There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. (Romans 5:3-4 MSG)

As we continue our discussion on faith and patience, we’ll do well to note that patience is not passive resignation to fate. It is not accepting anything and everything the devil throws at us. Rather, patience is resisting the devil by actively standing on the Word.

While waiting for the manifestation of God’s promise, we must continue to declare the truth of God’s Word with conviction. This is how we still the raging storms of doubt and fear that the devil brings our way as we await the physical reality of God’s Word. We must hold on to our confession of faith – and we must be willing to hold on forever. That willingness to hold on to our confession until we see our manifestation is what the Bible calls patience.

Patience is the womb of faith. There is a gestation period between your confession of faith and the manifestation of your desires. It is patience that nurtures faith through that gestation period. Patience provides a conditioned environment that shields faith from the harsh realities of external circumstances until the delivery day.

By faith, we confess the reality of things that are not, as though they were. By patience, we wait for the physical manifestation of what we are confessing. May the Lord infuse you with strength to wait patiently for the fulfilment of His promises to you.

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