The bible speaks of ten virgins who heard that the bridegroom was coming. Upon hearing this word, they took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom.
I don’t know long it was between the time they heard and the time of manifestation, but at midnight while they were sleeping, someone cried out, ‘The bridegroom is coming. Go out to meet him.’
A door had been opened for them, but they were only given a span of time. Five of them were prepared for his coming, but unfortunately five of them were not. The lamps of the foolish virgins had gone out and they had no more oil. And while they were looking for oil to buy, the bridegroom came and the door shut (Matthew 25:10).
If what God told you hasn’t manifested yet, it is not because He lied or has forgotten about you. Perhaps the reason why you haven’t gotten it is because you aren’t ready for it – yet.
Let’s say, for example, He promised you a promotion or a spouse or a home. God will always give you enough time to prepare for He has promised. Then one day, when you’re not expecting it, a door opens.
But you got angry at your manager and quit your job.
Or you got tired of being alone and went back to your ex.
Or you stopped looking at homes only after looking at three because it seemed like the process of buying a home was too difficult.
Then, the door shut and the time had passed.
No promotion, no spouse and no new home.
I’m not telling you that another opportunity won’t come. It will because God is ready to give it to you, but you must be ready for it.
When God told Noah that a flood was coming, Noah believed and prepared for the flood.
If you believe that God has already done or is going to do what He said, then prepare like you believe Him.
God hasn’t forgotten you or the promises He made to you. He’s just waiting on you to remind Him of His word.
Put Me in remembrance (Isaiah 43:26).
You remember it, but God has forgotten it.
God has forgiven you. Now forgive yourself.
But I wipe away your sins because of who I am. And so, I will forget the wrongs you have done (Isaiah 43:25, CEV).
There are some things in your life that you thought were lost, forgotten or dead like Lazarus, but they are only sleeping.
It doesn’t matter how many days or years it’s been sleeping.
It is not too late.
Whether it’s your hopes, dreams, ministry, your business or your womb – it will rise again.
It will live again.
It will come forth.
Whatever has kept them bound, whatever has kept you bound, will loose you and let you go.
I speak to everything in your life that should be alive, but is sleeping – arise and live!
Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life: he that believe in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live (John 11:25).
What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You care for him? (Psalm 8:4, ESV)
I just want to encourage someone today who thinks that God is disappointed in them, that they will never please God or that they will never be who God called them to be.
There were times where I felt like God picked the wrong person and it wasn’t too long ago that I laid across my bed asking God to take my life. I think You made a mistake. I’ll never get it right. I’m always messing up. I was asking God to give up on me, but He couldn’t break the promise He made to me long ago. I’ll never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5).
Not everybody is sent by God, but just like Jesus, you were sent into the world by Your Father to do His will (John 3:16; John 16:28; John 4:34). In Acts 2:22, Jesus is described as a man approved of God by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did by him. Jesus couldn’t do nothing on His own and He only did what he saw his Father doing.
God planned for us to be like His Son (Romans 8:29). He wants us to obey Him like His Son did and not only does He want us to do the works Jesus did, but greater. You were chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world and He knows what He chose when He chose you. He knew you before you were in your mother’s womb. He knitted you together. He knows the number of hairs on your head. You were called according to HIS purpose and He approves of those He called. You are not a mistake. You were planned.
Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called and whom he called, them he also justified and whom he justified, he also glorified (Romans 8:30).
We don’t always understand God’s ‘picks’, but He chooses what the world considers foolish to shame and confound the wise. He deliberately chooses men and women that the culture overlooks, exploits and abuses. He chooses these ‘nobodies’ to expose the hollow pretensions of the ‘somebodies’ (1 Corinthians 1:27, MSG).
God is doing what He promised, but sometimes He does things in a way that you and I don’t like or understand. I’ll give you a good example. Another change took place on my job recently and I didn’t like it. When my supervisor told me that she was moving me to another area of the office, I got angry. This was the third time they were moving me. Did I have to move furniture? No. Did I have to move boxes? No. So why was I upset? Well, when I first started working there, I was in the very back of the office. Then, they moved me to the front office, but I was in the corner (hidden), but this time they moved me to the very front where I’m now visible to the public – and this made me uncomfortable. I was so focused on what my supervisor did to me that I couldn’t see what God was doing for me. He literally promoted me from the back to the front. He was trusting me with more responsibilities. He was putting me on display – and I didn’t even realize it. I totally missed it.
My point is this – God said months ago that promotion was coming and He didn’t change His mind. He did what He said. You may look at it as nothing, but how we react to the little promotion reveals whether or not we are ready for the big promotion. I’m sure at one time you received a letter in the mail stating that you were qualified or pre-qualified for a credit card. Well, just because you are qualified, doesn’t mean that you are approved. The credit card company or bank has to run your credit report first before you can be approved. It must be proven…and we must be proven also.
But getting back to what I was saying earlier…
God is not against you. He is for you. Even if others won’t forgive you, know that Christ has forgiven you. If you confess your sins, He is faithful and just to forgive your sins and to cleanse you from all unrighteousness. You have been cleared of all guilt. You have been made the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21). Whatever the devil has accused you of or keeps holding over your head is being thrown out of court today. Whatever he knows about your past will not be used against you to discredit you in the future. The blood of Jesus has erased your name from every demonic court case and file. Any evidence he can use against you has been erased. You will not be tried or judged by the wicked. Jesus is Your Defender. He has settled your case and the devil has lost – again.
I’ve made a lot of mistakes and in some cases, they weren’t mistakes. I deliberately disobeyed God, but He hasn’t given up on me. In fact, God recently reminded me of something He told me over 20 years ago. He hasn’t forgotten me and He hasn’t forgotten you nor has He forgotten what He said concerning you. That promise or word that came out of the mouth of God has not been altered. He hasn’t changed His mind. What He has promised to give you is still for you – IF you want it.
Sometimes we don’t understand why God loves us so much and sometimes we don’t feel worthy, but to God, we never lost our value. You are still precious to Him. You are His beloved, you will be just like His Son, and you will hear Him say that He is well pleased with you.
God hasn’t changed His mind about you so don’t you change your mind about Him…He loves you.