Inner Truth~The Effective Messenger
We are partakers of God’s divine nature. Impatience is the antithesis of God’s nature of Patience and Longsuffering. Antithesis means an idea that is the direct opposite of another idea.
Salvation redirects our disposition. Salvation by grace through faith empowers us to be Christ-like. He is the Transformer. That is why He invites us to put on His yoke so we can learn from Him. Matthew 11:29 says, “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” It is an opportunity to submit to Him and be led by the Spirit. Putting on His yoke is not a one time thing. It is constant submission.
Impatience is a lie of the enemy. It is a fiery dart to pull us off course. When we are being led by the Spirit, there is no consideration for our flesh. That is what Romans 13:14 means. It says, “But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh to fulfill its lusts.”
We “put on the Lord” by entering into His nature. The moment we feel impatient, we do a divine exchange. We exchange pride for humility. We capture our thoughts of impatience by meditating on His nature of Patience and Longsuffering. In that moment of the exchange we stop the progression our flesh would have taken. We course correct.
Impatience is an impurity that undermines our faith. James 1:4 Amplified says, “But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be (people) perfectly and fully developed (with no defects), lacking in nothing.” If we give ground over to impatience, we will stop the work He is doing to purify our faith. We will lack what He wants to provide.
As we continue to submit to the Lord we learn His ways. A team of oxen is made up of a strong leader to train a younger ox. The Lord is our Leader. He will teach us how to partner with Him, thereby glorifying Him through our lives.
In our moment of impatience, we have a choice. Do we want to give in to our flesh (pride), or do we want to grow to be more like Him in humility? Impatience is the dead-bolt of pride that blocks grace. Humility throws the door wide open to allow Grace to come in. We have no power to endure our trials without grace.
j marilyn adams ~ January 14, 2016