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The delay on some of God’s promises gets real. We know God has made these promises available to us, but now it’s just a waiting game while keeping our faith in God. We’re waiting, but we don’t know what we’re waiting for. The situation seems perfect for God to perform the miraculous.

It’s during this waiting period that thoughts of doubt and uncertainty enter our minds. Questionable thoughts like, “Is this really God’s will for me?” or “Did I do something wrong?” enter our minds. These are just thoughts from the enemy to get us off track.

When negative thoughts come, realize you’re in the correct lane. Counter these thoughts by speaking the word of God that aligns with what you desire. Build your faith by listening to sermons that correlate with what you’re going through. Focus your mind on what God has done and not what you don’t have yet. Finally, get yourself off your mind and focus on Jesus and being a blessing to someone else.

When we apply these tactics during delay, we can last a lifetime. Hold on and don’t doubt and know God’s promises will manifest in due time.

Habakkuk 2:2 (GNT) The LORD gave me this answer: “Write down clearly on tablets what I reveal to you, so that it can be read at a glance. 3 Put it in writing, because it is not yet time for it to come true. But the time is coming quickly, and what I show you will come true. It may seem slow in coming, but wait for it; it will certainly take place, and it will not be delayed.

John 20:29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Jesus being raised from the dead was a promise from God (Mark 9:31). As many Christians know, it’s profitable to believe in His resurrection although we haven’t seen it with our own eyes.

There are other promises from God that we may not have seen yet. Blessed (which means empowered to prosper) are those who have not seen or experienced those promises, but still believe. When we believe in God’s promises of healing, deliverance, wealth, etc., although we haven’t experienced them yet, we empower ourselves to prosper.

Although we may not have seen all of God’s promises in our lives, continue to believe they’re available for us.

Some people give the devil too much credit. Some think at any given time he can attack our health, attack our marriage, or threaten our lives. Some even think he can possess our bodies or cause furniture to move. That’s not true.

Satan is defeated. Through Jesus, he is powerless over us (Heb. 2:14-15). Jesus disarmed him and made a public spectacle of him (Col. 2:15). Not only that, but he’s given us power over Satan (Luke 10:19).

Satan is defeated, but because he’s the prince of this world through sin, his powers are limited (John 12:31). Satan’s power is limited to influence. He has the ability to place thoughts, ideas, and suggestions in the minds of people. For those without a mind built on the word of God, he can influence someone to do things contrary to God’s word. But if we build ourselves on God’s word and use the power that has been given to us, we can stay free of demonic influence. Don’t be afraid of a loser. He’s all bark and no bite.    

Revelations 12:11 They conquered him (Satan) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; for they did not love their lives to the point of death.

Prayer is the most effective way to get results. When we confidently approach God, knowing that He hears us and knowing we’ll receive whatever we request, we’ll have a different outlook on life.

As we pray according to God’s will, we’ll understand that our problems are not that serious. We’ll realize difficult times are just an opportunity for God to manifest His power. The only thing we need to keep in check is our patience. We may want something done immediately, but God’s timing is best for us, best for the situation, and great for someone else.

So, be patient. Understand that God heard you. You don’t need to go back to God over and over again about the same subject. He heard you and as you remain in faith, whatever you’re facing will get resolved.  

Hebrews 4:16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Isaiah 25:1 Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things, things planned long ago.

Some people like to say, “I don’t worship God for what He’s done. I worship God for who He is.” That sounds deep and all, but there’s no separation between who God is and what He’s done. Who God is, is attached to what He does.

If God was just sitting in heaven and didn’t do anything for us, He would be no different than a tree in a forest, miles away from us. We wouldn’t worship Him. What’s the point? We worship Him because of what He’s done. He gave us salvation through Jesus, supplies our needs, and gives us the desires of our hearts. We worship Him because He’s healed us, protects us, and made us joint heirs with Christ. We worship because He’s good and causes all things to work together for our good.

Don’t let some “deep” over religious person try to make you feel bad because you’re worshipping God because of what He’s done. It’s okay to worship God for what He’s done. He simply wants our worship.

Psalm 130:3 If you kept record of our sins, no one could last long. 4 But you forgive us, and so we will worship you.

If God kept track of all the things we’ve done wrong, no one would be able to stand. We all would look filthy in God’s sight. That’s why He not only desires to forgive us, but He’s not keeping a record of our sins.

Those of us who’ve been saved for a while need to keep God’s forgiveness in mind. It’s not because of the goodness we’ve done, but it’s because of His grace and mercy that allows Him to forgive us and not record our wrongdoings. Understanding God’s mindset of forgiveness with no record will help us treat ourselves and others better.

We won’t be so hard on ourselves when we miss the mark. We won’t allow the devil to make us feel guilty by replaying our past. We won’t hold grudges against others. And we won’t bring up the faults of our spouses, children, or parents.

God has forgiven us and He’s not holding anything against us. If God has moved on, we should too.

Then the Lord himself said, “Gideon, you will be strong, because I am giving you the power to rescue Israel from the Midianites.” Gideon replied, “But how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest one in Manasseh, and everyone else in my family is more important than I am.”
Judges 6:14‭-‬15 CEV

Gideon sounds like some of us. The Lord will give us a big task and we make every excuse why we can’t do it. Excuses like…I don’t have a degree, I don’t have the experience, I don’t have the money, I haven’t been trained.

God knew that before He tasked you with the assignment. He didn’t ask for your resume. He requested us to be a vessel.

We may not initially know how to do what God has called us to do. But as we seek God (knowing He’s with us), He’ll give us knowledge, favor, and finances to get the job done.

Stop making excuses. Step out on faith trusting God is with you and He’ll guide you every step of the way.

For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh, though I also might have confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so: circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee; concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ.
Philippians 3:3‭-‬7 NKJV

Paul was exceptionally knowledgeable in the law. He had status and a discipline like no other. But when Christ revealed Himself to Paul, his titles, knowledge, and status meant nothing. He was so overwhelmed by Who Christ is until all those other things meant nothing.

Some of us have multiple degrees, a great job title, and we’re influential in the community. Don’t place your confidence in those things. Instead, place your confidence in Christ Jesus alone. Those other earthly things can change or become meaningless. What Christ has done will last forever.

The titles and status we have now don’t need to be thrown out. Use the knowledge we obtained from school, the job title, and our influence to glorify Christ all the more. In whatever you do, bring honor and glory to Christ.

John 15:7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.

Some of you have been patiently waiting on God’s promises to come to pass. You may have thought God was going to do it in a certain way, but that particular way has come and gone. Don’t get discouraged. The pathway to receiving that promise may not have been the way you expected, but the results are still the same.

You may have been in faith to see the mass gone after the doctor finished looking at the x-ray. Don’t get discouraged because that’s not the case. The results are the same. You are healed (Isaiah 53:5). You may have thought you would have landed the dream job by now after obeying God’s instructions to move to a new city. That didn’t happen yet. Don’t start trying to land the job in your own strength. The results are still the same. You shall get whatever you desired in prayer (Mark 11:24). You may have thought you would have been married by now. Don’t throw God away. The results are the same. You will have what you say (Mark 11:23).

Don’t have faith in the method. Have faith in the results.

There are some Christians who look for what’s wrong in the body of Christ. One would think that Christians would promote what’s right in order to attract unbelievers. Instead, some tear each other down and keep the spirit of division around.

Let’s magnify what’s right in the body of Christ.

  1. Jesus’ blood still saves.
  2. Jesus’ wounds have healed.
  3. The Word of God has not changed.
  4. People are still preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ all over the world.
  5. Faith in the finished works of Jesus provides any promise we desire.
  6. The church is still feeding, clothing, and providing for the poor.
  7. The church has made impact outside the four walls.
  8. The power of God can deliver.
  9. The schemes of the devil are being exposed.
  10. Miracles are possible with God.

These are just a few things that are right in the body of Christ. Instead of finding fault with what’s wrong with this or that, let’s highlight what’s right in the body of Christ.

Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

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February 2021
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