James 1:2-7, “ My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”
The attitude of gratitude during the cultivation of faith, produces patience. WOW! So when I find myself becoming impatient because things aren’t going the way I think they should, I’m actually postponing the realization of what I’m standing in faith for. But if I let little Miss Patience do her thing, I will be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. Well no wonder I’m so far from perfect; I’m so impatient.
Have you ever prayed for something, than allowed your thoughts to play ping pong? Back and forth, back and forth. One moment you’re speaking the Word of healing, the next minute you’re thinking about going to see a doctor. One moment you’re praising God for His word, the next moment you’re checking the internet for your symptoms. No wonder we don’t get what we’ve asked for. We’re double-minded or as we used to say, ‘two-timin’. You can’t be in a relationship with light and darkness at the same time; light dispels the darkness! You can’t get in bed with truth and wake up with lies; you must know the truth because only the truth sets you free.
Father, I’ve oscillated between two opinions for far too long. I need help that only comes from You. Please help me to be patient! I want to have that calm assurance deep inside of me that when You said it, it was settled in heaven and on earth. Every promise is mine. Your promise of peace, provision, prosperity, all mine. May I learn to praise You in the middle of the process so that it takes the place of that ‘two-timin’ spirit that wants to steal my promise. It’s in Jesus name I pray. Amen