Hab. 2:3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.
Hold onto the promise I gave you. Keep the vision before you. Hold onto your confession of faith, which you made when I spoke the promises over your life. This test of endurance, this trial of your faith is SPECIFIC! It is happening in response to your prayers; therefore, hold onto the promise and not the pain. Release the pain, cast it onto Me, and press forward.
Don’t give up! Don’t quit! Don’t throw the towel in, just because it hasn’t come to pass. Know this one thing, I am aware of what you are going through, and you need the patience to endure faithfully to the end. Victory is near!
Remember My servant Joseph? Let’s talk about Joseph for a minute.
I gave Joseph many dreams and visions; however, he was not ready to receive them. Nevertheless, he knew that I was with him and that alone enabled him to thrive in captivity and endure to experience His destiny! He chose to hold the promise and not the pain. Oh, his pain was real and your pain is real; however, the promise is of a greater reality.
Rom. 8:18 Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later.
Don’t throw in the towel on the Word of God which has been steadfast for you. Don’t cast away your confidence in what I promised you. Endure this hardship, go through this situation as one of My good soldiers. Don’t lose the hope that you have in My word.
2Ti 2:3 Thou, therefore, endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
When things went from bad to worse, Joseph was steadfast and chose to believe My promises even when everything he saw screamed, “You’ll never make it out of this.” It looked as if he had been locked away, and the key was thrown away. Joseph, like his great-grandfather, did not consider the current circumstances to be the final word. He believed the word of the Lord. He held onto the promise and not the pain of the prison he was in.
Rom. 4:18-19 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.
Stay the course. Changing your mind back and forth leaves you in the sea of indecision! The state of double-mindedness produces no decision at all. More importantly, the wavering back and forth is canceling out your prayer request. Hold onto the promise. It’s not over until you receive all that I’ve promised you.
Be faithful to My word. Joseph persevered through the power of patience. He refused to be distracted by pain. He chose to hold onto the dreams and visions I gave him. He was and you are the seed of Abraham. Therefore, stagger not in unbelief at My promises. Be strong in faith and know that I am able to bring to pass all that I have spoken. Hold on to the promise and let go of the pain.
Rom 4:20-21 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
I am the same yesterday, today, and forever. If Joseph can do it, then so can you. I did it for him and I will do it for you. It’s only through faith and patience that you will inherit the promises.
Heb. 6:12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
Wait on the Lord and be confident that the Lord will honor His word. Ask of Him, knowing that He will answer. Be patient and wait on Him, no matter how long it takes. The Lord will answer; He is faithful, trust Him!
Hold onto the promises, not the pain. Hold onto the promises and the promises will hold onto you.
2Co 4:16-18 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Heb. 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.