Patience and Obedience to Receive God’s Promises

Do not, therefore, fling away your fearless confidence, for it carries a great and glorious compensation of reward. For you have need of steadfast patience and endurance, so that you may perform and fully accomplish the will of God, and thus receive and carry away [and enjoy to the full] what is promised.

Hebrews 10:35-36 (AMP)

The modern world teaches us to hope to achieve instant results. The clearest example is the microwave oven by which we obtain hot food in minutes. Likewise, we want God to act in our lives, i.e., we think God will answer our requests automatically and the only thing we should do is push the spiritual buttons of hasty prayer and immediately in the heaven, our Heavenly Father will answer our petitions.

The book of Hebrews tells us that there are two prerequisites to obtain the promise, be patient and do the will of God, i.e. obey. It also tells us that we will get our reward if we don’t lose confidence, i.e. if our faith in God remains in us. The Bible clearly defines us the meanings of patience, obedience and promise.

Patience is to expect as Romans 8:25 says: But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with patience. Patience is to resist:  Blessed (happy, to be envied) is the man who is patient under trial and stands up under temptation, for when he has stood the test and been approved, he will receive [the victor’s] crown of life which God has promised to those who love Him (James 1:12, AMP). Patience is to obey: Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus (Revelation 14:12). Patience is to persevere and bear fruit: But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience (Luke 8:15). Patience perfects Christian character: But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing (James 1:4). Patience strengthens us through Christ: strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy (Colossians 1:11).

Obedience involves following orders and commandments of God, as Romans 16:26 tells us: but now made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience to the faith. Follow the instructions that give us people who are in charge of our spiritual growth is also part of obedience.

Our example must always be Jesus Christ, who was patient: Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ (2 Thessalonians 3:5). Our Lord was also obedient: And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross (Philippians 2:8).

God promises us many things in this world and in eternity. As our pastor, He has promised that we lack nothing. He has promised to give us His Holy Spirit, be sealed with Him and be with us until the end. Obey God at all times and waited patiently as we keep the promises present and eternal inheritance. God bless you.

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