Patience, persistence, and perseverance are words we like to avoid. We have moved past the need for longsuffering to patience because that is a nicer way to say it. However, longsuffering is a much more descriptive term to what is taking place. Whatever you happen to call it, it takes work to continue in the faith of believing for your breakthrough into the next level. I encourage you to look to Jesus from Whom comes your help. May you be long-prospering even as you move past longsuffering.
Every single one of us are walking through this life. No one is exempt from the troubles and hardships the world has to bring. I would love to tell you that as you seek the Lord, you become perfect and can live somewhere in a bubble of perfect communion with God that will take you out of the world and make everything okay. This is not the case. In fact Jesus said:
John 17:15 “I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.”
At one time, the followers of Christ thought to create a separate culture like a monastery or convent that was set apart from the world, but Jesus never meant for this to happen. You are meant to be His shining light in the middle of a dark world that many may see His light shining through you and be drawn to Him by your words and actions. The way you respond in the same negative situations that others are going through should be a testimony to the greatness and glory of God in you.
Sadly, we often do not handle the circumstances of life much different than the people in the world. Because of our weak humanity, we fall into complaining, pain, despair, and even the depression and darkness that plagues the world. This happens because our flesh and soul have not yet come into line with The Holy Spirit yet. It is a process to ‘work out our salvation” that we may truly become one with Him.
The heroes of the faith did not have it any easier than we do, and we even have recorded many of David’s passionate prayers and cries for help as he was going through terrifying life ordeals. From him, we discover a key to bringing our flesh and soul into line with God’s plans and purposes even in the middle of the daily struggles.
Psalm 69:10 When they see me seeking for more of you with weeping and fasting,
they all just scoff and scorn at my passion.
Vs. 13 But I keep calling out to you, Yahweh! I know you will bend down to listen to me,
for now is the season of favor. Because of your faithful love for me, your answer to my prayer will be my sure salvation.
David reveals a secret into aligning our flesh and soul with Holy Spirit that many would pass over. He is seeking more of God with passionate prayer and fasting. Even when others would make fun of him for it, he is persistent. He continues on. David has so much confidence that God will come through to help in the situation, he does not care what others may say about his “pitiful cries for help”. Prayer and fasting cause our soul to come into line with Holy Spirit in a way that nothing else can. Fasting reveals our flesh and the prayer helps us give those things that arise over to God in the correct way. These two together help us to truly become longsuffering. A transformation begins to happen within us that creates the ability to weather the storms of this life and even be a witness in the most tragic circumstances. This process continues as we continually seek Jesus and are changed by Him.
Jesus, I need you today. My flesh and soul are constantly trying to pull me into world ways and earthly thinking, but I desire to be like you. As I pray and fast, strip off the ways of the world and help me come into perfect alignment with You and Holy Spirit. Even in the trials and tragedies of life, help me to shine brightly who You are because I run to you quickly for help in my time of need. Give me the ability to be a true longsuffering light in the darkness!
- Ask Holy Spirit to help you see where He is working
- Ask for strength and assurance that He is with you
- Live your life with the perseverance He brings
- Shine the glory of God in the dark situations
Be blessed today to see the glory of The Lord in the land of the living. Even in the intense darkness, may you know He is with you and shine brightly His glory as you are propelled into the next level with Him.
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!