We learn to have faith when everything is going against us and all we have is God’s promise. We learn to pray when we have nowhere to go. We learn a testimony when we go through such a struggle, which we can then share with others. Because we live in a broken world. Because we bring it on ourselves. Because God wants to do something big. There is always a purpose behind waiting There are always lessons to be learned in waiting. Waiting on God requires absolute trust. What God does in us is always more important than what we are waiting for. Waiting humbles us and makes our attitude the same of Jesus. Waiting on Waiting on God changes us. There is always a blessing when He brings you through it. Don’t wait for perfect conditions Concentrate on what you do have Don’t be swayed by public opinion Jesus hears the cries of desperate people Follow Jesus when times turn good We all have a what and don’t understand the why God always has a why behind the what. I don’t have to understand the why to trust God in the what Two questions to ask when life is hard: 1 – Now what? 2 – So What? When you recognize what doesn’t matter, you can focus on what does matter. Four Benefits David received as he waited: God lifted him out of his despair God set his feet on a rock God gave him a firm place to stand God put a new song of praise in his mouth. Often blessings cannot be received unless we go through the trial of waiting. Sometimes even though our waiting rooms seem pointless or painful they can turn into God’s most productive workroom. How can we change our waiting room into a workroom? 1 – Resist the urge to complain and instead fill your situation with praise. Let your pain trigger a praise as you position yourself to let God work on you while you wait 2 – Preoccupy yourself with fulfilling God’s purpose rather than escaping your problem. Embrace the time you have now and stop wishing for the next thing. Enjoy the journey Suffering isn’t a sign that God has left you.Often when things look like they are going the most wrong, God is doing the most good. For every evil, God promises to be with you, hurt with you, and heal with you as you go through it. God works all things for good, even in the suffering. Everything has to happen how it happens for things to work out how God intends. The God who wills evil to happen is the same God who promises to be with you during the suffering. During suffering, you can choose to run to God or run away from God. When you can’t understand what God is doing, look at what he has already done. You see more of Jesus when you suffer. The God who bore Abraham and Sarah a son, is the same God who acts generously when we cry help and is the same God who can bless us with a child. What do you do when you are in the trial? Listen – …I will look to see what he will say to me… Write – …Write down the revelation… Wait – …Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay How do we get out of the trial? Remember what God has done Accept what God is doing Trust what God will do What you pray for reflects what you believe about God What we need are eyes to see and ears to hear how the Lord is leading us, as we trust Him for the future. We receive deep within ourselves the hard lessons of desert wandering along with the bright hope of a promised deliverer. Just as we know the sun will rise without fail every dawn, we can fully trust the love of God in moments of darkness. A seed of promise may be planted, and although it remains buried and invisible for an indefinite period, it can be watered through prayer until the sprout breaks through the surface Whenever He delays, remember that He’s always faithful and will provide for us in the best possible way at the perfect time. We can put our hope in the Lord and and expect that his promise of strength will help us to rise above our trials So often as Christians, we pray prayers and when they aren’t answered right away we begin to grow weary and impatient. What we don’t understand as humans is when we pray for one specific thing, God does 10,000 things to answer our prayer. So while we are waiting, we need to keep walking, because while we are praying for one thing (a baby), God is doing 10,000 to make the one thing happen. He is sovereign over everything, even our time and schedules. He is more interested in developing character than He is in making sure our schedules run according to plans. It’s during even the small delays that He teaches us obedience, patience, faith, an effective prayer life, and peace all while we rest in His sovereignty. It’s a daily commitment to look towards God for peace and strength. Not once a year, or weekly, but daily. When we look to Him, the author of our lives, He gives us strength. He renews us. He gives us strength. He lifts us up with wings like eagles. It’s clear that when we seek God wholeheartedly, He will close doors. But, as many times as He says no, it won’t even compare to the amount of times He tells us yes. We must have an attitude and perspective like David. When God closes doors, we need to praise Him. What if we asked “why me”? every time God blesses us, instead of only asking “why me”? every time He says no? We shouldn’t blame Him for the bad things, but instead give Him glory for the good things. Desperation is normal. Reflection is helpful. Humility is essential. Praise is never contingent. Truth is overlooked. Ask in Prayer Read God’s word Obedience through faith Jesus is coming back God causes all things to work together for our good We can groan as we wait Hope involves weak prayers Childlike Faith Believes the following: 1 – Our God Can – We overcome obstacles by having a childlike faith and believe God can do anything. 2 – Our God Will – Often, we believe God can, but don’t believe God will. 3 – Even if God doesn’t, I still believe. Childlike faith is big enough to handle it when God says no. 1- Trust in the Lord with all Your Heart- We know absolute truth exists because God always tells the truth. 2 – Lean not on our own understanding – We should put all our weight and rest in Him. 3 – Acknowledge Him in all your ways – We need to turn every area of life over to God. And, what is the result when we do these 3 things? God promises us that He will make our paths straight. Why does this story matter? 1 -It demonstrates the magnitude of a defining moment. 2 – Symbolic for all the impossible things we are believing God for. 3 – It presents us with a paradigm with a whole new way to pray. 4 – It teaches us that asking and acting go hand in hand. When asking for a miracle, instead of saying “why bother?” we are going to say “just believe.” Three great questions to ask when we are trying to control something. 1- Is it worth my concern? 2 – Is it mine to control 3 – Is it for God alone? Instead of spending time figuring out “why” we should invest our time getting to know God more. Take Heart, He has overcome the world! The victory has already been won, and because of that, we can claim the peace of Christ while we wait! When we are waiting on something and it doesn’t happen right away, it might feel like God is saying “no”, when He is really saying “not yet”. 1 – Consider them as agents of the Enemy to destroy your life and rob your joy. 2 – Turn every anxious and worrisome thought into a prayer 3 – By faith, believe and confess that God is in control and He will always care for you. There is purpose in the waiting. God’s road always leads us somewhere. He doesn’t take us on our journey to waste time or for there to be no purpose. His journeys always have purpose and they always produce character and fruit. You might be one friend away from changing your destiny 3 keys to persevering well 1- Remind Yourself of God’s Character 2- Embrace the Process 3- We are Not Alone The Lord waits until we can’t do anything about our situation, because He wants us to come to Him 1 – Place – God likes to choose the smallest and most inconsequential places to birth miracles 2 – People – God chooses ordinary people to do extraordinary things.\ 3 – Places – God doesn’t birth miracles out of perfect places, he births miracles out of problem places. 4 – Promises – Peace is the presence of God in the midst of problems. Instead of praying out of desperation and telling God what you want from Him, show gratitude. Stop believing the lies and start believing that God can and will heal you. God goes deeper when we are thankful. Shock Sorrow Struggle Surrender Sanctification Service Loss is unavoidable, but grief is a choice Grief is healthy God grieves with us Grief is healed in community Grief takes time Pursue Him more than you pursue the healing and know that no matter what happens Christ will be magnified in your body whether by life or death. Open up to God’s Power Do whatever He tells you Have faith in God Tell God what you think is unfair and painful Appeal to God’s nature Remind God of what He has said Express total trust in God God’s Interruptions are Often Inconvenient God’s Purpose is often different than your plans. God Cares More about You Thank You Do God is Doing More Than You Understand God’s Strength is Made Perfect in Your Weakness Look Beyond the Natural Bring What You Have Choose to Obey We are all designed to give birth to something impossible. Choose to turn your pouts into shouts of joy and praise to the Lord. 3 Principles of Faith: 1- You cannot play it safe and please God 2- As long as you have a guarantee, you don’t have faith 3- To step toward your destiny, you have to step away from your security Be Fearless Be Still Be Watchful Be Quiet Why should we believe God? 1 – Belief Unlocks the Blessing 2 – Unbelief Limits the Blessing It’s easy to believe God when you get in an instant, but what about when you have to take the long way around? Do you believe? What is an offense? Why do we get offended How are we to respond to offenses when they come?