The Bible is filled with stories of God’s people moving boldly for the advancement of His Kingdom. But it is no secret that the Bible is also filled with situations where God’s people must first wait.
Waiting is difficult. This is more so in a modern world where you can get everything almost instantly – whether it’s cooking your food or getting search results for an enquiry on the Internet. In fact, you can now take online quizzes and get instant evaluations of your skills, personality, and even spiritual gifts.
Yet, God works differently. As we go into the Word and learn more about Him, we will discover that in order to be unstoppable in our partnership with God to advance His kingdom, we must learn to be strengthened through the process of waiting.
WHAT WILL YOU DO
Why doesn’t God fulfil His promise and purpose for us immediately? We can take a leaf out of the story of Israel and their deliverance from Egypt (Exodus 13:17-18). God often takes the ‘longer route’ in order to build up our endurance and character!
Want to know how to build your character during a time of waiting? Pastor Henson gives us 6 practical pointers.
It is exciting to receive a promise from God, and also very easy to respond positively to an altar call. The real test of faith and commitment only comes when God moves on His own time.
Plant yourself with a group of Christ followers who share the common goal and purpose. We are more likely to stay faithful to the course when we journey with others.
Don’t be quick to move back into ‘regular programming’ of life right after that moment of promise or learning. Take the time to process with a community, and align with the Word to know what God is saying with regards to all you have received. Very often, the ’numbness’ to the promise returns because we do not take the time to process.
Only God knew and ordained the timing of the arrival of the Holy Spirit – that is, on Pentecost. Likewise, He knows and ordains the timing of His plans for your life. Choose to submit to the timing rather than run on your own.
When the Holy Spirit fell on the disciples, they were gathered together in prayer (Acts 1:14, Acts 2:1). Continue to connect with His heart in prayer, in and out of season.
6. Examine the Core
Through prayer, Peter saw the need to restore the leadership back to God’s intended order. Likewise, let us examine the areas of our lives which need realignment and restoration back to God’s way. What is the condition of the core? Consider it in the following areas:
”And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” – Acts 1:4-5 NKJV