Some of the definitions of the word process are a progressive course, a gradual progress, changes in growth, and a continual flux or passage.
Whichever you choose, it is not a quick or one-time thing.
Back in February I began a battle concerning my health. At the time, doctors told me I would be back to healthy in a couple weeks. It did not happen that way.
As the battle continued, about four months in, I was seeking God about what was going on. He spoke words to me that no one wants to hear, at least not me.
He said, “It’s a process, have patience in the process.”
YIKES! That is not the way I wanted it to go.
In the Passion Translation we see that challenges and maturity are indeed, a process.
So, Timothy, my son, I am entrusting you with this responsibility, in keeping with the very first prophecies that were spoken over your life and are now in the process of fulfillment in this great work of ministry, in keeping with the prophecies spoken over you. With this encouragement use your prophecies as weapons as you wage spiritual warfare by faith and with a clean conscience. For there are many who reject these virtues and are now destitute of the true faith. 1 Timothy 1:18-19
I pray with great faith for you, because I’m fully convinced that the One who began this gracious work in you will faithfully continue the process of maturing you until the unveiling of our Lord Jesus Christ! Philippians 1:5
As we see from scripture, life is often a process. Even when we need a miracle, it doesn’t always come instantly, most times it is a gradual progress, just as I am living.
We all wish we could pray, and manifestation would come the moment the words are out of our mouth, however, I have learned in my own life – more often than not, it doesn’t work that way.
However, I have always learned there is great value and reward in walking through the process.
For one thing, I must continue to exercise my faith, day after day, which builds my faith and makes it not only stronger, but solidifies it.
I also must dig deeper into God and His word. In doing this, I learn things I may not learn any other way. I come across scripture that becomes lifetime revelation to me.
Even more than these things, I learn a great deal about myself.
I discover what is really in my heart. I see, up close and personal what I really believe and what I thought I believed. The areas in which I truly trust God and don’t really trust God become very obvious.
Just as the scripture says in Philippians, Jesus is faithful to continue the process of maturing me.
Do you know the most important thing I have learned in this process? To let go.
While I used to think the saying, “Let go and let God” sounded very religious – I have found it to be truth. In my situation I had absolutely no control. I could only pray and trust God. I have learned that is indeed, enough. To release it all to Him and trust Him in the process has become easier and easier. That truth alone brings great freedom.
My friends, all of our promises are in the process of fulfillment and God won’t stop until they are all fulfilled…that is if we don’t stop. May we all press on, that we may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of for us. May we press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 3:12,14) And may we have patience in the process.
Meditate on this!
The kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is pressing into it. Luke 16:16