Fresh Hope – 10th May 2016

Persistence, Perseverance and Patience are words that most people don’t like.

We do like the words Instant, Immediately, Now, Yesterday.

If you’ve been around for any length of time, you’ll know that you need to start liking that first set of words a little more in order to go anywhere in life.

Be persistent in prayer and you will receive. Jesus taught us that in the story of the man who went to get bread from his friend at midnight. “He won’t give you the bread because you’re his friend, but he will give it you because you persist.”

The dictionary says that perseverance is “persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.”
Keep going, however difficult it seems. Sometimes results are slow. But you will get results.

Patience is a wonderful thing (which I’ve never had much of); to¬†wait until the right time. To wait for God’s time. That’s the best time.
Waiting can be frustrating. Be patient.
Galatians 6 v 9 says “you will reap a harvest if you don’t give up.”

If you want something instantly, now or immediately (like coffee or a microwave dinner) you will be settling for second best or a poor copy of the real thing.

Go after what is GREAT, not average.
Go after what will LAST, not what is temporary.
Go after that which will SATISFY, not which will give a temporary fix.

Start to see those words as your friend, not as your enemy.

Be persistent, patient and persevere.
Good things come to those who wait.

Pastor Gillian

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