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Faith while you wait

Keeping faith while you wait is extremely difficult when referring to waiting on God’s timing. We have to remember in our impatience that His timing is perfect– never early and never late. This means when you are praying and asking God for something; regardless if it is materialistic or spiritual, God is not going to give us something that we are not ready for.

If what we are requesting from Him is going to cause us more harm or heartache, God is not going to give that something to us. God knows the desires of our heart and even though we may think we know what we want or need God always knows better. God’s plan is to help us not to hurt us, to give us hope and a future.

Let’s be honest– No one wants to wait but we all have to do it.

According to a Timex survey, Americans wait:

  • on average of 20 minutes a day for the bus or train
  • 32 minutes whenever they visit a doctor
  • 28 minutes in security lines whenever they travel
  • 21 minutes for a significant other to get ready to go out
  • 13 hours annually waiting on hold for a customer service
  • 38 hours each year waiting in traffic
  • those living in Big cities wait in traffic more than 50 hours annually

= about 37 billion hours each year waiting in line somewhere
Human beings spend approximately 6 months of their lives waiting in line for things, it means like 3 days a year of queueing up. The average person spends about 43 days on hold with automated customer service in one lifetime. Those who take the bus will wait about 27 days of their lives waiting around on the platform or at the bus stop. (view the full article here)

Waiting is going to happen weather we like it or not. The sooner we accept it and learn to embrace the wait while we keep faith, the happier we will be. It could be waiting in traffic, at a restaurant or for an answered prayer from God, regardless prepare to wait.

Let’s look at one of the examples above, waiting at a doctor office. When we have to wait to be seen and feel as if it is taking too long, we don’t try to rush the doctor or convince other patients to leave. Although we may be a bit frustrated, we wait. We have faith that when it is time, a nurse will come to get us.

If we do not try to rush the day to day things – why do we try to rush God’s hand?

As you read per the timex survey waiting is inevitable, so why not learn to have faith while you wait in all things?

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)

We have faith that even though we have to wait in traffic we will eventually get home. We have faith when we flip the switch in our home the light comes on. We have faith that we will work and at the end of the pay period we will receive a check. These all come very naturally for us– we don’t often wonder if things will “work out” in the above day to day scenarios, we just have faith and know that they will. This is the kind of faith we need to have in God and His promises.

When God tells us to wait– there is always a reason– even if we never get to know it. If we would have faith in God during our “Biggest Storms”– as we do in the examples given– we would be able to live a much more peaceful, enjoyable life. Not spending our days worrying about things we can not change nor prevent. Instead spend them embracing the journey knowing God is by our side and already has everything worked out for our good– we only need to trust in Him.

Romans 8:28
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Turn your worry into worship, your fear and fearless, and have faith while you wait! God’s got you!

We are often tired, worried, and purely exhausted during the most trying times in our life– but when you put your faith into God and allow Him FULL CONTROL over your life we will not grow weary.

Isaiah 40:31
But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.

Having faith while you wait doesn’t mean you are doing nothing. In fact, you are actively praying, trusting, and having faith that God has a good plan and you do not have to worry.


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David and Goliath

David and Goliath is a well-known parable in the Bible. Goliath was described in 1 Samuel as a giant Philistine warrior. Goliath was huge and it should be noted that the Bible says he is six cubits and a span- which converts to about 9 feet 9 inches tall. Wow, clearly he was very large! Additionally, Goliath was dressed in heavy armor for battle.

Can you imagine- God tells you- that you are to defeat the giant and protect Israel? That is extremely terrifying. This is why King-Saul was not obeying God. He was fearful and doubtful.

Saul was the king of Israel- the one who ruled the people, however he kept disobeying God. Saul should have fought Goliath but he didn’t. King Saul thought Goliath was too big to fight so God asked Samuel to then find a new king.

Both armies lined the battle ground on each side of the valley. Each day Goliath would come to the front of the battle line and mock the Israelites and their God. He did this for forty days each day he called Saul to fight. However, the Israelites and Saul were scared so they did nothing.

Jesse, was David’s father, who sent him to the frontlines to bring back battle news. David got to the frontlines and heard Goliath mocking the Israelites and their God. He then volunteered to fight Goliath.

David was a shepherd boy and the youngest of Jesse’s sons. He told King Saul that he would fight Goliath but the king said David was too young. Likely only a teenager at the time. David knew God would protect him. Finally, David persuaded King Saul to let him fight the battle.

David choose not to wear Saul’s armor. Instead, he went to battle with only his sling along with 5 stones. Goliath mocked him, laughing, asking, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!”

David responded that despite the fact Goliath had a sword, a spear, and a javelin- He above all else came in the name of the Lord Almighty. David grabbed a stone, put it in his sling, and swung. The stone sunk into Goliath’s head- allowing David to run up to the giant philistine take his sword and behead him. David killed Goliath.

When the Philistines fled when they seen that their giant was dead.


You can read the full story in 1 Samuel 17.

The story of David and Goliath is a wonderful example of how God can and will use anyone to do His work. In this specific Bible story God uses the underdog to accomplish the impossible.

In addition, the underlying purpose of the story is to show that Saul was not fit to be king and that he was not obeying God. At this time God called on the least expected to complete His work- so that all the glory would be given to God.

Saul saw a giant too big to fight on the other hand David saw a giant too big to miss!

Perception, focus, and faith is what it comes down to.

Never underestimate your ability to accomplish something God has called you to do. Above all know that He will equip you and be by your side through and through. God protected David and He will protect you too!

What Goliath are you facing today? Is it fear? Worry? Worth?

Whatever it may be God can and will help you defeat it if you ask Him to.

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Lord thank you for Your Word and the examples of great power displayed. God help me to defeat the Goliath’s in my life. Equip me, direct me, and be by my side so that I may conquer them in the name of Jesus- just as David conquered Goliath. Lord, I am struggling with insert the “Goliath” struggle(s) you are facing. I hand each one over to you today. God help me to feel your presence and peace in my life. Guide my paths and make them straight. Lord I choose to rest in You and rely on Your promises. Protect me in all that I do in Jesus mighty name I pray.

Amen


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The Call of Abraham

Abram was seventy-five years old– when God called him to depart– to leave his family and country– to go to a place unknown to him. The scripture puts it as “a place I will show you.” God promised Abram a number of things, if he would have faith and do as God instructed him.

God promised Abram:

  • A great nation
  • To bless him
  • Make his name known and great
  • That he would be a blessing to others– a blessing to those who bless him and a curse to those who curse him
  • All the families on the Earth will be blessed because of him.

Abram chose to listen to the Lord and prepared to depart from Haran. Abram took his wife–Sarai and his brother’s son– Lot– he gathered their possessions and the people whom they encountered in Haran and departed.

They traveled to the land of Canaan– passed through to the place called Shechem– and continued as far as the terebinth tree of Moreh. Then the Lord appeared to Abram again and told him, “To your descendants I will give this land.”

So Abram built an altar to the Lord there. He then traveled to the mountain east of Bethel and pitched a tent– he built an altar there and called upon the Lord. Abram would continue on his journey toward the south.

Abram was ninety-nine years old when the Lord appeared to him and said ” I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless. And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly.”

Abram fell on his face before God and God talked to him saying..

“As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you and you shall be a father of many nations. No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be called Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations; I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you.  Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.”


Find it in the Bible: Genesis 12:1-9 & Genesis 17:1-8

What can we learn from these scriptures?

Abram, later known as Abraham, lived a bold and faithful life. When the Lord called him– he listened and acted on what God told him– because of Abraham’s faithfulness and willingness to follow God, God blessed Abraham, his decsendents, and all the people of the Earth. That means You and me too!

We can also see that Abram was not a “young-spring-chicken” when God called upon him. The sciptures notes he was 75 years of age the first time God called him to leave his family and 99 years old when God revealed himself and told Abraham he would be a father of many nations. If you continue reading outside the mentioned scriptures above you will see God also promised Abraham who was now 100– that his wife Sarah who was 90 years of age, that she would bear a child. (They had no children of their own at this point.)

Abraham and Sarah both laughed at the idea they would have a child at their age. But God- with God all things are possible. He kept each and every one of His promises– and still does to this day!

God uses all people young and old to fulfill His will and Purpose.

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The Battle of Jericho

This story is from Joshua chapter six in the Bible. I use the New King James Version– that is just my preference. Although the story is below I always encourage each person to look it up for themselves and read it directly from God’s word.

The Story

The town of Jericho was shut-up no one came in or went out. The Lord told Joshua that Jericho was to be his–that he would be king. God instructed Joshua how to take over the city of Jericho. He was very specific in His instruction.

God said ‘ You shall march around the city, all of your men of war; you shall go all around the city at once. He told them to do this for six days. He said that seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams horn and on the seventh day they shall march around the city seven times and the priests shall blow their trumpets. God then instructed Joshua that with the blast of the rams horns when they hear the sound of the trumpets all the men shall shout. God told Joshua that when he and his men did this the walls will fall flat and the city will be his.

So Joshua called the priests and told them what God had said to him. Then the seven priests, the armed men, and the guard followed Joshua. Joshua instructed his men not to shout or make noise until the day he instructed them to.

Each day for the next six days–Joshua and his men got up and marched around the city and rested back at camp, just as God had instructed him. On the seventh day–they marched around the city seven times– and on the seventh time blew the trumpets and the men all shouted. The walls of Jericho came down and the city was doom by the Lord’s destruction. The city and all who were in it were doomed–except for Rehab. Rehab was a harlot but she hid the messengers whom Joshua sent to spy on Jericho. So when the walls fell and the city was doomed– Joshua spared Rehab and all those in her house– he saved them.

Joshua and his men went into the city and they burned the city and all that was in it. Only the silver and gold, and the vessels of bronze and iron, they put into the treasury of the house of the Lord and Rehab and her relatives were spared.

Take a deeper look

The story of Jericho shows us a lot about God and how His will works.

Often times we pray and ask God for direction and to lead the way but then are not willing to follow Him when He calls. God uses ordinary, broken people to do His work through His power. We can’t expect to pray and ask God to help us and lead the way and not be willing to do whatever He asks of us.

It is like saying God– Here I am– Send Me!!

Then He calls and says– Ok, Go here or do this– And we CHOOSE not to listen.

You know– the okay God I want to follow you but not this one–not this time–pick someone else– use me somewhere else.

Why do we do this? Why ask Him if we do not intend to listen? I think a lot has to do with our unspoken expectations. When we pray we kind of think we already have the solution all figured out one way or another.

So when He calls us to do something outrageous much like He did with Joshua– we find reasons not to do it. Either because we don’t like what He is sending us to do, we have fear, or we are plain stubborn and make excuses as to why we can’t do it, shouldn’t do it, or even convince ourselves that it’s not God sending us.

God works in mysterious ways in order to build trust and reliance on Him and in Him as the almighty God– the one whom has it all figured out. He sees a far bigger picture then what we do.

Let this story be great encouragement for your to push forward and follow God no matter how crazy or how hard the path may seem. Remember if God is for you–who can be against you? The Lord will always protect you through what He has called you to do.

The story in Joshua is one of great strength, faith, and obedience to God. It shows God’s faithfulness to those who listen to Him and follow His lead. It shows He can and will use anyone– no matter what their past is.

God used Rehab to protect the messengers (spies) He sent–Yes, God used the Harlot Rehab in order to fulfill His will– He used her, He is using me, and He can use you too!

No one is too broken or too lost to fulfill their purpose in Christ– In fact, that is why each of us have been put here.

Chase God! Chase your dreams! Follow your heart!

Reflection

What do you think God is saying to you through the story in Joshua 6?

Can you think of a time God called you to do something– that seemed out of the ordinary? Did you do it? What happened?

Have you ever felt God is calling you to do something-but you feel unqualified?

If you said yes to the question above let me take a second to encourage you to follow God’s lead.. He doesn’t call the qualified- He qualifies the ones He calls.

Write down one dream you have– Give it to God– Seek His direction to achieve your goals and more so– Your Purpose in Him.

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I shall not be moved.

Psalm 1:1-3

I can remember back when I was a little girl and attending church with my grandparents– one of my favorite songs to sing at worship time was I shall not be moved. My grandparents were pretty involved in the church at that time, my grandpa even sang in the church choir. I am pretty sure that had a lot do with why we often sang that song when I was at church with them.

It was a beautiful old Baptist church, in a small rural town. When you walked into the sanctuary you were greeted with big beautiful stained glass windows on both sides, a giant cross behind where the preacher stood, and pews lined both sides equipped with hymnals, Bibles, and offering envelopes. I loved how at home, warm, and welcoming the church was.

When it was time to start the preacher would greet everyone good morning– go over birthdays and anniversaries of those in the church (this was fun because we got to sing a fun song for them as well!)– encourage the congregation to greet each other– and then it was time to find our seats to start praise and worship.

As a kid I stood there, next to grandma, hymnal in hand, ready to go. Thinking and praying to myself “Please sing my song, Please sing my song.” Almost every time– open to page 181 and join us in singing….. I shall not be moved.

“Yes!!!!” I thought to myself.

I shall not, I shall not be moved
I shall not, I shall not be moved
Just like a tree that’s planted by the water
I shall not be moved

I’m on my way to heaven, I shall not be moved
I’m on my way to heaven, I shall not be moved
Just like a tree that’s planted by the water
I shall not be moved

Oh preacher, I shall not be moved
Oh preacher, I shall not be moved
Just like a tree that’s planted by the water
I shall not be moved

I’m sanctified and holy, I shall not be moved
Sanctified and holy, I shall not be moved
Just like a tree that’s planted by the water
I shall not be moved

Now that takes me back.. I sure do miss my grandparents a whole lot, but I do hope I make them proud– I like to think I do. It was their roots and little seeds planted in my mind, at that church, in a small town that has brought me to where I am today in my walk with Christ. In fact, I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior in that church one Sunday many years ago.

As a child I didn’t even realize the power behind what I was singing out to God. The words in the song are just as the Bible explains to us in Psalm 1:1-3. If you stand with God and plant yourself upon His rock where your roots run deep into His word and the Truth– nothing can bring you down. Just like a massive tree you see planted next to a stream– no wind, no storm, no rain, no season will bring it down. Your roots will be so deep in the truth that no trial or tribulation will break you because you know you belong to God and He does not fail and is always, ALWAYS there to defend His children.

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Faith over Fear

Everything comes by faith. The same faith that saves us; is the faith that carries us in times of trouble. Did you know we have the same power living in us that raised Jesus from the dead. Now that is something to be excited about!!

Faith according to the dictionary is defined as confidence or trust in a person or thing; belief that is not based on proof; belief in God or in the doctrines or teachings of religion..

Every person exercises their faith everyday on things that most people put little to no thought in to. For example: When you flip a light switch you don’t wonder if the light will come on you simply have faith and believe it will.

The faith I am talking about today is the outrageous trust in God.

The dictionary defines fear as a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid.

Fear is the wrong use of our imagination and stems from expecting the worse. Fear is a normal human emotion that everyone feels from time to time but we must know where the fear is coming from and choose to move forward in faith despite it.

How do we act in Faith over fear? The Bible tells us a lot about faith and shows us where the fear is coming from. Take a look at 2 Timothy 1:7. The verse shows us that fear is a spirit and NOT from God but He has given us Power to overcome.

2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV) For God has not given us the spirit of fear but of power and love and a sound mind.

The Bible defines faith in Hebrews 11 and provides proof that God is a faithful. It says that faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. It goes on to give examples of outstanding faith from the beginning of time.

By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain…

By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”..

By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance…

By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age..

By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven days.

By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe..

33 who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. 35 Women received their dead raised to life again.

These are only some of the examples of victory through faith.

Living a life of faith is not as uncommon as one may think. It requires a measure of spiritual discontent and often means going against the popular opinion– Meaning believing in what others do not. Faith sees what others do not and is always doing, acting, and moving forward.

As mentioned earlier fear is a feeling, but faith is a conscious choice to believe what God has promised. You have to actively choose to apply faith and your feelings will fall into line. Faith is acting even in fear– when faced with doubt and opposition. The world tells us that seeing is believing but the Bible tells us believing is seeing.

2 Corinthians 5:7 we walk by faith, not by sight

Having biblical faith is not have faith in faith, it is having faith in God to fulfill His promises. Faith is belief mixed with fear and uncertainty but acting on the belief part. Faith is when we forward all our worries and troubles to God. If we wait for all circumstances to be just right we will never move.

We must practice faith over fear and not allow the enemy to stop us from what God has called us to do. If we allow the fear to control our faith and not learn to exercise the power given to us from God we could be missing out on promises and blessings from God.


Heavenly Father,
I want to first thank you for Your word, for speaking to me through my studies and giving me the courage to follow Your lead and share what you have taught me with others. Lord God, I pray that Your message is heard and that You give each person reading this article knowledge and clarity on biblical faith. God I pray that they would not just take my word for it but to seek You first hand, to open their hearts and minds and to follow your lead. God, I pray the spirit of fear will flee from every person whom Satan is trying to hold back by his lies. I pray each would have faith and confidence in Your character and promises. I pray we would remember You have NOT given us the spirit of fear but of power and love and a sound mind. I pray You would teach us to walk by faith and not by sight. God I pray your blessings, love, and protection over each person in Jesus mighty name I pray.
~ Amen

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Change Your Focus Change Your Future

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I want to encourage anyone who has visions and dreams that God has given you that seem out of reach, NOTHING is impossible with God!! Seek him above all else, trust in Him with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding, and ask God for His direction each step of the way.

Glory be to God!

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Daily Bible Verses

D.B.V. – July 28, 2019

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭28:23‬ ‭NKJV

“Give ear and hear my voice, Listen and hear my speech.”
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Daily Bible Verses

D.B.V. – July 27 2019

‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭3:13‬ ‭NKJV

“Therefore I ask that you do not lose heart at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.”
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Daily Bible Verses

DBV- July 26 2019

James 4:3

“You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.”
‭‭James‬ ‭4:3‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/114/jas.4.3.nkjv