Meet the New Me - Part 3
Patience through the Process
The promise of new life doesn’t guarantee you’ll experience new life—It only makes experiencing new life a possibility.
- Most will never experience the fullness of the promise because they have no patience for the process.
Hebrews 6:12 (NKJV)— do not become sluggish (lazy), but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
The process is mandatory to experience the promise, and patience is necessary to endure the process.
Isaiah 43:19 (NKJV) Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
Isaiah 43:19 (GW)—19 I am going to do something new. It is already happening. Don’t you recognize it?
When God starts a work in our lives, we don’t recognize it for what it is, so we dismiss it.
Mark 4:26-32 (NKJV)—26 And He said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, 27 and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how.
We can miss what God's doing because of how He's doing it.
Mark 4:26-32—28 For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the ear, then the full corn in the ear. 29 But when the corn ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”
God’s work in our lives is not like winning the lottery.
Responsibility is a prerequisite to blessing—Blessings require responsibility
3 John 2 (KJV)—Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.
Responsibility means doing what is required—being a doer of the Word.
James 1:22 (NKJV)—22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
If we want to change and move forward, we must prepare for the new environment of what’s next.
The responsibility required in your current situation will not be enough for your next destination.
We can’t experience the promise if we refuse to go through the process.
Isaiah 55:9 (NKJV)—9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.
With God, the beginning of a new thing always looks the same—like it will never work!
Mark 4:26-32—30 Then He said, “To what shall we liken the kingdom of God? Or with what parable shall we picture it? 31 It is like a mustard seed which, when it is sown on the ground, is smaller than all the seeds on earth; 32 but when it is sown, it grows up and becomes greater than all herbs, and shoots out large branches, so that the birds of the air may nest under its shade.”
Zechariah 4:10—Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.
Philippians 1:6 (AMP)—I am convinced and confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will [continue to] perfect and complete it until the day of Christ Jesus [the time of His return].
God is always doing more than we think—don’t give up on the end at the beginning.
Galatians 6:9 (AMP)—9 Let us not grow weary or become discouraged in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap, if we do not give up.