The Holy Spirit – The Fruits of Longsuffering and Patience

Blessed Holy Spirit, You are Welcome here.

Longsuffering and/or Patience is the ability to endure hardships over long periods of time, it enables you to learn what the situation has to teach and builds character.  It is the ability to remain joyful and willing in spite of difficulty and persevere through to the end.

People like the Gifts of the Spirit, they like the fruits but when it comes to this fruit nobody is enthusiastic anymore. Nobody likes suffering, God however, is clear about this part of His nature and wants His children to bear fruit.

“The Lord is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression…” Numbers 14:18 (KJV)

This is not human patience or longsuffering which runs out pretty quickly when there are no visible results, the Holy Spirit will put into you the longsuffering nature of God Himself.  You will be able to tolerate anything, so that love may win.

If you study the life of the Apostle Paul, the hardships he endured and the duration and nature of his suffering is enough to drive a normal person insane.  He was stoned alive, was in prison for long periods of time, was mercilessly beaten up, he was bitten by venomous snakes, shipwrecked etc.  There were time where he was sick and tired of life itself, yet he was faithful and patient till the end.  Nothing could cause him to lose focus from his primary task of spreading the Gospel. 

Moses, a man filled with the Holy Spirit led his people for 40 years, he started at the age of 80 and went on till he was 120.  He led a group of rebellious, thankless and murmuring people across the desert.  The setbacks he faced were huge, hi people rebelled against his authority, his family criticized him.  God, Himself got angry with him, yet in spite of all this he emerged as one of the greatest men in the Old Testament.

Longsuffering simply means suffering without end, but this suffering comes with the promise of hope.  Hope that God’s words and promises always comes through in the end.  Hope that whatever happens it’s for your good even though you may not understand now and hope that in spite of everything God has saved you and you have eternal life.

Biblical Inspiration

This is a story of Joseph, the son of Jacob a man blessed with the Holy Spirit.  He was one of the youngest and favorite among the 12 sons of his father.  God gave Joseph dreams which told him how he would one day be a great man and that his whole family would look up to him.

Joseph shared these dreams with his brothers and father.  His brothers became jealous of him and decided to kill him.  This would have been a grave crime according to their laws so they threw him into a pit.  They smeared his clothes with blood and told his father that he was dead.

Soon they decided to sell him off as a slave to a group of traveling merchants, Joseph finally ended up in Egypt as a slave.  Things got worse, he was soon falsely accused of adultery and thrown into prison for some time.  He however did not give up, all the years of hardship and living as a slave put character in him, this character was more valuable than refined gold.  God finally did elevate him to the post of the most respected official in Egypt.  He did go on to become the greatest among his brothers, he was the one who kept his family alive during the famine.  He left his father as a naïve teenager but reunited with him as almost an equal to pharaoh. He spend almost 15 years of his life in darkness with no visible signs of his dreams coming true, he persevered through things most people would have given up on.  His patience and trust in God’s promises were truly inspiring.

Life Application

  • Don’t resist or give up when you face setbacks or touch situations. There is a lesson to be learnt.
  • Always have hope, without hope life has no meaning.
  • Never give up, make sure that love always wins.
  • Never give up, make sure that love always wins.

Prayer

Comfort Me in Suffering

Loving God, I pray that you will comfort me in my suffering, lend skill to the hands of my healers, and bless the means used for my cure. Give me such confidence in the power of your grace, that even when I am afraid, I may put my whole trust in you; through our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Have a Blessed and Hopeful day!

In † Christian Love, Susan Osten

Resource: The Holy Spirit by Blue Flames and Womansday.com

In 2 Peter 1:4, What does Peter mean by “partakers of the divine nature”?

It means being made partakers of his godliness, his character, his likeness, his virtues.

2 Peter 1:3-4, “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue. Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”

To understand the full context of the scripture we need to go to other scriptures.

Romans 8:29, “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.”

We are made partakers of his divine nature by being conformed to the image of Jesus Christ, who is the image of the invisible God. That is the character of God was in Christ and the same character is in every true believer.

1 John 2:5-6, “But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.”

That is to say that the sign or evidence that the redemptive work has taken effect in us is his life, virtues and works projected through us. In other words Christianity is a projection of the life of Jesus Christ in his redeemed. This scripture is telling us being partakers of his likeness is projected in our walking like him. We will refer to some other scriptures:

1 John 4:17, “Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.”

The above scripture of 1 John 4:17 is telling us being partakers of his divine nature is also being partaker of his likeness. When one is made a partaker of God’s divine nature, Christ lives and walks in you.

Galatians 2:20, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
 

A person that is a partaker of God’s divine nature is God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus:

Ephesians 2:10,22, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. […] In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.”

2 Corinthians 6:16, “And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”

Being made partakers of his divine nature means also being partakers of the works of the Spirit:

John 3:6,8, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. […] The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.”

John 14:10,12, “Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. […] Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”

A Christian without the gifts of the Holy Spirit is like a man that has a job to do but doesn’t have the tools. The spiritual tools of God are the gifts of the Spirit which He wants exercised in full by all of His children. He repeatedly demonstrated His will through the prophets, through Jesus Christ, and through early believers.  He has repeatedly promised such power to every believer.

In Luke 24:49, Before Jesus ascended into Heaven, he told his disciples:

“And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.”

In the scriptures below, Paul the Apostle, is asking believers, if they have received the Holy Spirit, since they believed:

Acts 19:1-6, “…Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?  And they said unto him,  We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.  And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized?  And they said, Unto John ‘s baptism.  Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.  When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.  And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spoke with tongues, and prophesied.”

and their reply was “We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost” and then Paul laid hands on them, so they would receive the Baptism of the Holy Ghost and the spiritual tools (the gifts of the Holy Spirit), to do God’s work.

There are 9 Gifts of the Holy Spirit:

1 Corinthians 12:7-11, “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.”

The partakers of his divine nature are a part of the good tree that bears good fruit:

Matthew 7:15-18,20,21, “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. […] Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.”

The moment anything is born it has certain powers of its parents.  The offspring of a fish can swim and live in water; the bird can fly; and the dog can bark.  It would be a miracle for the dog to live in water or the fish to live and fly in the sky.  This would be contrary to nature.  It is likewise contrary to nature that men can be born of God spiritually and partake of His nature and live and act contrary to the nature of God.  The children of God should manifest a supernatural nature in life through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and through faith in the name of Jesus Christ and His atonement. God has provided the baptism in the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit for such manifestation of divine life in His children.

In † Christian Love, Susan Osten

Sources: Bible Hermeneutics