Launch time

Are you in a hurry to launch out into your destiny? You may feel you are ready. But sometimes God says wait. While delays and setbacks can be frustrating, they can actually work to your advantage. They give us time to prepare, to get ready for the next step, the promotion to come. Learning to wait patiently with a good attitude is evidence of our perseverance and maturity. God is positioning you for success.

God’s timetable

Most of the time, God is not in a hurry.  He is more interested in shaping your character than your success. 

God’s timing is like a launch pad sequence.  There is a God-ordained series of events and character-shaping trials which must take place before He can launch us into our destinies.  We must pass every test and make every necessary connection before it is safe for God to launch us into power.  If we are promoted too soon, we may attribute our success to our own efforts.  Soon our own arrogance will cause us to trip and fall. The launch will fry and fizzle.

Sometimes failure is part of God’s plan.  To humble you and get you ready for promotion later.  To help you learn patience and forgiveness.

When you make mistakes or when you are going through an extended season of waiting, do not think God has rejected you.  God does not reject His children.  He LOVES His children as a tender LOVING Father embraces His little ones. He LOVES you just as much when you are successful as when you fail. He LOVES you just as much in the setbacks as in the exciting lift-offs.

You do not forfeit your future just because you made some mistakes.  Your future is not forfeited—it is fortified by the power and grace of God.

God is all about relationship, not religion.  He wants to be your Father, your best friend, your provider, your healer, your savior in every situation.  He wants to be your partner in success, the author of your success.  Lean on Him.  Rely on His wisdom and strength.  His timing.  Follow His lead.  Do it His way—not yours.  Take time to learn from Him. He is your perfect Father.  Study your Bible. Listen for His voice.  Wait for the go-ahead from Him.  He will supply all you need at just the right time. The Lord never fails. See your setback as a setup for a comeback.

Suddenly

History is full of divine “suddenly” promotions. Moments of divine intervention when God suddenly—after many years of preparation–launched the world’s so-called losers into positions of power and authority.  Remember the story of Joseph (Genesis 37-50), who was wrongfully enslaved and imprisoned for many years in Egypt–until God suddenly supernaturally lifted him out of the dungeon to become prime minister!  As pharaoh’s right hand man, Joseph became God’s instrument to save His people from starvation in time of famine.  What had looked like a lifetime sentence of hopeless imprisonment for Joseph was suddenly revealed as part of God’s divinely orchestrated master plan of salvation for His people!

Think of Moses, who as a young man ran ahead of God’s timing and took it upon himself to kill an abusive Egyptian soldier.  Realizing he had been seen, Prince Moses fled in fear to the desert.  He spent the next forty years hiding there, tending sheep, condemned to apparent obscurity forever. Until one day, at just the right time, the Lord showed up miraculously in a burning bush, calling Moses to lead His people to freedom. In spite of Moses’ objections trying to disqualify himself, the Lord quickly transformed this leader of sheep into a liberator, leading millions of people out of slavery into freedom.

Never give up

During World War I, a young and daring Winston Churchill suffered disgrace as First Lord of the Admiralty, famously leading the British Navy to disaster in the battle at Gallipoli. Receiving blame for this defeat, fairly or unfairly, Churchill resigned and was demoted to commanding a small army battalion in Scotland.  It appeared that Churchill’s government career was over.  Yet, in fact, it had barely begun.  God used that defeat to strengthen Churchill and teach him the value of perseverance.  It was part of his preparation to become Britain’s prime minister.  God was not punishing Churchill but setting him up for promotion at just the right time.  The disgraced and rejected Churchill overcame historic defeat to lead his people to historic triumph. By the grace of God, against overwhelming odds, Churchill rose up to lead Britain and the free world to victory over Hitler and Nazi Germany in World War II.  Rallying and inspiring his people with soaring rhetoric, Churchill became one of the great leaders in world history.

“Never give in.  Never give in.  Never never never never—in nothing great or small, large or petty—never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense….

“Do not let us speak of darker days; let us speak rather of sterner days.  These are not dark days; these are great days—the greatest days our country has ever lived; and we must all thank God that we have been allowed, each of us according to our stations, to play a part in making these days memorable in the history of our race.”

                      Winston Churchill, October 29, 1941, at Harrow School

Joseph, Moses, Churchill–to the world these men looked for many years like losers, rejected by both God and man. Definitely not politically correct, not leadership material. Then suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere, God launched these humbled men into positions of high authority and great success.  Of course, behind the scenes, God had been at work in their lives all the time—in good times and bad–secretly preparing His chosen ones, shaping their character, teaching them patience, perseverance and obedience.  So that when they were promoted, they would give glory to God, realizing their dependence on the Almighty One.

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.      (Galatians 6:9)

Since God in His mercy has given us this new way, we never give up. (2 Corinthians 4:1)

Destiny awaits

God is an exceedingly generous and wise Father. He is, in fact, the perfect Father. He wants the best for us, His beloved children. But He recognizes when we are not yet mature enough to handle the extravagant goodness and promotion which He plans to provide. He knows that too much too soon could ruin us.

So be patient. God has a great destiny planned for you. Wait on the Lord’s timing. Agree with Churchill. Never never never never give up!

The countdown to launch you has begun. Take your position on the launch pad. Your destiny awaits. The best is yet to come! To God be the glory!

When God speaks

Ask the Lord to speak to you. And He will respond. A soft whisper in your heart. Or a blazing fire in the desert. It is God’s heart desire to communicate with you, His favorite child. His words are pregnant with meaning for you. New hope Fresh perspective. Encouragement. Direction. And lots of LOVE.

Read what God has already written in your Bible. Ask Him specifically where you should read. The Holy Spirit will highlight verses that come alive to you off the pages.

Sometimes you will hear His quiet voice speaking deep in your spirit in prayer. The Lord may speak to you through dreams and visions, signs and wonders. Or all of the above. He may speak to you through a friend or teacher. Do not limit God. He is full of surprises. He spoke to Moses through a fire!

Ask in faith believing you will hear from Him. There will be times of silence, but that’s just another test designed for you to pass. Wait quietly, patiently, knowing an outpouring of His LOVE and grace is on the way.

Until the time came to fulfill his dreams, the Lord tested Joseph’s character. (Psalm 105:19)

Keep your spiritual eyes and ears open.

Write it down. Whatever the Lord tells you, write it down. Every word of God is precious and worthy of remembrance. Ask the Holy Spirit for wisdom to understand and apply the word to your life. His supernatural insights and encouragement are just what you need to get you through the days ahead.

Of course, there are many voices out there. Make sure the voice you hear is of God. Ask the spirit if Jesus Christ of Nazareth is his Lord. If he can agree, you will know that voice is from God. If not, silence that voice in Jesus’ name. Do not listen anymore.

Ask God for dreams and visions, signs and songs, inventions and creative ideas. He will give them to you. Write them down. And as you do, ask Him for interpretations of these dreams, visions, signs, songs, and ideas. His ways are higher than our ways. He often speaks in metaphors and parables. Their meaning may be profound. What seems clear to us at first may only be a shadow of what the Holy Spirit is really trying to communicate. So ask Him to interpret what He shows you–from His point of view. How can you apply that to your life? And write that down as well.

Open my eyes, Lord, to see the miracle-wonders hidden in Your word. (Psalm 119:18)

Stop and take a closer look. Take time away from your daily activities to hear the word of God. Do not be too busy to hear what God is saying. Moses had to turn away from shepherding his flock to investigate an amazing burning bush in the wilderness. Out of that fire, the Lord called Moses to his destiny–to deliver God’s people from bondage in Egypt. Moses had to give the burning bush more than a quick glance from afar. He had to take time away from his work, drawing near to the Lord to hear what He was saying. The Lord did not speak until Moses moved toward Him.

When the Lord saw Moses coming to take a closer look, God called to him from the middle of the bush, “Moses! Moses!” “Here I am!” Moses replied. (Exodus 3:4)

Follow. Whatever the Lord shows you to do, do it. Keep the faith. Trust in His timing, guided by His grace. God’s promise for the future may not come as quickly as you would like. But it will happen, just as the Lord has spoken to you–if you continue to believe and say so. Say, “I’m a believer, not a doubter.”

Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you would only believe, you would see the glory of God.” (John 11:40)

Thank God for His message to you. Take it to heart and do what He says to do. Be full of joyful expectation.

Ask for more. There is always more in God. More is coming. Ask and you will receive. Stoke the fire by reading your Bible. Pray in your Holy Spirit-inspired prayer language to elevate the discourse. God answers prayer. He responds to an open heart eagerly seeking to know Him better.

Love is the answer

How is your love life?

Relationships can be messy.  Conflicts are inevitable.  With all the division, quarreling and misunderstandings going on today, there seems to be only one real remedy–love.

Love your friends.  Love your family and your supporters.  But don’t forget to love those who disagree with you.  And love your enemies–those who persecute you, criticize you and lie about you.  Pray for them.  Love them.  Especially those who disagree with you–even if they are wrong.

Pray and ask the Lord for wisdom and patience.  He will show you how best to handle each situation.  If there is abuse involved, remove yourself from that situation.  If you need help, get it.

But if a person is merely annoying you, making you angry, cover that person in prayer.  The Lord may give you insight as to why they are being so disagreeable.  God may tell you to bind the evil spirits that are deceiving that person.  Bind them in Jesus’ mighty Name.  Then ask God to send that person witnesses to the truth, witnesses to whom they will listen.  Declare by faith a spirit of love over your irritant.

” Receive this truth:  Whatever you forbid on earth shall be considered to be forbidden in heaven. and whatever you release on earth will be considered to be released in heaven.”                                                                             Matthew 18:18  (TPT)

Many times the Lord will choose not to deliver us from trouble immediately but rather uphold us through that trial.  His goal is to develop our strength of character and endurance.  Our character is more important to God than our comfort level.

Endurance means patience, perseverance.  Patience can be defined as love on trial, love refined and pure, selfishness conquered.  This trial of love could be painful, but the fruit of it is worth it  Let patience have its perfect work.

Let’s see what our love life should look like. This is what God says He is working to develop in us.

Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily. It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s LOVE in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong]. It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail. Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything without weakening! Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end].                                                                              1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (AMPC)

Unconditional love that is patient and kind, not self-centered–that kind of love never fails!  God says so.  And He is always right.  He is LOVE Himself.

So agree with God.  Stop complaining about that person who irritates you.  They may be just the sandpaper you need to smooth out your own rough edges.  Start calling yourself and your irritant patient and kind with each other.  Say that you are ever ready to believe the best about each other.  Be not touchy, fretful or resentful.  Take no offense with each other.  Instead, be quick to forgive.  Say these powerful words from the Bible out loud each day, and watch your relationships change.  God-given words spoken by a believer have great power and authority.  They have healed many a relationship, many a marriage.

And in the meantime, if someone refuses to love you back–even after all your patience and kindness–just bless them and get on with your life.  Give them grace–not what they deserve.  No resentment.  No bitterness from you.  You go free from any burden of hatred or offense.

How is it possible to love the unlovable? Only by the Spirit of God.  If you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, His Spirit lives inside you.  Let Him have free rein in your life.  Let Him love the people through you.  Be His love letter.  Ask Him to help you.  Love is really the only answer.