Nov 142017
 

“Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him” Psalm 37:7.

Have you prayed and prayed and waited and waited?
And still there is no manifestation?

Are you tired of seeing nothing move?
Are you just at the point of giving it all up?

Perhaps you have not waited in the right way!

“With patience wait!” Romans 8:25.

Patience takes away
worry!
His promise is equal to His presence!
He knows your need better than you do!!
His purpose in waiting is to bring more glory out of it all.

Patience takes away your weeping!
Patience takes away self-works.
The work He desires is that you “believe”. John 6:29.
And when you believe, you may then know that all is well.

“weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5.

Patience takes away all want!
Your desire for the thing you wish is perhaps stronger than-
– your desire for the will of God to be fulfilled in its arrival.

Patience takes away all weakening!
Instead of having the delaying time, a time of letting go,
– know that God is getting a larger supply ready and must get you ready too.

Patience takes away all wobbling!
“Make me stand upon my standing” Daniel 8:18.
God’s foundations are steady.

When His patience is within-
– we are steady while we wait.​​

Patience gives worship!
A praiseful patience paves the way for a joyful worship.

“Strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.” Col.1:11,12. 

“Let patience have its perfect work-
– that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”  James 1:4.

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Nov 012017
 
“All things are possible to him that believes.” Mark 9:23.
The “all things” do not always come simply for the asking-
– for the reason that God is ever seeking to teach us the way of faith,
– and in our training in the faith life there must be room for the trial of faith, the discipline of faith, the patience of faith, the courage of faith, and often many stages are passed before we really realize what is the end of faith, namely, the victory of faith.
Real moral fibre is developed through discipline of faith.
You have made your request of God. But the answer did not come yet. What are you to do? Keep on believing God’s Word. Never be moved away from it by what you see or feel, and thus as you stand steady, enlarged power and experience is being developed.
The fact of looking at the apparent contradiction as to God’s Word and being unmoved from your position of faith make you stronger on every other line.
Often God delays purposely. And the delay is just as much an answer to your prayer as is the fulfillment when it comes. In the lives of all the great Bible characters-
God worked thus. Abraham, Moses and Elijah were not great in the beginning-
– but were made great through the discipline of their faith, – and only thus were they fitted for the positions to which God had called them.
For example, in the case of Joseph whom the Lord was training for the throne of Egypt, we read in the Psalms: “The word of the Lord tried him.” ​Psalm 105:19.​
It was not the prison life with its hard beds or poor food that tried him. But it was the Word God had spoken into his heart in the early years concerning elevation and honour which were greater than his brethren were to receive.
​I​t was this which was ever before him, when every step in his career made it seem more and more impossible of fulfillment, until he was there imprisoned, and all in innocenc​e​, while others who were perhaps justly incarcerated, were released, and he was left to languish alone.
These were hours that tried his soul. But hours of spiritual growth and development, that, “when his word came” (the word of release), found him fitted for the delicate task of dealing with his wayward brethren, with a love and patience only surpassed by God Himself.
No amount of persecution tries like such experiences as these. When God has spoken of His purpose to do-
– and yet the days go on and He does not do it,
– that is truly hard;
– but it is a discipline of faith that will bring us into a knowledge of God which would otherwise be impossible.
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We have to wait!

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Oct 092017
 

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end” (Ecclesiastes 3:11).

Jairus was a well-known, powerful, wealthy individual who was the head of the local synagogue. When his 12-year-old daughter, his only child, was in great need, he sought out Jesus to heal her.

We don’t know whether Jairus was a believer in Jesus.
As the head of the synagogue, he would have been a religious man.

He probably had heard about Jesus.
Maybe he had already put his faith in Him.

But Jairus believed that Jesus could save his daughter’s life.
So he went and found the Lord and begged Him to heal his daughter.
He placed his complete trust in Jesus.

But as they were on the way to his house-
– the news came that his daughter had died.

The reason they did not get to his daughter more quickly was because a woman in need of healing came along and touched Jesus, and He stopped and demanded to know who it was that touched Him.

Yet Jairus did not complain.
Rather, he committed himself to Jesus, believing that God knew what He was doing.
His faith was dramatic, especially because at this particular time in Jesus’ ministry,

He had not raised anyone from the dead.
Granted, He had healed people.
But there had been no resurrections.

Jairus had to wait.
We have to wait!

A lot of us grow impatient with God.
In our impatience, we can foolishly take things into our own hands and make them far worse.

Know this:
God’s delays are not necessarily His denials.

We need to wait on the Lord.
God’s timing is just as important as His will.

He doesn’t ask for us to understand.
He just asks us to trust.

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Sep 122017
 

“That’s enough for now! You may leave. When I find it convenient, I will send for you.” Acts 24:24-27.

Some people like to say that they are “born procrastinators.”

According to Scripture, that is impossible for believers.

Procrastination can be a form of bondage in a person’s life, and the Lord, who wants the best for His followers, didn’t design us to be enslaved. Procrastination has several common causes.

Discomfort

The first is an attempt to dodge discomfort.

Many people put off taking action because they feel uncomfortable or anxious about the ramifications.

In today’s passage, Felix sends Paul away-

– fearing the apostle’s talk about righteousness, self-control, and judgment.

This can show up in our spiritual life!

We sometimes delay Bible reading and meditating-

– because we are afraid God will bring to the surface a matter we need to confront.

Then, if such a subject comes up, we often choose to procrastinate about dealing with it. Issues like pride, self-control, or guilt may not be comfortable to face, but dodging them obstructs God’s purpose in our life.

Doubt

The second cause for putting things off is self-doubt.

Those who consider themselves inadequate to complete a task may choose not to begin it.

Related to this is another factor:

Dread

Fear of making a mistake or failing in an endeavour can make postponement seem preferable.

Procrastination is no laughing matter-

– particularly in the spiritual realm since delaying on an assignment from God is the same as disobeying Him.

Are you prone to delay?

Identify problem areas and the feelings that accompany them. Then confess your tendency, and rely on God’s strength to overcome it.

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Sep 112017
 

As Lazarus was dying, his sisters urgently called for Jesus to come. John 11:1-6.

Imagine how their grief must have compounded-
– when He didn’t instantly respond to their request.

God’s silence is-
– difficult
to accept!

We want Him to leap into action at our call-
– particularly if we are hurting or afraid.

But since He promises to meet our needs-
– we can be sure that a silence from heaven has purpose.

God’s silence-
– expects us to admit!

The disciples knew that Jesus could heal, so they must have wondered why He delayed instead of rushing to His friend’s bedside.

But the Lord wanted them to witness something even greater:
His power over death.

They had been confused by His statements about conquering death, and they needed to understand that He could fulfill His own resurrection prophecies. Mark 9:31-32.

The miracle at Lazarus’s tomb was part of their preparation.

God’s silence-
– teaches us to anticipate!

Mary and Martha sent word of Lazarus’s illness because they anticipated the Lord would heal him.

But if that expectation was not met, would their faith waver?

Martha answered the question by stating that she believed Jesus was “the Christ, the Son of God.” John 11:21-27.

The women’s trust was rewarded with a stunning miracle: their brother’s return to life.

At times, the only thing we can hear when we pray is our own breathing.
That can be frustrating and frightening.

But Scripture says God is always with us, and His silence won’t last forever. Psalms 38:15; Heb. 13:5.

Cling to those promises as you seek the purpose behind His silence!

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