Topic: Enemies of Family Success (4)
Welcome to the end of the series of teaching on THE ENEMIES OF FAMILY SUCCESS. In all the previous editions, I taught on wrong companion, slothfulness, anger, bitterness and covetousness, as some of the enemies of family success. Consciously staying away from these things will bring about a quick turn-around in your life and business, and allow you access to God’s blessings for your life. In conclusion of the above series, this week, I will be teaching on IMPATIENCE as yet another enemy of family success.
Patience is the opposite of impatience, which is inability to deal calmly with a situation or wait for something. It can also mean a state of being in an unusual haste. Many families have been ruined because of impatience in the individuals or family members involved. Isaiah 28:16 says: He that believeth shall not make haste. Haste makes waste. An example of someone who was impatient is Abraham as recorded in Genesis 16:1-6. Abraham, the father of faith, came to a point in life where he experienced impatience. God had appeared to him several times, assuring him that he would have a son by his darling wife, Sarah. Having waited for what appeared to be too long a time, he readily gave in to Sarah’s suggestion to go in to her maid and raise an heir through her. One would have thought that as great as Abraham was, he would be immune to impatience but it was so natural for him to give in to it. He must have begun to tire out for waiting, long before Sarah made that suggestion, such that the moment an opening came he quickly grabbed it. What an irony that the child born by Abraham, out of impatience, became an enemy of the child of faith. Ishmael and Isaac could not live together.
Many have killed the joy of their would-be miracle because of their impatience with the Word of God. God’s ways are higher than our ways, and His thoughts than ours. Even when He appears to be delaying, you must never lose hope, because He makes all things beautiful in His time (2 Peter 3:9, Ecclesiastes 3:11). Don’t let the enemy cheat you out of your blessings. God is never slow or late. He is always on time with whatever He promises an individual. God’s time is the right time!
The cure for impatience is simply, patience backed by faith in the Word of God. James 1:4 says: But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. Perfection will only come, when your patience is in place. Your patience must be backed by strong faith in God and His Word. If you are experiencing turbulence in your home, for instance, you must discover what God’s Word says is the solution, and then step out in obedience. It may not look like the solution, but God is a marriage expert; He instituted the union and knows how best to make it work.
When you are filled with the Word concerning your home, it will not run short of miracles. To keep enjoying God’s blessings for your family, you must keep doing whatever He tells you to do. Not just doing it, but doing it fully, going to the extremes in your obedience. God has not changed, and He will not compromise His standard.
When His Word is not given priority in your family, there is bound to be problems. On the other hand, satan is rendered powerless when a couple stand firmly on God’s Word and operate by its principles. Hold on to God and His Word patiently. Many give up when they are just a minute to their breakthrough – Don’t give up! Trust God completely. God’s Word in Hebrews 10:36 says: For ye have need of patience, that after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. Patience is a must! Instead of looking at the problem, challenge or situation, look into God’s Word, confess it to yourself and remind Him in prayers. For instance, if you are believing God for the fruit of the womb, instead of mourning over doctor’s reports and getting unhappy about every monthly menstrual cycle that comes, you can hold on to God’s Word; it never fails. To overcome the darkness of barrenness, go for the light of God’s Word and keep declaring that Word until that barren situation changes. Light will always shine in darkness and darkness can never comprehend light (John 1:5).
A woman gave this testimony and in her own words, she said: “I have been married for 7 years. Shortly after my wedding, my period ceased. I thought I was pregnant, so I kept expecting my baby. But it turned out to be a false alarm. From the results of an ultrasound scan I did, the doctor said that my uterus was too small to accommodate a baby. I laughed if off, reasoning that if God gave those without wombs children, I who even have one, has hope. I got up for prayers, when my case was described by the Bishop’s wife, at one of the conventions held and after prayers were made, my period was restored. A month later, I became pregnant! My baby was born and his name is David! All glory to God.” I declare that by the power backing the Word I bring to you right now, that situation of barrenness is consumed and you are liberated, in Jesus’ name. Your testimony shall be the next in Jesus’ name! You are free!
However, true liberty from those things that put families asunder is established when you accept Jesus Christ into your life. If you would like to accept Jesus Christ into your life, please say this prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am sinner. I cannot help myself. Forgive me my sins and cleanse me with Your blood. Deliver me form sin and satan to serve the living God. I believe You died for me and on the third day, You rose that I might be justified. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.
Congratulations! You are now born again! All-round rest and peace are guaranteed you, in Jesus’ Name. Call or write, and share your testimonies with me through firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com; OR 07026385437 and 08141320204.
For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building A Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).