Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth. Revelation 3:10
Patient Endurance~A Shook Up Comfort Zone
Patient Endurance apparently is something that the Lord feels that I need to grow in. I agree. It is time to not just have this patient endurance from time to time, but to learn a spiritual habit of patient endurance in my life, one that is constant. I know it is not a good thing to admit that I want to grow in patient endurance, because then the Lord will cause it to happen and my comfort zone is going to be shook up a bit. So I decided to journal about it. I hope you enjoy these posts on patient endurance.
“The vigor and power and comfort of our spiritual life depends on our mortification of deeds of the flesh.” Author: John Owen
A Human Condition Run Amuck
There are days that I feel so ashamed of the me I became because of the choice I made to “flesh out” emotions that needed to be God managed. I get to this place when I don’t’ spend time with God and His Word and it is usually the same time of year, the holiday season where everything is hustle and bustle and God gets pushed out. I think: I can get through this, I can lax my time with God, nope… it doesn’t quite work out so well because I have this human condition, the same one we all have that needs to be renewed by God. I have realized, if I stay connected to God, heart to Heart and spirit to Spirit, I will not only “get through” but I will “grow through” my day.
Yucky Condemnation ~ Smothering Guilt
I do have a human condition and I do mess up. After I have a “fleshing out” episode, I feel horrible, lots of regret. Then of course, there is that yucky back bite of condemnation that comes from my enemy and just sits on my soul, until my spirit is completely smothered and my kingdom perspective overtaken by a worldly viewpoint of guilt. If I don’t get off this roller coaster of emotions, it is pretty much assured, I will end up with a sick soul, that is puking negative emotions all over everyone.
“So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin… (Romans 7:25b NIV) That summarizes all that he has been talking about in Chapter 7. But don’t stop there, for there should not be even a period between that and Verse 1 of Chapter 8. [but,] therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.” Ray C. Stedman
The Journey Of Patient Endurance Begins
Guilty regret doesn’t stand very long as the standard of my soul. God’s light of love, it is so powerful and the Holy Spirit always manages to get truth in my face. I have no regrets that stay around too long, because that is how incredible our God is in His forgiving, merciful, teaching nature, that He is famous for and that I love so much. He never gives up on us and that is why I keep pressing forward with Him. I know this is a season of teaching and I know there are two words that are going to be a part of my teachable moments in this time. Patient Endurance. I pray to have a soul with an undisturbed calm.
Turn From Human Doing And Be Found In God
God gives me incredible courage which is unstopped by condemnation and I can face my humanity, see the mistake and humbly ask for forgiveness and change things up. Because of the unconditional love nature of my God, I am continually desiring to be better, not out of condemnation, but out of conviction and commitment to be the best I can be in Christ. I am thinking though, if I learn the lessons that lead me to a habitual patient endurance, I will see less and less messy fleshing out and more and more of a love relationship with Jesus Christ. I will be found serving God more than leaning into little old fleshly me.
My Mess Becomes Jesus’ Message
God will finish what He started in me. A mess I make, doesn’t stop the message of Jesus’ Cross from coming across to those I do life with as I grow through in vital-vertical relationship with God. Forgiveness and Mercy, I am assured that these can happen. I know that I am the temple of God, I know He lives inside of me. When you really think about this, it feels like a huge responsibility. In that light of God’s truth, it is not. Why? Because the truth is, when I am attached in a Vital-Vertical relationship with God, it is not impossible for me to live God-like. Jesus empowers me to stomp my flesh, to control my emotions and walk in His Truth. The journey to becoming a person who patiently endures is on the way. I can imagine that there are messes are ahead that God will purposefully use to create His message in me.
Enhanced Strength ~ Equipped Ability
In Christ, Christ In Me, I find my strength enhanced, my ability equipped and my passion purified as I see clearly out of a Kingdom Perspective. It is here, staying faithfully in a personal relationship with God, connected my heart to His Heart that I can be an amazing God temple, that reflects the all of Who He is. My success is never found in myself, I serve someone higher than self, my success is simply-significantly being faithful to be found in vital-vertical relationship with God. I know that success in patient endurance will be directly linked to my faithfulness to keeping my relationship with God steady and growing.
“Success begins with a life of full faith in and faithfulness to the Lord and his standards. Then we, too, shall live with godly success in the place of God’s choosing”. Dr. Richard Patterson
Look Up~ Listen Up~Pray It Up
Jesus, disrupt the evil schemes of the enemies thought patterns that tell us we “can’t” learn and grow through this life. We can, in You, we can. Help us Holy Spirit, deliver us from every dead end we find ourselves in when we chase after our emotions that have been stirred up by a deceitful enemy with a motive to destroy us. Guard our hearts with Your Word and simply-significantly, help us to daily bow down our flesh before You and put on Your robe of righteousness. May we know the strength and spiritual equipping that happens when we connect with You in vital-vertical relationship. Grow us up Lord Jesus as we patiently endure, taking the time needed to grow through with You. AMEN.
I hope you enjoyed this nourishing meal of Patient Endurance posted at the Author Table of The Bridegroom’s Café. This meal has a very personal flavor, it gives you an insight into the life of the Author, KimberlyMac, me and all I am growing through. I hope you share it on all your Social Media accounts and bless someone else with the wisdom of Patient Endurance. God bless you. Much! PS. I highly suggest you check out my book: The Bridegroom’s Voice, it will bless your life in ways no other book has.