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In The Waiting

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When waiting for a prayer to be answered, I feel eternity pressing down on my shoulders. The wait, the silence, is only broken by small glimpses of hope. I can see God working in that life–the increase of chaos and the lifting of veils–but I’m not sure if that life will see.

Psalm 38:15 says, “Lord, I wait for you; You will answer, Lord my God. (Pg. 30, My Prayer Chair by Carla McDougal; RLM).”

Third Day sang a song titled, While I’m Waiting. In it, the lyrics say:

“I will move ahead, bold and confident
Taking every step in obedience

While I’m waiting
I will serve You
While I’m waiting
I will worship
While I’m waiting
I will not faint
I’ll be running the race
Even while I wait”

Carla McDougal in, My Prayer Chair, said, “She (Corrie Ten-Boom) believe in who God was, not what He could do for her. She trusted in God’s Word twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Her faith wasn’t based on what God was doing in her life, but in the character of God. Even in desperate circumstances, her walk with Jesus remained strong. She focused on Him, not the situation. As a result, her life example continues to encourage others, even many years after her death.”

One of the tests of discerning whether a faith is a seed not planted in shallow soil or in thorns is how well we wait and how we view God. In the waiting, I will serve Him. In the waiting, I will worship. In the waiting, I will not faint. I’ll be running this race while I wait, even if I never see the answer to my prayer.

Are you waiting for something today? And what does your waiting look like?

Isn’t It Time?

When you have too much time on your hands what do you do? When your thoughts swirl like thick paint being stirred by the stick of trouble what actions react from that? Are you painting a mural of beauty or is it graffitti–dark, ugly, and hate-filled rhetoric that reflects what is going on in the deepest part of your soul?

It’s a good thing we can fall on Jesus. He forgives when we repent. He’s waiting with open arms for you right now. It doesn’t matter the hurt or angst you have caused, because He took our sins on the cross. Just repent in true, Godly sorrow and let the healing begin with His Word. Not the Word you once used to manipulate to your own use, but open your eyes to its wisdom and light and it’s love.It’s such a deep love–the kind of love that won’t let you down–like a jump into a dark green pool of water after a long, hot climb. Just float in His love. Let it overcome the anger you’ve lived with all of your life. Then, like the ripples that waver away from your body, let it go, floating away.

Neither you nor I can live perfectly enough to get into Heaven. We can’t get into Heaven without Jesus. No matter how well you appear to live He knows who you are inside. He knows the thoughts going through your mind right now. He knows the lies. He knows the hurts. He knows your past, present and future of every choice. He knows the hurts you’ve caused and the hurts you’ve endured–the stuff you don’t talk about because it would destroy the careful reputation you’ve worked at building.

Don’t reach the end of your life without knowing Christ and the kind of love only He can provide. Just ask me about Godly sorrow.

It goes deep and cleanses. I can’t tell you the freedom of confessing the truth aloud has brought and the transformation to my character and my outlook. It’s amazing. Recieving forgiveness was amazing, too. It’s a memory I will hold close because it was so Christ-like of that person. That kind of forgiveness I have never experienced. You get used to having your sins thrown in your face time and time again as if there’s nothing you can do to make it better and no words are adequate.

But with Christ, there is forgiveness and it’s offered to everyone who asks. So why not ask, my friend?

Dear Jesus,

It’s not about works, Lord. I am so sorry I broke Your heart. But You died on the cross for me and I cannot fathom that kind of love. Please come into my life and help me see people as You see them and love people as You love them.

In Jesus Name, Amen

Book Excerpt: Longsuffering

We are on a lifelong pursuit of pleasing God.  No one promised that the journey though life would be an easy one.  In fact, Jesus warned us that we would face trouble.  Yet He knows that we can succeed because He personally gave us the tools that we need.  One of the things we have at our disposal is called longsuffering; it is an attribute that reflects God’s character in our lives.

Although it works to our advantage to be longsuffering, our culture doesn’t  value the trait, perhaps because it is inconvenient for people to become vulnerable by putting their emotions in compromising situations.  Yet it is a characteristic of a godly woman. 

God wants you to reap the benefit of His myriad blessing.  We are blessed when we behave in ways that please Him.  Therefore, His Word includes many prayers that are designed to encourage and strengthen your resolve to understand what He expects of us.  As you read this prayer, ask the Holy Spirit to make it real to you so that it will manifest in your daily life:  “That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness.”  (Colossians 1:10-12 kjv)

The word longsuffering means patiently enduring a lasting offense or hardship.  To achieve this quality, we need to get to know God in a very special way.  You cannot follow someone’s example, no matter how excellent it may be, unless you observe that person’s actions.  This is yet another reason to have an intimate relationship with our Lord.  He will show us how to cope with the various conditions of life–even adversity.  We get so many benefits from handling difficult situations with longsuffering, such as the power to achieve good works, the ability to demonstrate tolerance of others, and the overall satisfaction of knowing that God is pleased with us. 

It is good to suffer long when there is a godly purpose for the suffering.  So many biblical characters demonstrated the trait.  For example, Hannah, a devoted woman of faith, spent years of longsuffering as she waited on God to bless her with a child.  Throughout her days of barrenness, she was exposed to the ridicule of her husband’s other wife.  Although jealous of Hannah, the favored wife, Peninnah bore several offspring with the husband whom they shared.  Because she seemingly had the upper hand, she loved to flaunt the fact that she had been blessed with children. 

Scripture says that she made light of Hannah, reporting, “Her rival however, would provoke her bitterly to irritate her, because the Lord had closed her womb” (1 Samuel 1:6).  Apparently, Hannah silenlty suffered the taunting; the Bible does not record any retaliation on her part.  Instead, she took her petition to God.  After some time, he answered her prayer, and Hannah did recieve a child from the Lord. 

There are many others.  But the greatest model of longsuffering is our Savior, Jesus.  Teaching fickle crowds, enduring faithless disciples, and putting up with deserting followers, He suffered unto death. 

How do you suffer for a long time without being destroyed in the process?  Keep your relationship with God fine-tuned.  Talk to Him about situations that trouble you and listen to what He has to say in return.  Trust His guidance and know that He has your back.  He will keep you from making rash decisions.  He will also help determine when your suffering is not His will. 

Take comfort in knowing that the Holy Spirit sets boundaries to protect us.  Ask God, “How do You want me to handle this?”  Study everything the Word says about the subject of godly suffering.  Make sure you don’t pick and choose Scriptures, or you can be misled to a faulty conclusion. 

For example, Linda was an abused wife.  Her husband attended church regularly.  She did not attend church very often and thought most Christians were hypocrites.  One Sunday, she decided to go.  The sermon was based on the Scripture, “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord” (Ephesians 5:22 KJV).  After the service, her husband said, “See, if you would submit to me and do what I tell you I wouldn’t have to treat you the way I do.” 

It didn’t make sense to Linda why her husband was so abusive.  She knew that she followed his orders, but she could never do enough to please him.  Linda had tried talking to God about it, but nothing had changed.  She felt as if God was against her too.  Unfortunately, her misunderstanding kept her estranged from Him. 

Linda’s own husband was wrong.  He misapplied Scripture, bending it to suit his own selfish purposes.  If you are being abused, God is not pleased.  You can find comfort in His Word, which will tell you how precious and loved you are.  Your husband or boyfriend may use the Bible to tell you how awful you are and that you will never amount to anything.  He might tell you how Satan uses you or is in control of you.  He might even try to convince you how righteous he is in comparison to you. 

Recognize that as spiritual abuse.  But don’t be discouraged and give up on God.   Your first line of defense is to pray and ask God to open your eyes and your heart to Him.  He will always be there for you and will show you what to do.  Then, if you have questions about His Word and need help in understanding it, consult a local minister that you believe you can trust.  Most of all, know that God loves you for you. 

As a final caution:  beware of pride.  Pride prevents longsuffering.  Pride will tell you that you don’t have to suffer at all.  This is unbiblical and ungodly.