How will faith produce patience that will make one to be perfect, lacking nothing?


James 1:3 - 4

ESV - 3 For you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

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Scan14 Michael Tinsley Retired Army veteran. Love my Bible (Jesus) and fishing.
The vast majority of us already have our physical needs met through the goodness of our Heavenly Father _and our spiritual needs through Him and His Son Jesus and with the assistance and guidance of the indwelling Holy Spirit as well.

We lack nothing.

We may not all believe that but, the inerrant word of God in the Bible says its true. We have to read it and _believe what it says about us.

We have the gift of faith given to us with God's gift of grace, Eph 2:8-9.

We have been sanctified and justified,1 Cor 6:11, "..you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God". 

We are made righteous, Eph 4;22-24,"created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.", and in 2 Cor 5:21.

We have _already been made holy and perfect, Heb 10:10, " and by that will (God's) we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all", and in Heb 10:14," For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy".

So, we have faith already which allows us to believe these things. We are sanctified and justified, we are righteous, we are holy and perfect.

As for patience, we have that too as one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit, Gal 5:22.

We may not feel like we're _any of those things at one time or another but we can't rely on feelings.The Bible is the objective Word of God and we have to believe what it says we are.

That's why we have the Holy Spirit to guide us in living up to who we are and to teach us to believe those truths.

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
If you are a Christian who has acknowledged God's sovereignty over your life, and who has faith (based on the assurances of Scripture (such as Romans 8:28), if not also on your own personal experience) that God desires your good, and causes all events that befall you through His permissive or directive will to work together to achieve it, then it provides you with patience -- other translations render the word as "steadfastness", "perseverance", or "endurance" -- in time of trials (which come to all of us in one form or another) to deal with those experiences without allowing them to separate you from God, even if the working out of a given situation does not conform to a timetable that you might have in mind, or directly result in an outcome that you might desire.

This, in turn, equips you to be "perfect" from the standpoint of your service to God, enabling Him to employ you in whatever manner and at whatever time will best accomplish His purposes and will, and allowing you to become progressively more like Christ, who came (as He said in Matthew 20:28 and Mark 10:45) not to be served, but to serve.

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