And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, 12 that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises!
I want you to notice that not only does it take faith to inherit the promises but also it takes patience.
The word patience here has a special meaning; it means that a person has the capacity to exact revenge but instead chooses to use restraint and forgiveness. That is what God did for you. This quality is the first of the Fruit of the Spirit in a person's life, according to Galatians 5:22-23.
We need to embed God's principles in our lives so that they automatically follow us. If you have been taught the principles of giving God the first 10% of your earnings plus offerings, then that principle will follow you through life and produce harvests.
Luke 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.
If you've failed to follow God's plan for your life to inherit the promises, God still loves you that does never changes. You can't earn the promises, because that is all based on what Jesus did for you at Calvary but God will credit your account with the fact that you've made the change in your heart before you start acting on the change. He will give you credit for the decision. God is good! When you choose to stop making excuses and start to live by His Word and run your life on good Bible principles, the Lord will bless you again and again and you will inherit the promises.