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I had a visual lesson from the Lord recently.

I went to the ocean to be alone with Him,

as I needed an answer for a pressing need.

I sat in the car to read my Bible and talk to my Lord.

There were lots of beautiful billowy light gray clouds,

lots of surfers and lots of people.

After a while I noticed an expanse above the ocean’s horizon,

though not all the way across the horizon.

There was a patch of pastel blue

with a soft pale yellow glow over and around it.

Above this beautiful sight,

there were small white puffy clouds.

I wanted to take a picture of this unusual beauty.

However, I didn’t want the surfers in my photo,

or the people who were milling around.

 

To drive to another spot would have been

the thing to do to remove obstuctions,

but I lingered too long

and the exquisite beauty that was there was gone.

It was as if a window closed

and the gray clouds grew darker

and overcame it.

 Then in a while, it started to rain.

I chided myself for not taking a picture

obstructions and all.

The window did not reopen,

though I waited to see if it would.

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Then I analyzed why I didn’t take the photo.

1) I didn’t want the surfers or the crowd in my pic.

2) I didn’t get out of the car,

I was too comfy;

lazy.

I didn’t want to leave

my comfort zone.

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 I missed my opportunity!

Some things are “time sensitive.”

As I pondered my petition to the Lord,

and was asking Him about it, I asked,

“Lord, have you already answered my prayer?”

Thank You Lord.

 

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Deuteronomy 2:31

I have begun to give;…begin to possess 

We are exhorted to walk with God;

but oftimes God walks very slowly.

But there is another phase of the lesson.

God often waits for us.

We fail many times to receive the blessing He has ready for us,

because we do not go forward with Him.

While we miss much good through not waiting for God,

we also miss much through over-waiting.

There are times when our strength is to sit still,

but there are also times when we are to go forward with a firm step.

There are many Divine promises which are conditioned

upon the beginning of some action on our part.

When we begin to obey,

God will begin to bless us.

Great things were promised to Abraham,

but not one of them could have been obtained by waiting in Chaldea.

He must leave home, friends, and country, and go out into unknown paths

and press on in unfaltering obedience in order to receive the promises.

The ten lepers were told to show themselves to the priest,

and “as they went they were cleansed.”

If they had waited to see the cleansing come in their flesh before they would start,

they would never have seen it.

God was waiting to cleanse them;

and the moment their faith began to work,

the blessing came.

When the Israelites were shut in by a pursuing army at the Red Sea,

they were commanded to “Go forward.”

Their duty was no longer one of waiting,

but of rising up from bended knees and going forward

in the way of heroic faith.

They were commanded to show their faith at another time

by beginning their march over the Jordan

while the river ran to its widest banks.

 

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The key to unlock the gate

into the Land of Promise

they held in their own hands,

and the gate would not turn on its hinges

until they had approached it and unlocked it.

That key was faith.

We are set to fight certain battles.

We say we can never be victorious;

that we never can conquer these enemies;

but, as we enter the conflict,

One comes and fights by our side,

and through Him we are more than conquerors.

If we had waited, trembling and fearing,

for our Helper to come before

we would join the battle,

we should have waited in vain.

This would have been the over-waiting of unbelief.

God is waiting to pour richest blessings upon you.

Press forward with bold confidence and take what is yours.

“I have begun to give, begin to possess.”

 

–J. R. Miller

In recent months my husband and I were praying

about a momentous decision in our lives.

As I prayed, I felt a sense of urgency,

as if I lingered too long,

the window of opportunity would close

as it did with my ocean experience above.

 

Perhaps the Lord is speaking to you.

If the Lord is bidding you wait,

Wait!

If the Lord is bidding you go,

Go!

Don’t delay!

Escape for your life!

 

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A wonderful resource is

“The Grace Awakening,”

by Charles R. Swindoll

it’s an inspiring

read about God’s greatest gift to mankind:

 

G R A C E

 

For by grace are ye saved through faith…it is the gift of God…

 

 

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Posted February 17, 2015 by Nin Ashmore in Uncategorized

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