The Promise Walk Is About Waiting

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My life’s verse was given to me when I was 19 and in the hospital.

but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31

The “wait” is active.

It’s hoping so intensely that action explodes from the hope. It’s looking for the renewal. It’s flexing muscles and feeling the new strength. It’s dreaming of soaring with the eagles. It’s buying running shoes. It’s getting a Fitbit in anticipation of the walk.

It’s all consuming. It’s the name of this blog.

It’s waiting on the Lord.

It’s a promise.

It’s worthy of renewing, mounting up, running, and walking.

I’ve been a Christian for more than 50 years, and I’ve learned to be content in the waiting, trusting that God is in control. And in the waiting, there is much for me to do. After God told Keith, my husband, and me that He was going to heal me of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, we waited two years. Those two years were filled with prayers thanking the Lord for His healing, consuming the Scriptures and books on healing, and walking with God. The wait was intense, filled with gratitude, and anticipation of what it would feel like to be well.

The word “wait” appears 106 times in the Bible. God must value waiting.

Abraham waited 25 years for the promise of Isaac. The Israelites waited for centuries for the Messiah, and God brought Jesus to them at just the right time.

Jesus came into the world as a poor child. He waited to accomplish the work that He came to do. He grew as a child in truth and grace … waiting and preparing for His ministry and for the cross. His mother pushed Him to take care of the wine at the marriage of Cana, and He responded that His time was not yet. When His disciples encouraged Him to go to Jerusalem, He told them that His time had not yet arrived.

Today’s world is focused upon instant gratification. We are able to contact our friends and families instantly through our cell phones and the Internet. Businesses are focused upon providing quality products more conveniently and faster.

Sometimes, we shift that instantaneous approach to our Christian lives, and we’re disappointed that we are not instantly changed. We’re not instantly “holy.” We’re not instantly possessors of God’s promises for us.

The Christian life is not like a business transaction.

It’s a Promise Walk.

A slow walk.

A meditation walk.

A power walk.

A walk waiting for God.

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My prayer

Father of the Promise, thank You for Your great grace. Thank You for showing us throughout Your Word that You are waiting on Your children. Through the waiting, You have chosen to reveal Yourself to us. Bless, we pray, Your followers with the knowledge of the value of waiting in Your presence.  We love You, Lord.

 

How’s your soul today?

Delighting in God

In a sermon in Chicago, A. W. Tozer asked the congregation to pray for him. He asked that they would pray that God would help him live long enough to write a book on the attributes of God devotionally. The Knowledge of the Holy was the answer to that prayer. The Knowledge of the Holy was the last book that Tozer wrote, but he intended to follow the book with Delighting in God. James Snyder, a recognized authority on the life and ministry of Tozer, compiled and edited Delighting in God from Tozer’s sermons, most preached after the publication of The Knowledge of the Holy.

The purpose of this book: to be faithful to point out that the evangelical church today has some serious spiritual problems, the primary one being a loss of the perception of God that has been its hallmark since its inception. (p. 58)
This book is a call to the church, especially to the American church, to return to its first love. Tozer asserts that today’s church has slipped into a Christianity that is mediocre and lacks the passion of the “saints of old.”
In the evangelical church, we seem to have a great deal of passion for everything but God. We look around for activities that consume the resources of our lives. Instead of looking around at the world, we need to look up to the source of our redemption. We are so caught up with all the modern gadgets and methods that we have lost our passion for God. (p. 20)
Tozer is concerned with the church’s worship. Today’s worship, implied by Tozer, is similar to entertainment and a means to “whip up” an emotional experience. He loves the old hymns that celebrate the deep truths of the Christian walk. Each chapter ends with a hymn that depicts the subject.
This book is a call to action to Christians to examine their walk with God based upon their perception of God, asking if their God is too small.
Becoming a Christian is not just nodding to a few truths and then saying, “I accept Jesus.”  It is infusing into your life the divine power, the same power that raised Jesus from the dead. This is the tremendous work of the Holy Spirit to bring you into the divine world of redemption. (p. 18)
The Pursuit of God and The Knowledge of the Holy are special books to me. The Pursuit of God, came to me at a very low time in my life. Fibromyalgia had wrecked my body and destroyed my hope. The Holy Spirit used Tozer’s call to pursue God at all cost to redirect my eyes from fibromyalgia to the magesty of God, so that I wanted nothing else, not even healing. Just God … deeper … more intimate. God was sufficient.
When my cry became “I want more of You, God,” the Lord healed me of fibromyalgia.
God can heal the church today.
Delighting in God is another plea from Tozer to understand that God is bigger than we perceive.  Like the saints of old delighted in God, we can delight in God who is bigger than we can imagine or understand. The Holy Spirit can kindle our  desire for God to cause us to want Him more than anything else in life.
What if we focused upon the spiritual rather than our worldly activities?
What if we asked our Christian brothers and sisters “How’s your soul this Sunday morning?” rather than “Who won the game last night?”
 Might our hearts pant after God “as the deer pants after the water brooks?” (p. 198)
How’s your soul today?
I received Delighting in God from Baker Publishing Group for my honest review.

My prayer

Father, thank you for this call to examine my walk with You. Redirect our focus to pursue You at all costs. Deepen our walk with You, and lead us by the right hand as we walk in Your power and Your authority. You are all we want, and in You is all we need. We love you, Lord. Amen.

 

God’s love heals fibromyalgia

God healed me as a sign to others of His great love. With the healing, came a passion to point others to Jesus.

May God give you an intense passion to draw near to Him and to be bold in proclaiming His great love for the world.

My prayer

Father, thank You for Your great love for the world. Increase our thirst for You. Empower us as we read Your Word. May Your children’s love  abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that they may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. Philippians 1:9-11

5 years healed!

Guitar KiteA stranger walked up to me and gave me this heavy kite.

 
Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth
Does not become weary or tired.
His understanding is inscrutable.
He gives strength to the weary,
And to him who lacks might He increases power.
Though youths grow weary and tired,
And vigorous young men stumble badly,
Yet those who wait for the LORD
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary. Isaiah 40:28-31
When I was 19 and in the hospital, a Methodist minister blessed me by introducing me to Isaiah 40:31. It soon became my life verse. It became God’s promise to me as I struggled with an unknown disease. In 2001, I learned that it was celiac, and I am able to control it through diet.
Unlike the celiac, when fibromyalgia was triggered in my body around 1995, I was unable to control the symptoms. Fibromyalgia is a savage condition. It zapped my energy, stole my memory, and smacked me with pain.
I went from one doctor to another, from pills to injections, from diet cures to supplement cures. I was sustained for awhile, but in 2010, I deteriorated to the point where my doctor wanted me to go on disability, but I refused. He then reduced my work week. I continued to get worse.
I prayed, I cried, I questioned, I read.
Father, I thought You had work for me to do in my job! I can’t do the work like I am.
Silence.
Okay, Father, I’ll resign myself to bed. You must want me to suffer graciously and be a testimony that way.
On Saturday, November 20, 2010, I gave up. I decided to resign from work.
On Sunday, Keith drove us to church. Head on the headrest, I turned my face toward him.
There’s that healing service tonight. Want to go?
Sure.
No discussions followed.
Our church and another church sponsored the event; we were church leaders, so we went.
The praise music was incredible, and the Holy Spirit blessed the people tremendously.
The minister called for those with hearing problems to come forward for prayer. One of our friends came back crying … his deaf ear now heard.
The minister called for those with sight problems to come forward for prayer. One of our church members returned seeing perfectly, although she was scheduled for cataract surgery the following Tuesday.
When the minister called for those with chronic pain to go forward, Keith grabbed my arm and marched me right up to the front.
God used that man’s touch to pour His peace, His healing into me and onto Keith.
Five years ago today, the Lord worked a mighty miracle in my body and my spirit, confirmed a miracle by my doctor.
Five years ago today, I received a new life, a new freedom, a new peace, and new strength.

Four gifts God gave me on November 21, 2010

  1. New life. I told someone yesterday that I was always “pretty puny … until now.” I was limited by my sicknesses. Today, I am only limited by self-inflicted limitations. My God is limitless.
  2. New freedom. Since I was healed, God gave me the freedom to be bold about proclaiming His goodness, His works, and His promises. He has given me the freedom to recognize the works He is doing in others and the opportunities to point them to Jesus. My God frees me to be bold.
  3. New peace. The Lord’s healing filled me with His peace, a peace beyond understanding, a peace in the midst of the storm. My God pours out His peace.
  4. New strength. On January 1, 2011, just five weeks after the Lord’s healing, I ran on the beach flying a heavy kite that a stranger walked up to me and gave me a kite. Six months after the Lord’s healing, I climbed half-way up the Great Wall of China (half-way due to lack of time). My God restores strength.

God answers prayer in His timing. Wait upon the Lord expecting Him to act, and He will work wonders beyond your imagination in and through you.

My prayer

Father, thank You for answering the prayers of Your children. Thank You for working in our lives, for restoring our strength, pouring out Your peace, freeing us to be bold, and showing us our self-limiting attitudes. Bless these readers with Your healing touch that strengthens their lives, their dreams, and their intimacy with You. We love You, Lord.

This week, ask God to free you to be bold for Him.

Please share how God is working in your life with readers.

Pursue righteousness passionately

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Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Matthew 5:6
In the first three Beatitudes, Jesus focused upon His followers’ recognition of their emptiness: “poor in spirit,” “mournful over sin,” and “meek, not defending ourselves.”
As a result of our emptiness, we crave something to fill us.
Like Isaiah when he saw God, we must come to the realization that God is holy and we are unclean.
“Woe is me! For I am lost; for 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, the LORD of hosts!” Isaiah 6:5

To hunger is to “crave ardently,” and those who thirst “painfully feel their want of, and eagerly long for, those things by which the soul is refreshed, supported, strengthened …” according to Thayer’s Greek Lexicon.

This fourth Beatitude tells us what will satisfy that craving … righteousness.

Twice in the Beatitudes, Jesus mentions “righteousness,” and three more times in the rest of His Sermon on the Mount. Righteousness is important to Jesus.
Jesus tells us that our righteousness must exceed that of the religious leaders. The righteousness that we hunger and thirst for cannot be found in rituals, traditions, or things that the world values.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you. … Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.'” Matthew 6:33-35
Righteousness is found in Jesus.

“you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption,” 1 Corinthians 1:30

 When I had fibromyalgia, I craved a day without pain. I went on special diets, tried new supplements, and even tried some risky medicines, all for a day or two without pain. And yet, during those nights of sleeplessness, I found myself praying to see God’s glory, to get closer to Him. The more pain, the more of His presence I felt.
Delight yourself in the LORD,
and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4
As I delighted in the Lord’s presence, my heart’s desires changed, and my prayers changed. I craved more of God. During this time, I was reading A.W. Tozer’s The Pursuit of God, nothing to do with healing, and yet, everything to do with healing. I began pursuing God.
I was hungry and thirsty for more of God. I couldn’t get enough of Him.
God gave me more than a physical healing; He gave me more of Him. He gave me a keener sense of His working in and around my life.
I know that the Beatitude says that those who hunger and thirst for righteousness will be satisfied, and I know that we will be satisfied in heaven, but on this earth, I don’t want to be satisfied. I want to continue to pursue God and ask Him for more of Himself, so that I can point people to Jesus.
“Make it the passion and the hunger and the thirst of your life to do great acts of righteousness.” John Piper
How are you pursuing righteousness?
Please share this post with others and make the pursuit of God your passion.
My prayer:
Father, thank You for the hunger and thirst for You that has  been placed in our hearts. May our passion for righteousness cause us to work great acts of righteousness that will point people to You. To You be all the glory, majesty and honor! Amen

Need a miracle? What will you do with it?

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I waited patiently for the LORD; He inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry pit, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD. Psalm 40:1-3

Alone … tired … hurting.

God, help me!

Waiting.

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He lifted me out of my bed of sickness and gave me a new song to sing. Praise to my King!

Why?

So that others would see the difference in me and respect God. So that others would know that He is their Healer, their great God.

God healed me of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome on November 21, 2010, confirmed a miracle by my doctor.

Six months later, I climbed half-way up the Great Wall of China. Limited by time, otherwise, I would have made it to the top. All marveled, even those who have not put their trust in the Lord.

You have multiplied, O LORD my God, Your wondrous deeds and Your thoughts toward us; none can compare with You! I will proclaim and tell of them, yet they are more than can be told. Psalm 40:5

My prayer:

Father, may these dear readers know Your great love and see You at work in their lives. Give them a new song of praise, Lord Jesus. Fill them with hope as they wait on Your mighty works in their lives, and they will proclaim Your goodness.

What are you waiting on God to bring to your life?
What will you do with that miracle?
Will you sing praise to God and proclaim His goodness?