We all go through things and during these situations or circumstances we either endure, and conquer or we fall, and allow those issues to hinder us from moving forward.
I want to introduce you to the five Ps while walking your Christian journey.
The first P in this journey has to do with the process. This process can be anything. It can be whatever situation, circumstance, or issue that arises. It’s the waiting period in-between seasons, it’s the growing, and stretching stage. It’s that place of uncertainty, inconsistencies and the unknown. Our process is also the preparation stage. In this P is where all the other Ps come in play.
So during the process and or preparation stage patience is cultivated and or developed. Patience is the attitude or stance you take during the process. This is how God knows whether or not you’re ready for the next level. And be mindful when you ask God for the patience you will be tested. And that test can come in any shape, form, or fashion, like; traffic, or that annoying coworker, or one of your pet peeves at home from your spouse. It could be that waiting period in between the loss of employment. How are you waiting? Are you grumbling, complaining, irritable, etc. Or are you thankful for the rest, praying for clarity during the wait? As I write this, I am currently going through my process and discovering all 5 Ps, but patience wasn’t as easy as I thought. I prayed for patience, but when my tests came, I failed. I didn’t realize that all the issues arising were a test of the endurance I prayed for. After several failed tests, I understand now that I have to be mindful and sensitive to the Holy Spirit and suffocate my flesh. That is the only way I will be able to pass any test thrown at me. And the same applies to each of you. Allowing yourself to be utterly vulnerable to the Holy Spirit and letting Him lead you and give you the patience to get through the process.
Perseverance is never giving up, pushing past adversity, not getting weary in well-doing. Persistence is key to the process as well as patience. This P gives you the endurance to run the race set before you. It is constantly checking yourself and knowing that it’s okay to feel tired because we are human, but as Christians, we aren’t moved by our feelings it is our hope and faith that pushes us forward. It helps us to fight the good fight with confidence, all while keeping our eyes stayed on Jesus. Understanding that He too wanted to give up in the garden of Gethsemane in Luke 22:42 NKJV Jesus was in anguish as he awaited His crucifixion. He went away to pray, and he knelt down in the sand “saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” He knew what was about to happen, but yet he still willed himself, persevered and pushed passed his flesh. And allowed himself to be sacrificed despite how he felt. It’s imperative that we not be moved by our feelings and persevere with hope and faith, and with that, we can’t lose.
We all know today in modern culture the slogan Hustle, Grind, Eat! Everyone is making moves and on the go all the time. But how many know that slow and steady wins the race remember that from the tortoise and the hair. Pace doesn’t equate rapid movement all the time. Fast-moving relates to striving. Although there isn’t anything wrong with trying, it will get you what you want no doubt but at what cost. God never intended for us to strive in our own efforts, but if we do, know that it must be maintained in our own struggles as well. The race set before us should be run at the pace God has set for us. Which is His timing and by His might? Allowing each P to take its proper position. You can’t go through the process without patience, your patience gives you the ability to persevere, and your perseverance allows you to go at the pace God desires and in the end it develops your purpose.
This is the ultimate destiny for your life. Purpose. Not constantly striving for potential. You can go your entire life grinding for that potential and leave this earth without fulfilling your purpose and how satisfying is that? Knowing that you didn’t find your call or purpose in life.
In Isaiah 55:8 NKJV “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD.”
If we know that His thoughts are higher than our thoughts, why would we even consider doing things our own way.
In Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV it says “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
and lastly in ROMANS 8:28 AMP
“And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.”
God is strategic, and He has a plan, and His plan is way better than anything you or I can ever think of. Go through your process with patience, perseverance, and at the pace of God to get to your divine purpose.