God’s Timing…

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Psalms 25:3-5 (KJV)

3 Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause.
4 Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths.
5 Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.

Waiting for God’s timing is neither passive nor idle–it takes discipline and commitment.

I can think of four basic requirements for successful waiting.

Faith. 

The Lord’s ways and timing are nothing like ours (Isa. 55:8-9). From a human standpoint, He usually does things in a totally different way than we expect. But as we trust Him more, we’ll discover that His approach isn’t so strange after all. And when we live in harmony with God’s will, His timing starts to make sense.

Humility. 

To wait for the Lord, you must be convinced of your need for Him. Submission to His divine will requires humility–you cannot charge ahead with your own plans and at the same time be fully surrendered to God.

Patience. 

Are you willing to remain in your current position until you receive clear divine direction? Pausing for clarity from God does not mean that you disengage and allow circumstances to fall apart around you. Waiting upon the Lord is a deliberate decision that requires patience.

Waiting for God often takes courage, especially when there is pressure to act. If you’re not careful, you might stop listening to the Lord and follow other advice. So keep your ear attuned to the voice of Almighty God, and you won t go wrong.

Waiting upon the Lord is one of the wisest, most important decisions we make in life.

And contrary to popular assumptions, it is an active endeavor that requires faith, humility, patience, and courage.

When you rely upon God and wait for His timing, the various facets of life fall into place.

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One of The Wisest, Most Important Decisions…

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Psalms 25:3-5 (KJV)

3 Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause.
4 Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths.
5 Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.

Waiting for God’s timing is neither passive nor idle–it takes discipline and commitment.

I can think of four basic requirements for successful waiting.

Faith. 

The Lord’s ways and timing are nothing like ours (Isa. 55:8-9). From a human standpoint, He usually does things in a totally different way than we expect. But as we trust Him more, we’ll discover that His approach isn’t so strange after all. And when we live in harmony with God’s will, His timing starts to make sense.

Humility. 

To wait for the Lord, you must be convinced of your need for Him. Submission to His divine will requires humility–you cannot charge ahead with your own plans and at the same time be fully surrendered to God.

Patience.

Are you willing to remain in your current position until you receive clear divine direction? Pausing for clarity from God does not mean that you disengage and allow circumstances to fall apart around you. Waiting upon the Lord is a deliberate decision that requires patience.

Courage.

Waiting for God often takes courage, especially when there is pressure to act. If you’re not careful, you might stop listening to the Lord and follow other advice. So keep your ear attuned to the voice of Almighty God, and you won’t go wrong.

Waiting upon the Lord is one of the wisest, most important decisions we make in life.

And contrary to popular assumptions, it is an active endeavor that requires faith, humility, patience, and courage.

When you rely upon God and wait for His timing, the various facets of life fall into place.

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The Path of Righteousness…

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 Galatians 5:13-16 (KJV)

13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.
16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

Most people who choose to walk through the wide gate don’t stop to consider the pros and cons of taking the path leading to destruction.

Instead, they drift onto that roadway without thinking of the consequences.

The narrow gate is different—we must deliberately choose to pass through it and take the sparsely populated way to heaven.

Walking on the narrow road requires faith, discipline, and determination.

We must be reading the Bible daily and maintaining an active prayer connection to God. By surrendering our lives to Christ, we keep our hearts on a path of righteousness.

Truthfully, we all have desires—that is, fleshly appetites—that find the easier pathway more attractive. In other words, we are each tempted to sin.

As we choose to give in to temptation, our feet may remain on the narrow road, but our hearts return to the broad way. The more we choose to participate in sinful actions and attitudes, the deeper our heart becomes embedded in the worldly way.

We may try to tell ourselves that we are achieving freedom and that it is our right to do what we want. However, the truth is that we are grasping at false contentment while the “genuine article” awaits us if we simply return to obeying God.

And we are not the only ones injured by our rebellion.

Fellow travelers on the broad way are watching us. When we act just like them, they make a judgment: “Hypocrite!” In that way, we can easily lose our testimony.

The narrow way may be hard to follow, but God promises constant aid and great reward—salvation and joy now; heaven later.

Have you chosen the narrow gate?

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Dealing With The Dreaded Three D’s

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Job 3:25  The thing I greatly feared has come upon me.

Our Highest Good May Come From Our Deepest Suffering

Death, divorce, and disease could be called the Dreaded Three D’s of Misery. They seem to slice through life like a tsunami of sorrow, raising doubts and destroying dreams.

Recently, a friend and I agreed that last year was one that we both have decided to just as soon forget.  Each of us had suffered through at least one of the dreaded three D’s.

Our conversation bought Job to mind. In a short period of time, he lost his children, his health, his wealth, and even his wife’s respect. Job’s distress was so great that he pleaded, “May the day perish on which I was born” (Job 3:3).

Job wanted God to erase not just the year, but all memory of his existence!

He had enjoyed years of success and respect. Now he questioned the purpose of living (3:20).

Job wanted to die and be forgotten, but instead God made sure his name and story would be remembered forever.

Rather than give Job what he asked for, God gave future generations a blueprint for faith during difficult times– an inside look at the spiritual battle between God and Satan. A story of unwavering faith and God’s ability to guide us through the storms of our lives.

The result is a God inspired documentation about suffering that has comforted countless thousands of people.

When what we fear actually happens, we know, thanks to Job, that God can use it for good.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,

Let this blest assurance control,

That Christ has regained my helpless estate,

And has shed His own blood for my soul. –Spafford

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