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waiting....

The LORD is good


unto them that
wait for him, to
the soul that
seeketh him. It is
good that a man
should both hope
and quietly wait
for the salvation
of the LORD.
Lam 3:25-26 (KJV)

Wait on the
LORD: be of
good courage,
and he shall
strengthen
thine heart:
wait, I say, on
the LORD.
Psalms 27:14
(KJV)

Genesis 12:1,2

Waiting for a promise...

Hebrews 11:8-10

Focused on
the future

Instant world

For our light affliction, which is


but for a moment, worketh for us a
far more exceeding and eternal
weight of glory;
While we look not at the things
which are seen, but at the things
which are not seen: for the things
which are seen are temporal; but
the things which are not seen are
eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18
(KJV)

Genesis 12:1,2

Gen 12:1 (KJV)


Outside territory
Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Outside your
comfort zone

Get thee out of thy country,

Away from
hometownand
Away from
family,
relatives,
friends

from thy kindred, and from


thy father's house,
foreign

unto a land that I will shew


thee:

v. 6 And the Canaanite


was then in the land...

Pagans
Sacrifice their
children for idol
worship
Mean, vicious

v. 10 And there was a


famine in the land

Sometimes God
makes waiting
uncomfortable...

God tells us that we are


not gonna be able to
survive unless we

Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of
him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked
devices to pass. Psalms 37:7 (KJV)

I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto


me, and heard my cry. Psalms 40:1 (KJV)

Waiting develops
Patience
Charact
er
Relationship with
God

Waiting develops

Genesis
15:1-6

faith

Waiting-learn to depend
on God,
develops trust.

Seventhday

Adventist

PROMISE:
And if I go and
prepare a place for
you, I will come
again, and receive
you unto myself;
that where I am,
there ye may be
also.

The Parable of the Ten


Virgins
Matthew 25:1-13
Christ Object Lesson Chapter
29

The two classes of watchers represent the two


classes who profess to be waiting for their Lord.

Virgins - profess a pure


faith.
lamps -word of God. (Ps.
119:105. )
The oil is a symbol of the Holy
Spirit.
(Zech. 4:1-14)

Without the Spirit of God a


knowledge of His word is of no
avail.
Without the
enlightenment of the
Spirit, men will not be
able to distinguish truth
from error, and they will
fall under the masterful
temptations of Satan.
{COL 408.3}

The Spirit works upon man's heart,


according to his desire and consent
implanting in him a new nature; but
the class represented by the foolish
virgins have been content with a
superficial work.
They do not know God.
They have not studied His character;
they have not held communion with
Him;
therefore
they do not know how to trust, how to

And they come unto thee as the


people cometh, and they sit before
thee as my people, and they hear thy
words, but they will not do them: for
with their mouth they shew much love,
but their heart goeth after their
covetousness.
Ezekiel 33:31 (KJV)

A time of waiting intervenes, faith is


tried;

Watch and pray...

They lull their hearts into security, and dream not of danger. When
startled from their lethargy, they discern their destitution, and entreat
others to supply their lack; but in spiritual things no man can make up
another's deficiency.

It is in a crisis that
character is revealed.

Saddest of all words that ever fell on mortal ear are those words of
doom,

"I know you not."

WAITING PERIOD=
PREPARATION

Midnight- darkest hour


Put on the whole armor of God,
that ye may be able to stand
against the wiles of the devil. For
our wrestling is not against flesh
and blood, but against the
principalities, against the powers,
against the world-rulers of this
darkness, against the spiritual
hosts of wickedness in the
heavenly places. Eph 6:11-12

HOW SHOULD WE WAIT?

OCCUPY TIL I COME MISCONCEPTION


Luke 19:13

On the other hand, there are some


who, instead of wisely improving
present opportunities, are idly waiting
for some special season of spiritual
refreshing by which their ability to
enlighten others will be greatly
increased. They neglect present duties
and privileges, and allow their light to
burn dim, while they look forward to a
time when, without any effort on their
part, they will be made the recipients
of special blessing, by which they will
be transformed and fitted for service.
{AA 54.1}

A Twofold Life:

VIGILANCE and
DILIGENCE
Watchfulne
ss

Constant and
earnest effort
to accomplish
what is
undertaken

We should not feel that we are to neglect everything else, and give ourselves up to meditation, study, or
prayer; neither are we to be full of bustle and hurry and work, to the neglect of personal piety.
Waiting and watching and working are to be blended. {AH 23.1}

"Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord."


Romans 12:11 (KJV)

Let a living faith run like threads of gold through


the performance of even the smallest duties.

Let us not be weary in well-doing...

2 Corinthians 4:16 (KJV)


16For which cause we
faint not; but though our
outward man perish, yet
the inward man is
renewed day by day.

Hall of Faith
Hebrews 11

And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him


for righteousness. Gen 15:6 (KJV)

These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded
of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
Heb 11:13 (KJV)

"Surely I come quickly" (Rev. 22:20).

live in the interim in


a state of
expectancy and
faithfulness.

"The Lord is faithful,


who shall stablish
you, and keep you
from evil. And we
have confidence in
the Lord touching
you, that ye both do
and will do the
things which we
command you. And
the Lord direct your
hearts into the love
of God, and into the
patient waiting for