For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister. And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. Hebrews 6:10-12
It has been said that godly patience is like sitting in your car, idling your engine when you feel like stripping your gears! Right now, millions of Christians are having a hard time holding on to the promises of God for themselves or for their country. Their engine is idling, but they feel like stripping their gears! Things are not happening as fast as they would like. In November’s CHRISTIAN SOLDIER, we discussed the importance of standing your ground on the promises of God. Promises for our lives individually, and for our nation. Ephesians 6:13 exhorts us that when we take our stand for God in faith, we must continue to stand. When we’re filled with zeal for God, and simultaneously a righteous anger and indignation over what the devil is doing against us and our country, it can be extremely difficult to “wait upon the Lord” (Isaiah 40:28-31) 
We must remember that faith was never intended by God to stand alone. There are cooperating spiritual forces designed by God to come alongside our faith. Without them our faith will fail, which is precisely what Jesus told Peter (Luke 22:32).

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. Romans 5:1-5 KJV

There are five cooperating spiritual forces mentioned in these five verses. First, there is tribulation. Next, there is what tribulation produces, which is two, three and four: patience, experience and hope. Fifth, there is the love of God, which has been shed abroad in our hearts by the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. For this particular Bible Study, we’ll focus primarily on patience. I prefer the King James version of these five verses because they use the words “patience” and “experience” instead of the words “perseverance” and “character” in verses 3 and 4, as found in the NKJV. Yes, we certainly need perseverance and character, but for what’s going on out there as we finish up the year 2020, I think we need to really focus on the importance of godly patience, knowing how favorably it will affect the experiences we go through - personally and collectively as citizens of the USA.    
The promises of God are always yes and amen in Christ (2 Corinthians 1:20), but when studying the Word of God in the New Testament, we discover that patience is a prime ingredient necessary to bring about the manifestation of the promises we seek to obtain by faith. 

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. James 1:2-4

Jesus said the entire kingdom of God operates like men planting seeds in the ground
(Mark 4:26). There is the planting season, the growing season and the harvest season. So many of us forget about the growing season. We want to plant our faith seeds, then ignore or speed up the growing season so we can get to the harvest season in the timeframe we desire. This is why people get so frustrated with the “faith message”. The Bible is full of verses that depict the challenge we all face when we desire to see the hand of God move on our behalf, but have to discipline ourselves to remember He knows more than we do, and will help us in His time, not ours. The unjust judge is an example of this. 

Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, saying: "There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, 'Get justice for me from my adversary.' And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, 'Though I do not fear God nor regard man, yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.'" Then the Lord said, "Hear what the unjust judge said. And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?" Luke 18:1-8

God will answer us for sure, but it will be according to His timetable, and if that isn’t in the timeframe we want, it’s easy to believe the lie that somehow, He doesn’t care. He does care! Now is not the time to cave in to fear at any level – personal or national. Ignore Satan, and all those doing his bidding. Never mind all the lying, stealing, cheating, manipulating and evil activity going on against you and our nation - that seeks to affect our ability to protect our faith seeds all the way to the harvest. God will come through for you, and He is going to come through for America. As a front-line apostle for the Lord, I see this all the time, and I’m seeing a lot more of it lately. When we’re surrounded by ungodly pressure to dig up our seeds through impatience, we cannot expect to stand our ground unless we diligently renew our minds to the Word of God (Romans 12:1-3). This demands patience. Exercising faith coupled with patience is vital to our spiritual well-being, and to the promised outcomes found in the Word of God. 

But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience. Luke 8:15
When we’re standing in faith for God to move, sometimes it may take a lot longer than we desire. But that’s where the experience factor comes into play, as mentioned in Romans 5:4. We can face today’s battles with confidence, knowing the same God who worked for us in the past is the same God working for us today. This is what sustains us when we’re encompassed all around by either weak, ignorant, spineless, double-minded Christians, or the ungodly gnashing their teeth against us. 

Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Psalms 37:3
I strongly encourage you to meditate on Psalms 37, and other ones like Psalms 2, 27, 34, 35, 36, 63, 64, 73 and 112. In fact, the entire book of Psalms is a masterpiece of revelation for the times in which we live. It’s amazing to me to think that God inspired these Psalms thousands of years ago, and yet they are perfectly suited to provide us today with the patience we need to stand strong in faith until victory is realized. King David faced the exact same temptations to question God’s timing as we are today. Research the phrases “How long, O’ God”, or “How long, O’ Lord” or just, “How long” in the book of Psalms, and see it for yourself. Here is one example:

How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me?
How long shall I take counsel in my soul, Having sorrow in my heart daily? How long will my enemy be exalted over me? Psalms 13:1-2

We could go on for a lot longer than space in this CHRISTIAN SOLDIER would allow. I pray you get the point by now. Through faith and patience, we inherit the promises of God. Not just faith, but faith coupled with patience. Right now, you may be standing in between seed time and harvest time. That’s okay. The growing season is a tremendous opportunity to let patience have its perfect work!

But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 3:13-15

We must continue to stand our ground, maintaining the good confession of faith. Once we make the decision to believe the promises of God, don’t alter one word that comes out of your mouth! Don’t yield one inch to the enemy through fear of the future. As it tells us in Hebrews 13:15, let us continually make the sacrifice of praise, because we are patiently waiting in faith upon the Lord. Don’t be afraid. Worry about nothing and pray about everything (Philippines 4:4). Our harvest is coming up! Many seeds of faith have been planted – in our lives personally, and collectively for America. Believe me when I tell you this, and follow me as I follow Christ. He is at work on all fronts even as you read this. Trust God with all your heart, and don’t lean to your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5). God is at work in your life, working to bring your seeds to harvest. And for America, He is working to save our country from the plans of the ungodly. Believe it! He can do exceedingly above and beyond all that we could ask or think (Ephesians 3:20).
It’s our choice to make. We can choose to falter in unbelief through impatience, or patiently wait in faith for the Lord to answer our prayers, respond to our declarations of authority, and bring victory to us and to our nation. 

My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved. Psalms 62:5-6

Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord! Psalms 27:14

As for me and my house, we will never accept defeat, but will continue to call those things that be not as though they were (Romans 4:17-21). I exhort you to do the same!    
We’ll be sharing comments and good reports from the field when we receive them. Here is one such report, sent to us on December 3, 2020. 

Good Morning Brother Mike,

I just wanted to thank you for your faithfulness to send out these messages monthly to encourage and build up believers to be able to stand and stand strong in the power of God’s might. So many people, believers and non-believers are being blinded by the narrative from hell. Oh, that the scales would fall from their eyes that they may see and believe the truth. Nilda and I pray for your safety and that you and family will be abundantly blessed during this Christmas Season 

Mighty in His Power,

Jim and Nilda Brazell
New Life Christian Fellowship 
As you may know, I already have a personal Facebook page, as well as a personal Twitter account. Our ministry also has its own ministry Facebook page. Many of you correspond with me through these social media outlets, and I will continue to use those platforms as led by the Lord. However, as their blatant anti-Christian and anti-conservative censorship increases, I have been compelled to seek alternate ways to use social media to communicate Bible truths, and express conservative views consistent with the Word of God. Enter the social media platform called PARLER. I’m sure there are other alternative platforms that Christians and conservatives use, but at the moment, this one is by far the most active – reaching and connecting hundreds of thousands of people. Honestly, I’m fed up with ungodly “thought police” monitoring what believers say or stand for. I’m fed up with these people thinking they have the power to silence anything any of us say in opposition to their spiritual or political views. Perhaps you are, too. I say these things to let you know I have opened up a social media account with PARLER. If you’re active on social media, I encourage you to follow me there. My handle is @Mkeyessr. My account name is StrongerMan. You can go to to research this for yourself. 
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