Fruit of the Spirit Challenge: Longsuffering

Today we are starting week 4 of our challenge. This weeks challenge is Longsuffering (Patience). If you are new and would like to join the challenge here is week 1 of the challenge. It will also explain the challenge to you.

Devotional:
I know patience is hard to have sometimes. Like when you want something at that very second. We tend to want certain things to a point where we lose all patients and become very grumpy. (Well, I do anyways) When we feel God is not there with us, we get impatient and angry with Him. When we are under stress we get impatient. When we feel like there is no hope, we have lost all patients. God does not want us to feel that way. He needs us to be longsuffering.

If you read the story of Esther you will see her patience. She waited on the Lord to speak to her; instead of jumping right in and working on her own. If she would have done that everything could have gone the completely wrong way and her people could have died.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6 When it comes to patience we tend to just go our own ways instead of waiting on Gods perfect timing. We should wait and listen for the Lord so we will not do the wrong things.

“Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.” – Isaiah 40:31 When you wait on the Lord you will find new strengths in what he needs you to do. He will have you do exactly what He needs you to do and will not harm you.

Dear Lord, 

I know I have been very impatient. Give me the strength to wait on your perfect timing. Help me to rest in your promise. Keep me from getting discouraged as I wait. Thank you Lord, I know things will happen in your timing. 

Amen

 

Verses: 
1. Psalms 37:7
2. Psalms 40:1
3. John 13:7
4. Proverbs 3:5-6
5. Romans 12:12
6. Isaiah 40:31
7. Jeremiah  29:11

Challenge:
1. Pray for patience
2. Find a verse about patience and live by it
3. Resist from going in your own directions; instead ask for guidance
4. Find a quote about patience and put it where you can see it each day
5. Choose a part of peace challenge and do that part again
6. Make a list of things that you struggle with patience over and pray about them
7. Make your own part to this challenge

 

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