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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Give God Time


Give God Time
 

Today was Church, but due to the Storm and the flooding roads, my husband suggested that I stay home.  From my friend Donald, I requested the sermon title, and the scriptures. From his notes I am presenting a message that I pray will speak to your heart. 

As humans, we often do not like to wait.  “I want it now,” is often our cry and also the demand from others.  God’s timing is not like ours.  His plans often interfere with our way of doing things.

Looking into the book of Exodus we find the story of Moses, born at a time when the King had proclaimed that all the boy babies be killed.  God protected Moses and eventually after 40 years, Moses became the one to bring the Children of Israel out of Egypt.  God appeared to Moses on the mountain with a cloud of glory that included fire and thundering.  The presence of God frightened the people and they requested Moses to be the one to speak to God on their behalf.  
 
God’s presence guided them on their journey in the form of a cloud by day and a fiery cloud by night.  Because of the people’s rebellion, murmuring and disobedience, another 40 years of wandering became their lot before they could enter the Promised Land.  God took His time, and “If only” – was a sad regret for the people.

God has ordained the seasons and times:  Ecclesiastes 3:1  To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:  A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

God has chosen us to be fruitful and to fulfill His plans on earth.

Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Allow God time to do the work in your heart as you bring yourself into His presence and into His glory.  God has a plan for your life and He desires that you walk with Him as He shows you His direction.

There is no need to rush and hurry because it takes time to become like Jesus.

John 15:1-2 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.  Every branch in me that bears not fruit he takes away: and every branch that bears fruit, he purges it, that it may bring forth more fruit

Although we are born again when we come to Christ, there are things in our lives that God will reveal to us that need to be disposed of; such as attitudes and habits that may need to change or be let go.  Our thoughts and desires often need to change.  Allow your mind to become renewed as you read and study God’s Word.

Slow down and don’t freak out, because God has got this.  Be practical and understand that God loves you and desires you to be all you can be for Him.

Wait on God; Attend church regularly and your meetings as they will bring you closer to Jesus.  It is in the body of Christ where we can find accountability.  It brings us strength to be a part of a fellowship.

It is a good thing to be accountable to another person, whether it is a friend, your Bible Teacher, or a sponsor in a program.

All in all - - Be patient and give God time - - to perfect you into His image.
 
 

2 comments:

  1. Just about a week ago I was reading Exodus and much of the info of it. It was quite a challenge for many years. Personally, I think the challenges are involved in our nation and in the world. Can pray and worship and glorify the Lord and that's consistently ... day and night ... is all I can do re: what He has indicated to me re: this situation. He is all that counts. Back then in Egypt and now in the world. Thank you!!

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  2. A wonderful and needed reminder. Wait on God. How often have we ran out ahead of His will, protection, and provision, to find our world falling around our ears. Such a tough lesson to learn, but perseverance is an under appreciated gift. And gratification to and from our Father is the pay off. Thanks, Hazel. Good one.

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