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Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door. Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy. But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation. Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit. Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins. James 5:7-20 KJV Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:28-31 KJV The Word of God has quite a bit to say about waiting. Waiting is referred to in two ways. 1. the action of remaining passive, inactive or stationary until an event, activity is done or someone or something arrives. 2. the sense of a servant attending to the needs of someone, or serving someone. The world's tendency towards a fast paced culture has eroded much if not all of our ability to wait. "I want it NOW!" is the constant cry of the masses, and sadly, it finds a resonating chord in the lives of many of God's saints. Many a child of God has allowed their heritage in the Lord to dissipate because of their anxiety. We see someone else hustling and bustling and building up their earthly possessions and become edgy, feeling that we also need to do the same. We become caught up with the effort to keep up with, or surpass the Joneses, without realizing that it's an inner envy rather than God that is driving us. We become aggressively diligent in our efforts to rise up the social ladder. We try to align ourselves with those we believe are the right people for material success. The tragic result is that we become slothful in the work of the Lord, disloyal to his Name and spiritual paupers even though the world may hail us as a success story! In Luke 12 Jesus illustrated this tragedy with the parable we refer to as the rich fool, ending it with these
He destroyed his heritage as a result! . ye people. and set my feet upon a rock. Psalms 62:5-8 KJV We should not allow ourselves to be side tracked from is purpose however legitimate it may seem. Matthew 6:33 KJV 1. waiting is difficult. It takes patience and perseverance to wait! The mushroom springs up overnight and just as quickly passes away. However he is not giving up on his waiting. Trust in him at all times. The result? Moses had to hide and wait until he became passive. And he hath put a new song in my mouth. Psalms 37:7 KJV I waited patiently for the LORD. Psalms 40:1-4 KJV David described his waiting on the Lord as a man who is sinking into a horrible miry pit of clay. and he inclined unto me. with doglike devotion. on thee do I wait all the day. and his righteousness. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit. In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength. his eyes is fixed on the Master. and heard my cry. and is not rich toward God. It takes years for the oak to grow but its growth is strong and lasting. He did not wait on Yahweh for His plan and strategy. who rescues Him and sets him on solid rock. and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation. Sometimes if not most times. when they sent a message concerning Lazarus. Luke 12:21 KJV It is essential to wait for the Lord. and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way. is in God. even as he's going down. and all these things shall be added unto you. It is a constant diligent process. nor such as turn aside to lies. and my refuge. out of the miry clay. His eyes are fixed on his Lord. He keeps his eyes expectantly on the Lord! The world may be critically condemning him but he patiently waits. and it's our duty to wait upon the Lord are reminded by His Word of our priority: But seek ye first the kingdom of God. David said to wait ONLY on the Lord! My soul. to Jesus. and shall trust in the LORD. Saul could not wait for Samuel and presumed to act on his own initiative in offering . Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust. with far reaching consequences that remain to this day! Moses in patriotic zeal rushed out to be the deliverer of Israel. I shall not be moved. wait thou only upon God. and fear. Psalms 25:5 KJV David said to wait patiently Rest in the LORD. who yet remained in the same place for a couple more days before responding. for my expectation is from him. and respecteth not the proud. He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence. Selah. His establishment is from the LORD. and established my goings. pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Ask Mary and Martha.words: So is he that layeth up treasure for himself. even praise unto our God: many shall see it. It matters not that he is in desperate straits. Abraham in a hurry to achieve what God had promised made a fleshly mess of it. Fleshly impatience can precipitate unexpected backlash. Spiritual growth is not an overnight happening. Waiting requires patience and learning to wait develops patience David said he waited all day Lead me in thy truth. because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
and thou shalt know that I am the LORD: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me. whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you. Psalms 37:34 KJV 5. and find them so. We should learn to wait with diligent watchfulness. Sell that ye have. And that servant. we long for the advent of some light to dispel the darkness. and at an hour when he is not aware. and make them to sit down to meat. and prepared not himself. there will your heart be also. and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens. and in his word do I hope. It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth. For where your treasure is. And if he shall come in the second watch. that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come. provide yourselves bags which wax not old. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. The LORD is good unto them that wait for him. My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say. that he will make him ruler over all that he hath. blessed are those servants. they may open unto him immediately. . and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. and to be drunken. therefore will I hope in him. Lamentations 3:24-27 KJV 6. Who then is that faithful and wise steward. neither moth corrupteth. when he will return from the wedding. more than they that watch for the morning. And this know. and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off. or come in the third watch. that when he cometh and knocketh. and to eat and drink. But and if that servant say in his heart. and your lights burning. whom his lord shall make ruler over his household. saith my soul. and not have suffered his house to be broken through. Psalms 37:9 KJV Wait on the LORD. thou shalt see it. Isaiah 49:23 KJV 4. Blessed are those servants. and will come forth and serve them. And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord. It's a good thing to wait on the Lord and the Lord is good to those who wait for Him! The LORD is my portion. he would have watched. and give alms. The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him. little flock. a treasure in the heavens that faileth not. Those who wait for the Lord will inherit the earth! For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD. Let your loins be girded about. and keep his way. for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.2. We should wait with longing and expectation as for the sun to rise up on a brand new day! I wait for the LORD. Of a truth I say unto you. to give them their portion of meat in due season? Blessed is that servant. where no thief approacheth. My lord delayeth his coming. which knew his lord's will. In similar manner our soul should wait on the Lord for with Him comes Light! 3. to the soul that seeketh him. and their queens thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth. my soul doth wait. they shall inherit the earth. Luke 12:32-40 KJV And the Lord said. Psalms 130:5-6 KJV When we are in the nighttime of our lives. Those who wait for the Lord will not be ashamed! And kings shall be thy nursing fathers. that he shall gird himself. whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. and will cut him in sunder. Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not. lest we miss the timing of the Master! Fear not. and lick up the dust of thy feet.
being assembled together with them. that he may run that readeth it. O thou that dwellest in the heavens. in order to anticipate every gesture or glance in an effort to fulfill His wish and command. of him they will ask the more. until that he have mercy upon us. and do not spend time in His presence. they shall run. ye have heard of me. I say. and set me upon the tower. wait for it. the first thing that we let go is our involvement with God. fainteth not. Luke 12:42-48 KJV I will stand upon my watch. And the LORD answered me. whether we are waiting for Him to act on our behalf. is service to the Lord? Remember you cannot work in the ministry of the Spirit with the strength of the flesh and effort of the mind. Unto thee lift I up mine eyes.neither did according to his will. and not lie: though it tarry. For the vision is yet for an appointed time. Waiting on the Lord also carries the sense of a servant waiting on the master or mistress of the house. and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait. of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much. the LORD. but at the end it shall speak. shall be beaten with many stripes. neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. on the LORD. and will watch to see what he will say unto me. and not be weary. Hudson Taylor said "Do not work so hard for Christ that you have no strength to pray. and they shall walk. and the ministry? Why is it that when our life seems overwhelmed. and said. and not faint. we are creating crisis in our lives. Isaiah 40:28-31 KJV . but wait for the promise of the Father. because it will surely come. and have eyes constantly on the Master. Psalms 123:1-2 KJV A good and faithful servant will be diligent. so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God. For John truly baptized with water. the Creator of the ends of the earth. Write the vision. for prayer requires strength. and what I shall answer when I am reproved. the first thing we drop as baggage. commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem. or we are waiting in our service to Him! Many find themselves actively involved in ministry in the church." I hasten to add also. Habakkuk 2:1-3 KJV And. But he that knew not. it will not tarry. saith he. Prayer is for our benefit not God's! Failure to spend time in prayer and waiting on Him is failure to tap into the most awesome source of power beyond even our wildest imagination. that the everlasting God. but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. Behold. If we spend time laboring. shall be beaten with few stripes. they shall mount up with wings as eagles. and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress. For unto whomsoever much is given. and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. which. that STRENGTH REQUIRES PRAYER! "Remember 7 days without prayer makes one weak!" Anon Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard. Even the youths shall faint and be weary. He giveth power to the faint. Acts 1:4-5 KJV 7. and make it plain upon tables. and did commit things worthy of stripes. and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength. as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters. Why is it that when we become overloaded or burdened. Wait on the LORD: be of good courage. sometimes with an overloaded agenda. That is a prescription for spiritual exhaustion and burn out. Psalms 27:14 KJV Remember! Waiting on the Lord is NEVER a vain thing.
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