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Patience

“In your patience possess ye your souls.” (Luke 21:19) What happens if you don’t have patience, will you lose your soul? No, of course not, you cannot lose that which you do not own.

Those who are not patient are generally in a hurry, and with that comes anxiety, for in their rush to accomplish what they have in mind, they will make a mistake, or do that task in a way that could have been performed in a better manner. In our patience is where we meet God, “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10) You cannot be still if you do not have patience.

“For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?” (Luke 14:28) Any task that is set before us requires forethought, no one goes to the lumber yard, purchases haphazardly some lengths of wood, and then rushes off to build a house, forethought is needed. Once all the preparations have been laid out in the mind, the body can begin the task at hand, no matter what that task is, and patience is required at both ends of any endeavor. We do not place those in positions of authority who have been on the job, so to speak, for one day, no one is saved on Saturday who is called to lead a church on Sunday, patience must therefore be an attribute that we tend to, and on a regular basis. “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” (Rev. 14:12)

This is being tested today by the Lord God, for our growth in His mercy and grace. This is new to the majority of us on the planet, in some parts of the world for a very long time now professing Christ to others can land you in prison, to be tortured and killed, such is the hatred of the world for our Savior. Satan hates the Lord Jesus, and by default, he hates all those that call Him Lord, and my friends, I believe that many of the hedges are being lowered, if not removed altogether. He who could not take heaven by force was, for reasons only known to the Most High, given the right to be called the god of this world, (2 Cor. 4:4) and that lion is beginning to roar.

All who are not called and chosen by God are Satan’s servants, “For he that is not against us is on our part.” (Mark 9:40) And he has the power to manipulate them as easily as it is to spread butter on bread. Every conceivable evil is being released upon mankind, or at least the beginnings of sorrows, and those who have been crucified with Christ, if they do not already possess this trait, are going to need to learn patience. It is one of those traits that cannot be learned by any other manner but by experience, you must do patience to understand patience.

The mask mandates, lockdowns, mandatory vaccinations, these are minor inconveniences compared to what is approaching, they are simply the precursor to instill a form of fear in individuals, which in turn leads to bondage, what is commonly called forced obedience. If there is one thing that is forced upon a person in bondage, it is patience, ask anyone who has been in prison for any length of time, and so, as this short letter started, so shall it come to a close, “In your patience possess ye your souls.”

“Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” (Phil. 4:11) Without patience, without the contentment, no matter the circumstances that you find yourself in, that the Scriptures speak of here, you will find yourself not applying Philippians 4:6, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”

Stop and contemplate this for a moment, if you would, name any circumstance that you can think of in your life where patience could not be improved, and then understand this, your end, if Jesus Christ is indeed your Savior, is assured. Patience my friends, “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.” (Isaiah 54:17) You will be home soon enough.

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