"I waited patiently in the Lord, and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry."
In this age of instant gratification when everything moves too fast, if we slow down, chances are we will get run over. We don't have time for anything and everyone is in a hurry. Unfortunately, most of the time, this is also passed on to our spiritual life. If we find time to pray, we watch the clock afraid we'll be late for work, or school; we rush our prayers in expecting immediate answers. Most of the time God is treated like a fast food drive through restaurant where we can simply put our order in and move on with our lives. Remember the saying: "good things come for those who wait"? Rushing God to answer our prayers only interferes with His plan for our lives and, almost always, we have to go back and start over, thus delaying what God had already prepared and would have granted to us at exactly the right time. Patience is produced by the Presence of the Holy Spirit, it is the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22). Therefore, if we want to possess this virtue, we must seek God.
By being filled with His Spirit, this fruit will be formed (produced) in us through faith, and we will learn to wait.
Dear Father, may we always thirst for your presence. May our intimacy increase until the fruit of patience is born in us. Let us say as the Psalmist says:
"I waited patiently with the Lord." I acted with patience in what I could not change..."
May God grant us the faith it takes to rest in Him which will make us calmer, more understanding, and more tolerant.
"But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive,disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God-- having a form of godliness but denying its power...
...BUT AS FOR YOU, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of..."
2 timothy 3
Dear brothers ans sisters, the days are not the same. We sure experience prosperous and happy days, but also, we are faced with days of sorrows and afflictions. Paul was warning Timothy of such days and urged him to stay strong, unmovable, and not to participate in the world's evil lusts and desires. It's easy to follow along and become indoctrinated with teaching, philosophies, and even spiritual practices that have some form of godliness, deceiving- if possible, even the elect. Remember what Jesus said: "your mistake is that you don't know the scriptures". Therefore, If you don't stand firm for something, you will fall for anything. Be an immovable rock! ..."But as for YOU, continue in what you already learned"!...There is nothing new under the sun. The enemy can only twist truth. Be not deceived.
"Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him".
Friends, faith insists on believing! There is no irreparable damage for God. The resurrection power is transformational, and it wants to meet you where you are. The Bible says in Proverbs 10 that "the hopes of the godly will be granted", why trust in anything else that only promises material things but can't save your souls? He wants you to trust in Him for without faith it's impossible to please God. Trust Him with your affliction! Don't join the world in their ways and beliefs. Let us say to the Lord: "Though none go with us, we STILL will follow."
"Therefore, "Come out from them and be separated, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you."
2 Corinthians 6:17
Make no mistake, if you believe the whole book, they will say you are brainwashed and that you live in a tight box full of rules and regulations to follow; but if you open the Bible and pick and choose what to believe- which is what has been happening a lot theses days- then they will call you a hypocrite. You can't win with the world. Therefore, make a decision to follow, even when you feel you are the only one.
"The eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him". 2 Chronicles 16:9
The troubles of the last days will not shake those who are grounded in the ROCK! Abide in Him, for without Him you can do nothing! Learn the scriptures, pray, meditate on His word day and night. Be ye separated! Your reward is in heaven! Eternity is only a few years away, for many it's sooner than later. Refusing to believe or even consider what's to come is foolishness. The world needs you to stay firm. They will look at you for help when, in the middle of the storm, you are the tree that doesn't uproot. Your leaves may shake and fall but your core is grounded, strong, immovable, nourished and thriving! Be wise, vigilant, and prepared, for the great day of the lord is eminent!
"Blessed are those who trust in the Lord. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit." Jeremiah 17:7-8
"A person finds joy in giving an apt reply--
and how good is a timely word"
We thank you, Father, for allowing us one more day. May we live it with gratitude and joy. Lord, pour out of your Spirit and anoint our lips, making us ready to bless, to prosper, and edify those around us. A word spoken at the right time, how good it is! It is like the balm of Gilead, which lifts up the downcast and heals the wounds of the sick. How many hearts carry bruises and scars inflicted by words spoken to them. May God keep us from hurting or hurting someone else. May we be wise and ready to listen and slow to speak. Words are able to edify as well as destroy.
"The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences." Proverbs 18:21
Therefore, may God give us discernment to use the right words at the right time. Let them come out from our lips to bless and encourage, to bring peace, love, and comfort, even if they are used to rebuke and correct in love. May we be instruments in the hands of God to speak life.
Keep us, Father, from being the cause of intrigue and strife. Let us remember:
"Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent" Proverbs 17:28. May God bless us as we pray:
"Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips."
psalm 141: 3
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These reflections are written by my mom, then translated and edited by me. But, sometimes, God changes the whole thing. 😊
Thank you mom, for being such a dedicated servant of Christ, and for the example of faith you show us each and every day.