Perfect Patience—Part 1

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Excerpt From God’s Gift of Perfection Series

Chapter 24—Part 1

"And let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, lacking in nothing." James. 1: 4.

Perfection is a seed. The life, given in regeneration, is a perfect life. Through ignorance and unbelief the soul may never get beyond knowing that it has life. The Soul may remain unconscious of what a wonderful, perfect life it has.

Perfection is a seed. It is a blessed hour when the soul wakens up to know this, and with a perfect heart yields itself to appropriate all that God has given. The perfection of the perfect heart—a heart wholly yielded to seek God with all its strength—Is again a seed, with infinite power of growth and increase.

Perfection is growth. As the Christian awakens to the consciousness of what God asks and gives, and maintains the vow of a wholehearted surrender, he grows in his sense of need and his trust in the promise of a Divine life and strength. This continues until all the promises of grace come to a focus in the one assurance, "The God of all grace will Himself perfect you" (1 Peter 5:10). That faith which was the fruit of previous growth, becomes the new seed of further growth. Perfection now develops into something riper and mellower. The overshadowing Presence of Him who perfects, rests continually on the spirit, and the whole character bears the impression of heavenliness and fellowship with the Unseen. The soul makes way for God, and gives Him time to do His work. The God of Peace, perfecting in every good thing, gets entire possession. The soul rests in the rest of God.

This is not the work of a day. Perfection is a growth. "You have need of patience, that having done the will of God, you may inherit the promise" (Hebrews 10:36). "Be imitators of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises" (Hebrews 6:12). Man is the creature of time, and is under the law of development. In the kingdom of heaven it is as in nature, from the seed comes first the blade, then the ear, then the full corn in the ear. There is nothing that at times appears more mysterious to the believer than the slowness of God. It is as if our prayers are not heard, as if His promises are not fulfilled, as if our faith is vain. And all the time God is hastening on His work with all speed. He will avenge His own elect speedily, though He bear long with them.

Previously God Perfect You—Part 2

by Andrew Murray