Except you know this, a lot of prayer power will be wasted. You will think nothing happened when a lot has.
I define PATIENCE as the endurance of faith. Most people can start in faith, but without patience only few people last in faith. Patience supplies the energy that keeps faith going. Once 'you believe you receive', patience should kick in until 'you have it'. Again I stress it doesn't mean loitering and doing nothing, and it does not necessarily have to be long.
The question is how do you obtain this patience? Look at the scripture below.
For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope (Roman 15:4)
Patience only comes through the knowledge of the scripture, I am not talking about some casual acquantance with the scripture. I mean revealed intimate knowledge, (To be continued)
.......THEN TURBO CHARGE IT WITH PATIENCE
In capsule 18, we would go further and discuss how to work patience