For Those Who are Waiting and Wondering ~ Wanda Alger
Are you waiting for a promise of God to manifest? Are you getting weary of waiting for breakthrough?
The word of the Lord to those who are waiting and wondering is that He is not being slow, nor is He putting you off. In fact, He is storing up His goodness, even now, and you will soon be surprised at the extravagant outpouring of favor on your life! He is not distant or uninvolved; He is actually building up a storehouse of blessings to be poured out on those who trust Him to be a good Father.
“Oh, how abundant is your goodness (superlative concretely, the best) which you have stored up (hidden) for those who fear you.” (Psalm 31:19, ESV)
This word has been quickened to me in my own season of waiting as we recently sold our home and have been looking for our new “dream house” for weeks. The process of looking and waiting, and looking and waiting, has been daunting. There have been numerous occasions where we have been tempted to “settle” for less than what we had dreamed of and hoped for. Even so, the Lord has been clear to be steadfast in hope and persevere in our faith, believing that He is a generous Father who wants to show off His goodness!
At one point of frustration in our house-hunt, wondering if He was really going to fulfill the desires of my heart, He spoke to me very clearly, “I’m not hiding the house from you; I’m hiding it for you!” This is exactly what God is doing for many right now. What seems to be inaccessible and invisible is, in fact, being hidden – FOR us! The word for “stored” in Psalm 31 means “hidden”. It means that if you are walking in the fear of the Lord, honoring His Word, and totally yielded to His purposes, He is storing up favor, blessing, and honor on your behalf. He often hides things; not only to build our faith, but also to keep His purposes hidden from the enemy. It’s His protection that often keeps us in the dark, but only for a season and I believe that season is about to end for many of us!
In Psalm 27:13-14 the psalmist describes the keys to walking out this process. He declares, “I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage. Wait for the Lord!” FAITH is the foundation of this process as we hold onto our assurance of His love and goodness. His desire is to prosper us and make us a blessing. He is a generous Dad who looks forward to revealing His love and goodness to His sons and daughters. The psalmist declares this assurance and says he WILL SEE the Lord’s goodness – not when he’s dead – but while he’s still alive!
Then he describes the next key and that is to WAIT. It’s the hardest thing to do and yet the most critical. This is where we are tested the most. Our impatience will often short-circuit our own blessings and breakthrough because we aren’t willing to wait for the BEST outcome. This is a life pattern for me in that I didn’t get married until I was 28 – an age I NEVER would have imagined when I was 13 and told God I was “willing to wait for the right one”! Though it was extremely hard, I was determined to not settle for anything less than God’s best – and my life has been forever changed and blessed as a result.
The verse then says to “be strong”. This is where we must stand on God’s Word in order to see the fulfillment of the promise. It’s not only His written Word, but also the word of His Spirit that often comes in unexpected ways to our inner man. We are strengthened when we remember what He told us, knowing that He is always true to His Word.
Then, the psalmist says to “let your heart take courage”. This is where we must encourage ourselves through worship and praise, continually giving thanks to the Lord for the answer we have yet to see. Regardless of what circumstances, other people, or the enemy may throw our way to divert our hopes or cause us to doubt, we must take courage and not give in to unbelief or fear. Our Father is FOR us and is working in ways we cannot comprehend.
Notice that at the end of the verse, the admonition to wait is repeated. This highlights the challenge we have when it comes to trusting in the Lord versus trusting in our flesh. In a world that tells us we have a right to have what we want – when we want it – it goes against our human nature to wait. Even so, the Holy Spirit is doing a deep work in our heart as we continually yield all control to Him. Step by step He is building our faith, not only for the current breakthrough, but for ones to come! It’s our absolute confidence in His ability to come through for us that will take us from “glory to glory” for the greater things yet ahead.
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Do not be discouraged if you are waiting. Do not give in to doubt or fear. Your Father is working behind the scenes to bring the desires of your heart to pass. He has been storing up His goodness for you and it’s about to be poured out. Our part is to trust Him, walk in the fear of the Lord, and look to Him as the source of EVERY good thing. I believe He is even more excited than we are and can’t wait to show us what He’s been hiding for us!
Prophetic Word For Today by Joel Yount
A word of the Lord came to me strongly today. The Lord spoke to me and said, “I Am Sending People Your Way To Assist You In Your Vision.” Many of you have been working so hard to grow your ministry or business. We are now in a season where God is causing people to move to different states so the divine connections can be made.
The heart of the Father is not for you to be overwhelmed and try to accomplish everything on your own. He will be using other people to help assist you in your goals. I myself have had to learn this as well in my life.
The Lord says to you today, “I Am Sending In The Connections Your Way. Trust me.”
“Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion,
and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance.
And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours.” – Isaiah 61:7
Right now I want to encourage you to sow a seed into Spirit Fuel and name it “Divine Connections” as a sign by faith that you are coming into a new season of new connections.
As you sow today, declare Isaiah 61:7 out loud right here in front of your computer screen. The testimonies we receive from people who have been blessed by reading articles on Spirit Fuel is a constant reminder of just how important people need encouragement right now. By sowing a seed today into Spirit Fuel, you will be helping us reach more people on the internet for the Kingdom of God.
A TURNAROUND FOR YOU..
A word by Dana Jarvis
I decree you are making the spiritual journey from the bondage of Egypt into your promised land of destiny. I know you have grown weary. Do not let the murmurings and complaining attitudes rule you. It causes the faith to waiver! Your focus is upon the cup of bitter waters that you are currently drinking from.
Rest assured that your God is making these bitter waters sweet!
You shall taste and see that the Lord is good! You are going to see such extravagance in your daily life. He is delivering much into your hands so reach up and take hold. Just as he was with you before, he is with you now. You are going to drink deep of the Living Waters. The bitter waters of life have tried to steal all joy.
However I hear the Lord say, “It is done, I am the Lord who heals you. I am the Lord who will restore you. I am the Lord who will provide your every need. I am the One that is making the bitter waters sweet!”
I feel so strongly that God is removing your cup of bitter waters you have had to drink for so long. He is causing a turnaround for you in a situation that you desperately need him to move. I am speaking to several and know this word is for you. Even as the Lord led Moses and the children of Israel from their bondage at the Red Sea, it still took one step of faith. One step of faith is all it takes to cause a release from all of this. Take a moment and sow into good ground by giving into Spirit Fuel. For just a contribution of $25, $50, or even $100 or more given into Spirit Fuel is an active step and good ground on which to sow. It is a powerful ministry reaching the world for Christ. As you sow that offering, it is that act of faith that will cause the Red Sea where you are standing to part in your life. The bitter cup will be removed and the sweetness of the Lord shall begin to flow!
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