Waiting on the Lord

Stay with GOD! Take heart. Don’t quit. I’ll say it again: Stay with GOD. Psalm 27:14 (The Message)

We live in a fast-paced world. Microwaves cook our food instantly; we drive 85 miles per hour or more on the freeways and highways, and our homes are being built twice as fast than in years past. In spite of all the fast, fast, and faster that we are surrounded by, we still find ourselves having to wait.

Why do we have to wait? We have to wait in the grocery store line, we have to wait in the bank line, at the doctor’s office and the dentist’s office, we wait, wait, and wait some more. Waiting is not a fun activity and of course we don’t like to wait. We want everything to happen right now, but there is no way around waiting.

There are many stories in the bible where people had to wait on God to do something for them. God promised Abraham that he would have a son and that he would be the father of many nations. However He did not tell Abraham he would have to wait 25 years before the promise would come to pass. David was anointed king at the age of 16, but he had to wait 14 years before he became king. David experienced a lot of difficulty in the time he was waiting to become king. Saul, the reigning king, was jealous of David and sought to have him killed.

Waiting is not an easy task. Sometimes it may even seem like the Lord is ignoring us and that we are on this journey of life alone. Many times our time of waiting can be a time of mending or renewal. It can also be a time of rejuvenation and restoration. Most of all waiting can be a time that God is teaching, training, or educating us in a particular area of our lives. If we want to make the most of our time and discover what God wants us to learn, we must seek to discover what truths He has in His Word for us. Drink slowly from the fountain of His Word and be refreshed.

There is a way to wait. Usually we complain and moan, groan and grumble like the Children of Israel did; Lamentations 3:24-26 (Amplified) tells us how to wait. “The Lord is my portion or share, says my living being (my inner self); therefore will I hope in Him and wait expectantly for Him. The Lord is good to those who wait hopefully and expectantly for Him, to those who seek Him [inquire of and for Him and require Him by right of necessity and on the authority of God’s word]. It is good that one should hope in and wait quietly for the salvation (the safety and ease) of the Lord.” If you never give up hope there is a rainbow waiting at the end of the storm.

Excerpt from: ”Water for the Thirsty Soul” by B. F. Gilder (Copyright 2012)

Faith That Moves Mountains

The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd. Hebrews 11:1-2 (The Message)

Faith pleases God. He is happy when we show our faith in Him. Trusting and believing in what God has promised He would do is an act of faith; it is an act of obedience.

Noah’s obedience to build the ark was an act of faith. He more than likely did not understand all that God had told him to do, but he obediently went forth with the plans and specifications that he had been instructed to carry out. How many of us would be able to do what Noah did without asking questions, like “Lord, did you really mean for me to do that?”, or Lord, “I’ve never built anything before, how am I supposed to know what to do?” Noah stepped out on faith and started on the task at hand.

By being obedient to God and leaving the only home he had known was an act of faith for Abraham. Because of this faith, he became the father of many nations.

God does not require that we have giant faith or faith as tall as the Empire State Building. His word says if  we have faith the size of a mustard seed we could move mountains. Mustard seeds are among the smallest of seeds (about 1mm in diameter) but when the seed grows, it grows one of the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree with big branches that birds can perch on (Mark 4:30-32).

All we need is this small amount of faith and anything can become possible. Small possibilities can grow into large opportunities.

Excerpt from: ”Water for the Thirsty Soul” by B. F. Gilder (Copyright 2012)

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Praise

Hallelujah! Praise God in His holy house of worship, praise Him under the open skies; Praise Him for His acts of power, praise Him for His magnificent greatness; Praise with a blast on the trumpet, praise by strumming soft strings; Praise Him with castanets and dance, praise Him with banjo and flute; Praise Him with cymbals and a big bass drum, praise Him with fiddles and mandolin. Let every living, breathing creature praise GOD! Hallelujah! Psalm 150:1-6 (The Message)

The dictionary defines praise as the act of extolling or exaltation of a deity, ruler, or hero; worship. To extol suggests joy, excitement, adoration or glorification. The writer of this Psalm is encourages the reader to worship and praise God with their entire being.

Our spiritual journey in life presents two roads: the road to eternal life and the road to death. As we embark on our journey we encounter obstacles, troubles, joy, grief, pain, and success. If we have chosen the road to life through Jesus Christ, then we have chosen the right road. When we choose this path, and as our life comes to a close, we can truly praise the Lord through faith, knowing that our choice has given us everlasting life in that place He has prepared for us.

Let’s praise Him in the morning, in the midnight hour, when things are going well, and surely even when things are going wrong. He sees, He hears, and He knows all that we are experiencing, and He delights in our praises. Let’s just praise the Lord. His greatest joy comes when we, his creation, genuinely trust, worship, and praise Him.

Psalm 106:1 (The Message)  – “Hallelujah! Thank GOD! And why? Because He’s good, because His love lasts.”

Psalm 147:1 (The Message) – “Hallelujah! It’s a good thing to sing praise to our God; praise is beautiful, praise is fitting.”

Psalm 150:1 (King James Version)  “Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.”

Excerpt from: ”Water for the Thirsty Soul” by B. F. Gilder (Copyright 2012)

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More and More

God—you’re my God! I can’t get enough of you! I’ve worked up such hunger and thirst for God, traveling across dry and weary deserts. So here I am in the place of worship, eyes open, drinking in your strength and glory. In your generous love I am really living at last! My lips brim praises like fountains. I bless you every time I take a breath; my arms wave like banners of praise to you. Psalm 63:1-4 (The Message)

This particular Psalm was thought to have been written when David was seeking a safe haven from his son Absalom during his time of rebellion. David was lonely while hiding in an unfruitful wilderness. He had no friends, and no one to talk to and he cried out to the Lord because he desired to be in the presence of the Lord and have his thirst quenched.

The definition for desire means to crave or long for; it is an intense longing. The situation David found himself in caused him to sincerely desire the presence of the Lord. He was physically and spiritually thirsty. David was dry, parched and cracked. He needed a revival to make it through the situation he found himself in. He sought the only source of life-giving water that he knew would not fail him, the Almighty God.

Desiring God requires action on our part. Our part is to live in His presence daily and to seek Him diligently. How do you seek God and how do you live in His presence? When you pray sincerely, you desire the presence of the Lord. The Bible tells us to pray without ceasing. Praying without ceasing gets the attention of God. It has been said that prayer is the key to the kingdom and that makes it an important action to get into the presence of the Lord.

Singing songs of praise and worship allows us to get into the presence of the Lord. His word says to “let everything that hath breath praise the Lord.” We can praise Him in the house of worship and we can praise Him in the open expanse of the universe He has created for us. He delights in our praise any time, and anywhere, because we are here to praise Him with everything we have and everything we are.

Counting our blessings and the many ways that God has been faithful to us will bring us into His presence. To receive the spiritual refreshing of our thirsty souls we will find ourselves desiring more and more of Him and we will seek Him in His Word, we will meditate day and night, we will sing, praise, and we will pray. It is through this constant process we will find our souls being refreshed from the fountain of life.

Excerpt from: ”Water for the Thirsty Soul” by B. F. Gilder (Copyright 2012)

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Fear

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” ~ Nelson Mandela

“Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]” John 14:27 (Amplified)

Fear can be overcome through the Holy Spirit of God. 2 Timothy 1:7 (Amplified) says, “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.”

Hope

“Let Your mercy and loving-kindness, O Lord, be upon us, in proportion to our waiting and hoping for You.” Psalm 33:22 (AMP)

Hope in Hebrew is yachal (phonetically pronounced yaw-chal’). It means to wait, to have hope, to wait expectantly. Waiting never seems to be the easiest thing for us to do. We live in an instant microwave society and expect we instant results for everything. We are a “I want mine and I want it now” society.  When we choose not to wait expectantly on the Lord, our hope becomes impaired.

Jesus is our reason for hoping and waiting. Hope in Him helps us to overcome any amount of doubt we have about our circumstances. When we hold to our hope and don’t let go, it is a supreme act of faith.

Reasons to have hope in God:

• God spoke and the world came into existence

• He is our Shepherd

• His eye is on all those who fear and revere Him

• He is our help and our shield

• He is faithful in everything

• He is strong and mighty

• He always in control

 I waited patiently and expectantly for the Lord; and He inclined to me and heard my cry. Psalm 40:1 (AMP)

Arrested

Tuesday Food For Thought

“If you were arrested today for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?”

Are you an undercover Christian? Would you be able to explain your faith to others? Do you demonstrate Christian characteristics in your everyday life? What would your defense be? Who would you look to as your attorney?  Would you be able to withstand the fiery darts of the enemy?

Don’t get arrested without the proper Christian credentials.

Ephesians 6:13-18

13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,

15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;

18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—

Psalm 37: 23 & 24 (AMP) – The steps of a [good] man are directed and established by the Lord when He delights in his way [and He busies Himself with his every step].  Though he falls, he shall not be utterly cast down, for the Lord grasps his hand in support and upholds him.

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