Month: March 2014
We are all like farmers.
We are sowing something and it is important that even when the weather isn’t favorable or it doesn’t look like what you sowed is going to manifest that you keep sowing.
Why must you continue to sow even when you don’t see anything come up? Because you don’t know which seed will prosper.
The word of God (seed) is always right, but make sure your heart (soil) is right.
Harvest time is coming.
Continue to pray and speak the word because when you stop speaking, you stop creating.
Sow in season and sow out of season.
You have been looking at your neighbor’s field too long. Stop comparing your field with someone else’s and tend the field God has given you and it will produce for you this year.
God told me not to do it, but instead of obeying the Spirit of God, I obeyed my flesh and did what I wanted to do. God could have changed His mind and tell me that I didn’t deserve what He wanted to give me, but He didn’t. His only words to me were ‘Not now’.
Not now is better than never.
All I could do was admit I was wrong, confess my sin, and repent. There was no excuse. I had been forewarned. Yes, the devil beat me over the head many times about it and it took me awhile to forgive myself, but the good news is even after I failed the test, God gave me grace to take the test again. That was six years ago and I made up in my mind that I didn’t want to add another six years in the wilderness.
It’s not that God doesn’t want to give us the things we are praying for, but He wants to be able to trust us with those things. Have you ever asked God for something and He said, ‘You’re not ready?’ It hurt when God told me that, but what would have hurt more is if He didn’t tell me and instead gave me something that I wasn’t ready for. God is not going to give you something that pulls you away from Him, but rather push you closer to Him.
It is possible for a thing to be good, but not good for you.
I know the wilderness is described as a dry place, but when you obey God, you can eat and drink there. You can enjoy where you are to where you are going. Just as we are given a set time to go to the next grade or graduate from school, God has given us a set time in the wilderness. It is not supposed to be your permanent condition. In fact, it is not a bad place, but the reason why we don’t like the wilderness is because it is uncomfortable and it is not familiar. This place reveals the areas where we do not trust God. This place shows us that we don’t know God like we think we do. Sometimes it feels like you’re going to die, but God didn’t bring you to the wilderness to die. He brought you here to kill those things that easily beset you and keep you from becoming what God called you to be. The wilderness is designed to train, teach and prepare you for where God is taking you.
Don’t focus on how long you’ve been in the wilderness, but focus on what the Spirit of God is teaching you in the wilderness. Don’t be discouraged for the wilderness is not your permanent residence. It is only temporary. You are only passing through. This wilderness experience is helping you to get to where God called you, but the longer you resist what God is doing, the longer you will remain there.
When there is no storm, all houses look the same, but when a storm comes, you see how different they really are.
In Matthew 7:24-27, Jesus tells the parable of two builders.
Notice that the storm didn’t come while the builders were building. God had allowed them enough time to build it right. Too many times as Christians, we are concerned about how we look outwardly rather than how we look inwardly. We are more concerned about gifts rather than character, but it’s not your gift that needs to be built. It’s your character that needs building.
Just as Noah was given instructions on how to build the ark and Moses was given instructions on how to build the tabernacle, I’m sure these two builders were given instructions on how to build their houses. The instruction comes from God’s mouth to your ears, but eventually it must reach your hands. We have a responsibility to do something with the word that God gave us. That was the downfall of the foolish builder. He heard the same word that the wise builder heard, but he didn’t do what the Word said. Neither builder knew that a storm was coming, but not knowing when a storm is coming is not an excuse not to prepare for one.
Everyone was able to see the clean windows, the green grass, and the beautiful flowers, but the important part of the house was hidden – the foundation. Jesus tells us that the foundation for every believer is ‘My words’ (vs 24) and these words should be hidden in our hearts.
What God requires of us takes time. You can’t rush this process. It takes time to build and it takes time to grow and mature in the word.
So don’t compare your life to others and get discouraged by how things look right now. What you are doing for God is not a waste of time for in a little while, what you have been doing and/or saying in secret will be revealed in public.