Wait & See Book

The ONLY PERMANENT and SATISFYING hiding place we’ll ever have is GOD.

*It takes TIME & DISCIPLINE to train ourselves to turn to Him FIRST for REST.

WRONG PLACES OF REFUGE:

Food, Alcohol, Gossip, Excessive Sleep, TV, Social Media, Texting People

*When David was on the run from Saul, he DIDN’T ALWAYS THINK CLEARLY!

*OUR RIGHT PLACE OF REFUGE & VINDICATION IS GOD*

He wrote Psalms 57 ALONE in a CAVE= “GOD VINDICATES ME. HE REBUKES THOSE WHO HOTLY PURSUE ME!”

IMPATIENT HEARTS?

Simply WAIT it out and REST in God’s refuge.

Not once did David ask WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, OR HOW QUESTIONS

This Mighty WARRIOR had been HUMBLED to RELY on GOD’S ABILITIES, and NOT his OWN.

Waiting on GOD isn’t wasting time, it’s TRAINING TIME.

Stay willing, humble, and keep your eyes on God

It’s better to TRUST GOD than your feelings

RADICAL OBEDIENCE=

Radical means Far-Reaching/Thorough

If we learn to do what GOD wants us to do for GOD’S GLORY,

the rewards He brings in our life will be ABSOLUTELY JAW DROPPING PHENOMENAL!

Wait & See Book Notes

Waiting Messes With Your Mind

You Hear:

-“I heard God WRONG”

-This is ALL your life will EVER BE.”

The longer you wait, the more you can expect these battles in your heart and mind.

Resolve To Say:

“God I don’t know why it’s taking so long, but I will trust You. You can see what I can’t!”

God has given us WEAPONS we can use as we wait:

  1. TRUTH of His Word – LIES: “God really doesn’t have a plan for me” , “I’m not worthy of being a mother”, “I don’t have what it takes to be a Godly wife”, “I deserve this trouble because of my sin.” The ONLY WAY to KNOW TRUTH, is to READ TRUTH. When we apply Truth to Lies\, they DIE.
  2. PRAYER- Slays the enemy of QUIT. LONG WAITS cause us to say, “FORGET IT LORD, THIS IS TOO HARD, I’M DONE, I’M OUT.” That’s when you need to DOUBLE DOWN and PRAY! Quitting is NOT an option! At the ROOT of wanting to quit is UNBELIEF.
  3. PRAISE- Slays DEFEAT. CONFUSES the enemy. Catches him off guard! It’s hard to get the ENERGY OR ENTHUSIASM to sing IN DEFEAT’S FACE! It’s in that moment it takes EFFORT! But, it REPLENISHES our soul, with UPLIFTING! Defeat WON’T HAVE VICTORY over your MIND, BODY, SOUL OR SPIRIT when you immediately begin to PRAISE!

BONUS WEAPON: REST (Allowing Him to fight our battles and stay in His presence)

When our wait takes LONGER than we had hoped for, it’s often tempting to QUIT

Just when we think we’ve got patience, determination, and courage figured out, enemy’s of “I told you so”, taunt and tease us. “I QUIT” mocks us. So does “I’m DEFEATED.”

What develops our patience is trusting GOD that He will DENY us GOOD things in the PRESENT only because He has something BETTER for us IN THE FUTURE!

Wait & See Book Cont’d

Surrender draws you nearer to the Person of your faith. Then the thing we are waiting on becomes secondary or less important.

God often chooses to lead us via a longer route so we can learn to trust Him more.

5 Common Obstacles We Encounter While Waiting On The Longer Route:

  1. We Waver- a temptation comes to bail out and stop following God one day fully convinced of God’s abilities, the next we wonder if the wait will ever end. One day full confident we heard God right, the next; full of doubt
  2. We Fear- When we let our thoughts run outside of Scripture, we fear
  3. We Lack Confidence- God is using wait to establish our confidence in Him
  4. We Consider Self- Jealousy wells up within us as we see others getting what we want. He teaches us to celebrate others successes
  5. We Don’t Believe- Unbelief in our God because of our circumstances makes us change our minds

Our enemy will present FALSE EVIDENCE to invoke fear, and that fear will cause us to doubt God’s Love.

Our enemy is the master of making evidence appear REAL.

FEAR DISTORTS what is TRUE in an attempt to WEAKEN OUR FAITH.

Wait & See Book Notes Contd

We often interpret our seasons of wait as inconvenient , an interruption on the way to the ultimate outcome.

It’s only an intermission.

An Intermission gives you opportunity to refresh yourself.

It keeps you focused and engaged with God.

As you grow your relationship with God and commitment to pray for your spouse never let it disappear.

Use your intermission as a time to refresh and connect with the Lord.

During this time we get to Love God more and know Him, others, and grow in humility and holiness.

Don’t give up and let God determine the how and the when.

The wait will strip you of your dignity and God will use it of removing fake compassion and replace it with His heart.

It’s an aspect of Christlikeness you wouldn’t otherwise develop.

You will slowly realize you have to rely on God to be the navigator of The Wait.

Our PITS (Personally Intense Trials) are NOT setbacks but a RESET!

Ecclesiastes Study Day 2 3/14/21

God guided my heart to continue my study in Ecclesiastes today.

It’s here that King Solomon tries his hand at “The Foolishness of Pleasure”

He says “Come on, self, let’s try pleasure. Let’s look for the ‘good things’ in life. But, he found that this too, was meaningless. He decided, ok, well let’s try getting drunk to cheer myself up. All he did, was “clutch at foolishness” (NLT). In these ways, he tried to experience the ONLY HAPPINESS most people find during their brief life in this world. He also tried to find meaning doing many other things, building huge homes for himself, big gardens, parks, vineyards, water reservoir’s, herds of animals and flocks of birds, he had more than anyone who came before him. Large sums of money, went to huge concerts, had sex with many women, he said “I had everything a man could desire! He became GREATER THAN ALL WHO LIVED AND HIS WISDOM NEVER FAILED HIM”…He would TAKE ANYTHING THAT HE WANTED TO HAVE. Denied himself NO PLEASURE. BUT THEN…

He LOOKED AT EVERYTHING HE WORKED TO HARD TO ACCOMPLISH,

and it was ALL SO MEANINGLESS! Like the whole time all he had been doing was “CHASING THE WIND” (Reminds me of a certain H that loves to ride his motorcycle)…He says “There was NOTHING REALLY WORTHWHILE ANYWHERE”…

He decided later on that “LIGHT is better than darkness. The WISE CAN SEE WHERE THEY ARE GOING but FOOLS WALK IN THE DARK”.

He came to HATE LIFE because everything done on Earth is SO TROUBLING, and MEANINGLESS.

All of his HARD WORK and time spent at work he ended up HATING because he realized in the end, he MUST LEAVE TO OTHERS ALL HE HAS EARNED”….So, essentially he realized “what’s the point?” He ended up giving up! He was in despair (the complete loss or absence of hope).

He said “What do people get in this life for ALL THEIR HARD WORK AND ANXIETY?” Who has ever done this?! I have! *Insert raised hand* I’ve worked a job and tried to be there all they needed me to 12-14 hrs to have tons of money but no time to enjoy my home or the people I loved! I think that’s what he’s realizing here!

He says “Their days of labor are filled with pain and grief; and EVEN AT NIGHT THEIR MINDS CANNOT REST”..That’s what I experienced at my corporate job! So worried with all the stressors of people pleasing or worried I would one day not measure up and I’d be out! I was responsible for 50 clients and that was JUST ME!

Here we find a man with increasing money and possessions, but along with them comes an accelerated # of worries. These barely allow him to sleep. He finally comes to the realization that NOTHING SEEMS TO SATISFY. HE BEGINS TO QUESTION THINGS HE HAS EMBRACED ALL HIS LIFE.

Abba, may my H and I both realize the same thing as Solomon, that without YOU in our lives, nothing will do! That NOTHING AND NOONE can take YOUR PLACE on the throne of our hearts!

Solomon is telling us the truth in Ecclesiastes about sex, alcohol, drugs, the occult, the supernatural, and having a great fortune.

God I pray that my H (c) and I do not let the seductive promises of our times DOMINATE our perspective on WHAT BRINGS CONTENTMENT. That if we make the wrong choice, we are fools. That we realize that Solomon’s writings and experiences can SAVE US years of pain and heartache if we would only heed what he says! May (C) find a copy of Ecclesiastes and be led to read it or hear a sermon about it easy for his ears to hear and heart to comprehend before it’s to late for him! May he hear TRUTH that CHANGES HIS LIFE!

May (C) and I not wait until we are old to REMEMBER OUR CREATOR, until we have DECADES OF SCARS, DOZENS OF BAD HABITS, SO THAT THE WEIGHT OF SIN AND IT’S EMOTIONAL AFFECTS DRAG BEHIND US. I pray that (C) and I make what is IMPORTANT TO GOD, IMPORTANT TO US.

This LIFE CRISIS has happened to US like it’s happened to Solomon, so may we NOW REMEMBER (C) AND I, THAT THE YEARS WE HAVE LEFT ARE A GIFT FROM GOD AND THAT WE HAVE MANY WAYS TO SPEND IT BUT THAT WE CAN ONLY SPEND IT ONCE!

WHATEVER IT TAKES FOR C AND I TO COME TO THIS REALIZATION TODAY, LORD, DO IT TODAY!

So,

Solomon finishes this chapter (Ecclesiastes 2) saying, “Eh, well , I might as well keep on eating, drinking, and finding satisfaction in work, there’s nothing better to do…” But he SOON REALIZED, “THESE PLEASURES ARE FROM THE HAND OF GOD WHO CAN EAT OR ENJOY ANYTHING APART FROM HIM?”

“GOD IS THE ONLY ONE WHO GIVES WISDOM, KNOWLEDGE, AND JOY TO THOSE WHO PLEASE HIM.”

This last line was the cherry on top and for a lot of us standers wondering why the Prodigal is “REAPING ALL OF THESE MATERIAL BLESSINGS AND RUNNING AROUND WITH ALL THIS MONEY…”

Solomon says …You ready?!…

“BUT IF A SINNER BECOMES WEALTHY, GOD TAKE THE WEALTH AWAY AND GIVES IT TO THOSE WHO PLEASE HIM.”

WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA?!

JUST WAIT YA’LL,

Whatever they gain will be given to you, pressed down, shaken together.

That house they just obtained with the OP?

YOURS!

That motorcycle they ride with the OP?

YOU’LL BE ON THE BACK OF IT SOON ENOUGH!

That new big sexy pick em up truck!

GUESS WHO WILL BE RIDIN SHOT GUN LIKE A BONNIE TO YOUR CLYDE SOON ENOUGH!

YOU ,

YOU,

YOU GIRLFRIEND WHO PLEASES GOD!!!!

GLORY!

I Still Believe (The Movie)

I’m sitting here watching this movie in awe of Melissa Camp.

Can You teach me Abba to walk in that same grace, light, and love?!

Why is it so hard for me to do so? Afraid to get walked on so I often keep a tough exterior.

I heard her say we have to just surrender to You plan no matter the pain, suffering, or the cost. I’m willing to Abba even on days I want to give up You won’t let me.

I love the quote from Jeremy Camps daddy at the end it reminds me of people not understanding why we as Standers do what we do.

“Honestly at the time, son, I didn’t agree with what you did. I didn’t understand it. You chose willingly to walk through the fire with her. Right beside her all the way to the end. But then, that’s what Love is.”

In our souls battle, Abba, I will take Your hand and walk with You in the fire to war for my and my covenant spouse Cs salvation with fear and trembling. Through the pain and agony of watching him be without me and be with someone else. And most of all, to watch him as an empty shell void of the life and light I once saw.

I Love You, Abba

amen

“Meaningless, Everything Is Meaningless” 3/13/21

Guess who wrote this?!

Guess who felt this?!

You, me, yes, of course. But, would you guess it was King Solomon (David’s son), the WISEST man in his time!

He had EVERYTHING. He had tried the pursuit of everything! Yet, he STILL felt that way!

He starts Ecclesiastes this way…

“Everything is meaningless, completely meaningless!” “What do people get for all their hard work under the sun? Everything is wearisome beyond description. No matter how much we see, we are never satisfied. No matter how much we hear, we are not content. “

Do we not feel just like the wisest man who had everything most days in standing for our lost loved one?! YES insurmountably YES! A million times over.

Ever since he left, even with my passionate Love for God I feel empty. Meaningless.

That I work, and have a mundane, average life.

I get confirmations in signs, scripture, study, sermons, and yet still, I am not satisfied. I worship Him, Love Him, ask Him to fill my heart with JUST THOUGHTS OF HIM ALONE, and yet I still feel so unsatisfied. It doesn’t matter how much we see, hear, feel, get confirmation for, we are yet NOT CONTENT.

Funny, that’s the word God gave me for the theme of 2021 too. CONTENTMENT. Why is that SO SO HARD when I KNOW ALL I WANT IS JESUS?!

The writer of this new Bible I received from a friend in Texas says that King Solomon’s perspective of life is that it is “just endless cycles”…can I get an “AMEN” from the seasoned Standers and the years of endless waiting! And that there is “no meaning to this crummy existence called life.” I FEEL that with every fiber of my being during this time.

I can’t lie that I’ve never prayed God end my life whatever way He wished because I was so sick of the pain of being apart from my other rib. That my one flesh and the pain of him walking around apart from me was like having your guts, heart, insides ripped out over and over every day. I’ve prayed to not wake up. I’ve spent hours and days and months in depression not wanting to speak to anyone without wanting to lash out or repeatedly talk about not being able to handle the pain this process brings. I often feel hopeless. But somehow I still know, God’s hope is all that I have. And, to that even though I don’t understand how, I still somehow, some way, cling.

The WISEST King went on to say, “I devoted myself to search for understanding I soon discovered God has dealt a tragic existence to the human race. I observed everything going on it is all meaningless –What is wrong cannot be made right, What is missing cannot be restored.” The greater my wisdom, the greater my grief To increase knowledge only increases sorrow.”

He is describing how I have felt over the course of these 6 yrs …despite my Love for God.

God,

Help me.

Help C.

Be with us.

Bind us together again, in Your Love.

“Prodigals Do Come Home” Book Notes By Bob Steinkamp from Rejoice Marriage Ministries Part 1

One of the first steps for The Prodigal preparing to leave for the Far Country is to gather their possessions. Most of the time, they gather mentally long before they actually leave. This is how Satan’s process begins to destroy the marriage.

The next point in the separation and divorce process begins. When the Prodigal wants their stuff, this is the first opportunity for the mate left behind to show unconditional love to the Prodigal. The Prodigal asks for his portion in the Bible. There was no court battle to divide portions. When your Prodigal asks for specific items, try to give them to them. Allow this for 3 reasons: 1. Their thought process isn’t right or the separation wouldn’t be taking place at all. Your refusal to fight says something to them. Even though you may not detect it, most of the Prodigals are overcome with guilt at this stage. Your refusal to fight over petty issues will only cause the Prodigal to consider what he is doing to his family. 2. The mate left behind doesn’t understand why the Prodigal is making such a big issue over a small item. It’s because all of our memories are personal. Allowing them to take the item also demands he takes the memories of that item with him. (For 2 yrs the old coffee maker I demanded to take with me refused to die, and I was faced with memories from a device that my wife had used to make coffee for several years.) Many times, my mind would drift back to my family I left behind while waiting on coffee to brew. 3. Don’t be to concerned about what they gather to take to the Far Country, because when the Lord returns them to you, those same items will return home.

Don’t worry about them sharing it with the “other person”. That other person will NEVER come near your former personal items without causing the Prodigal to remember. I can’t tell you the emotion that took place each time another person would approach my coffee maker to make coffee. That causes a Prodigal to do a lot of thinking.

It’s just as difficult for the one taking the items as the one watching them go away. It’s one of the most difficult of some already difficult days. If the Lord equipped each of us with a window into the heart, you would see the Prodigal , regardless of outward appearances, is trembling inside. Without pressure, allow the unconditional Love for your Prodigal to be seen. Nothing hurts Prodigals more than having the one left behind offer more than what was demanded. Pray that God’s Holy Spirit would take the place of each item the Prodigal removes from the home.

After all, Prodigals do come home.

Allow God to be your spouse during the time of separation from your mate. He is waiting to be your source of strength, comfort and supply for all your needs.

Don’t be concerned or discouraged with the distance your Prodigal has gone to their Far Country. The Grace of God can reach around the world just as easily as around the block. Year after year, I kept moving and running from the one who loved me. When you hear your Prodigal is back in your home town, his sole reason often is to be near you for a while.

Most Prodigals re-establish their new surroundings in the Far Country to be similar to their family they left’s home. Despite his best attempts at reconstructing it, he will never be able to create the desired image of his former home. The key to why his efforts fail are found in the Bible. When you 2 were married, you became one flesh. Separation and divorce are futile (fruitless, pointless) attempts to divide that one flesh back into 2 separate people. God says that will not work.

Our bodies aren’t made to function properly without them. You can “get by”, but life will never be the same. The Prodigal’s attempt to divorce a spouse is an attempt to remove part of his own flesh. The results can’t be successful because it’s contrary to God’s perfect plan for His children.

Despite what you hear, the Far Country is a lonely place for the Prodigal. When he left for the Far Country, he left behind many good things. One was his church family. Prodigals often frequently undergo job and career changes while there.

While in the Far Country, the Prodigal’s entire world has been turned upside down. He has left behind a family, friends, a job. All he has left are a few possessions, a lot of guilt, and the excess baggage of a failed marriage (so he thinks!) and he attempts to create a new life for himself.

Father, may my Prodigal soon turn to his Creator for answers and soon find the solution.

Most Prodigals, continue their feeble (weak, puny, cowardly) attempts to make it all work properly –all by themselves. They seem to reason that since others have gone through separation and divorce and have survived, we can also.

They are about to enter what some call the “act unlike yourself” stage. The solution will never be found except through Jesus. The prodigal explores new directions looking for that which will bring meaning back to his now meaningless life. New clothing, a different hairstyle, flashy car, or new traits enter picture. Being unable to afford these things, they soon find themselves in debt. One who would have never entered a bar, now be seen in one on a regular basis. His speech may change. Behaviors and habits change.

About this time, the one left behind begins to hear things about the Prodigal, regardless of how far away they went. When Satan has a message to be delivered, there is always a messenger. They say, “Well, he left me, so why would I want him back?” This is one of the first and often most difficult challenges for the person waiting at home. We must realize people do gossip. Try to discount about 99% of what you hear about your Prodigal.

Regardless of the circumstances involved, the spouse who can continue to exhibit unconditional Love for the Prodigal is one up on Satan and winning the battle. The true concept of unconditional love is love regardless of the circumstances. Unconditional love allows us to exhibit one of the ways of God himself, in that we can hate the sin but continue to love the sinner.

Your Prodigal is trying to live right side up in an upside down world. His emotions are playing constant tricks on him. The one waiting at home needs to be prepared for getting clobbered by the Prodigal’s pendulum of emotions. His moods may swing very quickly from euphoria (elation, happiness, joy) to total depression. The one who claims how great everything is going, is the same person who you see an hour later trying to speak through tears and from the pit of depression.

Some Prodigals are better at masking emotions, the person waiting at home often becomes victim to words of hate. The most devastating can be broken dates and promises. The Prodigal plans to meet you for whatever reason, and then suddenly backs out or terminates the meeting without notice. Although it’s difficult for you at home, things are probably rougher for your Prodigal in the Far Country. When you are hurt by the Prodigal’s swaying emotions, allow the Love of God to soften the harsh words. No matter the circumstances, look to Him through your tears to keep you walking in Faith.

If we could locate all of the Prodigals in all of the Far Countries and poll them, I think we would find that their #1 problem would be related to their finances. The cost of becoming a Prodigal is simply too great.

You may discover that your Prodigal now appears to be living better than you. He doesn’t show any sign of financial problems. The changes are probably superficial (appearing to be true or real only until examined more closely), and being financed by a new credit card.

I showed up once with a brand new suit to Charlyne’s door and little did she know it was $79 from a discount store, and was charged to a credit card. I was in my girlfriend’s new souped up van only because I couldn’t afford gas in my car. Dinner was courtesy of my girlfriend’s father. My hair was only longer because I couldn’t afford a haircut.

I realized that day for the first time, I was wasting my finances.

During some of the darkest times in the Far Country, I turned on the Christian radio station and would hear words to a song that seemed as though they had been sung just for me.

About this time some may be saying, “That’s fine for others, buy my situation is so much more complicated.” No marriage or family situation is too complicated or too messy for Jesus to straighten out and clean up. Please accept the word of this Prodigal. God can solve all the problems we have created in our marriages. Our Creator knows that as human beings living in a sinful world, we often fail Him. He is ready to forgive and rescue us and our marriages from Satan. Don’t be discouraged if your divorce is already become final. Reconstruction of a marriage after a divorce has been granted is not uncommon unless we’re listening to Satan’s crowd. There is a reason that the Lord has you exactly where you are right now.

Consider the Prodigals situation. He found himself literally living in a pigpen and was by law not allowed to be in contact with swine. If there was any family that had a right to give up on a Prodigal because of situations and lifestyle, this man’s family would have been the one. Today his family would be the talk of the town. How could that family ever think of his ever coming home? Jesus gave us this parable with that most extreme lifestyle illustration to show us that no matter how long the Prodigal has sunk, his homecoming is still possible to the glory of God.

Many Prodigals feed the pigs of alcoholism, drugs, and immorality. HOW COULD GOD EXPECT ANYONE TO WAIT WITH UNCONDITIONAL LOVE FOR SUCH A PERSON TO COME HOME? Only when we are able to love and be loved as Christ did for us, can we then be ready to love our Prodigals.

Wait & See Book Notes (Part 2)

We have to allow God to do a work IN US before He can do a work THROUGH us.

We are NOT going to feel QUALIFIED.

Take natural, commonsense steps that are in line with God’s Word so you are ready when God delivers our heart’s desire.

He will OPEN or CLOSE doors to show us THE WAY.

People who attempt to make things happen by INJECTING THEIR OWN ACTIONS AND IDEAS HINDER GOD’S PROGRESS AND ANY MOVEMENT in their situation.

GOD NEVER RUSHES.

We have to stay in our own pastures doing what we know to do even if what we are doing isn’t exciting or isn’t effective.

God uses seasons of SILENCE and ISOLATION to get us prepared.

Nothing may be happening ON THE OUTSIDE, but ON THE INSIDE He’s changing US. This time is extremely valuable.

Your CHARACTER is being developed, your learning to NOT DEPEND ON PEOPLE, your maturity is growing, and so is your STRENGTH, all of this you will need to go where GOD IS TAKING YOU.

But, I’m being faithful, God why is nothing happening? Don’t complain about the silence, God is training you when nobody is noticing you, it’s when He does His greatest work, preparing you for new levels. If He brought you out before you are ready it will destroy your training for your PURPOSE.

You can be hidden by God AND HE’S CLOSLEY WATCHING OVER YOU. You have to pass the “hidden” test. Like David did.

These are PROVING YEARS where you show God that YOU WILL BE FAITHFUL.

When you go the EXTRA MILE when no body is looking!

It’s where you draw CLOSE TO YOUR CREATOR.

God is getting you ready for what He has in store, keep doing the right thing He’s preparing and training you, when it’s time GOD will bring you out and promote you and shine down His favor on you.

The reason you’re hidden, is you are EXTREMELY VALUABLE, and God’s waiting on the right time to BRING YOU OUT LIKE A DIAMOND.

In isolation God will bring things out from within you that you need to deal with. It’s an opportunity to grow.

Your Spiritual Muscles are getting stronger and you’re learning to trust God in a new way.

God doesn’t take you out of the wilderness to the Promised Land to early or you won’t be prepared or ready!

God knows what you’re going to need to DEVELOP you during this time.

God will show you that if you can make it through THIS SEASON, you can make it through anything!

WHAT TO DO DURING THE WAIT:

We demonstrate our love for God by spending time with Him

and obeying what He asks us to do.

Waiting on God is a good time to solidify (make solid) your Love for Him.

As we wait, God will reveal to us the people we can reach with His Love.

Meditate on His Word Day and Night to experience His peace.

SHOW ME HOW TO LOVE YOU MORE, ABBA

During the Pause, in dark times with Hard People and circumstances, we get to know Him ONE ON ONE

GETTING PERSONAL CHANGES OUR HEART

In this time, God reveals what He sees is us =

Any selfishness, bitterness, prejudice, and anger

He will USE your spouse’s absence to REVEAL parts of your heart that need correction.

Being in a season of waiting is hard, but it will SOFTEN YOUR HEART.

For the 1st time, you will see your heart RESEMBLING GOD’S.

As God’s work on our heart progresses, we eventually begin to see our NEW HEART -the heart GOD SEES-through a lens of REDEMPTION

HE looks at our hearts, beyond our imperfections, to see our POTENTIAL

However sometimes the traits of our old heart and mistakes of our past cast shadows on the changes the Lord is performing.

DON’T ALLOW THE LIES to DISTORT the CORRECT VIEW of your heart.

DEFEAT DISCOURAGEMENT WITH TRUTH

THE BEST WAY TO DEFEAT DESPAIR:

Wipe your viewpoint CLEAN with the TRUTH so you can RIGHTLY SEE yourself as God does.

He uses this time to REVEAL OUR SIN

We get intolerance for the things we used to enjoy and instead we LONG to be RIGHT WITH GOD.

YOU ARE BEING SET APART IN THIS TIME

“Wait & See” Wendy Pope book Notes (Part 1)

I am reading a great book which I believe pertains to Standing.

These are my NOTES:

The Wait can exhaust your faith

We conclude God is mat at us so we retaliate by ignoring Him.

The OBJECT of our wait becomes greater than the PERSON of our faith.

During The Wait :

-Learn to Trust God

-Regularly devour what you are learning in the Bible and Sermons

-Serve Others

God attempts to communicate to us through whispers of Scripture.

We should ask “God show me Your plan, & align my heart with Yours” You start

God’s pauses are a Safeguard.

  1. God shows you His Design for your life.
  2. Whets your appetite for all He has planned. *YES WHET is a word! I didn’t know that until I read this book and it means to a thing to stimulate a desire”
  3. Excitement overwhelms you as you sit on the edge of your seat.
  4. Then you wait.

You start to wonder, “Did I hear God wrong?”

The wait is more about experiencing God than enduring the delay

The value of what we wait for is so great that we can easily become derailed from life

“God acts on behalf of those who wait on Him” Isaiah 64

We are the BENEFACTORS of something that NOONE has ever seen or heard when we wait on God.

Those who wait have access (through God’s preparation) to UNLIMITED & MIND-BLOWING futures when they are willing to wait on God to work on their behalf.

“Those Who Wait” are to delay in acting or starting anything,

Linger where they are,

Doing what they know to do until they receive instructions. “

As we Delay & Linger, we can know FOR CERTAIN the future we move toward is from the hand of GOD.

We don’t have to do anything to get what ONLY GOD wants to bring us.

When times get hard and the wait seems too long,

we begin to doubt God.

We have to fight to maintain our focus on the Person of our faith rather than the OBJECT of our wait or distracting circumstances surrounding us.

We do this through prayer.

MISCONCEPTIONS DURING THE WAIT:

  1. ” If I am waiting, I must not have heard God correctly”
  2. “If I am waiting, I must desire something NOT in God’s will for my life”.
  3. “If I am waiting, I must not be praying enough”
  4. “If I am waiting, I must not have enough faith”
  5. “If I am waiting, I must not be working hard enough”

Sometimes waiting has LESS to do with the STRENGTH OF OUR FAITH,

and more to do with the PERFECTION of God’s Timing.

We find ourselves waiting for something we never desired, but God desires for us.

David spent 20 yrs working through his wait. In Psalms he is in agony and cries out to God, “How LONG?!”

  1. He worked hard
  2. He obeyed God
  3. He ran from an enemy
  4. He asked hard questions to God when he didn’t understand His ways.

A rush through The Wait has the potential to stunt our spiritual growth and dull our senses to what God wants us to learn as a result of our wait.

A pause will work in our favor. Our faith will mature and we will become well-developed women of God, ready for the good works He has prepared for us.

Noah 120 yr wait.

Abe & Sarah 100 yr wait.

Jesus 30 yr wait

They didn’t wait with perfection. They questioned God.

Peace from prayer and praise produce endurance and unity with God.

Prayer and Praise make our wait bearable and causes our faith to flourish.

David’s own family didn’t care about him, but God recognized him as great.

David was simply working at his job, and being faithful in the small things when a King called for him-CHOSEN!

David’s isolation in the fields was the CLASSROOM that prepared him to be King!

His anointing happened in PRIVATE and after he was anointed he went back to his same old job, same classroom, where he did what he knew.

God does most of His work IN US, in PRIVATE!

This may take YEARS (like it did for David)

Don’t rush your time in the pasture, wait to experience God’s work.

Patiently STAY PUT, showing yourself FAITHFUL.

In the pasture God prepares you for what’s ahead.