Perseverance (Personal Post)

11/19/2012 09:56
I just wanted to cry….lock myself up in my room.  I tried to reach out but the attempt failed. So I sat there looking stupid.  The spirit of depression rushed over me immediately and all I wanted to do was cry.
I become discouraged. I stepped outside God’s will. I know I shouldn’t have done it, but I did it anyways. My emotions got the best of me. And my emotions ran wild that day. What started off as feeling rejected, lead to sadness, then to anger, then ultimately to the feeling of wanting to give up and throw in the towel.
But in the midst of my pain, sadness and frustration…I heard a voice tell me to get up. GET UP, AMBER, GET UP…Now my flesh didn’t get up, it continued to lie there. But my Spirit man heard the voice and got up.  Proverbs 24:10 says, “If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.”

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Waiting on God promises can be so hard, especially when you feel like you have been waiting forever. Weeks, months, and years go by and you still are waiting. God has promised you something….a ministry, a job, a relationship…but it hasn’t came into fruition yet.
You have been as patient as you can be, but you are getting tired. So you feel like God is taking too long. So you feel like you are going to speed the process up “help him get the ball rolling”. That’s exactly what I did this weekend. And the results were disastrous.
James 1:4 says “Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”  
Sometimes we want the promise now. I mean God promised it to us and we know all of his promises are “Yes and Amen”. So why can’t we receive it now?
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Because we are not ready. I am not ready. No matter how much we feel we might be ready, we are not. God knows that if he released it to us now that we would lose just as fast it came.
The process of waiting isn’t so much waiting as it is persevering. Persevering requires that we go through the storms. We face the tests, go through the trails. Overcome the obstacles, the setbacks. Stand in the face of adversity. Lose some battles but ultimately know we will when the war.  And yes make mistakes, fall down, but eventually get up.
In order to receive the promise you have to persevere. Hebrews 10:36 says “You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.”
**********************************************************************************************************************************************Today  Today I encourage you not to give up. This is a personal blog post today because as I am encouraging you, I am encouraging myself. I know it’s hard. I know you want to give up. If you are like me, you keep asking God, WHEN, WHEN, WHEN LORD!!!! But God said to me as I am saying to you…”At The Appointed Time.” Keep your faith, and keep persevering! You will be rewarded in your due season and due time.
Today’s Scripture: Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;  perseverance, character; and character, hope.” Romans 5:3-4