Pacman Faith

Sunday November 22, 2009

When life doesn’t turn out as you planned, will you believe in the goodness of the Lord? King David said in Psalm 27:13 “I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” In the Hebrew text faint actually means to quit. God’s blessings are for today, in the land of the living. When you want to quit, check your love relationship with Jesus and you’ll find it isn’t very strong at that point. But what keeps you from quitting? Strengthen the love relationship, with God and toward others, and the strength to continue comes through that daily walk with Jesus. In Isaiah 40:28-31 God’s words to you are that He gives and renews strength to the weary as you wait upon Him. But, how do you wait on the Lord? Think about a waiter in a restaurant. That person comes to your table, finds out what you want, comes back to the table often to check with you to see if there is anything else you would like. Be like that waiter and start with these three things to wait on the Lord. First, make the Lord a priority in your daily life. Other things will want to take your attention, but give your attention to the Lord. Second, feed your spirit with the Word. You may need to double your time in the Word. Third, begin again to make a public confession of Him. Purpose in your heart to talk about God. Isaiah 50:4 and James 1:12-17. In situations that cause pain and hurt, wait to hear what the Lord has to say and then use that Word to speak directly into the conflict. The flesh wants to speak pain and hurt, but don’t speak until you’ve heard what the Lord has to say. Don’t make a mistake; don’t allow the pressure to get what you want to become bigger than your service to Him. Every good and perfect gift comes from above. God is always good and you have to believe that of Him. Pastor Dale Armstrong shares a personal testimony of how he wanted to quit and how he wanted to speak out of pain and hurt, but he chose to speak what God showed him to speak and to walk in love. You can’t beat the love of God! Love works! It always works!