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1 Chronicles 14:9-10
Then the Philistines went and made a raid on the Valley of Rephaim. And David inquired of God, saying, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will You deliver them into my hand?” The Lord said to him, “Go up, for I will deliver them into your hand.”

1 Chronicles 14:13-6
Then the Philistines once again made a raid on the valley. Therefore David inquired again of God, and God said to him, “You shall not go up after them; circle around them, and come upon them in front of the mulberry trees. And it shall be, when you hear a sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry trees, then you shall go out to battle, for God has gone out before you to strike the camp of the Philistines.” So David did as God commanded him, and they drove back the army of the Philistines from Gibeon as far as Gezer.

On two different instances, the philistines raided the valley. The first time they raided the valley, David ask God what to do. God told him to go and fight. David did as he was instructed and they won the battle. Logic would tell David and most of us to do the same thing we did that got us the victory in the first battle. But, David didn’t listen to logic. He consulted God again to see if he should fight. God gave him a different set of instructions. Because David consulted and obeyed God’s new set of instructions, he won the battle.

Just because we’re doing the same thing doesn’t mean we don’t need to consult God. We may have gotten initial instructions from Him on the fastest route home from work. That doesn’t mean we don’t need to consult Him because it works. He may tell us to go a different way. That way may avoid a lot of traffic that day. Instead of cooking something the same way every time, consult Him. He may give us ingredients that will make that dish taste a lot better.

Regardless of how often we do something and no matter the success we have, it’s always beneficial to consult God in everything we do.

****If we forget or don’t consult God about a particular plan, don’t beat yourself up about it. There’s grace that steps in when we miss the mark.****

Psalm 84:11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.

There are a few reasons why there’s a delay in our prayers being answered. Some of those reasons include, demonic setbacks or self-maturity. Another reason we experience delay is because the overall good in answering our request has not been fulfilled.

God desires to maximize our good. We can request something from God, but if it’s not an overall good thing, God may not give it to us now. It has to be good timing, good for our family, good for our future, and good for our health.

For instance, we may request a new car. How excited would we be if He answered our prayer, but the next week there’s a hailstorm we couldn’t avoid because we live in an apartment? Not very excited. That would be bad timing on God’s part. He’s going to make sure we’re not stressing about paying for hail damage. Or, we may request a spouse. It wouldn’t be the smartest move on God’s part to grant our request if He and we knew we have a temper problem we’re still working on. That’s a marital disaster waiting to happen.

If we remain in faith and experience a delay, just know our delay is working for our good.

1 Thessalonians 5:25 Brothers, pray for us.

In community policing, there’s a saying that says, “when you see something, say something.” It’s an encouragement to the public to call the police when we see criminal activity or something suspicious.

As believers, we have another option. When we see something, pray something. It’s not just referring to criminal activity, but anything that’s not lining up with God’s best. If we see a homeless person, pray for restoration. If we see a dysfunctional family, pray for peace. If we see a co-worker get sick often, pray for healing. Anything that doesn’t align with the Word of God should be prayed to its proper place.

This requires us to look outside of ourselves and our desires, but it’s extremely beneficial to our world.

Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

God knows our hearts and our ultimate desires. He’s not going to give us anything that undermines our ultimate desires.

For instance, we may want a job at a specific company. That job may require a lot of travel. We may think we’re okay with the travel, but traveling often may not allow us to establish or maintain a successful marriage or family, which is our ultimate desire. The job is nice, but the marriage and family are something we’ve always dreamed of.

God is so awesome until He won’t let current or temporary desires undermine our ultimate desires. So, if there’s a delay or it seems like a denial with a certain desire, ask God to show you if an ultimate desire is being undermined.

Mark 5:39 When He came in, He said to them, “Why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead, but sleeping.” 40 And they ridiculed Him. But when He had put them all outside, He took the father and the mother of the child, and those who were with Him, and entered where the child was lying.

Jesus was ridiculed because He spoke what He believed. If we walk by faith and are bold enough to declare what God said to us openly, prepare for ridicule.

God may have told us to believe for debt freedom within 3 months. If we confidently say that openly, we may get a lot of questions. They’ll want to know how it’s going to happen and if we’re sure we heard God’s voice. Others may think we have lost our minds or have gone too far in this faith stuff. Regardless of their questions and ridicule, we must hold tightly to our confession of faith (Hebrews 10:23).

No matter how far-fetched it sounds, as the Spirit leads, declare it openly. Just be prepared for possible ridicule.

Isaiah 53:7 He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.

Jesus was insulted, abused, and faced the most traumatic experience in His life and yet, He remained silent. He’s not talking about how bad it is or telling the soldiers, “Do you know who I am?” In the midst of His problems, He remained silent. He could do this because He knew Who He was. He knew nothing could stop Him from accomplishing His goal. Although the pain and separation from God was serious, the promise set before Him was His motivation.

When facing difficult situations, one of the best things we can do is remain silent. We don’t need to call our friends and tell them how bad it is, and we don’t need to post about our problems. Like Jesus, we know who we are. We are the righteousness of God, we are children of the King, and this problem won’t last forever. The thing that will help us overcome is holding onto God’s promise of victory (1 Cor. 15:57).

We may be going through a lot, but don’t talk about how bad the problem is. If we’re going to say anything, declare the victory over the problem.

Luke 10:39 She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word. 40 But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; 42 but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”

Sometimes, we can get so busy with life until we miss the most important thing we can ever have; an intimate relationship with God. It’s understandable. We work, manage children, cook, clean, attend our children’s activities, etc.

At some point, we need to prioritize our relationship with God instead of attempting to manage everything in the natural. We need to set aside time in our day to spend time with God. It could be in the morning before our day gets started, at lunch, or at night when everyone’s asleep. Those dishes may be screaming at you to wash them, but know, time with God is more important.

So, who will we imitate? We can be like Martha who was busying herself to get things done in the natural but forsook intimacy with Jesus, or we can be like Mary who valued the presence of Jesus and delayed managing things in the natural.

Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart.

God knows our hearts and our ultimate desires. He’s not going to give us anything that undermines our ultimate desires.

For instance, we may want a job at a specific company. That job may require us to travel a lot. We may think we’re okay with the travel, but by traveling often, we may not be able to obtain or maintain a successful marriage or family which is our ultimate desire. We like the job, but the marriage and family are something we’ve always dreamed of.

God is so awesome until He won’t let current desires undermine our ultimate desires. So, if there’s a delay or it seems like there’s a denial in a certain desire, ask God to reveal if it’s undermining an ultimate desire.

Ephesians 1:13 And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago.

When we get born-again (make Jesus our Lord and Savior) we are sealed with the Holy Spirit. God’s Spirit lives in us. We don’t have to work for it, fast for 40 days to get it, and we don’t have to speak in tongues to know we have it. It says it plain and clear, God’s Spirit is given to us when we believe in Christ.

What does this mean for us?

1. We are led by God Himself (Rom. 8:14). Even if every version of a Bible is destroyed, God will still lead us to a prosperous, peaceful, protected life.

2. We have power (Acts 1:8). God gives us the power to do whatever He calls us to do. We don’t have to worry about doing it in our own strength because it’s He who supplies the power.

3. We have a helper (John 15:26). The Holy Spirit will help us do whatever task needs to be done. He’ll help us figure out a problem at work, help us raise our children, and help us to do the will of God.

4. We have an intercessor (Rom 8:26). The Holy Spirit will pray on our behalf when we don’t know what or how to pray.

5. We have gifts (1 Cor. 12:4-11; Gal. 5:22-23). The gifts that are given through the Spirit will benefit the Kingdom of God and make us better people.

The Holy Spirit is in every born-again believer. Let’s live our lives through Him.

Isaiah 1:19 If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land;

Everyone wants to eat the good of the land. What’s the good of the land? Walking in divine health, having peace of mind, and prospering in our finances to the point where we can easily be a blessing to others.

To eat the good of the land, we must be willing and obedient. Our obedience is not to the law, but to the Spirit of God (Ezekiel 36:27). People under the old covenant could only honor God by being obedient to the Law of Moses. We’re no longer under the law, but under grace (Rom. 6:14). Through grace, the gift of the Holy Spirit is sealed inside every born-again believer (Ephesians 1:13). Our obedience to His Spirit positions us to eat the good of the land.

He may tell us to remove certain things from our diet, apply to that job, or stop spending our money on certain things. All these instructions are rooted in love. God loves us to the point where He’ll give us detailed instructions so that we’ll eat the good of the land, but we must be willing and obedient.

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