Is timing an issue for you? It certainly has been for me. God speaks a promise to me and like a crazy woman I get to figuring how I can make it happen. But now I’m finally learning to slow down and ask the all important question: Is that a right now word and a foreshadowing of what is to come?
You, too, should be in the regular habit of asking yourself that very important question as it is critical to you understanding God’s timing. As we often forget God exists outside of time, so for Him when He speaks, it is so. When Moses asked God who he should say sent him, God simply replied tell them, “I AM that I AM” (translated from the Hebrew phrase ehyeh asher ehyeh). Which can also be stated: I was, I am, and I shall always be! See what I mean, outside of time. Therefore exercising wisdom and discerning God’s timing accurately is crucial.
In 2010 I sensed that Lord telling me that entire congregations would do the Surrender Fast. In my zeal I hastily began connecting with Senior Pastors hoping they would do the fast Jan. 1. 2011. I sent letters, made phone calls, mail complementary books and after ALL that work not one Pastor decided to do the fast.
So what was that all about? It’s was about me being in rush to make God’s plan a reality. In hindsight I can see how unprepared I really was. At that point I was flying solo, but now there is a team that works with Dr. Celeste Owens Ministries including my husband and co-founder Andel. God knew what was to come and needed for me to wait.
But that was then and this is now. Recently a Pastor of a church in Washington, D.C. contacted me. She wants her entire church to do the Surrender Fast in October! She found out about the fast on FB. That was a God set-up and He gets all the glory.
So here are a few tips for discerning whether God’s promises are for now or later:
- You aren’t prepared. In 7th grade I heard God speak to my spirit that I would be a psychologist. I was 12. That was definitely not a right-now word.
- You don’t have a clear understanding of the promise. About a year ago woman came to me and said that God told her to tell me, that I was “the replacement.” It took me all of two seconds to deduce that promise to Oprah is retiring her show, I am about to get a talk show. Ha! I crack myself up. Clearly I didn’t understand the meaning behind those words (and still don’t for that matter). So it would behoove me wait for more clarity.
- You don’t have the resources or tools. Take Abraham for example. God told him that he would be the father of many nations, yet at the time he didn’t have an heir and Sarah his wife was barren. He clearly wasn’t in the position to fulfill that promise.
Therefore my friend instead of worrying yourself into a frenzy, use today to prepare for tomorrow. Though the vision tarries, it’s only for a while, He will do just what He said. Habakkuk 2:4 reads,
“Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it. 3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry.
Furthermore, Joshua 21:45 reads, “Not one word of all the good promises that the LORD had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass.”
As an aside, this post is not a license for those who are procrastinating to continue to do nothing; you know what God wants you to do. I just have one word for you: JONAH.
For all others, be encouraged. All of God’s good promises will come to pass. If not now, than later. But in the meantime prepare, prepare, prepare.
Remember with God all things are possible,
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