2 Steps begin the Promise Walk

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Gathering them together, He [Jesus] commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, “Which,” He said, “you heard of from Me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”Acts 1:4-5
Have you noticed that God has established an order to the Christian walk?
  • He reveals Himself to us. God walked with Adam and Eve in the cool of the garden.
  • We accept His free gift of salvation. All who who receive the Holy Spirit will be forgiven.
  • He gives us guidance. Noah found favor from the Lord, and God told him to build an ark.

The Christian walk is strewn with brightly colored jewels and nuggets waiting to be polished, promises. Our eyes may not be trained to look for the jewels, and the emeralds may blend in with the green grass while the rubies appear to be roses.

Step 1: Study the Bible

It’s the same with God’s promises. The Word of God reveals the promises that He has for us. The Christian is called to meditate on the Word of God, as Joshua was commanded. We need to understand the context of the promises as well as the recipients. Steeped in prayer, we wait upon the Holy Spirit to reveal God’s promises to us.

Jesus tells the disciples in John 14, 15, and 16 that the Father will send the Holy Spirit to teach them, reveal the truth to them, and to guide them.
“But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. John 16:13

The Bible reveals how God’s people recognized the promises set before them. God gave Eve the promise of a Savior, Abraham the promise of a land and descendants, and Christians the promise of a new heaven and new earth.

Many promises lie within the Bible, and they wait upon God’s followers to discover and cherish.

Step 2: Wait on the Promise

Waiting is active, not passive; it’s hopeful expectation.

After Jesus ascended into heaven, the disciples waited in the Upper Room. They weren’t just sitting and wondering when the Holy Spirit would come. They devoted themselves to prayer; they chose Matthias as the twelfth disciple to replace Judas, and they expected the Holy Spirit to come upon them and give them power in God’s perfect timing.

The LORD is good to those who wait for Him,
To the person who seeks Him. Lamentations 3:25

Notice, the person seeks God as he waits for the Lord.

Throughout the Bible, followers of God waited upon Him to act.

  • Joshua and his warriors walked around the walls of Jericho for seven days. They stared at the problem, the walls and the soldiers watching them from atop the walls. They walked in silence and waited upon the Lord. The seventh time around the walls on the seventh day, God acted, and the walls tumbled down.
  • Joseph waited upon the Lord in the pit, in Potiphar’s house, in the prison, and in the palace. God brought Joseph’s family to him and saved a country, in His time.

My prayer:

Father, teach us how to study the Bible, so that we recognize the promises You have placed there for us. Holy Spirit, guide us in our Promise Walk. We wait in eager expectation for the treasured promises and what they will bring.

Write in the Comment Section what steps you will take to discover God’s promises for you.

Are you waiting on the Lord?

Eagle small
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
To wait for the LORD, Yahweh, means to look for expectantly, to lie in wait. It’s an active waiting.
Throughout the Bible, followers of God waited upon Him to act.
Joshua and his warriors walked around the walls of Jericho for seven days. They stared at the problem, the walls and the soldiers watching them from atop the walls. They walked in silence and waited upon the Lord. The seventh time around the walls on the seventh day, God acted, and the walls tumbled down.
Joseph waited upon the Lord in the pit, in Potiphar’s house, in the prison, and in the palace. God brought Joseph’s family to him and saved a country, in His time.
The disciples waited in an upper room for the power of the Holy Spirit. Fifty days after Jesus rose, the Holy Spirit rested upon the disciples, and 3,000 souls were saved.
Waiting upon the LORD produces results we cannot accomplish in our own might. We gain new strength; we soar above our problems; we run as Elijah ran without fatigue; and we walk through the valley of the shadow of death and do not become weary.
Are you waiting upon the LORD? What are you expecting?

My prayer:

Father, thank You for Your promise of renewed strength if we wait upon You. Give us Your strength, Your endurance, Your grace. Empower us to soar above our problems to touch Your glory.

Waiting to enter the joy of the Lord

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For You are the God of my salvation. For You I wait all the day. Psalm 25:5

Mama is waiting on the Lord.

She’s waiting for Jesus to say “Come.”

Come to heaven.

Come to the joy of the Lord.

Come and be healed.

Come, I’ll wipe your tears away.

Come and see My glory.

Come.

Mama has served the Lord for almost a century; she has taken what Jesus gave her and multiplied it into a fragrant garden. She is still bestowing lavendar grace, lily-white goodness,  rose-petal joy, and bird-of-paradise Good News to her family, her neighbors, her friends, and her caregivers.

Her smile exudes God’s grace and love.

When the waiting is complete, Mama will behold Jesus’ face and say:

“Master, you entrusted five talents to me. See, I have gained five more talents.” Matthew 25:21

Jesus will say, “Well done, good and faithful servant, You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.”

I look forward to seeing what Mama has in store for her when she enters that joy.

My prayer:

Thank You Lord for the privilege of knowing Mama intimately. I entrust her to You. Show her Your glory, and escort her to the dwelling place that You have prepared especially for her.

What are you noticing as you wait on God?

Gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, ‘Which,’ He said, ‘you heard of from Me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now. … but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you,  Acts 1:4-8a

Jesus told His followers to wait in Jerusalem for the promise of the Holy Spirit. This promise would give them power.

His followers waited in expectation on the promise in the Upper Room in Jerusalem, but their waiting was active. Acts tells us that they devoted themselves to prayer. They also appointed a replacement for Judas.

After the Lord impressed upon Keith and me that I would be healed of fibromyalgia, we waited in expectation, too.

We actively waited.

  • We prayed.
  • We studied the Bible.
  • We studied books on healing.
  • I worked with my doctor, and we tried new medications.
  • I tried new techniques of coping with the pain and fatigue.
  • We thanked God for the healing.

But it took time; days, weeks, months, and even years.

“Did the Lord promise to heal me?”

I’m sure that the followers of Jesus waited in that Upper Room waiting … waiting … expecting … wondering if they heard Jesus correctly.

“Did Jesus really tell us to wait?”

In Waiting on God, Andrew Murray wrote:

Come, and however feeble you feel, just wait in His presence. As a feeble, sickly invalid is brought out into the sunshine to let its warmth go through him, come with all that is dark and cold in you into the sunshine of God’s holy, omnipotent love, and sit and wait there, with the one thought: Here I am, in the sunshine of His love. As the sun does its work in the weak one who seeks its rays, God will do His work in you.

My prayer for you:

Father, we are waiting on Your healing presence in our lives. We are waiting in expectation of Your promises. Teach us to bask in Your light and all powerful love. Work in us Your plans for us, Your healing touch. Here we are, waiting for the power You are pouring out on Your children. Thank you, Father of Lights. To You be the glory!

Share your insights:

As you wait on the Lord, focus on His glory, His power, His promises, and share what He has shown you.

Waiting on the Lord for healing

“Gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, ‘Which,’ He said, ‘you heard of from Me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now. … but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, ‘” Acts 1:4-8a

Jesus told His followers to wait in Jerusalem for the promise of the Holy Spirit. This promise would give them power.

His followers waited in expectation on the promise in the Upper Room in Jerusalem, but their waiting was active. Acts tells us that they devoted themselves to prayer. They also appointed a replacement for Judas.

After the Lord impressed upon Keith and me that I would be healed of fibromyalgia, we waited in expectation, too.

We actively waited.

  • We prayed.
  • We studied the Bible.
  • We studied books on healing.
  • I worked with my doctor, and we tried new medications.
  • I tried new techniques of coping with the pain and fatigue.
  • We thanked God for the healing.

But it took time; days, weeks, months, and even years.

“Did the Lord promise to heal me?”

I’m sure that the followers of Jesus waited in that Upper Room waiting … waiting … expecting … wondering if they heard Jesus correctly.

“Did Jesus really tell us to wait?”

In Waiting on God, Andrew Murray wrote: “Come, and however feeble you feel, just wait in His presence. As a feeble, sickly invalid is brought out into the sunshine to let its warmth go through him, come with all that is dark and cold in you into the sunshine of God’s holy, omnipotent love, and sit and wait there, with the one thought: Here I am, in the sunshine of His love. As the sun does its work in the weak one who seeks its rays, God will do His work in you.”

My prayer for you:

Father, we are waiting on Your healing presence in our lives. We are waiting in expectation of Your promises. Teach us to bask in Your light and all powerful love. Work in us Your plans for us, Your healing touch. Here we are, waiting for the power You are pouring out on Your children. Thank you, Father of Lights. To You be the glory!

Share your insights:

As you wait on the Lord this week, focus on His glory, His power, His promises, and share what He has shown you.