Memorize: But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire wanting nothing. James. 1:4
Devotional Reading: James 1:2-14
God has called us as believers to a marathon race, it is not by power, not by might, but by my Spirit saith the LORD – Zechariah 4:6. The race of life cannot be won by human strength or might by the help of Holy Spirit. We must remember the ten virgins in Matthew 25:1-13. The fact they were virgins means they were holy, pure and from good homes. They were well groomed. They were the only ones shortlisted among many virgins in the land to meet the bridegroom. Out of the chosen 10, only five made it. If virgins failed to make it, what chances would fornicators and adulterers or any sinner have? If those who were living holy and obedient could not finish the race due to carelessness and impatience then you and I need to wake up and tighten our belts. That is why holiness must be our watch word and our lifestyle.
In Heb.12: 1 the scripture says we must run the race with patience. To be patient means, to be calm, unprovoked, uncompromising and be prepared to wait on God.
Our memory verse in James 1: 4 says “But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire wanting nothing.” You must be prepared for those delays, halts and obstructions in this uncommon race, remember, we are pilgrims in this world. Sometimes, you are ready to go but God is not ready, then you have to wait. Even when you have your personal agenda or preferred timetable, it must be suspended, you must submit to God’s will and timetable for your life. At other times, God wants you to go at a most usual moment but you are not ready, you have no choice but to go if you really want to succeed. I have experienced God this way many times. There are times that things were just not convenient for me at all but since God have commanded to go, I had to suspend my agenda and do His will.
This race demands enough patience and only the patient can make it to the end and finish well.
My prayer for you today is that God will give you His exceeding grace to run your race with patience and finish well like Apostle Paul in Jesus name. In this race you can’t be too slow or too fast, you have to understand the high way codes of Heaven else you will be disqualified, avoid sin’s that easily beset.
Are you running your Christian race? Are you too slow or too fast? Are you becoming impatient regarding certain matters involved in the race? Ask God to help you. I pray for you today once more, that in this race, you will not fail or fall by the wayside in Jesus name. The will of God for you is that you make it to Heaven at the end of your race here on earth, that will be your portion and mine in Jesus name.
Prayer: Heavenly father, keep me in your will that i may finish my earthly race victoriously in Jesus name.
Key Dose: He that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
Pastor James Ademuyiwa
Senior Pastor (IHPCT)