How much Longer?

For those that are tired of waiting:

We have read throughout the Bible many examples of Biblical characters having to wait on the appointed time of God for things/situations to change that they have prayed for. For example Isaac prayed to God for his wife Rebekah because she was barren.

(Genesis 25:20-21) “And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah to wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padan–aram, the sister to Laban the Syrian.  {21} And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived.”

God answered Isaac’s prayer, but it took 20 years of them praying to the Lord for a child for it to come to pass. Isaac was 60 years old when Rebekah bare their children.

(Genesis 25:24-26) “¶ And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb.  {25} And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau.  {26} And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau’s heel; and his name was called Jacob: and Isaac was threescore years old when she bare them.”

This is a great reminder to have confidence and patience when we pray, God hears us (Psalms 34:17). 1 John 5:14-15 says, “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:  {15} And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” 1 John 3:21-22 says, “Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.  {22} And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.”

Whatever your situation may be, whatever you may be waiting on just keep waiting. I know waiting for an answer can feel like walking through a desert. It is dry, frustrating, and tiring and all you want to know if it’s going to rain any time soon. You may feel like you can’t go on, but be encouraged in your wait it will happen in God’s appointed time. God’s timing is perfect and knowing that should make you smile.

(Psalms 27:14) “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.”

All scriptures are KJV only.

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“How can you know that you are saved?”

A two-year-old boy was once staring at a heater, fascinated by its bright orange glow. His father saw him and warned, “Don’t touch that heater, son. It may look pretty, but it’s hot.” The little boy believed him, and moved away from the heater. Some time later, after his father had left the room, the boy thought, “I wonder if it really is hot.” He then reached out to touch it and see for himself. The second his flesh burned, he stopped believing it was hot; he now knew it was hot! He had moved out of the realm of belief into the realm of experience.

Christians believed in God’s existence before their conversion. However, when they obeyed the Word of God, turned from their sins, and embraced Jesus Christ, they stopped merely believing. The moment they reached out and touched the heater bar of God’s mercy, they moved out of belief into the realm of experience. This experience is so radical, Jesus referred to it as being “born again.” The Bible says that those who don’t know God are spiritually dead (Ephesians 2:1; 4:18). We are born with physical life, but not spiritual life. Picture unbelievers as corpses walking around who, by repenting and placing their faith in Christ, receive His very life. There is a radical difference between a corpse and a living, breathing human, just as there is when sinners pass from spiritual death to life. The apostle Paul said if you are “in Christ,” you are a brand new creature (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Those who now have God’s Spirit living in them will love what He loves and desire to do His will; they will have a hunger for His Word, a love for other believers, and a burden for the lost. The Holy Spirit also confirms in their spirit that they are now children of God (Romans 8:16). Those who believe on the name of the Son of God can know that they have eternal life (1 John 5:12,13).

Paul wrote to the church at Corinth, “My speech and my preaching were not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God” (1 Corinthians 2:4,5). What Paul was saying was, “I deliberately didn’t talk you into your faith, but I let God’s power transform you.” He didn’t reach them through an intellectual assent, but through the realm of personal experience.

Suppose two people—a heater manufacturer and a skin specialist—walked into the room just after that child had burned his hand on the heater. Both assured the boy that he couldn’t possibly have been burned. But all the experts, theories, and arguments in the world will not dissuade that boy, because of his experience. Those who have been transformed by God’s power need never fear scientific or other arguments, because the man with an experience is not at the mercy of a man with an argument. “For our gospel came not to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit, and in much assurance . . .” (1 Thessalonians 1:5).

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