As I shared on July 2, 2014, in the Fast Wednesday blog, and continued to meditate on it the week of July 9, I was at the point where I was really beginning to get weary and making some small, costly mistakes in various areas of my life and I was very happy that vacation time was planned and upon me…though vacation began July 3, I don’t feel as though it officially started until today, July 16…thanks for bearing with me.
Last time I posted, I asked: Question: Do you ever feel weary even though you are achieving great successes? Let us know!
Thanks to all of you who took the time to share…here’s one sample:
This email genuinely gave me encouragement and ties into the quote for today which has emphasize on “delay.”
“Greatness does not happen overnight; it happens over time. Do not let DELAY weary you out of greatness.” Bishop Dale C. Bronner
How many of us feel sometimes that God has Forgotten us or Why Does God Delay in Answering Prayer?” … here’s food for thought from Pastor Charles Stanley, In Touch Ministries:
“Scripture makes it clear that our heavenly Father hears and answers prayer. Yet we all experience times when, though we pray for God to act right away, He does not. What are some reasons for the delay? At times the Lord sees that our attention is misdirected. Our relationship with Him should have priority over any earthly matter (Mark 12:30). Yet minds and prayers can become so fixed upon a need that our gaze shifts away from Him. The Father may delay His answer until we refocus on Him. In other situations, God waits because the timing is not right for granting our request. Perhaps certain events must happen first, or people’s thinking needs to be changed. There are also seasons when the Lord wants to stretch and grow our faith. One of the ways He accomplishes that is by having us watch for His response. The Holy Spirit will work in these times of waiting to mature us and bring forth righteous fruit (Galatians 5:22-23). Other reasons are a wrong motive for our request (James 4:3) and the practice of habitual sin. We all fall short when it comes to God’s standard of holiness, but some of us persist in a lifestyle of disobedience. The Lord may delay His answer so He can prompt us to confess our sin and turn back to Him.
Waiting on the Lord isn’t easy—faith and trust are needed (Hebrews 11:1). If His answer is delayed, check that 1) your focus is on Him, 2) your motive for asking is God-honoring, and 3) you aren’t practicing habitual sin. Then believe that His response will be for your good and His glory.”
In summary then: 1) Don’t Lose Sight of your Goals When Delayed 2) Don’t Become so Weary that you Lose Focus and 3) Don’t Forget the Real Purpose or Heart of the Matter at Hand.
Critical Scripture from previous post:
I am not forgotten I am not forgotten I am not forgotten God knows my name he knows my name.
O Lord, let the heavens speak of Your glory; send forth new rains of seasonal harvest to supply every need in my life (Psalms 97). Every resource necessary for me to fulfill God’s original purpose for my finance, ministry, business, family, etc, comes to me without delay. I call forth every resource from the east, west, south and north– and every continent therein. Lord, open the portals and make ways for them to find me. I decree I am a magnet for success, and I magnetize only those who are assigned to assist me for my ministry, business, and finance. I am a game changer. In your name, AMEN.
Debra J. Ellis
The key ingredient is that we are doing this together as sisters, of all ages, in the Lord, both chronologically and spiritually in accordance to: A God-Filled Life Titus 2:3-5 “Guide older women into lives of reverence so they end up as neither gossips nor drunks, but models of goodness. By looking at them, the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives. We don’t want anyone looking down on God’s Message because of their behavior.” Note: Please share Fast Wednesdays with your friends and/or send me names to add to the distribution list. For now, I will post in three places: email (firstname.lastname@example.org), Facebook (Debra Fuller Ellis) and blog in Word Press: https://fastwednesdays.wordpress.com/