When cooking I’ve learned first-hand how important it is to follow the recipe. Waffles can turn into Aweffles if you miss one part of the directions. Likewise in the realm of faith and prayer it’s important that we follow the recipe of the Spirit. In John 15 Jesus gives us a recipe for victory. The third factor or key we will look at today is the patience (steadfast, unshakeable) factor.
The patience FACTOR “…and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”
Abide: defined in Strongs #3306. meno, men’‑o; a prim. verb; to stay (in a given place, state, relation or expectancy):‑‑abide, continue, dwell, endure, be present, remain, stand, tarry (for), X thine own.
Satan will work to deceive you and wear you out during the delay of seeing your word fulfilled. Scripture after scripture implies that you must keep applying a steadfast pressure to your mountain. That steadfast, unwavering pressure is patience.
Hebrews. 6:12 do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
If the enemy can resist you for a period of time, he’s often able to get you to pull back your assault with your own confession.
The Hebrew writer says “hold fast your confession of faith.”
Don’t let go of what you demanded. Don’t let go of what you desire and require. God’s Word must abide in you permanently if you are going to bear fruit. Satan will try to get you off of the Word that God has given you. He wants that word out of your heart. Jesus said persecution arises because of the Word (Matthew 13:21). When God gives you a Word get ready for warfare, but just assured, get ready to win some ground if you stand your ground.
One reason for patience is because the Word of God is like a seed. Seeds don’t bear fruit over night. When you first walk by your garden you don’t see any indication that you planted seed there. You may be tempted to tear the whole thing up and put in a sport court…but just wait. Keep tending it, keep watering it and soon you’ll see the little sprout of what you’ve been saying and prophesying.
Mark 4:26 And He was saying, “The kingdom of God is like a man who casts seed upon the soil; and goes to bed at night and gets up by day, and the seed sprouts up and grows– how, he himself does not know. For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.
A common problem with all of God’s servants is impatience. It got Abraham and Sarah in trouble and it has tripped up the best of us since then. You’ll remember that he went into Hagar because Sarah was not bringing forth the promised son. Most of us have a much shorter timeline then God.
I’m sure Joseph was a little tempted to doubt God during the 13 years of delay he experienced. Early on in our ministry I was blessed to hear from God. This happened in my car on the way home from a church meeting. It was as if the Holy Spirit came into my car that night and talked to me. He told me it would be 10 years for the vision He’d given me to come to fulfillment. This intimate time with God for just a few moments sustained me through all the hard times. It has made me think of the words of James a little different.