As Jesus Is (Pt. 16)

by Rick

Today we continue our series entitled, “God Loves You”, under the overall theme for the year of, “Supernatural Manifestation.”  We have been looking at the following two passages and we will go back to them today:

 

The Apostle John said:

 

And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.  Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

(1 John 4:16, 17 KJV)

 

King Solomon said:

 

God has made everything beautiful and appropriate in its time. He has also planted eternity [a sense of divine purpose] in the human heart [a mysterious longing which nothing under the sun can satisfy, except God]—yet man cannot find out (comprehend, grasp) what God has done (His overall plan) from the beginning to the end.

(Ecc 3:11 AMP)

 

I made the following statement about these two scriptures:

 

“The Bible is clear that God made plans for us before the world began.  The challenge for us, when we are born and begin to walk through life is to: (1) accept Jesus as Lord, because our journey begins with Jesus (2) receive the revelation of God’s plans through the Holy Spirit, (3) fight the urge to feel unworthy and to disqualify ourselves before we ever get started, (4) renew our minds to believe what God believes about us, (5) wait on God’s timing for the things He revealed to come to pass, and (6) launch out to experience what God revealed when the timing is right.  Now, what I just said in these six points is much easier said than done, but the pursuit of it becomes the joy of the journey with Jesus.”

 

I have discussed points 1-4.  Today I will discuss #5.

 

So what does this mean to you today?  Let’s see.

 

  1.  Knowing “what” and knowing “when” are not the same thing.

 

  1. a)  Once you believe you know what God has called you to do, in the particular season you are in, and you know this knowledge came by revelation from the Holy Spirit, the feeling is amazing.  You have an internal peace, you can see yourself doing it, and the excitement builds.  However, God may have revealed WHAT, but unless He reveals WHEN, you don’t know the particular timing.  This puts you in a position to wait with expectation, knowing that it is simply a matter of time.  The challenge is that no matter how much you love God, when days turn into weeks, and weeks into months, and months into years, ALL OF US feel the pressure to either: (1) attempt to MAKE IT HAPPEN on our own or (2) give up on the idea altogether.  This is why walking with God requires both faith and patience (see Heb 6:12).

 

  1. b)  Our text (Ecc 3:11) says, “God has made everything beautiful and appropriate in its time.”  There is a time assigned to your harvest.  It is a specific time for it to come to pass.  This is why the Apostle Paul said, “Do not get tired of doing the right things.  You will receive a harvest at the right time, if you do not give up.” (Gal 6:9).  There is a season when your harvest is DUE!  The challenge is HOLDING ON, in faith, until that season comes.

 

  1.  You will have to wait on God’s timing.

 

  1. a)  You can make plans, set deadlines, and develop schedules, but remember, divine fruit is only produced IN SEASON.

 

  1. b)  Your clock of expectation must be set to God’s time of manifestation.

 

  1. c)  When you are in sync God and His grace (which only flows in His timing), you get to truly enjoy life.  At this point you are led of the Holy Spirit, doing the right things at the right times, experiencing divine results.  

 

  1. d)  God’s ways are above our ways.  There are reasons why He does NOT give us certain things in our timing.  This is why we must graduate from learning to discerning, from intellect to instinct, and from information to revelation.

 

*** Personal testimony:  I am no different than most people when it comes to waiting on God.  I am a “go getter”, so I don’t’ like to wait.  I would rather GO GET IT myself!  But walking with God requires developing patience.  You cannot graduate to spiritual maturity until you develop Godly patience.  I will close with the words of James.  He said, “If you let that patience work in you, the end result will be good. You will be mature and complete. You will be all that God wants you to be, lacking nothing!” (James 1:4).

 

Closing Confession:  Father, this is a year of Great Victory for me.  I am growing IN You, by dying to me!  The more I die, the more You are able to live in, with and through me.  I am sensitive to Your Spirit.  The Holy Spirit reveals to me what to do and what to say.  I am growing from human learning to spiritual discerning, from human intellect to spiritual instinct.  This means I learn to live in synch with Your will, in Your timing.  I develop Godly patience.  I wait on You with expectation.  I set my watch to Your clock.  And I know there will come a day when my harvest is due, because as Jesus is, so am I, in this world!  I declare this by faith.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

 

This is Today’s Word!  Apply it and Prosper.

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