IT'S ON THE WAY
life. He will sacrifice his own desires and place them under hers.
There are many difficulties that prevent us from accomplishing God’s work and trusting him through trials and suffering. However, most of the chaos in our lives is attributed to Satan (Ephesians 6:12; John 10:10).
Again, if you’re not walking in the light as he is in the light, you'll find yourself spiritually tripping over things in the dark. When God slows something down from getting to us, it could be something else we need to learn before receiving it.
God always knows what's best for us. Jesus told his followers that the Father in heaven desires to give us good things. Please read this great passage aloud to those with you or in your study groups (Matthew 7:7-11).
Is something good in life worth waiting for? This nation is speeding ahead in technology, AI, social media, etc. But is it all good? The nation's timing can always be off in many factors that affect its citizens.
But God’s timing is perfect throughout history. Yes, for us at times it may seem God's timing may feel like a long, desperate delay. But since God can see past our lives, he can bring his perfect timing just as he pleases.
God is never early, never late. God is never in a hurry, but he is always on time. God's perfect timing unveils two things concerning us. It helps our faith to grow, and we are forced to wait and trust in God.
It also enforces that he, and he alone gets the glory and praise for pulling us through times of waiting. (Psalm 27:14; 31:15; 37:9; 2 Peter 3:8; Isaiah 40:31; Ecclesiastes 3:11). The enemy can only do what God allows him to do. (Job 1:8-12).
We live in a fallen nation and world that God has allowed Satan to be the prince of it, but only for a specific time. His downfall has already been set and written. He is shrewd, conniving, and seeks to destroy all that God loves.
In (2 Corinthians 11:14) we are told that Satan masquerades as an angel of light. To masquerade is to pretend to be something one is not, and Satan is really good at it. He is the chameleon of all chameleons.
When God sends something our way, Satan (if hearing about it) will try to hinder its scheduled arrival. This happened to Daniel's prayer while he was praying.
Daniel’s final vision gives further insight into the great spiritual battle between God’s people and those who want to destroy them (Daniel 10:1-2). Daniel's vision revealed trials and tribulation in the years to come.
As Daniel continued in prayer, he saw a glorious appearance of someone. He then was afraid and fell on his face to the ground. But the angel touched him and he stood on his feet (Daniel 10:9-12).
[God sent a messenger to Daniel, but a powerful spiritual being (“the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia”) detained the messenger for three weeks. Daniel faithfully continued praying and fasting, and God’s messenger eventually arrived.]
Michael, a powerful archangel of God, came to help the other angel, and the prayers of Daniel were no longer hindered. (Daniel 10:12-13). Answers to our prayers may be hindered by unseen obstacles, and not necessarily because of our sin.
[Don’t expect God’s answers to come too easily or too quickly. Prayer may be challenged by evil forces. Jesus taught us to pray fervently and earnestly (Luke 18:1-8). Look for God to answer at the right time.]
When waiting on God, continue to trust him and allow your eyes and heart to stay on him until your prayers are answered. Sometimes God himself delays certain prayers until the person who sent them is with him in heaven.
That delayed prayer could be a sickness, a miracle, or anything we lay before his throne. God always can be trusted when his answer is no. David prayed and fasted for his child to be well, but God’s answer was no, and God took the child to heaven.
I cannot answer the question always as to why God delays or says no to us. However, God still sets us free and born-again believers will always receive the ultimate healing when we live with Jesus in eternity.
God can, and still does bring miracles and healing to those who put their faith in him. When we are hurt, he brings his gentle touch. He gives us peace when we are troubled, and strength when we are weak.
When you are experiencing pain, anguish, anxiety, or exhaustion, you should still seek God whether his answer is yes or no. (1 Samuel 16:1). Always cry out to God and ask for a fresh touch of his love.
God can still refresh our spirit even if he doesn’t heal us. How many disabled people do you know? Have you ever met those who love Jesus, and continue to serve him, even though he has chosen not to heal them?
I have met many individuals who are handicapped. I once pastored a dear friend of mine who is in a wheelchair and cannot speak hardly at all. One Sunday I was asked, with others, to pray for his healing.
God had decided now was not the time. God's timing, ways, and thoughts are so far above our limited timing, ways, and thoughts, that its unattainable. Isaiah 55:8-11). We must continue to trust our heavenly Father that he knows what's best.
Ultimately, I know my friend will be leaping and praising God in glory for all eternity, once he is in the presence of his Lord and Savior. I remember telling him, sometimes God knows if he heals us, we may act like the nine lepers.
These were nine individuals that basically told Jesus in their actions of not returning and saying thank you, "Thanks, but no thanks, we got this!" after he had healed them. (Luke 17:11-19).
God knows us better than we know ourselves. He also can see into the future of our lives. I also had another friend who was waiting for God to open his blind eyes. He loves Jesus with all his heart. But God’s answer on this side of grace was no.
He continues to love Jesus, because he rejoiced that Jesus would be the first set of eyes he gets to see when he stands and kneels before him. What a magnificent Savior we serve!
He has blessed us with his presence even when we may be limited physically. God is always right on time. "God is good all the time, all the time, God is good!" There are many people who hate God for their disabilities.
I have met angry people with miserable lives. They blame God for their whole life of sickness and failures. They curse God for delaying a cure, or not receiving their transplant. But they never blame Satan, who is the cause of everything bad that happens to us.
🗣📢 Last words: God never hinders anything in our lives to further hurt us. He loves us with more love than we can embrace. When he delays something, trust that he knows what's best. The goodness in him is forever on the way.
Here's something to remember about prayer. It's just like ordering a package from Amazon or FedEx. Sometimes there may be a delay, but you know the package is in route. Sometimes you may have to examine the contents. (2 Corinthians 13:5).
A) Remember my friends, God immediately hears our prayers and dispatches the answer whether it's yes, no, or wait. (Psalm 27:14; 84:10-12; 2 Samuel 5:22-25; 2 Corinthians 12:7-10).
B) watch out for spiritual beings of darkness. They will attempt to block those prayers. The devil does everything to distract us from prayer time. The Bible tells us to pray without ceasing. (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Never allow the devil to move you off of prayer for those you love. Kick him out!
C) Prevail in God: It is possible to prevail in prayer if you are not faint-hearted. Continue to trust God with all your heart. He will not fail you. God has never lost a battle against Satan. Continue to make war on the floor. Sometimes fasting is needed.
When it seems your prayers are not being answered, don't panic, rest comfortably and know that "God’s on the way, and he'll shine his light on for you."
🛐 Here’s a prayer you can pray when something gets in the way. "Heavenly Father, thank you for this message, I needed to hear this today. Lord, thank you for sending your peace that covered all my concerns and worry.
Lord after I've examined my own motives, I realize that I can fully place my trust in you until the answer comes. I don't have to fret any longer about the outcome of my circumstances. As I've heard it said, "Let go and let God!"
Lord, I'm letting go and places my life and mind in your capable hands. I know you can break every blockage and barrier that Satan tries to throw against my mind. Father, I readily stand and ask your Holy Spirit to fill me.
I stand in the awesome power of your love and majesty. Lord, I place my trust in you, waiting on all your promises that were for me before I was born. While I wait on you, no weapon formed against me can prosper.
Jesus, teach me to walk by faith, not by sight, as I navigate these barriers. May your grace be sufficient for me, and your strength be made perfect in my weakness, in your perfect timing I pray, amen."
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