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April 26, 2011

God Brings the Increase (at just the right time)...

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Happy Wednesday, Everyone! Susie Larson here!

And to those visiting, I say welcome! I post every Wednesday and my sole purpose is to nourish your soul along the way. Each month I give away a $10.00 Starbucks gift card to someone who posts on my blog. So share a thought or an insight, bless lots of people, and just maybe you'll win a jolt of java for a friend!

Now on to my topic...(this one is a little longer than usual, but I think it's an important word for some):

Lately I've been in awe of God's divine intervention and attention to detail. In years past, there have been a number of specific desires in my heart that I longed to see come to pass; things that only God and my husband knew about, and, well maybe a few close friends. But as with anything worth having, readiness and preparedness take time. God can do anything in an instant, but we are the ones - with our free will and all - that need time to be ready, strengthened and prepared. 

We need time for our faith to grow. When we plant seeds, we can't repeatedly dig them up and pull them out of the ground to see if they are growing. We have to leave them in the ground. Those planted seeds (that we can no longer see) need to be watered by our faith. During the process we must learn to be content with seeing nothing while knowing that God holds everything in His hands, and that He moves on every act prompted by our faith, as the Scripture says.

The truth is, things just take time. Even 'suddenly-moments' take a while to spring forth. But one thing I learned about waiting on God is that He is always good. He always has our highest and best interests at heart. And when we trust Him enough to give Him room to work, He does His best work on our behalf. Truly, His loving attention to detail will woo any heart that loves Him!

Right now, today, I am walking in some of the most detail-specific answers to prayers of faith, prayed back then - years ago - when such things seemed non-existent and impossible. As I am sure is the case with you, the journey to this particular place of promise had its battles of refinement and pain. While I was stationed to the sidelines for a season, I watched as others ran full boar into their divine calling. And I felt jealous; which was why I was on the sidelines. God was intent on extracting from my soul the very things the enemy intended on using against me. God, in His infinite love, knew why I needed time. He is an ever-protective Father, no?

The amazing thing is, at their core, these desires of my heart were not selfish prayers, they were Kingdom motivated. And yet, our flesh is all too quick to lay hold of that which only belongs to God. He shares His glory with no one, and that's the way it is. The very fact that we get to be used by Him is mind-boggling, wouldn't you say? It's a glorious thing to lay hold of God's promises and toparticipate in the Divine Nature of Christ. Nothing on earth compares. 

Our hope is not in people; not in our bosses, or even in the next elected politician. Our hope is in the Living God who daily establishes His purposes for us! The Bible says that it's in His hands to make great, in fact, He stoops down to do so (see Psalm 18:35). He sets some on high for a season, while He sets another aside for a season; but, He makes all things beautiful in His time.

A.W. Tozer penned these wonderful words:

"What God in His sovereignty may yet do on a world-scale I do not claim to know. But what He will do for the plain man or woman who seeks His face I believe I do know and can tell others. Let any man turn to God in earnest, let him begin to exercise himself unto godliness, let him seek to develop his powers of spiritual receptivity by trust and obedience and humility, and the results will exceed anything he may have hoped for in his leaner and weaker days." 

Trust Him with your dreams and your heart's desires. Refuse to manipulate your circumstances or to posture yourself with certain people. Your hope is in God. He is the one who will lift you up and establish you at the most divine time and in the most divine way.

Blessings to you this day!

~Until Next Week~

 

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Thank you for posting this. It was for sure the encouragement I needed!

Process...we were talking about the disciples boldness after Pentecost compared to before and feeling like with the same Spirit we should be as auto-bold, but the truth is there is a process. The disciples had already had much processing with Jesus in real life, and much more to go!

I like the parable of the seed waiting to sprout. We are all different seeds. :) Continued blessings Susie, in your land of promise!
Love,
Kathy

Such sweet and confirming words to my ears dear Susie! Thank you. Happy Spring dreams to you! God is so good, even in the waiting room, where we can hear his still small voice, even all the more. XO

Hi Susie!! Why am I amazed when I re-focus my attention on Him, I am given guidance right and left? I just prayed this morning for God to rekindle my desire to want to be in a totally self-less, intimate relationship with Him. Work, financial stresses, family issues have taken their toll. My life right now is at a turning point, lots of unanswered prayer and I can't see where he is leading me. But, I will keep my hope in Him.
Thanks for your faithfulness.
Cathy

Susie-
These reminders of God's goodness and character along with your testimony is just what my dry and weary heart needed to hear. I am believing that I am in the midst of the journey to this particular place of promise, and I find myself in the place of battles of refinement and pain that I can often forget the these truths. I am grateful for your perseverance and the lessons you have learned during those times, my prayer is that likewise God would bring glory through these times of sacrifice and hardship in my life.
God Bless you!

What a timely word. I needed to hear that today.

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