Summary: God has designed today for us to WAIT in JOY and GLADNESS. There are consequences if we make bad choices for today.
LEARNING TO WAIT IN JOY AND GLADNESS
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
This is #5 in a series on waiting.
1. Waiting and Patience -- the dirty words? ; 2. Habakkuk’s Waiting Room; 3. Danger of waiting and spiritual rust;
4. The five levels of waiting; 5. Waiting with Joy and gladness 6. Long waits and sudden answers; 7. TEPID WAITING; 8. Waiting with a fire in my bones!
As we learn to wait on God and His plan, we must recognize there is a war in the eternal.
The battle is temporal vs. eternal, bondage vs. freedom, carnal vs. spiritual.
One of the greatest concerns in this battle is: we will accept facts, feelings, and
circumstances: and thus compromise our faith.
FAITH NOT FACTS PLEASES GOD. FAITH KNOWS WE MUST WAIT ON GOD.
FAITH KNOWS WE MUST WAIT ON GOD’S PLAN.
Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please God, ---
A LESSON WHILE WE WAIT:
WHEN YOU FIND IT HARD TO PRAY --- PRAY HARD!
Have you ever found yourself waiting for God in a time of trouble?
There must be a lesson here? Thank God for the crumbs from the table, but IT IS OUR TIME!
Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the Throne of Grace, that we may obtain
mercy, and find grace to help in a time of trouble.
Waiting will make you better, or waiting will make you weaker? The choice is up to you.
Think about MINDSETS and how they effect/ affect us?
Let me tell you a dumb story to make my point.
An old man was driving an old car down a dumping old road.
It was raining and mud puddles were in the road.
This old man hit one of them dumb pot holes in the road and one of his old
bald tires had a blow out.
The old man got out of the car, he was very angry, as he kicked the flat tire, he got so
mad, and he got even madder as he opened his trunk and found out he did not have a lug
wrench with him.
By now the old man was so furious, it was raining, a flat tire, and no lug wrench.
The old man noticed the lights were on in the farm house down the road.
In the dark, as he walked down the road, he tripped and fell in a mud puddle.
He thought to himself, when I get to the farmer’s house he will be in bed sleeping.
He thought that old farmer is probably a republican and he is very stingy, and that dumb old
farmer will not want to loan me his dumb old lug wrench.
After walking in the dark, the old man was really fuming thinking about that farmer and how miserly
he was going to be. The man knew that farmer would not be willing to share his dumb old lug wrench
Finally the wet old man climbed the stairs on the porch and knocked on the farm house door.
WHO IS IT? asked the farmer.
The old, wet, angry man yelled back: YOU KNOW GOOD AND WELL WHO IT IS. AND I WILL
TELL YOU SOMETHING RIGHT NOW, I DON’T EVEN WANT TO BORROW YOUR DUMB OLD LUG WRENCH.
The farmer wondered: WHAT WAS THAT ALL ABOUT?
You see, as the old man was waiting and walking, his attitude formed and he had his mind made up
before he ever heard what the farmer might say.
We must learn as we wait on God and come boldly before Him.
AN ORDER FROM HELL WHILE YOU WAIT.
We need to know the tactics of our enemy and guard our hearts to minimize his tactics from
being effective. As we WAIT on the Lord, we need to identify what God has planned for today.
We need to not try and change God’s message on waiting, we must let His Message change us!
Psalms 118:24 This is the day that the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
THERE ARE SEVERAL FACTS WE NEED TO KNOW:
Psalms 118 is the middle chapter of the whole Bible.
God is our Creator. God made today, and today is God’s gift to you!
You will do something with today.
Your choices and your MINDSET --- (your thinking habits and patterns reinforced by previous
choices) will be the motivators of what you will do with today.
While God made today, it is your choice what you will do with this day God hath made.
Psalms 118:24 clearly states these previous two facts but the third fact is an
IMPERATIVE COMMAND, it is an order!
As we WAIT, we are supposed to REJOICE and BE GLAD in this day that God has made.