Posted by: jesusmessiah | August 16, 2008

God’s Waiting Room

This I compiled together from notes I had taken from church a couple months ago. I hope everyone enjoys this. Sometimes it feels like God has gave us a mission or dream and yet, it doesn’t seem like is acting as fast or in the way we want Him to. It’s kind of like being in the waiting room of a doctor’s office just waiting our turn. I’m sure Abraham felt the same way and it seems like God has a certain method of going about things.

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” -Eccl. 3:11

How to Keep on Believing While You’re Waiting On God

1. Understand the Six Phases of Faith

Phase 1: Dream (Age 75)
“I will make you into a great nation…” Gen. 12:1-3

Phase 2: Decision
“So Abraham left as the Lord had told him to…” Gen. 12:4

Phase 3: Delay (Age 86)
“But Sarah still had not borne any children…” Gen. 16:1

Phase 4: Difficulty (Age 99)
“How can a son be born to a man my age?” Gen. 17:17

Phase 5: Dead End
“Take your only son, whom you love, and sacrifice him…” Gen. 21:1-6, 22:1-12

Phase 6: Deliverance
“Don’t hurt the boy…I’ve provided a lamb…” Gen. 22:12-14

2. Remember What God Can Do
“Abraham believed God who gives life to the dead and who creates something out of nothing.” -Romans 4:17 (NCV)

“What is impossible with men is possible with God.” -Luke 18:27

3. Rely on God’s Promises
“Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” -Romans 4:18

“While God was testing him, Abraham still trusted in God and his promises, so he offered up his son Isaac…” – Heb. 11:17 (LB)
“Though it seemed Abraham’s hope could not be fulfilled…he did become the father of many nations, exactly as God had promised.” -Romans 4:18

4. Recognize The Facts in Faith
“Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead…and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief…” – Romans 4:19-20a

5. Rejoice In Anticipation
If you’re at the dead end of your journey…congratulations! Our God is faithful and deliverance is on it’s way. So rejoice and be patient and keep the faith.

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