Faith. Perseverance. Steadfastness. Patience.

Every person has a breaking point.

Even the devil has a breaking point.

When the Lord Jesus was tempted in the wilderness, the Bible says that the devil left Him.

The devil is more impatient than you think.

Faith in God means that you are holding out until God comes through.

Listen to what the Lord Jesus said in Luke 18:1.

"Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart..."

When you pray in faith to the Lord, it is not the time to quit when it gets tough or when it seems like the Lord will not answer your prayer. This is the time to buckle down and settle down. Sometimes the Lord is working on the hearts of people. Sometimes people can be stubborn. Sometimes you can be stubborn, impatient, arrogant, and very snotty.

At other times, the Lord is preparing things and getting things in order according to His timing

There are times when we as believers treat answers to prayer like fast food restaurants. The food should have been ready a long time ago. We get aggitated or antsy. We want God to move NOW!!!

Little do we realize is that God is on the throne of majesty. We forget that He is God and treat Him like a genie. You know. Rub the lamp three times and make a wish.

We all know that God is deserving of more respect than myths, old wife's fables, or fairy tales.

Our attitude says a lot about how we treat the Lord of heaven and earth. At times, we despise the Lord. Treat Him like a human. Treat Him like a little kid. And we honestly believe that the Lord owes us. Quite the contrary. We owe Him. He saved us. Redeemed us. Set us free from the power of sin and death through the sacrifice or offering up of His Son.

We become audacious, arrogant, and full of snot. 

Hebrews 10:35-36 says "Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:"

Sometimes, not all of the time, it is at the moment that what God is about to manifest that we treat God with contempt for not answering us when we want Him to answer. We despise having to wait on the Lord. Sometimes in these waiting moments that come to all of us that the Lord is working on our hearts, our minds, and straightening us out before the manifestation. 

I remember years ago when my dad came home from a hard day's work that I asked him for a glass of water. In the middle of the night he came back upstairs and brought me a glass of water. Instead of thanking him, I snatched it from his hand. Immediately he smacked me right on the face. His anger was justified. Although I was just a kid, it took me a few years to realize that I was wrong. 

So many of us get the blessing that we've asked the Lord for. We snatch it out of His hand. 

Just like the 10 lepers that were cleansed. Only one came back to thank the Lord in Luke 17.

Our hearts need a lot of work. 

God knows that sometimes we are not ready for the blessing. Just like the prodigal son in Luke 15. We demand our inheritance and then we spend it all in riotous living until hard times come. The beauty of this parable is that the Father knows what we are going to do with it and He looks up that old dusty road, to welcome us home as if nothing happened.

In moments when you are about to enter that place of being angry at the Lord, just remember His majesty. He is the Lord. Remember that He alone is God and that in patience, He may be saving you a ton of headaches. I know that many people want the headaches, but just think about it a moment. Do you really want to go through turbulent times or do you want the blessing of the Lord without sorrow?

I remember flying over the Grand Canyon to Colorado from Texas. The turbulence was just too much to bear. The pilot took over the controls and we landed safely. I said to myself and my family that was with me that we will never catch a connecting flight to Colorado from Texas again.

Patience is a virtue as they say.

Listen to what Paul said in Romans 5:3-5 "And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint..."

Tribulation is trouble. Trouble produces perseverance. Perseverance produces character. Character produces expectation.

What is the trouble? The trouble is the warfare of haste. The warfare of haste is when you had had enough of waiting and you make a move ahead of the blessing of God. Just like Abram. He wanted a son and the Lord promised Abram a son at age 75. It took 25 years for Issac to come. But Abram made a mistake that is affecting us to this very day. 

When we fail to wait, we will produce trouble. Ishmael was Abram's son by Hagar, the maidservant of Sarai. 

The Arabs trouble Israel every day because of Abram's mistake of haste.

So, if you do not wait in perseverance, patience, and steadfastness, trouble will come in unimaginable ways.

Just sit back and relax. God knows that you have need of these things. Stay in faith, and work on you. Well you might say, I've worked on me. That's fine. Paul says, "Having done all to stand, stand there...(fore)...."

Just stand there and wait patiently for the promise. For it will surely come according to God's timetable, not yours.