DAY 16 – Trust the Process. Possess Your Soul. | Firm Foundation Devotional

Monday, November 16, 2020 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Luke 21:9, But when you hear of wars and commotions, do not be terrified; for these things must come to pass first, but the end will not come immediately.” 10 Then He said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven. 12 But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons. You will be brought before kings and rulers for My name’s sake. 13 But it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony. 14 Therefore settle it in your hearts not to meditate beforehand on what you will answer; 15 for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist. 16 You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. 17 And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. 18 But not a hair of your head shall be lost. 19 By your patience possess your souls.

Jesus predicted the troubling times in which we live. "Nation against nation" literally means "ethnicity" against "ethnicity." "Kingdom" speaks of what we consider countries/nations.

The passage concludes with His words, "By your patience possess your souls." (v. 19)

Other translations of Luke 21:19 read as follows:
NIV: "Stand firm, and you will win life."
NASB: "By your endurance you will gain your lives."
NLT: "By standing firm, you will win your souls."

The context of the word patience has to do with endurance and standing firm in the midst of all the challenges coming on the earth. Patience is not simply waiting, it is waiting while under development by the Lord. Patience is honoring God’s process.

Patience like a seed that has been planted. Because it is buried, we cannot see what is happening. However, we know the process for seed germination is the beginning of producing the designed outcome of the seed.

It is helpful to think of ourselves as "planted" like a seed. Every situation we face, like COVID, requires understanding a process for dealing with it. Our seed is faith in God along and wisdom. Our planting is the commitment to go God's way.

With the help of the Holy Spirit, this is our source of endurance, standing firm, and possessing our soul. Jesus is Lord of the seed and its process.

Trust the process.

Reflection Question: In what ways have you been planted? What process have to committed to follow?

My Action Item(s) Based on Understanding:


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