There is Power in Waiting

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Standing ‘still’ before the Lord is faith in action.

“But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.” Isaiah 40:31 AMP

Standing still before the Lord is faith in action. When I was a child my natural father would often make promises but rarely kept them. As I grew I tuned him out, neither expecting nor hoping for him to fulfill his word.

God is not a man. He does not make promises rashly, half-heartedly or with no power to make them come to pass. The power and integrity of God insures us that He will come through. Why is this important? Because there will be times when we will have to wait on the Lord.

“And though the vision may tarry – wait!” Habakkuk 2:3 There is power in waiting; a change takes place in us as we wait. Our endurance is stretched, our strength is increased and our relationship with God is deepened.

Our ability to wait with patience and expectation indicates the level of our spiritual maturity or lack thereof. Waiting proves us. It reveals us to ourselves, not for condemnation but for examination and correction.

God wants us to grow. And one of the methods He uses to grow us is waiting for Him to act when we desperately want change.

I was in a situation for a long time that had quite frankly seemed to have defeated me. Or rather I was defeating myself because of my unwillingness to wait on God. Years passed the situation stayed the same and I grew bitter – it was my father’s oath-breaking all over again, or so I thought.

God began to do a work in me. He started at the root of my impatience and, little by little, began to prune off the dead pieces of my heart.

“I will not drive them out before you in a single year, that the land may not become desolate and the beasts of the field become too numerous for you.” I will drive them out before you little by little, until you become fruitful and take possession of the land.” Exodus 30:29-30 NIV

I began to study His word, to fast and pray for change in me rather than my circumstance and you know what? I began to change! Isn’t that what the scripture says? “But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change…” Isaiah 40:31 AMP

I drew close to God and He drew close to me. The situation did not change or resolve but I did. Glory to God! My old weather-beaten feathers, damaged by complaining and doubt, shed off and as I persisted in prayer and persisted in thanksgiving I grew new wings, strong wings, and soon I stretched them wide in preparation for flight.

God was changing me so completely that I was no longer consumed by the situation but I was enthralled with God. Oh how beautiful is the grace of Our Lord. I am closer to God now than I have ever been and He is calling me to come higher still. I believe that call is true for us all. “Come higher. Draw nearer and I will give you rest.”

Beloved there is power to be found in waiting, power and peace. Don’t let your condition or situation separate you from God, rather let it be the propelling force that causes you to draw closer to Him. Our Heavenly Father loves us. He longs to give good things to us (I am speaking of spiritual, not material blessings.) but we must position ourselves to receive those blessings.

I encourage you today to position yourself in prayer. Look for God in His word. Expect Him to fulfill His promise and set yourself to take off running. Wait on the Lord and you will finish the race.

Wait on the Lord!

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Wisdom Speaks – Will You Listen?

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“The quiet words of a wise person are better than the shouts of a foolish ruler. Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner can destroy much good.”
Ecclesiastes 9:17 – 18 ESV

The Wisdom of Solomon is known by most of us; really his wisdom stemmed from God and through him we see a small measure of just how wise God is. It is a wise man who puts his trust in God while a foolish man seeks his own counsel. Wisdom, for the most part, is not cherished in today’s society. The masses look to talk-show hosts, media moguls, talking pundits and soothsayers for words to guide them through the rocky path that is life. But today we’re going to look to the words of truth.

Solomon said a mouthful when he spoke of the destruction caused by the unwise, the sinful and the foolish. It takes only one sinful person to topple a kingdom. We can look to Adolf Hitler for an example. He was a single man full-up and overflowing with an ocean of evil. This ungodly man seduced an entire nation into sin – sin that left a permanent stain on its people and the following generations.

But praise God, just as one sinful person can destroy a nation, a church or a family, one God can save a soul, deliver a family and draw an entire race unto Himself.

God alone is greater than any power or principality! The angel asked Mary, the mother of Jesus, “Is there anything too hard for God?” The answer is a resounding, “NO!!”

If you’ve been told that all hope is lost I tell you – God can.

If your family is on the brink of destruction and stand in need of rescue – God can.

If your spouse, sibling or boss has leaned hard on your last nerve and you just want relief – God can!

While it is truth that one sinner can destroy much good. It’s equally true that one God, the only God can do anything but fail.

God said, “I will give a nation for you.” Do you believe Him? If so, then why despair? Since God alone is greater than any majority and you know He’ll give a nation for you what are you worried about?

Get up from where you are, raise your hands in praise and give thanks for the God who can do anything but fail!

God can and He will!

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Old Wounds

There is no wound so deep that God cannot heal.

There is no wound so deep that God cannot heal.

I read the following Bible Study passage by Max Lucado in the “NCV The Devotional Bible: Experiencing the Heart of Jesus”. I felt a strong desire to share with my brothers and sisters. I pray it blesses you as much as it has me.

Do you have a hole in your heart?

Perhaps the wound is old…and you’re angry. Or perhaps the wound is fresh…and you’re hurt.

Part of you is broken and the other part is bitter. Part of you wants to cry, and part of you wants to fight. The tears you cry are hot because they come from your heart, and there is a fire burning in your heart. It’s the fire of anger. It’s blazing. It’s consuming. Its flames leap up under a steaming pot of revenge.

And you are left with a decision: “Do I put the fire out or heat it up? Do I get over it or get even? Do I release it or resent it? Do I let my hurts heal, or do I let hurt turn to hate?”

Are you allowing your hurts to turn into hates? If so, ask yourself: Is it working? Has your hatred done you any good? Has your resentment brought you any relief, any peace? Has it granted you any joy?

Allow the hole in your heart to heal.

Take Away Thought:  Only God is just. In order to have peace we must leave justice to Him. He will not only give us peace but He will heal the wounds left by the offenses.

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3 ESV

Dear hearts He did it for me, He will most certainly do it for you! Blessings, Love and Peace in Our Lord Jesus Christ. ~~ Ma Chris