10 Steps to a Spiritual Breakthrough Page 5
10 Steps to a Spiritual Breakthrough
7. PATIENCE This may sound surprising, but faith is not enough to receive what you ask for in prayer. Hebrews 6:12 elaborates, "Imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised." Faith, and ... patience. Often we do not receive what we are praying for right away. We must keep on praying with persistence and patience. We should patiently pray, trust and await God's gracious help.
8. FORGIVE Jesus didn't mess around - He said, if you are holding on to offense, hatred, or grudges, the devil will have a foothold in your life (Ephesians 4:26-27), and you won't be able to experience the forgiveness and peace of God in your life. (See Matthew 6:14-15) Forgiveness is not an emotion, it is a choice. Sometimes a choice you need to make on a daily basis, to forgive as Christ commanded you. God will strengthen you to be able to forgive, when you don't feel you can. When you forgive people who have hurt you and sinned against you, you will feel a powerful sense of God's presence break through immediately.