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WAITING GAME (1)

 



There's one very good word you could use to define the Christian life: 'waiting'. This whole amazing yet fragile creation is waiting for the day Jesus returns and sets things straight once and for all. But in our own lives too, there's often an agonising amount of waiting. Perhaps you're waiting for an answer to a prayer? A breakthrough in a painful situation you're facing? Mr or Mrs Right?



Well, you're not the first person to struggle with waiting, and you won't be the last. God said to the prophet Habakkuk, 'The revelation awaits an appointed time...and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay' (Habakkuk 2:3 NIV). Why did God say that? Well, it was a direct answer to Habakkuk's question, 'How long, O Lord, must I call for help, but You do not listen?'



Waiting is never easy. So what should we do? Make it active waiting: pour yourself into the job at hand; otherwise you'll short-change your own future. Even if it feels like all you're doing is standing on God's promises, waiting for change, keep at it. Sighing and resorting to twiddling your thumbs won't help towards anything. James writes, 'Be patient ... See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm' (James 5:7-8 NIV).



 



So what now? Next time you're in a queue, make use of that time. Pick a person out: silently pray for them while you're waiting, or leave them with an encouraging word. It will encourage you too!

Soulfood : Ex 39-40, Jn 5:1-15, Ps 41, Prov 27:7-9

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WAITING GAME (1)

 



There's one very good word you could use to define the Christian life: 'waiting'. This whole amazing yet fragile creation is waiting for the day Jesus returns and sets things straight once and for all. But in our own lives too, there's often an agonising amount of waiting. Perhaps you're waiting for an answer to a prayer? A breakthrough in a painful situation you're facing? Mr or Mrs Right?



Well, you're not the first person to struggle with waiting, and you won't be the last. God said to the prophet Habakkuk, 'The revelation awaits an appointed time...and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay' (Habakkuk 2:3 NIV). Why did God say that? Well, it was a direct answer to Habakkuk's question, 'How long, O Lord, must I call for help, but You do not listen?'



Waiting is never easy. So what should we do? Make it active waiting: pour yourself into the job at hand; otherwise you'll short-change your own future. Even if it feels like all you're doing is standing on God's promises, waiting for change, keep at it. Sighing and resorting to twiddling your thumbs won't help towards anything. James writes, 'Be patient ... See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm' (James 5:7-8 NIV).



 



So what now? Next time you're in a queue, make use of that time. Pick a person out: silently pray for them while you're waiting, or leave them with an encouraging word. It will encourage you too!

Soulfood : Ex 39-40, Jn 5:1-15, Ps 41, Prov 27:7-9

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WAITING GAME (1)

 



There's one very good word you could use to define the Christian life: 'waiting'. This whole amazing yet fragile creation is waiting for the day Jesus returns and sets things straight once and for all. But in our own lives too, there's often an agonising amount of waiting. Perhaps you're waiting for an answer to a prayer? A breakthrough in a painful situation you're facing? Mr or Mrs Right?



Well, you're not the first person to struggle with waiting, and you won't be the last. God said to the prophet Habakkuk, 'The revelation awaits an appointed time...and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay' (Habakkuk 2:3 NIV). Why did God say that? Well, it was a direct answer to Habakkuk's question, 'How long, O Lord, must I call for help, but You do not listen?'



Waiting is never easy. So what should we do? Make it active waiting: pour yourself into the job at hand; otherwise you'll short-change your own future. Even if it feels like all you're doing is standing on God's promises, waiting for change, keep at it. Sighing and resorting to twiddling your thumbs won't help towards anything. James writes, 'Be patient ... See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm' (James 5:7-8 NIV).



 



So what now? Next time you're in a queue, make use of that time. Pick a person out: silently pray for them while you're waiting, or leave them with an encouraging word. It will encourage you too!

Soulfood : Ex 39-40, Jn 5:1-15, Ps 41, Prov 27:7-9

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WAITING GAME (1)

 



There's one very good word you could use to define the Christian life: 'waiting'. This whole amazing yet fragile creation is waiting for the day Jesus returns and sets things straight once and for all. But in our own lives too, there's often an agonising amount of waiting. Perhaps you're waiting for an answer to a prayer? A breakthrough in a painful situation you're facing? Mr or Mrs Right?



Well, you're not the first person to struggle with waiting, and you won't be the last. God said to the prophet Habakkuk, 'The revelation awaits an appointed time...and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay' (Habakkuk 2:3 NIV). Why did God say that? Well, it was a direct answer to Habakkuk's question, 'How long, O Lord, must I call for help, but You do not listen?'



Waiting is never easy. So what should we do? Make it active waiting: pour yourself into the job at hand; otherwise you'll short-change your own future. Even if it feels like all you're doing is standing on God's promises, waiting for change, keep at it. Sighing and resorting to twiddling your thumbs won't help towards anything. James writes, 'Be patient ... See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm' (James 5:7-8 NIV).



 



So what now? Next time you're in a queue, make use of that time. Pick a person out: silently pray for them while you're waiting, or leave them with an encouraging word. It will encourage you too!

Soulfood : Ex 39-40, Jn 5:1-15, Ps 41, Prov 27:7-9

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WAITING GAME (1)

 



There's one very good word you could use to define the Christian life: 'waiting'. This whole amazing yet fragile creation is waiting for the day Jesus returns and sets things straight once and for all. But in our own lives too, there's often an agonising amount of waiting. Perhaps you're waiting for an answer to a prayer? A breakthrough in a painful situation you're facing? Mr or Mrs Right?



Well, you're not the first person to struggle with waiting, and you won't be the last. God said to the prophet Habakkuk, 'The revelation awaits an appointed time...and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay' (Habakkuk 2:3 NIV). Why did God say that? Well, it was a direct answer to Habakkuk's question, 'How long, O Lord, must I call for help, but You do not listen?'



Waiting is never easy. So what should we do? Make it active waiting: pour yourself into the job at hand; otherwise you'll short-change your own future. Even if it feels like all you're doing is standing on God's promises, waiting for change, keep at it. Sighing and resorting to twiddling your thumbs won't help towards anything. James writes, 'Be patient ... See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm' (James 5:7-8 NIV).



 



So what now? Next time you're in a queue, make use of that time. Pick a person out: silently pray for them while you're waiting, or leave them with an encouraging word. It will encourage you too!

Soulfood : Ex 39-40, Jn 5:1-15, Ps 41, Prov 27:7-9

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WAITING GAME (1)

 



There's one very good word you could use to define the Christian life: 'waiting'. This whole amazing yet fragile creation is waiting for the day Jesus returns and sets things straight once and for all. But in our own lives too, there's often an agonising amount of waiting. Perhaps you're waiting for an answer to a prayer? A breakthrough in a painful situation you're facing? Mr or Mrs Right?



Well, you're not the first person to struggle with waiting, and you won't be the last. God said to the prophet Habakkuk, 'The revelation awaits an appointed time...and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay' (Habakkuk 2:3 NIV). Why did God say that? Well, it was a direct answer to Habakkuk's question, 'How long, O Lord, must I call for help, but You do not listen?'



Waiting is never easy. So what should we do? Make it active waiting: pour yourself into the job at hand; otherwise you'll short-change your own future. Even if it feels like all you're doing is standing on God's promises, waiting for change, keep at it. Sighing and resorting to twiddling your thumbs won't help towards anything. James writes, 'Be patient ... See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm' (James 5:7-8 NIV).



 



So what now? Next time you're in a queue, make use of that time. Pick a person out: silently pray for them while you're waiting, or leave them with an encouraging word. It will encourage you too!

Soulfood : Ex 39-40, Jn 5:1-15, Ps 41, Prov 27:7-9

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THE WOE FACTOR

It's absolutely impossible to have a real encounter with God and not be changed by it. After meeting with God, Isaiah said 'Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King' (Isaiah 6:5 NKJ). Heavy, yes. But the point is, Isaiah's entire outlook turned around after one encounter with God. The guy was 'undone'!

You see, as soon as Isaiah gets a glimpse of God's holiness, he immediately understands himself and his own mistakes. In his book 'The Pursuit of the Holy', butcher-turned-Godly-writer Simon Ponsonby puts it like this: 'God doesn't tell Isaiah he is sinful - he doesn't need to. As light reveals darkness, God's holiness exposes man's sinfulness...he never saw it before, but then he had never seen God before'.

It all starts with seeing, with light being shone into darkness. That's why it's good to confess our mistakes to God and, in some circumstances, to other trustworthy Christians - asking God to shine that light, and allowing others to see it can help a whole lot. This is one of the (not-so-secret) secrets of finding a way past sin, and making positive changes in order to become more like Jesus.

So what now? We all prefer others to see our 'wow' rather than our 'woe', but letting God shine a light into our darkest places, using others, is essential for our holiness. Who's helping you walk in the light?

Soulfood : Ex 36-38, Jn 4:39-54, Ps 87, Prov 27:4-6

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