There are many challenges people go through in this life and when there is uncertainty really about our future, we succeed by patience.
(Luk 21:19) “By your patience possess your souls.
The context in this passage of scripture was tremendous tribulation that the disciples were going to face which included betrayal by parents, brothers, relatives and friends in the end times.
Coming home, there are uncertainties and contradictions that we face and it is a big deal to have patience possessing your soul. This implies releasing the fruit of the Spirit (self control) in times of trouble when we need it most.
You may come from work discouraged, after seeing the payslip and trying to deliberate how on earth one could budget with the income available. It’s in those frustrating times that our souls are tested and patience needs to be released.
“In times of financial, physical or relational crisis, when the rubber meets the road, this is when you discover how prosperous your soul is.”
Anyone can feign a prosperous soul when times are good. But if you loose your temper or blow a gasket when in a time of crisis, your soul is probably not prospering. In such a situation you will be giving room to your flesh and not the spirit.
Anytime we are squeezed by life, circumstances, finances we have a choice to manifest fruit or flesh, Jesus or flesh. Part of the fruit of the Spirit is patience, and we also know that God is love and love is patient (1 Cori 13:4).
So as He is, so are we in this World, not just when we get to heaven. That’s who you are, you have God’s divine nature and you have to partake of it in your soul. You partake of it whenever you are squeezed by life and you feel like there is no way out of such a situation.
Learning to exercise patience in difficult times will cause you to keep your soul under control and keep it prospering
(Psa 62:5) My soul, wait only upon God and silently submit to Him; for my hope and expectation are from Him.
(Psa 130:5) I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, And in His word I do hope.