The Reward of Waiting
Sermon shared by Garry Lewis
Summary: Obedience to the Word
Audience: General adults
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The Reward of Waiting
John 20: 19-22
Wait has several meanings. 1: to stay in place in expectation of: AWAIT intransitive senses 1 a: to remain stationary in readiness or expectation *wait for a train* b: to pause for another to catch up usually used with up
2 a: to look forward expectantly *just waiting to see his rival lose* b: to hold back expectantly *waiting for a chance to strike*
So if you are waiting on something, then you ought to get it. One thing I know that serving the Lord will pay off after awhile. I donít know just how some feel about waiting, but if you want your reward from God, then you got to wait on Him. There are three points I wish to share with you today about waiting on the Lord. 1. Waiting on the Lord will release you from your worries. 2. Waiting on the Lord will renew your strength. 3. Waiting on the Lord will restore you unto Him.
1. Waiting on the Lord will release you from your worries. Here they were in a room waiting on the Lord to reappear to them again, and convince Thomas that He had risen. But they were still worried, for they were still locked behind doors and hiding from the Jewish authorities. We too have allowed our present authorities to have control over our lives, here we need to pay our bills, take care of the children, and we neglect God, by not paying our tithes. The church does not operate on dues, but on tithes and offerings. When you do not pay your tithes after you have been warned of it, then it is on your soul when you face God. Stop worrying about what you canít control and worry about the things that you can control. Godís peace can replace worry. Godís peace is different from the worldís peace. True peace is not found in positive thinking, in absence of conflict, or in good feelings. It comes from knowing that God is in control. Our citizenship in Christís kingdom is sure, our destiny is set, and we can have victory over sin. Let Godís peace guard your heart against anxiety.
2. Waiting on the Lord will restore you unto Him. Until you have been born again, you cannot enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. Did not the Lord say except a man be born of the spirit and of the water, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God. You are never too old to be saved. I remember the thief on the cross, I can see him hanging on the cross, thinking back on all his wrongness he had caused, all his wickedness he had caused, all his worries he had caused, and he looked down Calvary Hill, and he sees this crowd, and he sees somebody carrying a cross an unusual cross, different from the cross that the carried. He looked and seen this man carrying the cross and falling, getting beat as he laid on the ground, he could see this man being helped by another man and they falling down, he could see it was an unusual large crowd of people unusual crazy, and I could see this thief asking the other thief, is that Barnabas, and the other thief saying no, no, that is that crazy young man, calling himself the son of God, caused he was healing and feeding and doing other types of miracles, I canít wait until he get up here with us, I want to mess with him too. And can you see the thief looking at Jesus looking down at Jesus for he had heard of all of his good works and he knew that Jesus did not belong up there with them. I can see the thief looking with tears in his eyes as they had this crown stuck into his scalp, and
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