Acts 1:4-5 says, “On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them a command: “Do not leave Jerusalem but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” After Jesus resurrection, he spent 40 days with his disciples, teaching them, encouraging them, and equipping them. At one of their gatherings, he told them to wait in Jerusalem and they would receive the power of the Holy Spirit. In Acts 1:13-14, you see that the disciples were obedient to what Jesus told them to do. They gathered together in one place, and they prayed constantly. For 10 days the disciples prayed together. They were waiting in a place of obedience!
In Acts 2:1-4, because of their obedience, they received the gift of the Holy Spirit. Doubters became prophets and frightened men and women became bold. Peter preached like he has never preached before! People came, and God opened the flood gate on the greatest movement in history. It all begin because the followers of Jesus were willing to wait in the right place. The place of obedience. They waited in the right place for power!
Waiting means watching for him. If you are waiting on God, you watching for God. If your waiting on God, you are searching for God. If you are waiting on God, you hoping in God. Waiting also means working through conflict, forgiving others, and resolving disputes. 10 days of praying and a few moments of preaching lead to 3,000 people coming to Christ! Are we guilty of preaching for 10 days and praying for a few minutes?
Wait on Him. But make sure you wait in the right place, the place of obedience. Durning this crazy time, God has taken away so many distractions and idols in our lives. Now we have time to get our lives back in tune with Him. Get real and honest with God today. Take time to share you heart with the One who loves you the most. But also get things right in your relationship around you. Wait in the place of obedience, because God is about to swing open the doors of ministry! There is a reason for all this waiting! God bless you and your family!
Philippians 1:6 says, “Be confident of this, that he who begin a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Jesus Christ.” One of life’s frustrations is that God’s timetable is rarely the same as ours! God is never in a hurry, but he is always on time. He will use your entire lifetime to prepare you for your role for eternity. Look at the life of Moses. God took 80 years to prepare Moses, 40 of those years were in the desert! I don’t know about you, but I am a very impatient person. I am like that kid in the back seat of the car that is headed on a long trip. You know that kid, that kid that keeps asking are we there yet? How much further? But God is patient, and He will never rush the process. You can count on that.
When God wants to make a mushroom, he does it overnight, but when he wants to make a oak tree, he takes 100 years. Slow down, be patient, and wait on the Lord. God doesn’t need your help, He is quite capable of working everything out. I have been know to put things together without using the instructions, because in my mind, reading the instructions will take to long. So I spread out all the pieces, and take a look at the box, and I start putting everything together. Some how, there always seems to be left over parts! Most of the time, I end up taking something back apart, and I finally slow down enough to read the instructions. It seems to work a whole lot better that way.
There are no shortcuts when it comes to maturity. Believe God is working in your life even when you don’t feel it. Even the sail made it to the ark, eventually! I hope you have a great Hump Day. I will see you tomorrow.
Have you ever felt like your life is in a holding pattern? There is a ton of stuff going on around you, but your not really going anywhere. And your soul is wanting more. Do you ever grow tired of the status quo and long for something more fulfilling? I believe our restlessness is actually a holy discontentment. In fact, it is likely that God has made you restless. He may be stirring up a hunger for a powerful work He is about to bring in your life. He wants you so hungry for His “more” that you will pursue it. The ones who feel spiritual full and satisfied may never taste “the more” that God has for them.
As a child, I loved playing sports and I treasured all my trophies that I received. I hung them on the wall and reorganized them every time I received a new one. As I grew older, I still loved get trophies, but they came in different shapes and forms. My trophies became a bigger house, more money, and promotions at work. You quested it, all this stuff will leave you empty and longing for more. Those trophies that meant so much to me are in a dump somewhere covered up with garbage. Give me more, something that matters; something that will last forever!
Do you ever have a stirring inside of you that is telling you: I want to make a greater difference with the rest of my life than I have made until now? God loves taking an ordinary Joe from his small world to a life bigger than he could ever dream! God is still in the life enlargement business! God blow the lid off of my safe life, and let it count for your glory! Take this hunger, discontentment, restlessness, and passion and impact the lives of people around me. Here I am Lord.
Have you ever been given a vision of what God wants you to do, and you can’t wait to see it come to pass? It’s like waiting for Christmas, but a 1000 times more intensified! But God calls you to wait. Habakkuk 2:2-3 the Lord gives His prophet a word that I want to share with you this morning. The Lord said to Habakkuk, “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it lingers, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.”
I want to encourage you this morning, if God has put something on your heart or placed passion in your soul, write it down and date it! Make it plain and clear because you may need it down the road as a reminder. Though this vision or promise of God may linger, I want to encourage you to wait for it! Don’t settle for anything less and don’t give up. A true vision from God always requires patience. I don’t know about you, but I hate waiting. Waiting on God is our job. Waiting is working! But waiting works!
But as you wait, I want to encourage you to pray. Pray, and don’t rush into this vision without all your instructions! Prayer will always help you to see what you don’t even know to look for. Think about that! Pray for an opportunity to use your gift and passions for the glory of the Lord. But also pray for God’s favor. My life verse is Luke 2:52 and it says, “Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man. We don’t need more money or more talent but, we need God’s favor! Don’t forget, favor doesn’t force, it flows. There is an old saying that goes like this: Good things come to those who wait. I want to change it a little bit to: God things come to those who wait! Love y’all.
Waiting is probably one of the most difficult things that Christians are asked to do. This is especially true when there is something that seems to be right at your fingertips, and we feel this is God’s will for our lives. But God has a clear plan for telling us to wait. Waiting is a huge part of learning how to walk in obedience to God. Being patient is difficult, but failing to wait on God can be much worse! First, when we don’t wait on God, we get out of God’s will. Second, we delay God’s planned blessings for us, because we moved ahead of Him. Thirdly, we are prone to make rash decisions that may cost us down the road. How many times have we taken our eyes off of Christ and try to manipulate our situation to conform to our will? Whenever we reach for something that is not of God, it will fall to pieces. Wait on the Lord.
I want to share a couple of scriptures that God has placed on my heart this morning. Psalm 27:14: Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the Lord.” Psalm 37:4-7: “Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He will do it. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light and your judgement as the noonday. Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him.” Isaiah 40:31: “Yet those who wait in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Remember, waiting and trusting are inseparable. Wait on God’s green light and the peace that comes when it is time to move. Believe me, I know it is hard to wait on the Lord! Just known that God has heard your prayers and He is working behind the scenes. He wants what is best for you! Trust and obey! Love ya!!
Waiting is probably one of the most difficult things that Christians are called to do! It is especially hard when there is something that seems to be right at our fingertips, and we think that God is about to bless us with the desires of our hearts.
But I know, God always has a very clear reason for telling us to wait. Waiting is essential in living the Christian life, walking in obedience, and receiving God’s best. David knew what it meant to wait on God! He was 16 when he was anointed to be king, yet he didn’t take the throne until he was 36 years old. He waited 20 years! Do you think David ever wondered if God forgot about him?
Being patient is really difficult, but failing to wait on the Lord can bring disastrous consequences! When we don’t wait and we get inpatient, we get out of God’s will. Secondly, we delay God’s planned blessing for us, because we move ahead of His steps. Third, we can bring pain and suffering upon others and ourselves. Through out scripture, we can see the results on the children of Israel, when they got ahead of God and did it their way. Instead of wanting what God wants in God’s timing, they wanted what they wanted in their timing.
When we take our eyes off of God and try to manipulate our situation to conform to our will, we usually make a huge mess of things! What about you? Have you ever been there? He will never bless what we try to manipulate. But waiting on the Lord doesn’t mean to be stagnant. God is always moving and active! Timing is everything. Sometimes we are so eager and inpatient about achieving something for the Lord, we want to speed the process up.
Psalm 27:14 says, “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” I hear you Lord! Psalm 37:7 says, “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him.” Waiting demands patience and trust. If God hasn’t given you a green light, you need to wait. Slow down and wait for His ok and blessings. Wait for that perfect peace!
Good morning my friend! I hope you got plenty of rest last night. Before we start our devotion this morning, I want to encourage you to tell God one thing you are thankful for. Take just a few seconds and give Him some praise. He enjoys that!
I don’t know about you, but I am a very impatient person. I can not stand to wait in line or get stuck in traffic. I remember growing up as a kid and having to wait for Christmas to get here! What about that Thanksgiving meal? Let’s just take it out of the oven and eat it now! I love how God will take my weakness and bring it to the forefront of my life, and begin to teach me and coach me up! I have never been a fast learner.
What about Mary and Martha? They had to wait! Their hope faded when their brother Lazarus died. Jesus didn’t come when they sent for Him. But God has a greater purpose in mind than just meeting their expectations. What was the greater miracle: healing Lazarus or bringing him back to life. God always has a greater good in mind. We can’t forget, our spiritual insight is limited, but God sees it all. God has a plan, and if we are wise, we will wait for Him to reveal it to us!
I know, waiting on God is so hard and trying to understand His timing is even harder! I want to encourage you this morning, while you wait, wait in a way that pleases Him. This waiting is a time of preparation and rest. Enjoy it as much as you can and be faithful in the reading of God’s Word!
I am looking forward to God’s greater good for my life! Be willing to wait, and don’t rush perfection! God bless!