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And not only so, but let us have joy in our troubles: in the knowledge that trouble gives us the power of waiting. And waiting gives experience; and experience, hope: and hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
Romans 5:4-5

I find the hardest things in life is “waiting.” It truly is one of the hardest things for me to do, that is… to “wait.” Oh, I hate waiting. Ask my wife Christina, she’ll tell you. Especially when it comes to restaurants. We finally decide where to dine out and when we finally get to our destination, there it is… the dreaded line and, we wait. But, not me… I see the line and I run.

How many of us run when it comes to waiting?

Waiting is a big part of God’s WORD.
I can count at least 33 Scriptures on waiting: Genesis 49:18, Psalm 25:3, Psalm 25:4-5, Psalm 25:21, Psalm 27:14, Psalm 31:24,Psalm 33:20, 22, Psalm 37:7, 9, Psalm 37:34, Psalm 40:1, Psalm 59:9, Psalm 62:1, Psalm 62:5-6, Psalm 106:13, Psalm 130:5-6, Isaiah 8:17, Isaiah 25:9, Isaiah 26:8-9, Isaiah 30:18, Isaiah 40:31, Isaiah 49:23, Isaiah 64:4, Lamentations 3:25, Lamentations 3:26, Micah 7:7, Hosea 12:6.

And, I am sure there are many more Scripture’s not mentioned above on waiting, but as you can see, waiting is very important. The fact is, waiting is a big part of God’s plan for us. And, that’s what I believe Paul was trying to say when we read Romans 5:4-5, “And not only so, but let us have joy in our troubles: in the knowledge that trouble gives us the power of waiting. And waiting gives experience; and experience, hope: and hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

You may be going through a fire right now, but the Lord will get you through it as long as you trust in Him and His will. That’s the hardest part of waiting, for me is, that waiting on whatever it is, usually is not of my will in why I wait, it is the will of the Lord. We all must wait for our Lord, El Shaddai (God Almighty) to get us through whatever it is.

So, wait on the Lord, rest in His comfort and be assured that God will help you in the areas you need it most as long as you call upon Him for guidance. Keep your eyes focused upon the Lord and you will not sink. I am not saying you will not suffer, no. I am not saying you will never have, “fires,” again… no. I am saying that these “fires” will affect you less and less while you are strengthened by our Lord more and more as you continue to do His will.

God bless you all as we all wait on the Lord!

Brother Jonathan

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Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.
Romans 5:1–2

A wealthy, well-dressed man was walking down the street when he passed a homeless man. He stopped for a second, turned around, and said, “Excuse me. You look familiar. Do we know each other?” The man said, “Yeah, I’m Steve. English—third period. Remember?”

“I do remember you, Steve.” The man could see that his former classmate had fallen on hard times. So he pulled out his checkbook and wrote a check for $500. He said, “Listen, I want you to have this. Let the past be in the past. I want to give you a fresh start. I hope this helps.” Then he turned and left.

The next day, he walked down the same street and found Steve still there. When he asked what happened, Steve told him, “Well, actually I never cashed the check. I went down to the bank, saw all of those well-dressed people, and I thought they would take one look at me, think that I forged this check, and refuse to give me the money. I just didn’t think it would work. So I didn’t cash the check.”

The man said, “What makes that check good is not your clothes or your appearance. What makes that check good is my signature. Now go and cash it.”

In the same way, our worthiness is not what gives us access to God. It is based on the signature of Jesus Christ, written in His blood over our lives when He gave us salvation. We don’t have to live in constant fear of what God thinks about us. We don’t have to do things to earn His approval. We don’t have to worry about where we will spend eternity. This is all covered in Christ—and this is what God has done for each of us. But… Remember, my dear brothers and sisters, just because our sins are covered with the Blood of Christ doesn’t mean it’s a free-for-all in sin.  The Lord needs you to lose yourself, turn away from sin and to the Lord instead.  If you fall, He will always be there to pick you back up and get you going again.

Today, remember, it is not by your deed’s that gives you Salvation… it is by the Blood of Christ. You can never earn approval from God by your works only. It has to be a combination of several things, but it starts with faith and it all starts from your heart.

May you all find comfort in the Lord today. 

Brother Jonathan

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