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Psalm 130:5 I wait for the LORD; my soul does wait, and in His word I put my hope. 6 My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning— more than watchmen waiting for the morning.

In this fast paced, “got to have it now” time we’re living in, waiting almost seems unnatural. But, for the believer, waiting on God’s promises is a part of the process. It’s not always, but for the most part, we’ll have to wait for some period of time.

There are different reasons why we may have to wait on a promise. Most of those reasons center around maturity. Would we give a car to our 5-year-old child to drive? Of course not. We love them enough to know they’re not mature enough to handle a car yet. It’s the same way with God. He’s not going to give us something until we’re mature enough to handle it.

We may desire a thing, but in the process of waiting, the downside of having that thing may be revealed to us. We may see that the desire may be more problematic than we realize. In waiting, we may discover the desire is really a waste of our money. While waiting, God may reveal a boastful attitude we need to remove before we receive that desire.

Let’s not view waiting negatively. Let’s change our perspective and see how we can grow, mature, and get stronger while we wait.

Psalm 62:5 My soul, wait you only upon God; for my expectation is from Him.

God is our help. It’s not the government, law makers, fundraisers, or even the church benevolence fund. It’s God. Our hope, expectation, and confidence should be in Him. God can use one of these avenues to bless our lives, but our reliance should be on Him.

Problems occur when we rely on a certain person or entity to provide a need only God can provide. Marriages end quickly because a person is disappointed that their spouse couldn’t provide fulfillment. People become angry with the government and politicians because they didn’t do what they promised. People even degrade churches because they didn’t provide something for them or the community. It’s not up to our spouse, the government, or a church to provide a need or desire. Our dependence should be totally on God.

Wait, hope, and totally rely on God.

Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

People say they want to put God first in everything they do, but their actions may contradict their confession.

They want to put God first, but the first thing they do when they wake up is check their email, scroll through social media, or text a friend. Some may say they’re not a morning person. That’s understandable, but some of those same people get distracted by managing a family in the evening, watching their favorite TV shows, and again, scrolling through social media. The next thing we know it’s late, we’re sleepy, and we haven’t been in the presence of God all day.

If we have to lose sleep or shut ourselves up in a room to prioritize God, that’s what we should do because the benefits of prioritizing God outweigh all of those other things.

Psalm 16:11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

Luke 5:5 When Jesus had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Put out into deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” 5“Master,” Simon replied, “we have worked through the night without catching anything. But because You say so, I will let down the nets.”

When Simon, a fisherman, finished fishing all night and didn’t catch anything, he obeyed Jesus. His experience told him, the more appropriate time to catch fish was at night, yet in the heat of the day, he obeyed the Master. Because of his obedience, at the most inappropriate time, Simon caught more fish than he could have imagined.

When God tells us to do something, even if it goes against our logic, obey. It could be in that inappropriate time we could experience the biggest blessing of our lives. Logic says, the best sales are on “Black Friday” in November; however, through our patience and obedience, God can cause an even better sale in the middle of March. Earthly wisdom says, the best time to sell a house is in the summer; however, God can cause a great sell in the dead of winter.

Don’t focus too much earthly logic, the appropriate time, or setting. Focus on God and He will make the most inappropriate time perfect timing for us.

Ephesians 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved through faith, and this not from yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.

James 2:20 But, O vain man, dost thou desire to know that faith without works is dead?

In the New Covenant, there are two types of works. There are works by the law and works associated with faith.

Works by the law has to do with self-effort to receive salvation. This may include fasting, praying, and staying away from certain foods in order to be in God’s good graces. But as we can see from scripture, works by the law in the New Covenant is meaningless (2 Tim. 1:9; Titus 3:5). Our own righteous works is filth in God’s eyes (Isaiah 64:6). If our self-effort can save us or put us in right standing with God, there’s no need for Jesus.

On the other hand, works by faith is corresponding actions to God’s Word. For instance, if we pray for a job, the works or corresponding actions to receive that job is to allow the Holy Spirit to direct us on when and where we should apply. We can’t just pray, sit back, and wait on a job offer to knock on our doors. There’s physical actions we must take.

Don’t combine or confuse the two types of works. One has to do with self-effort and the other has to do with corresponding action. Always remember there’s nothing we can do in our own strength to please God. God is pleased when we receive the righteous works of His Son on our behalf.

When we hear “spiritual warfare,” there are a few things that may come to mind. Some may think of a priest casting the devil out of a person and some may think of rebuking the devil in problematic areas in our lives.

A more appropriate understanding of spiritual warfare is continuously replacing evil, negative, untrue thoughts with the Word of God. These thoughts come directly from Satan. If we have an ailment, instead of dwelling on the ailment and receiving the lie of it’s only going to get worse, we replace that thought with, “by Jesus’ stripes, I am healed.” If our marriage is rocky, instead of believing the lie of it’s over, we declare a prosperous marriage.

It’s during these times where we must remain consistent. The tiring part of spiritual warfare is replacing negative thoughts with the Word of God regarding the same circumstance over an extended period of time. However, it’s vital to be consistent if we want to win.

Whatever negative situation(s) we may be in, understand it’s spiritual warfare and we win with consistently replacing Satanic thoughts with the Word of God.

2 Corinthians 10:4 The weapons of our warfare are not the weapons of the world. Instead, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We tear down arguments, and every presumption set up against the knowledge of God; and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

Joshua 1:3 Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses.

Joshua 1:Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous…

God told Joshua He has given him land. In that same breath, God told Joshua to be strong and courageous.

In most of our minds, if a gift is given, we don’t have to work for it or earn it. It’s just received. But here, God told Joshua He’s given him the land, yet He also told him to be strong and courageous.

What does this mean for us? In the New Covenant through Jesus Christ, there are promises available for us for the taking, however there’s a process to receive those promises.

That process is faith. That process may have us fatigued at times; it may have some uncertainties along the way, or even some seemingly impossible situations to conquer. It’s during this process where we’ll have to be strong and courageous. Proverbs 24:10 says, If you faint in the day of adversity, Your strength is small.

The promise has been given and approved by God. We must allow the Holy Spirit’s guidance to navigate our way through the process to the promise.

Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.

When we truly have a heart for God and desire to please Him, we’ll want to make sure we’re doing everything correctly. We want to make sure our “t’s” are crossed and our “i’s” are dotted. Ultimately, we desire to get to a place where everything we do pleases God and every thought aligns with His will.

Unfortunately, because we’re in the flesh, we’ll constantly be under construction. We’ll never be nor should we desire to be in a position where we know it all. Because God and His ways are holy, perfect, and infinite, we’ll constantly make adjustments in our lives. We’ll constantly get revelation of God’s Word, we’ll constantly receive correction on our attitudes, and we’ll constantly be disciplined about our behavior.

Don’t beat yourselves up because we don’t have it all together or we missed it in one area or another. Understand that as long as we live in this world, we are and we’ll always be under construction.

Philippians 2:14 Do everything without complaining or arguing, 15 so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and perverse generation, in which you shine as lights in the world.

There’s a temptation to complain about someone or something. We’ll look at the positive verses the negative. We’ll magnify what we don’t have instead of rejoicing about what we do have. In relationships, we’ll see what’s wrong with our spouse instead of all that’s right. If we’re not mindful to view the brighter side of things, we’ll end off an old negative bitter person that no one wants to be around.

When we get the urge to complain about someone or something, we need to catch ourselves, and construct a compliment. Give a compliment to God for giving us life and supplying all we need. Find something nice to say about your supervisor. Compliment your spouse for doing a good job with a certain task.

As many complaints as we can find towards someone or something, we can find the same number of compliments towards someone or something. What compliments are you going to give today?

Psalm 103:5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Before there were dietitians and before there were cosmetologists, the Word of God provided a correlation between what we ate and maintaining good youthful health.

This scripture tells us, God will satisfy our mouths with good things so that our youth is renewed. This means, God has the ability to take the desire away from us to eat poorly or overeat, and replace it with healthy eating. There are numerous stories of God taking bad desires away from individuals. In this case, it just so happens to be with food.

So, if you’re struggling to eat healthy or if you have a desire to look and feel youthful, put your faith in God to satisfy your mouth with good things.

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