YOU ARE BEING WAIT LIFTED! Posted 062517 @ 4pm.
I have a WORD for YOU! This word is for all who have been waiting on the Lord. Get ready to be WAIT LIFTED! Most of us have heard "the greater the trial, the greater the reward." I submit to you today, that the greater the wait, the greater the reward. Recently, my husband and I went out to lunch at Pizza Hut. We ordered personal pan pizzas for lunch, and we decided to order some cheese sticks to go, to eat later for dinner. While we were finishing up our meal, and waiting for our waitress, there was a SHIFT change. The girl who originally took our order had left and another girl came to take our payment. When she came back to our table to give us our receipt, we asked her where our cheese sticks were, and after checking the original receipt, she noticed that the girl who took our order forgot to place the order. She told us that if we didn’t mind waiting a few minutes, they would have them ready. She apologized for the WAIT and she told us that since we had to wait, they were giving them to us for free. I know, it’s only five bucks, but five bucks is five bucks. We saw it as favor and a blessing from God.
It is written in Galatians 6.9: And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. It is written in Psalms 27.14: Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. It is written in Lamentations 3.25-26: 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. We receive prayer requests daily from precious souls who are growing weary while waiting. Everyone is waiting on something or someone. Children cannot wait to grow up. Teenagers cannot wait to graduate from high school and move out on their own. College Students cannot wait to get their degrees and begin their careers. Single men cannot wait to finally meet and marry their Ruth. Single women cannot wait to finally meet and marry their Boaz. Parents and family members cannot wait for the prodigals to return home. Someone is waiting to be healed. Someone is waiting for God to answer their prayers.
Some are waiting on the Lord to return. It is written in Romans 8: There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. Likewise, the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover, whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Most everyone knows the story about Joseph. Joseph was Jacob’s favorite son, because he loved Rachel more than his other wives, and Joseph was the firstborn by Rachel and Jacob. His brothers were envious of Joseph and began to hate him. It is written in Genesis 37.4: And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.
When Jacob set Joseph up above his elder brothers, and gave Joseph a coat of many colors, that was more than the brothers could stand. They plotted to kill Joseph, but then God sent slave traders by and they sold Joseph to the Egyptian slave traders. It is written in Acts 7.9: And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him.
Next, Joseph was sold to Potipher, who was a great man in Pharoah’s court. It is written in Genesis 39.2: And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. But, Potipher’s wife began to lust after Joseph, and because Joseph refused her advances, she falsely accused Joseph of raping her. It is written in Genesis 39.7: And it came to pass after these things, that his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me. So, Joseph was thrown into prison. It is written in Genesis 39.21:
But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. After years in prison, trusting God no matter what, the breakthrough came. God gave the Pharoah dreams that none of his diviners could interpret. Potipher told the Pharoah about Joseph’s gift of interpreting dreams, so the Pharoah sent for Joseph from the prison. Since Joseph was the only one in the world that could interpret the Pharoah’s dreams, he was promoted to a position second only to the Pharoah.
Yes, Joseph had to wait many years for his breakthrough, but God promised to restore the years the locusts and cankerworms have eaten. It is written in Genesis 41.51: And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: For God, [said he], hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father's house. Joseph spent many years in prison, away from his family. His own father thought he was dead. Then, he spent seven more years storing up grain for the Pharoah, making Egypt rich. Then, he spent another seven years selling grain during the famine.
Then, it finally happened. Josephs brothers showed up in Egypt to buy food because the famine had reached the whole earth. It is written in Genesis 45.1: Then Joseph could not refrain himself before all them that stood by him; and he cried, Cause every man to go out from me. And there stood no man with him, while Joseph made himself known unto his brethren. Joseph was reunited with his father and his brethren. It is written in Genesis 47.1: Then Joseph came and told Pharaoh, and said, My father and my brethren, and their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have, are come out of the land of Canaan; and, behold, they [are] in the land of Goshen. It is written in Genesis 50.22: And Joseph dwelt in Egypt, he, and his father's house: and Joseph lived an hundred and ten years.
I know it is “hell in the hallway.” Everyone is in the hallway. It seems that most of our lives are spent in the hallway, waiting on someone or something, always waiting. But, what matters to God is how we wait, our attitude while waiting, and our trust in Him. God looks at the heart, and He knows the motives and the intents of the heart. He is more concerned about your attitude than your altitude. He promised there will be great rewards in heaven for those who wait on Him. Remember, life is but a vapor compared to eternity. In fact, life doesn't even really begin until eternity. None of us are promised tomorrow. Life is short. God is more concerned about His children living the abundant life, every moment of every day, regardless of circumstances. God looks at the heart, and His children should be the happiest, most blessed, children of the Most High God, because we have a mountain moving God, and nothing is impossible for Him. If we, as Followers of Christ, are depressed, stressed, broke, busted and disgusted, why would the world want our God? In the world you will have tribulation, but Jesus overcame the world, and we are called to be overcomers! Never forget how Paul and Silas were praising God after being beaten horribly and thrown into prison.
God is going to honor your patience and your trust in Him. Get ready to be WAIT LIFTED!
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