Invasion

This morning when I went into the kitchen it was evident that the ants had arrived. I had several trails meandering over my countertops. The army had invaded overnight.

Wipeout.

Now where are they getting in?
Ah, the kitchen window.
So I liberally doused the area with clove oil to stop them.
Then I went outside to see where they were. Invisible. So I stared at the black metal edging until I could see it moving. Then I doused that with my clove oil.

Do you ever have thoughts invade your mind?
How do they get in?
They are called fiery darts in Ephesians 6:16 which says, “Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.”

Faith quenches the fiery darts like clove oil stopped my ant march this morning.
Perfect illustration to what the Holy Spirit was speaking to me just an hour before I walked into the kitchen.

2 Peter 1:5 Amplified says, “Employ every effort in exercising your faith to develop virtue (excellence, resolution, and Christian energy)…” Verse 9 says that without it we are blind (spiritually) shortsighted, seeing only what is near to us.

Hebrews 11:1 Amplified says, “…faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to our senses.”

James 1:4 says, “Let patience have its perfect work…” Amplified uses have full play and do a thorough work.

It takes faith to be patient.
Abraham did not waver in unbelief
He did not focus on the obvious
He was strengthened in faith (he employed every effort in exercising his faith to develop patience)

Patience requires absolute trust
Trials facilitate our patience becoming deeply ingrained; an integral part

Not casting about wildly in our mind, but maintaining inner peace by acknowledging that everything is under His control and timing

Impatience is flesh
1 Samuel 15:19. Samuel asks Saul: why did you not obey the voice of the Lord?
Impatience is rooted in unbelief leading to disobedience

Patience is integral to the Christian walk
It isn’t something we put on for the moment
It is part of our identity IN Christ.
He uses our trials to ingrain patience

Need faith?
Romans 10:17 says that faith comes by hearing the word of God

Another way to stop your unruly mind instantly?
Praise

Romans 4:10 Amplified says, “…but he grew strong and was empowered by faith AS HE GAVE PRAISE and glory to God.”

We can learn from Abraham’s life
AS Abraham waited, his focus was on Who God is at all times. He kept his faith strong by praising God in his situation. We glorify the Lord through our praise as we face the impossible, resist dialogue, and endure through His grace strength.
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