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Waiting Is Not Wasted (Video)

Are you in a season of waiting?

🌱God is the creator of time and his timing is perfect. We can be assured that our season of waiting is NEVER wasted.

🌱Our waiting season is GROWING something

🌱He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body to be already dead (since he was about a hundred years old) and also the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver in unbelief at God’s promise but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, because he was fully convinced that what God had promised, he was also able to do. Therefore, it was credited to him for righteousness. Now it was credited to him was not written for Abraham alone, but also for us. It will be credited to us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.🌻Romans 4:19‭-‬25 CSB

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God’s Sovereign Timing

The Lord said, “I will certainly come back to you in about a year’s time, and your wife Sarah will have a son!” Now Sarah was listening at the entrance of the tent behind him.

Abraham and Sarah were old and getting on in years. Sarah had passed the age of childbearing. So she laughed to herself: “After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I have delight?”

But the Lord asked Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Can I really have a baby when I’m old?’ Is anything impossible for the Lord? At the appointed time I will come back to you, and in about a year she will have a son.” -Genesis 18:10-14 CSB

After spending some time in Genesis 18 with the Holy Spirit, I have seen myself reflected in the life of Sarah. Especially through the journey of infertility and our miscarriage in January. Maybe you have too without even realizing it. You see, Sarah and Abraham had been promised something spectacular by God that took obedience and a whole lot of faith. They got up from all they knew and followed God to a place they didn’t even know until they got up and went. When they got the place they were, Sarah and Abraham’s promise of their own child seemed far out. After all they were like old, REALLY OLD. When Sarah overheard the conversation Abraham and the Lord were having about having a child of their own, she laughed. How many times have we felt like a promise was never going to come to pass? Our loved one will never be saved? Our rainbow baby will never come? What God said you would do, the people you would be able to speak to on his behalf, seems so far in the distance. There was nothing Sarah could offer God and nothing her husband could offer. They were, well what the bible classifies of “old age”. What man could do was well, impossible.

Sarah’s reaction was to laugh when God spoke the promises yet again. My reaction, after miscarrying our child, after praying for years for a child, when God told me we were going to get pregnant again was in fact laughter. Often times, when I am deep pain my coping skill is laughter. It is the opposite of what I should be doing in a ‘normal’ world. I cannot help but relate to Sarah as she laughed because the weight of her waiting. What God wanted was not what Sarah could offer God. He desired her belief and trust in him and that he would do what he would said he would do in the appointed time.

Did you catch that? Appointed time…

God has a season and a timing for everything. Just read in the book of Ecclesiastes. While I know it can be emotionally exhausting while waiting for those things God has promised to come to pass. Getting something early and not in God’s timing is a curse rather than a blessing. Trusting in him means also trusting in his timing. Holy Spirit did not leave us without the example of Sarah. He knew that Sarah’s wait would be almost unbearable and cause her grief, a deep affliction. But God reinstates her faith and belief in him by having her remember who he is…

Is anything too hard for the Lord?

So, I asked him. God is anything too hard for you?

Holy Spirit lead me to a wonderful place in Jeremiah that revealed some wonderful things about who God is that he wants me to share with you.

“Sovereign Lord, you made the earth and the sky by your great power and might; nothing is too difficult for you.” -Jeremiah 32:17 GNT

There are two things the Holy Spirit pointed out. Our Lord who made the heavens and the earth through his power and might is SOVEREIGN. He also gave me a direct answer to my question. NOTHING is too difficult for him. Our Lord is sovereign. Which means he has unrestricted power, absolute dominion, has no limitations or restraints on his strength.

So Sarah’s situation of being barren for so long was nothing in comparison to the sovereignty of the Lord. My situation of being promised great things about writing, who I would be speaking to, the babies he has promised, and the influence to bring people to him, is NOTHING in comparison to his sovereignty. For you it may be a diagnosis, a financial burden, or a dream so big you cannot simply see how things are going to come to pass. Whatever your situation may be, even if you may have laughed when he told you, is no comparison to the Lord’s Sovereignty.

Remember, there is an appointed time for the promises which God has given you are GOING to come to pass.  Our timing is not his timing, but we can trust that his timing is perfect. We can trust in his great power and might, the absolute dominion he has. We can trust in God’s love for us he displayed through sending us Jesus when we had nothing to offer. He is trustworthy, but we must trust in his timing. We all know how Sarah and Abraham’s story ends up. In fact, you are apart of that promise that came to pass. Many times his promises are greater than we could ever imagine. We must trust in God, understanding the appointed time he has spoken long before we were ever born is PERFECT. Like Sarah and I, there is a process to the promise and it may even make you laugh and purify the doubt right out of you. But what God has said is true and all he has spoke will come to pass.

“Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.” -Luke 1:45 NKJV

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Open Heart.

For those of you who are going through suffering and it seems to be sorrow upon sorrow, I first want to say that you are not alone. We have been taken through the valley and it has tested our foundation of faith, our roots, and have pruned off what is not fruitful in the eyes of eternity. As I write this, my heart is troubled. But I do know one thing, the Word of God will never fail.

It is so important what we intentionally feed ourselves. This is especially true through times of suffering. Many times we often want to blame ourselves, others, or even God for the hand we have been dealt. Sometimes it seems like we have been given a pretty crappy hand. We see across the board of churches that seem to preach the prosperity message but leave out the book of Job. When we look, we see in the bible many people who went through deep times of grief where they shaved their heads, were covered in ashes, and tore their sackcloth. Why are we, as the church, so quiet about the process?

I have always been told that I “share too much”, “too open”, and “not everyone needs to know that”. But, the more I press into God, the more I hear Holy Spirit say he desires us to share what is truly going in our hearts. Not just with him, but with those who are relentlessly chasing after God. He has shown me that the church is a living organism, we need one another. The gifts the Holy Spirit has given you, the trials you have been through, and the testimony you have to share may be exactly what I need in this season. What you have been through or age going through right now could be the very thing to encourage me to get me through. Are you willing to share?

There are two things that Holy Spirit has led me to do today through this post. The first thing is to let you know that you are not alone in your suffering. To encourage you to share what you are going through with boldness and without shame, dropping the fear of what other people may think. When we do this, we have the opportunity to get the support we really need. When we put up walls, it may feel like we can keep hurt and rejection out. In reality those walls keep love and healing out too. God uses people to display his love. Just as he wants to use you, he wants to use others to help you.

Last but certainly not least, I want to leave things off by giving you what is essential as food and water, the Word of God. I want to share with you a couple scriptures that I have been holding onto and declaring in hopes that you can hold onto some of them and seek out God and the promises he is speaking to you.

What I Have Been Meditating On:

  • To all who mourn in Israel,
  •     he will give a crown of beauty for ashes,
  • a joyous blessing instead of mourning,
  •     festive praise instead of despair.
  • In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks
  •     that the Lord has planted for his own glory. -Isaiah 61:3 NLT
  • Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? -Romans 8:32 NLT
  • Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good;
  • Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
  • Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints!
  • There is no want to those who fear Him.
  • The young lions lack and suffer hunger;
  • But those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing. -Psalms 34:8:10 NKJV
  • If your heart is broken, you’ll find God right there;
  • if you’re kicked in the gut, he’ll help you catch your breath. -Psalms 34:18 MSG
  • Psalm 34 (THE WHOLE THING)
  • Whenever trouble strikes, I will keep crying out to you,
  • for I know your help is on the way. -Psalms 86:7 TPT
  • May the thought of this cause you to jump for joy, even though lately you’ve had to put up with the grief of many trials. But these only reveal the sterling core of your faith, which is far more valuable than gold that perishes, for even gold is refined by fire. Your authentic faith will result in even more praise, glory, and honor when Jesus the Anointed One is revealed. -1 Peter 1:6-7
  • As an example of suffering and patience, beloved, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. Indeed we call blessed those who showed endurance. You have heard of the endurance of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful. -James 5:10-11 NRSV
  • The Book Of Job
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Asking With The Right Intentions-A Look At Our Heart

In the two weeks that we have been in the year 2020, the Lord had made the prominent point for me to share with you and apply this one simple phrase to my life, dare to ask. It seems that there are many places that try to feed us lies that God does not like to give and we should not ask the Almighty God for anything, after all he is not a genie in the bottle. I do not think that we should look at God as a genie in a bottle. However, we should have an expectation (faith) that God is going to answer. When we ask, seek, and knock God will gives us what he desires out of the abundance of his love and goodness. Of course, this will also be in his timing. There are several scriptures where God speaks about who he is as a giver. God GAVE us his son to die for our sins, what WON’T he give us? (See John 3:16).

So, why does it seem that what we ask sometimes goes unheard? With the help of the Holy Spirit I believe God will reveal this to us by looking at Solomon and by looking in our own hearts.

And Solomon replied, “You have shown great and faithful love to your servant, my father David, because he walked before you in faithfulness, righteousness, and integrity. You have continued this great and faithful love for him by giving him a son to sit on his throne, as it is today.

 Lord my God, you have now made your servant king in my father David’s place. Yet I am just a youth with no experience in leadership. servant is among your people you have chosen, a people too many to be numbered or counted. So give your servant a receptive heart to judge your people and to discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of yours?”

 Now it pleased the Lord that Solomon had requested this. So God said to him, “Because you have requested this and did not ask for long lifeor riches for yourself, or the deathof your enemies, but you asked discernment for yourself to administer justice,I will therefore do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has never been anyone like you before and never will be again.In addition, I will give you what you did not ask for: both riches and honor, so that no king will be your equal during your entire life. If you walk in my ways and keep my statutes and commands just as your father David did, I will give you a long life.” 1 Kings 3:6-14 CSB

The first point that Holy Spirit pointed out to me this morning is that our choices effect generations after us. We see that David’s willingness to obey God, righteousness, and integrity led the way for Solomon to take the throne. God not only cares about the here and now but cares about generations to come. I believe that there are times that we ask God for things that do not line up with the plan he has for the redemption of humanity. We do not know the beginning to the end, only he does. It is important for us to trust that if God says no, that his intentions are good and filled with love because HE IS good and does everything out of the abundance of HIS love because HE IS LOVE!

As I traveled with the Holy Spirit through Solomon’s dream, he pointed out that Solomon was not inward focused in what he asked God. Not only this, but he admitted that he was young and inexperienced and asked God for help! Have you heard of the scripture ‘those who humble themselves shall be exalted’? We can see that Solomon cried out to God telling him he has no idea what he was doing and cried out for help. God met him in his weakness with not only what he asked, wisdom, but with exceedingly and abundantly more than what he asked for! When Solomon asked God, the intentions of his heart were to serve others and God’s purposes. He wanted to be a King that God saw as fit and not rely on sheer human experience.

When we boldly come before the throne are we asking God with the right intentions or are we trying to serve ourselves rather than what pleases God? Yes, I know that stung a little because it stung me too. I believe this is a key to our question of why God does not always answer in the way that we had hoped and why some of us are still in the waiting. We are asking with the wrong heart. We are asking out of selfish ambition rather than out of what pleases God.

There are things I believe we ask for that do not come to pass because we ask selfishly but God wants nothing more for us to ask him but with the right heart and it shall come to pass. I do not believe God gives reluctantly and I certainly do not believe that God will give us something that will harm our relationship with him or invade in the priceless plan he has for humanity.

I do not believe God wants us to be afraid to ask but be daring to ask. He wants us to come boldly before the throne. In doing this we should still remember WHO HE IS in comparison to WHO we are as his children. Daddy knows best and we need to trust that HE is good, and he loves us so much that what we want him to say yes to is sometimes flawed and he is protecting us by sometimes saying no or not yet.

Solomon came before God and boldly asked him for help to serve others in the way God saw fit. I believe that because Solomon asked God out of a place of humility, honor, and with the right heart God rewarded Solomon with more than he had ever asked or hoped for. I believe the same can be for us too.

God, we come before you today to thank you for who you are. A God of grace, mercy, and abundant love. We come before you today and ask for your forgiveness for the times we have asked you things out of our selfishness rather than the plans and purposes that you have for us and the world arounds us. We boldly come before the throne today thanking you for you grace that is sufficient in our weakness and your love that binds up our wounds. Holy Spirit we are asking you today to be our perfect help and help us have a heart of humility. We ask you to help us ask, seek, and knock with intentions that honor and please God. We thank you Abba that you are going to do exceedingly and abundantly more than we could ever ask or think. In Jesus Name, Amen.

More Scripture To Chew On:

  • James 4:3
  • Philippians 2:3
  • Luke 11:5-13
  • Proverbs 11:2
  • Proverbs 18:12
  • Proverbs 22:4
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Bold Enough To Ask (Devotional)

We know that God is a giver at heart. He does not give reluctantly. He willingly gives us the desires of our heart. If he gave us Jesus, what won’t he give to us?

What if we dared to take our own preconceived ideas of what God will give to us and we were bold enough to ask?

He has given us the ability to ask him anything, but are we willing to be bold enough to ask?

Let us join our faith together and turn up our expectation of what God is going to do. While we don’t seek him for what he will do. One of the beauitful things about who he is, is how he willingly gives us all. He deserves the praise for what he has already done, giving us the greatest gift of all, Jesus. But let us turn up our expectation, tearing down the preconceived ideas of what he will do, and boldly come before the throne

Let us join together and praise him for what he is going to do!

More Scripture To Chew On:

  • Matthew 7:7
  • Luke 11:9
  • Luke 18:27
  • Romans 8:32