BE PATIENT for ISAAC OR SUFFER your ISHMAEL – by Russell Durose

The promises of the Lord have certain longevity that tries
anyone’s patience.

The Lord gave me this Word just now, as I have just walked in the
door from a very full day, of challenges and grace challenges that
come with disciplining a life in a troublesome life. The Lord is calling
us to wait for Isaac. Are you willing? Or are you wanting to
produce what is easy and natural? You see when our patience
level reaches a breaking point, we must at that point quieten
ourselves, then hold ourselves, until we dominate our flesh. It is
here where our battles lie…the impatience of our humanity abort
many divine processes.

Between the promise of Isaac and his birth, I estimate that 25
years went by. But in between, there was a great temptation that
came and manifested itself. The answer which was of divine
promised is polluted by a deceitful thought you must collaborate
DO SOMETHING…this was the greatest error ever made, and
today we live with its costly consequences.

Rather, let us compare for a moment, two women…Sarah and
Hannah…Sarah was the initiator of impatience…Hannah was the
sufferer for the cause of the promise. For Hannah, the shame and
the plaguing of that which was natural, but closed to her, for a
season, yet she continued on until she surrendered herself, and
God granted her desire. But her wait for the seed promised, took
prayers, crying, fastings, torture, yet the benefits are felt today…
because Samuel brought in the reign of Saul, through anointing,
and then David through anointing.

Let us transport this to your ministry dream…are you willing to
wait for your Isaac? Or will you “help God out?” Ishmael spells
trouble and strife. He mocks the promise of God…He wars against
it. I am certain that in our churches there are so-called Ishmaels,
who were never truly born again, but go through the religious
motions. Yet they cause so much strife. This strife even creates
wars, between tribes, creates states, and divides worlds. So what
does it cost – our impatience? It can cost you very life.