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  • Writer's picture DaRhon Conner, D.R.E.

You Want Patience? Trials pt. 1

The trial produces patience.

“3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience.” (Romans 5:3 King James Version).

“2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.” (James 1:2-3 New King James Version).

Patience, as it is used here means three main things in the Greek language: steadfastness, constancy, and endurance. Some translations substitute perseverance for patience in the Romans verse above. The point is that in both verses we are told to feel good about hard times when they come because they produce patience. Sounds a bit counterintuitive, I know; but bear with me as the bible makes it plain.

I currently teach first grade, and we were recently doing a social studies lesson on fairness and equity. One of my students responded that it was not fair for a person to push and shove. She said that someone may get hurt and that it was a rude thing to do. She went on to say that the fair thing to do would be to wait and be patient until it was her turn; but she admitted that she doesn’t like to wait. She said that she is not patient at all, but still understood that sometimes it’s what you had to do. A very astute observation from the mind of a six-year-old.

Patience is something that I am still working on as an adult. I daresay that many of us can identify with my student and honestly admit that we do not like to wait; but this is where the joy of the two verses above come in. It is a solemn joy. It is a grave joy. It is an exuberant joy. It is the joy felt after coming through the storm.

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:1-2 KJV).

That is a tough passage. We are encouraged to lay aside, to put away in the sense of giving up something or renouncing something, to get rid of what is weighing us down, and the sin that slows our progress toward carrying out GOD’s will. We are to look at the example of Jesus, our model and example of how to live this life GOD’s way. We are to look to Him who is the beginning and the end of our faith. Our belief starts and ends with Him. He is the one Who sparked faith in us and carries it on to completion. We are to look to the only One who can give us what we need, the only One who can provide the encouragement so necessary, so integral to enduring the death of ourselves daily in order to be who GOD created us to be and carry out the mission assigned to us.

That is why it is a solemn, grave, and yet exuberant joy when tribulations, trials, and hard times come. The death of ourselves is at once both mournful and celebratory. We are somewhat sad in our flesh to see some of the old things go that we once enjoyed, but we are ecstatic about entering the new life of victory in Christ Jesus!

“42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. 43 And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. 44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” (Luke 22:42-44 KJV).

Even Jesus was in agony over the trials that He had to face in order to complete His mission. Yet, even in the face of extreme stress and anxiety the scripture above from the book of Hebrews informs us that the joy He knew awaited Him on the other side of the cross was enough to allow Him to endure both the pain and shame of the cross. He not only went through the torture of being nailed to the cross and abused on the way to it, of being separated from Himself and forsaken by HIS Father, but also the shame of becoming a curse by being hung upon a tree, the shame of being seen and branded as a criminal when He had done no wrong (see Deuteronomy 21:22-23).

So, we look at this and thank GOD for the trials. We rejoice in the troubles because they produce the patience we need to both carry out our mission and reflect the nature of Jesus Who resides within us through the Holy Spirit.

Patience is the death of self. Patience is what allows us to be transformed into the image of Christ. Patience is what allows us to receive the promises of GOD. Patience allows us to keep our minds when everything and everyone around us is seemingly going crazy, and this patience is only produced, indeed it can only come from hard times.

Patience: steadfastness, constancy, endurance. The ability to be firmly fixed and immovable, to have a made-up mind strength of mind under pressure and not waver (fortitude), to withstand hardship or adversity and sustain a prolonged stressful effort or activity, to wait calmly and without murmur or complaint...patience.

Now it is getting easier to understand why the tour de force, the juggernaut of patience requires the womb of adversity as its birthing chamber. Patience indeed crushes anything that would come against you. Patience says wait on GOD, I got you. Be calm. Everything is going to be ok.

In addition to everything that has been said, I will add this. If you pray for patience, be ready for the trials to come. Think it not strange when all heck seems to break loose in your life after your prayer. Remember, patience is born from struggle.

So, the next time trials come, hard times and tribulations; even through the pain and hurt let a wry smile come across your face as if you know something they don’t, because you do. Conception is occurring. Patience will soon be birthed. And you will come out on the other side of that thing stronger and more powerful than ever. “31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31 KJV).

“16 Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.” (2 Thessalonians 3:16 KJV).

How to be Saved

Romans 10: 9-13

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (KJV).

9 If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (NLT).

Say the welcoming word to God—“Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!” 11-13 Scripture reassures us, “No one who trusts God like this—heart and soul—will ever regret it.” It’s exactly the same no matter what a person’s religious background may be: the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help. “Everyone who calls, ‘Help, God!’ gets help. (MSG).

Romans 5:8

8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (KJV)

8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (NLT)

It is your belief that saves you, family. If you believe, you will speak what you believe and not be ashamed or embarrassed to do so, whether you are alone or among others. Simply talk to GOD. Say aloud to God:

“I confess all my sin, known and unknown, and ask You, GOD to forgive me. I believe Jesus was born of a virgin, crucified, died for my sins, and rose from the dead. I want Jesus to come into my heart to make me new in Him. I believe Jesus is Lord over my life and over everything that exists. Thank You, GOD for Your forgiveness. Thank You, Jesus, for making me Your own. Amen.”

You are now saved. You may not feel different or you may. Just know that the internal change is taking place once you uttered that prayer in faith. Day by day, you will begin to be transformed into whom GOD wants and created you to be. You will care more about the things of GOD than your own personal desires, and you will want to share the word of GOD when you have the opportunity. Begin to read your bible daily, and learn about GOD's will for your life. If you are not already a member of a local church, I encourage you to pray and allow GOD to guide you to the right fellowship for you. The pastor will help you grow in your gifts and talents so that you can begin to use them for GOD’s glory, and you and the other members will encourage and help each other along this journey with GOD.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

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 DaRhon Conner, D.R.E.
DaRhon Conner, D.R.E.
Feb 16, 2021

To GOD be the glory. Trials have indeed brought me patience. We don’t have a choice lol. And it’s still being perfected!


Feb 16, 2021

Great Word. I am still working on patience. This is a right now time we are living in. We are some use to get instead gratification until waiting for something is very difficult but with us allowing the Spirit to control we can wait patiently. TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

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