Once Jesus Christ has touched my life, I will never be the same again. However, I can become content with a past touch instead of wanting a touch on a daily basis. There is no comparison between fresh bread and stale. The life of God is new every morning.
James 5:7 “…the husbandman waits for the precious fruits of the earth…” Our Heavenly Father is the divine Husbandman, (Farmer/Gardener). Am I waiting for God?…or more importantly, is God waiting for me? I am stuck if I have it the wrong way round, waiting for the “much more” of God, when He is waiting for something from me.
Isaiah 40:31 “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength….” What is the criteria for waiting? It is not a passive state. When a waitress is carrying out her “waiting on tables” duties, she is very busy serving. What does God require of us whilst we are waiting/seeking Him? Our lives are the consequences lived out of our past and present choices. I often want change in my situation but change is relative to choice, choice is relative to humility, and humility is relative to hearing the voice of God and obeying what He has said to me. If I am not hearing from God, I need to acknowledge to Him where I am. Am I waiting for God to speak? Or is God waiting for me to obey the last thing He said to me?
Hebrews 3:7-8 “Today if you will hear his voice, do not harden your hearts…..” A hard heart is relative to disobedience. If I am having difficulties in my walk with the Lord, it is an indication that somewhere I am not yielding to the Holy Spirit. I am not as surrendered as I should be somewhere where the Lord is indicating.
Isaiah 61:1-4 These well known verses containing the powerful promises when the “Spirit of the Lord is upon me..” The anointing of God precedes the supernatural function but it is all” that He might be glorified.” V.3…..to display the splendour of our mighty God, not for man’s glory.
When life seems difficult I need to get God’s perspective on things. God requires surrender of my “not thats”. Many times I do not understand, but I am not before the Lord to understand, I am here to bow before Him in surrender. Now my life belongs to the Lord everything I go through has to come through the grid of God. HE PERMITS IN HIS WISDOM WHAT HE COULD PREVENT IN HIS POWER. God’s wisdom has purpose. God uses everything in my life, (including my wrong choices), to change the wrong attitudes of my heart to be conformed to the image of His beloved Son. It is a continuing learning process towards full stature to enjoy all the fullness of God. God wants to bless me. He delights to bless me, but He cannot fill a full vessel. What is in my cup when I offer it to the Lord and ask Him to fill it? What requires emptying out of self in order that He may fill? God is in full control of my circumstances, not the devil, not other people. My unruly heart’s attitude can rob me of God’s blessing if I listen to it. God requires me to bow to Him and acknowledge His sovereign rule over all circumstances and people in my life. God is no man’s debtor and will never ask of me anything, in finality, that will not result in His blessing and enablement for me to walk this earth expressing the wonderful life of the One within me, His glorious Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
I have to let God be true. Will I put my life on the altar and say to the Lord, “Have full sway” and mean it, trusting and having full confidence in God and His results? A sacrifice cannot negotiate with the flames on the altar.
Romans 12:1-3 “….present yourselves a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
“…that you may prove…” God says” PROVE ME NOW!” A surrendered will to the Lord is a safe place. The place of danger is when I put my will in a contest with the Living God.
“He knows, He loves , He cares. This truth will never dim, He does the very best for those who leave the choice to Him.
IS GOD WAITING FOR ME?