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When God makes you wait….

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We live in a fast paced world…everything moves at the speed of lightning, everything you want or need can be acquired at your fingertips…this has made us really impulsive and impatient…

One of the characteristics we need to develop as christians is PATIENCE, however, this is something that is really rare these days. In the bible, PATIENCE is one of the fruits of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), it’s something we bear when God’s spirit lives within us…

When God gives you a dream or a vision to fulfill for your life, he doesn’t simply grant it to you, he makes you go through a long process where he develops your character. God is not a genie who simply hands us things, but he makes sure that we have grown spiritually, that we have attained spiritual maturity and are ready to handle the responsibility that comes with the destiny he has for us.

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In the bible, there are many stories where God makes a covenant/promise, but it takes years and years before the person sees the promise come to manifestation.

It took about 25 Years from the time God promised Abraham and Sarah that they would have a child to when they actually had Isaac. When God first made the promise to Abraham, he was 75 years old, he finally had Isaac when he was 100 years old Genesis 12 – 25

It took about 100 years from when God told Noah to build the ark, to the time when it started to rain and the flood destroyed humanity. Genesis 5:32-10:1

Joseph received God’s promise that he would be in a position of power and authority, through dreams. He had these dream when he was a young boy..however, he ended up being sold into slavery and had to wait 13 years, enduring many trials, before this dream came into fruition Genesis 37 -50

Moses was destined by God to deliver the Israelites from Egypt and to bring them to the promise land, it took about 80 years to prepare him for his role and 40 of those years were spent in the wilderness Exodus 2  to Deuteronomy 34

Jacob had to wait 7 years before Rachel was given to him as his wife Genesis 29:18-30

David had to wait about 15 years from the time he was chosen to become king until he was actually king 1 Samuel and 2 Samuel

The lesson to be learnt, God doesn’t just hand us our calling or blessing, he makes sure we develop a character worthy of our calling/blessing.

When we wait for God’s promise we usually go through a lot of trials and tests, these are often situations where our faith is tested, our endurance is built and the fruit of patience is being developed…during this time, we learn to have full dependence on God, we relinquish control of our lives and have intimacy with God…

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James 1:2-4  (ESV)

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Love Always,

XOXO,

Dee

 

 



God Doesn’t call the QUALIFIED….

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A lot of times when God calls us to do something, we shrink back in FEAR…
Fear, that we’re inadequate to accomplish whatever it is that we’re supposed to do, HOWEVER, when God chose you, he knew who you are, he knows your abilities, he knows your flaws, he knows your strengths and weaknesses too…he knows you inside out and yet he still chose YOU!!!

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Exodus 4:10-12 (NLT)

10 But Moses pleaded with the Lord, “O Lord, I’m not very good with words. I never have been, and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled.”

11 Then the Lord asked Moses, “Who makes a person’s mouth? Who decides whether people speak or do not speak, hear or do not hear, see or do not see? Is it not I, the Lord? 12 Now go! I will be with you as you speak, and I will instruct you in what to say.”

God knows we’re not perfect, he knows we’re sinners, that does not prevent him from qualifying us!!!

In the bible there are many stories where God calls the unqualified, one that I love is how he used Moses to deliver the nation of Israel.

Moses, came up with every single excuse as to why he shouldn’t be the one to do the job and he brought all his grievances to God…he kept backing out until God started to get irritated at him and straight up told him, hey I created you, I gave you everything you have, even your so called flaws and I can still use you!!!

Moses was lacking in confidence, most of the time as humans we put things off because we think we need to be “Perfect” before we can actually accomplish something great…

but God never said he wanted perfection!!!

God does not call the QUALIFIED, he QUALIFIES the called!

God says come to me just as you are and I will give you exactly what you need to accomplish the task at hand…

God wants to use you, wherever you are and however you are…he knows your flaws and all and he can still use you regardless…

that’s the beauty of walking in the destiny and purpose that God has for you…you have the GODFIDENCE that you can not and will not fail, because when he sets you apart to accomplish something he will see to it that you get it done :)

love always,

XOXO,

Dee



Unfailing Love, Pain & Purpose (Day 5)

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It’s Day 5 of  the “What is Love?” Challenge, where for 29 days I’m sharing bible verses on Love in an attempt to gain a deeper understanding of the TRUE meaning of LOVE according to God’s Divine Plan.

In yesterday’s post we re-visited the greatest commandment, and I spoke about Love and Forgiveness and how we can get past those feelings of anger, resentment, bitterness, hatred, revenge, judgement, criticism to a place of loving those who have intentionally or unintentionally hurt us.

Today we learn how God’s unfailing love can get us past our pain and give us purpose.

Psalm 42:8-11 English Standard Version (ESV)

By day the Lord commands his steadfast love,
    and at night his song is with me,
    a prayer to the God of my life.
I say to God, my rock:
    “Why have you forgotten me?
Why do I go mourning
    because of the oppression of the enemy?”
10 As with a deadly wound in my bones,
    my adversaries taunt me,
while they say to me all the day long,
    “Where is your God?”

11 Why are you cast down, O my soul,
    and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
    my salvation and my God.

As I was reading this text I didn’t quite understand the meaning of “steadfast love” so I had to look it up, it has been translated from the Hebrew word Chesed, but there are many other translations, this is what I found

Biblical scholars have often complained that the word חֶסֶד in the Hebrew Bible is difficult to translate into English, because it really has no precise equivalent in our language. English versions usually try to represent it with such words as “loving-kindness,” “mercy,” “steadfast love,” and sometimes “loyalty,” … ( Source )

My thoughts on today’s verses is that, in life at one point or another we must face trials and tribulations, there will be situations that will break you down so bad you have nowhere to turn to and you’ll feel so alone in this world…

And there is nothing the Devil loves more than stealing your hope and faith in God during trying times, he will use the very people in your life, some may even be people you thought you can trust or you thought loved you….

…these people will talk about you behind your back, some may even laugh at you in your face and if you are a believer some may taunt you, “Where is your God now?” some people may even abandon you when you need them the most…

And things may get so bad that it may even feel as though God has also deserted you…you may call out to him but not feel a connection, you may pray but there may be no answers from Him or even a resolution to your situation…We may wonder why is he letting this happen?

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during these times we must always keep faith and hope in his unfailing love, in his chesed…we must always praise him and keep praying as he is our salvation and our God…his love can and surely will sustain you…

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There’s a big difference between going through trials with God and without him…life is tough and no one should have to carry the burdens of this world alone!!! Sometimes the exact reason we are cornered and everything is stripped away from us, is so we can turn to him, so we can understand that without him, we are NOTHING!!! and ultimately he is all we need…and although you may go through struggles and hardships, he will give you his peace, you will have this wonderful sense of peace knowing that whatever it is he is handling it, he is taking care of it, you can let go of the reigns of control and  just know he will never desert you…

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therefore today I urge you, no matter what you may be going through, if you haven’t already turn, your burdens to the Lord, let him carry them for you, give him all your worries, give him your life, surrender to him, let him be your comforter, let him give you his peace that surpases all understanding, receive his love and have faith and hope…know that as long as you have him, you will come out a WINNER. GOD BLESS YOU!!!

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Today let’s pray that God may give us strength to endure whatever trials and tribulations we’re faced with, to keep the faith, to keep hope in his unfailing love and to understand that there is purpose in our suffering and to ask him to reveal to us within his own time what that purpose is and that we shall always depend on him and that we should always praise and rejoice in him throughout everything and throughout whatever our circumstances are. Amen

Stay blessed,

XOXO

Dee