God Never Leaves Us Hanging…Waiting on the Lord

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Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

You’ve prayed and prayed to the Lord and ……still no answer. When is the Lord going to answer you…what will He say and when will He say it?

It’s said that there are three ways God can answer a Christian’s prayer….He can say “yes…no…or wait”.
When God says…yes…you get an answer to your prayer right away. You will see the answer almost immediately or He will tell you the answer is yes and you will eventually see the blessing manifested…but God said yes right away.

Then there is the “no” answers… when the thing you’ve asked God for didn’t come through….such as the loan for the new car. God said no and you have to trust His wisdom in that no.

Then there is the…wait…answer. This is when you do not get a clear yes or no. In fact you don’t hear anything. Your ears are open…your heart is open…your eyes are fixed on the Lord and….nothing. Well you think you don’t hear anything…but I tell you there is a lot going on in the spiritual realm on your behalf. God is doing something and just because He hasn’t revealed an answer to you doesn’t mean He has not heard your prayer or is not working on an answer. God does not leave us hanging…He has given us the ability to hold on until the answer (whatever it may be) comes.

God does NOT leave us hanging!

God has given us His word, His grace and His Holy spirit to help us while we wait.

We have everything we need to wait with. Why should we be anxious….haven’t we cast all our care on Him? Haven’t we taken His yoke on us? Isn’t the good Shepherd watching over us and His rod and staff comforting us? Haven’t we put our trust in Him? Did we not lean on our own understanding of the situation? Doesn’t God care for the birds of the air? Can the Lord keep us from falling? Hasn’t He given the angels charge over us? Does God really leave us hanging?

I have to admit to you that I do not like waiting on the Lord but……I have learned how to wait because of the many lessons God has given me over the years. I’m going to repeat them again:

God has given us His word, His grace and His Holy spirit to help us while we wait.

More secrets to learning to wait on the Lord is to pray to Him, worship Him and meditate on His word day and night. This will help you stay focused as you wait on Him.

Psalms 27:13, 14

I remain confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the LORD
in the land of the living.
14 Wait for the LORD;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the LORD.

Message for today: God never leaves anyone hanging…He will say to you…yes….no…or wait. He doesn’t play games with you and say…well maybe. God will never leave you hanging!

Wait on the Lord

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Be “Filled” With God’s Holy Spirit

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Luke 4:1, 14

Vs. 1-Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit,…
Vs. 14-And Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit…

Ephesians 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.

I think a lot about sharing my faith, spreading the gospel, and sharing the very good news of Jesus Christ….but I just cannot do this on my own…I need the lead and help of the Holy spirit.

Sometimes I do really bold things for the Lord…..like last week… I just out of the blue started praying for my jeweler. I thought it was a little strange because…well…he’s my jeweler. He did tell me in the past that he needs both hips replaced and he also had back trouble and was always in constant pain.
I have shared my faith with him. I even invited him to my church to have a table as a vendor at a church affair. So Monday the Lord told me to call him and don’t mention anything about jewelry…but tell him you are praying for him. So I did and of course… I could tell by his voice….he thought it was strange too. But as he thought about it he asked me when did I begin praying? He told me he had gotten injections in his back in the past and they never worked but this time was the first time they worked and he said he is still not in pain. I told him God does indeed answer prayer.

I do… “out of the norm”… stuff for the Lord all the time. How do I get the boldness to do these things?

My five best tips:

1. Staying prayed up.
2. Be filled with the Holy Spirit and follow His lead
3. Being committed and submitted to the Lord
4. Being available for God to use
5. Having so much love for God that it takes away the fear of doing things for Him

When we accepted Christ into our lives, we were given a gift of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13). Being filled with the Spirit is when I have released my own will, want and desires to that which is God’s will, want and desires for me to accomplish for Him for a brief period of time. I let go and let God. I’m not out of control at these times…just under His control and direction.

Be filled is having God… all over me. He possesses my being with the fullness of His presence. It’s like I look out of my own eyes and I see what He sees, feel like He feels and do what He would do. I feel peaceful, fearless, wise, bold, discerning and powerful. I feel like the child of a king. I feel the power of the armor of God. I feel the strength of His love for me. I feel God’s heart!

This infilling can be just for me at a time of deep personal prayer or it can be for a task that He may have me to do like…giving a word in a church service, giving a word to someone directly, or any assignment God may have me to do for Him. The Holy Spirit gives me the boldness to do these things. Do I always get it right? No…I’m not perfect…but this doesn’t stop me because… not to do it and disappoint God is too much for me to handle. On top of that I find the joy of encouraging people and leading them to Christ is a blessing.

How do I know that the Holy Spirit is leading me? For me…it’s like getting a letter in my spiritual mail box. I just know…I know my Father voice…I sense His presence. It has been a process of doing things for Him and seeing the fruits from it. The lessons will also include times of missed opportunities to be used by Him and resulting in knowing in my heart that I’ve missed the mark on this one and feeling the sadness in disappointing God.

Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit

Jesus had a very powerful ministry when He was here on earth and the first thing that the bible reveals about His ministry is that…..He was full of the Holy Spirit and He had the power of the Holy Spirit. I believe this was a constant infilling because He did so many things in His earthly ministry that everything wasn’t even included in the scriptures because it was so much. He needed the total fullness of the Holy Spirit to do all that He did.

We too need to be filled and operate in the power of the Holy Spirit. We have power when we are filled with the Holy Spirit.

Please do not be afraid to be filled with the Holy Spirit. He is not going to make you do something you don’t want to do or that you are uncomfortable in doing. I have opened myself up to the Holy Spirit to be used in any way God sees fit to use me.

I’ve learned to… take a leap of faith…get my feet wet…take in a deep breath…and just do it.

I want all of God and I want to be filled with His Holy Spirit. Being filled With God’s Spirit brings blessings, fullness and abundance to my life….I need that….I need Him.

Message for today: Be filled with the Spirit.

 

Seek the infilling...ask God to fill you

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