Jesus doesn’t let us know when you will receive your prize. Don’t be concerned about the when. God will do what He’s promised He would do!
There are things that only God knows and He will never reveal. The one thing that every man and woman of God have in common is waiting. The difference maker of every test of every man and woman of God is the ability to see. It is the ability to get a vision of what God wants to do. If you can see it, it will inspire your faith and keep you from giving up in the face of doubt.
Heb 11:13 “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.”
They were persuaded, nothing could stop their faith. Be persuaded.
The promise of God asks questions.
When the disciples and Jesus were on the boat in the middle of a storm, the first question was, ‘Don’t you care?’ Jesus rebuked the wind and waves. Jesus then asked, ‘Where is your faith?’ He didn’t question whether or not they had faith, but where was it. Was it in God or in other things? If you can keep your eyes on the prize, don’t worry about the price.
At a restaurant, or a store, one of the first things we look at is price. It may look good and feel good, but it may cost too much. It may not be worth the price.
Is what God promised you worth the price? Is it worth facing questions and doubts? You will face questions and doubts.
‘I lift up my eyes unto the hills, where does my help come from?’ —King David (Psalm 121) He answers his own questions, ‘My help comes from the Lord!’ It doesn’t come from my job or my family or my circumstances. It comes from my God—the Maker of heaven and earth. God made a way where there was no way. He is the One Who spoke things into existence.
God will never say, ‘Let Me see what I can do.’ Instead He says, ‘Why don’t you see what I can do?’
The great men and women of faith stood their ground and kept their eyes on the Lord. They trusted and waited and God rewarded them. When you endure, when you wait on the Lord, you shall renew your strength. You get stronger the longer it takes. God does His best work in weakness.
The weak are strong in the Lord. It doesn’t make sense.
Elisha and his servant were surrounded by an army, but Elisha wasn’t worried. When you are next to someone who has no faith, you can either lose your own faith or inspire theirs. Elisha doesn’t pray about the circumstance, he prays that his servant would see.
Pray for a clear vision of what God wants for your life. No one else can receive the reward that God has for you.
Joseph was sold into slavery, put into prison, and in one moment it all changed. Hannah prayed for a child and the priest thought she was drunk, but in one moment it all changed. After the Holy Ghost fell, people were astonished. Peter said, ‘This is that…’ You can only say that after the promise is fulfilled.
How does this become that?
Hannah showed up one day, ‘Remember me?’ She brought her child and said, ‘This is that.’ Joseph after his brothers came and bowed before him saw ‘this was that’ that dream that he’d had a long time ago.
It’s easy to get sidetracked when you look at other things. You need to realize that God is the one in charge. He is the Author of our faith. He wrote the book on saving people! He knows how to save, to bring you out. You don’t have to answer. He does.
God is not the author of confusion. He is the author of life. When you are confused, get your eyes back on God.
Don’t be concerned about when, think about how you will act when it does happen! You may dream of a home, instead of dwelling on when it will happen, think about the furniture you will put in!
Don’t let your mood dictate your worship!
Make sure you put your faith in God, not in the situation. We don’t reap what we sow in God. Those who sow tears will reap joy! What you sow you will receive back ten times more. Anytime you give anything to God, you will get so much more back! God will not withhold any good thing from those that love Him and serve Him.
When you pour yourself and your energy into something for God according to His will, you will always be blessed.
Jesus commands, you must be born again (born of water and the Spirit, John 3:5). You must be baptized. You must be filled with His Holy Spirit. God is specific in His commandments, just as He was with the ark and the tabernacle. However, when God gives a promise, He is never specific. Much fruit, exceedingly abundantly above all that we can ask or think. God never limits His promises. There are no restrictions on God’s promises!
You can’t praise unless you have wonder in such a God who can provide for you. God doesn’t provide according to your need, but according to His riches! The God that we serve filled with oil all the containers the woman could find. He only stopped where she stopped.
Moses didn’t want to go, but God said, ‘Who made your mouth?’
Don’t let this world intimidate you! If they ask, ‘Who is your god?’ Think about what God did for Moses and His people. God is exceedingly able. ‘Death, where is your sting?’ ‘Grave, where is your victory?’ ‘Where is the wise?’ ‘Where is the strong man?’ Nothing and no one can compare with our God!
Get to see the Lord as He really is. Is there anything too difficult for our God? No!
Job had some burning questions. Just to amplify his problems, his friends showed up and challenged him. As much as Job tried to withstand all the challenges, the losses, the sickness. He talked to God and God answered with questions, ‘Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?’
God asked Job a lot of questions. Job, very wisely, said, ‘I’m sorry. I was dumb. I will shut my mouth.’ God’s purpose isn’t to back you into a corner. After the first round of questions, He did have more questions. When He was done, Job didn’t say, ‘I don’t know anything.’ Instead, he said, ‘I do know one thing. I know You can do anything!’
Lord, open our eyes!
Excerpted from a sermon preached by Guest Preacher: Armando Martinez.
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