Hebrews 6:12 (KJV) 12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
Faith and patience – a winning combination! We’ve been studying faith all along and how vital it is to walking with God and pleasing Him. But did you know that without patience, your faith will not last? You need patience to hold up your faith. Let me explain.
We have learned that faith is the substance of things that we hope for but can’t actually see with our five physical senses. Faith is being persuaded that what God has said is true and then acting on it. It’s seeing beyond the natural realm and into the spirit realm. It’s what we hold onto until we see the manifestation. It’s our title-deed to what we want.
Hope, on the other hand, is what we attach our faith to so that it has something to give substance to. Hope is confident expectation that what we have prayed will come to pass. And as Charles Capps says, hope is the goal setter just like the thermostat on your heating/AC unit.
Patience is what we use to keep our faith active and ongoing. It’s the stick-to-it-tiveness, hold-on, never-let-go fruit of our spirit that keeps us holding on and not quitting or giving up. Patience is endurance and perseverance. If your patience runs out, your faith won’t work. That’s why faith and patience are called the power twins!
Continued next time – Pamela