The growth curve (Is. 40:31)
Have you ever watched as a baby is learning to walk? I have and I must say that it is one of the cutest things that a person can observe. The process of watching a child learn to take steps may be cute to us but to the baby it is the hardest thing in the world. It begins first with the scoot, then they graduate to the crawl which leads them to learning to stand up then to the first step accompanied by man falls but eventually they learn how to keep their bodies up and move. At first the steps are helped along by holding onto something or someone who is stronger than them but ultimately, they get to the point where no help is needed instead it’s time to be on guard because they have more access. Much like the process of babies learning to be proficient in walking our walk with learning to wait on God goes. We start out scooting trying to figure out how to maneuver in this new place and the more we try the more we grow. This is an encouragement that you don’t have to do it all at once or even know how to wait properly all at once. Learning to wait is a process just like learning to walk is for a baby. Don’t be discouraged if it seems like everyone has this thing together because no one does, not even the one penning this post today. We all grow in the things of God day by day and I want to encourage you to keep the faith and take one step at a time. Eventually you will learn your own strength but in the meantime, it’s okay to lean on others for help steadying yourself. God desires that we all lean on him as we wait. Join us tonight as we learn about the waiting process of Joseph from the pit to the palace. See you soon friend and happy waiting! It’s only a test and with God’s help you will pass it! Be blessed
What do you eat?
Continued study of Isaiah 40:31 (supporting scriptures Heb. 5:12; 1 Cor. 3:2)
Isaiah 40:31 says that as we wait we will mount up with wings like eagles and instantly I thought “what do they eat?” Eagles eat meat-fish, waterfowl, squirrels, prairie dogs, raccoons, and rabbits. I was amazed to learn that they weren’t afraid of the size of the animal because they realize that they have an advantage they can fly away before they get caught. As we wait we must watch our diet as well because it’s in this vulnerable period that we can either get lean or fatten up. When we’re waiting it’s not time to go on a diet to lose weight in the spirit instead while waiting we should be allowing ourselves to get fat. I know that sounds blasphemous, especially from a person who struggles with weight issues, but we must remember that the minute we take off doing activities the excess weight will begin to fall off. All our extra pounds will fall off because when we take off the extra fat turns into fuel for our journey. While waiting we can’t afford to stay on the watery milk of our salvation and the light parts of the word of God. In practical terms while waiting on God we can’t simply attend service on Sunday-we must take our notes home and digest them during the week. Hebrews 4:2 reminds us that if we don’t mix our faith with the preached word we profit nothing. I don’t know about you but I don’t gamble. I am not one who wastes money especially when the odds are stacked against me. Instead I would rather mix my faith with what I now to be true and gain a profit. I would rather fast to grow closer to God versus my being for him to move on my behalf. Eating meat in the spirit includes: prayer, fasting, reading the word of God, meditating on the word of god, spending intentional uninterrupted time with God daily, worshipping, praising God and earnestly seeking his face. Drinking milk in the spirit includes: seeking his hand for things and not his presence, fasting for him to move versus to get closer to him, looking at our devotional time as a check list on a to do list or simply attending service not bringing anything with you. As we celebrate the 4th of July with good bbq let’s remember to eat a well-balanced meal with God first. Have a great day!
Why the storm? (Isaiah 40:31 continued)
Recently I read an article entitled “7 Highly Effective Habits of Eagles” by PGCPS for leaders and I was intrigued to learn that eagles are the only bird that doesn’t run AWAY from the storm instead they run TOWARDS the storm. The author says, “Eagles are the only birds that LOVE the storm. When all other birds try to flee from the storm and hide its fierceness, eagles fly into it and will use the wind of the storm to riser higher in a matter of seconds. They use the pressure of the storm to glide higher without having to use their own energy. They are able to do this because God has created them uniquely with an ability to lock their wings in a fixed position during the fierce storm winds.” After reading this I began to ponder how it any creature could run towards a storm and not from it. In my natural mind when I think of a storm I immediately think of ways to run away from the storm, find shelter, close all windows, and stay safe but the eagle teaches us that if we are going to get to the next level in God we can’t run from the storms. Instead we should run towards the because the storm it is pushing us further towards the things of God without much energy of our own. Could it be that during the wait God is conditioning us to look for storms to come to get us to the next level? Could it be that the waiting that we are doing is God’s way of strengthening our wings so that we can lock in our faith and withstand the wind of the storm? Could it be that waiting, if we allow it, changes our perspective from “not another storm” to “come on storm” because it symbolizes promotion? Let’s be honest, none of us are cheerfully signing up for a storm to hit our lives but Isaiah lets us know that if we wait on the Lord we have nothing to fear because like the eagle he has already built us to not only endure the storm but to use it for our benefit. When a storm comes we can trust that he has equipped so that on the other end of we are left standing but on a higher plateau. It is the storms in life that propel us further not the peaceful calm days instead those are rewards for enduring the storms of life. Take courage today if you find yourself in the midst of a storm you are equipped for this and on the other side you will be higher but still standing. If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of running towards our storms versus running from them join us tonight at 10pm on the Chosen Vessel’s Prayer Ministry Facebook Page as we study David and Goliath. Pray your day is one that strengthens your wings for flight.
When it’s time to launch (A continued walk through Isaiah 40:31)
Can I be honest with you this morning? Trying to discern the voice of God is not always easy for me. Yes, I said it, it’s not always easy and let me tell you why: I don’t always sit still long enough to hear his voice. Like many others when I think of getting still I think of sitting reading, praying, watching a few sermons, writing a devotional, reading a magazine, scrolling through etc. None of which is indicative of getting still but if I am honest getting still makes me nervous. Getting still to me conjures up many fears such as the fear of missing God, letting others down if I am not doing anything and the dreaded thoughts that I have yet to tame like I am not good enough if I am not doing something productive. Okay before we go any further let me define being still because I don’t want you to think it’s going into a trance chanting “num yum rancio” (see What’s Love Got to Do With It for more information lol) instead it is getting a place of rest where we cease from doing our own thing instead silencing all the noise around us. This can include limiting television, social media, a thousand sermons, talking on the phone as much, setting aside some tasks to get silent before the Lord. Getting still before the Lord means that you rest in him knowing trusting that eventually he will speak because it’s not always with a loud voice in which he speaks. Getting still before God means quieting yourself and leaning into him to hear the whisper of his voice. Sounds easy, right? No, it doesn’t but getting still is exactly what eagles do to discern when to take off. After viewing a few YouTube videos watching the way the eagles take off and land there are two things I have learned it’s in their stillness that prepares them to launch and they rest up high. Resting up high allows them to see their prey and what the enemy is doing while sensing the wind that is coming. The eagle resting up high allows them to get still because they understand the higher that they go the enemy cannot get to them much like our walk with God. When we come up higher through prayer, praise and worship we are more clearly able to discern the enemy’s movements but more importantly the wind of God propelling us forward. It’s when we get closer to God we can rest because we trust that as we rest he will speak. When we do as the eagle and rest high we will no longer question should we wait or launch. It’s in this season I believe that God is calling many of us to soar but to be effective we must get still to discern the wind of God’s voice. We learn God’s voice more clearly by spending intentional alone time with him daily through reading his word and continually conversing with him through prayer. If you are wondering how to begin fine tuning the voice of God join us tonight at 6pm EST on our Ministry Facebook page as we study Elijah’s encounter with discerning the voice of God. I pray that your day is great and that your stillness leads to a greater launch.
What does it mean to wait upon? (A walk-through Is. 40:31 continued)
There is a poem by Langston Hughes entitled “Mother to son” in which a mother encourages her son to keep going no matter what life brings. She has the authority to say this to him because her life hasn’t been a crystal stair instead it’s been full of bumps and bruises but somehow, she kept landing on her feet. She never lost the faith instead she kept climbing not allowing the vicissitudes of life to hinder her determination to succeed. She could confidently say this because she understood who was in control so that too away her fear of sharing all that she endured to get the type of faith that she has. I don’t know about you but sometimes I sit and wonder how is it that those who have gone before us were able to endure so much while making it look so easy. I am sure that this woman in the poem had many doubts, sorrowful nights filled with tears and many questions to the Lord about when her season would change but she kept pressing while waiting for God to move on her behalf. In my imagination, I envision this woman to be one of faith in Jesus Christ that got the revelation of what it means to wait upon the Lord. I am sure like, Paul she grew in learning how to be content while trusting God because with every turn she learned something new about God and herself. Although we can observe the fruit of the testimonies of great people one must wonder what exactly does it mean to wait upon the Lord. The Hebrew word that is used is qavah which means to bind together by means of twisting, collect, gather together, expect, look, patiently, tarry and wait for upon. These are all great words but how do we put it into practice in our own lives? In the purest form waiting upon the Lord means that we are so intertwined with God that we trust IN him with no doubt. We simply believe that no matter what we see or don’t see that God is in control and that nothing catches him by surprise. If you find yourself wavering in your belief of these truths don’t worry that’s normal because it’s on this journey of waiting your convictions will get stronger. Like the mother speaking to her son your life’s experiences will cause you to trust in him with no doubt because the bible will become alive in your life daily. As you wait you will grow in strength because it’s in the wait you learn truly who God is and how to press forward forgetting those things that are pass and press toward the mark of what is ahead. If you want to go deeper on how to move forward join us tonight at 6pm EST on our Facebook page (see link below) as we study Paul and how he could confidently stand on that his future is better than his past (Phil. 3:13-14). I pray your day is great and that your wait is that much easier because you find strength in him alone.
Where is this place called wait? A walk-through Isaiah 40:31
In life, we are given promises from God and undoubtedly the promise includes a place called wait. Wait is not a fun place to be but if we position ourselves like the eagle does the wait becomes a resting place versus a place of aggravation. It’s in this place of wait that we get renewed, strengthened for the journey, get direction for the next place and even learn how to rest in God. As I am writing this I can just hear the rebuttals saying, “my season of wait isn’t producing any of this instead I am being punished.” You may be thinking “oh she’s a super saint who has always been okay with waiting!” which is the furthest thing from the truth. I have learned that when I take my focus off the object promised and put it on the one who is in control it’s the best place to be. The truth is that if our focus is not on the author of the wait it will be gruesome, aggravating and even seem like pure punishment. I have learned that through this season of wait that if we look at anything or anyone else in this place we are surely to fail. Isaiah 40:31 begins by saying “Those that wait on the Lord” and in some translations, it says “hope in the Lord” which means that the place called wait is really a place of hope. A place where we surrender of our desires of how the promise is manifested to our Lord. In this place of wait we recognize that we have no strength to make it happen instead we rest in God for him to fulfill his word, after all it is his will for it to come to pass not ours. In this place of wait we must rest in knowing that God is in control and has a perfect timing for everything. Many of us believe that we have rested in this place but the truth of our actions tell a different story. Hoping and waiting in God doesn’t mean that we don’t have anything to do in the process it simply means that we’ll take a seat until we discern God’s voice leading us to an action. It means that like the eagle in Isaiah 40 we understand that the wind of the spirit directs our life. If you are interested in discussing how to apply this in your own personal life join us tonight on the Chosen Vessel’s Prayer Ministries Facebook Page at 6pm for a quick study on Hannah and what we can learn from her. Don’t forget to email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in a live small group study on Waiting which is separate from the blog and the teaching on Facebook.
I pray that your day is great and that as you wait you see God with much clearer eyes!
Good morning!!! Many of you have probably wondered where has Chosen Vessel’s been over the last two months. To be honest I was wondering where Chosen Vessel’s was as well because of where God had me. It wasn’t comfortable but it was necessary to be able to be ready for this next level in my life and in this ministry. I’ve been in a place called rest while I wait on the manifestation of the promises of God. Over these past few years God has spoken to me about some major life changing things coming but guess what?!?! It’s been years with absolutely no sign that I heard right nor that the manifestation was on the horizon. Ecclesiastes 3 is right, in the proper season and time it will all come to pass and it’s just now in this season that I am seeing manifestation of the promises. So this is where I’ve been and I know most of you can relate because you are there as well…a place called waiting. I am not sure what you’re waiting for but I am sure that you’ve struggled, cried, been frustrated, doubted you heard clearly, maybe even been angry at God, blamed others for it not coming to pass and so much more. For some of you guys it seems as if the object of your wait will never come to pass but I promise you that it will. The object of your wait may seem more like a burden mocking you for even believing that it could happen to you but it’s not mocking you it’s absolutely going to champion you to your own place called “home” I know for sure that it will because the bible says it will. Over the next six weeks we will be discussing through blogs, videos, devotionals and even an optional small group study on this place called wait. Over the next six (6) weeks (not promising daily but definitely each Tuesday) we will break down Is. 40:31 and discuss the following:
- While waiting where should our focus be
- What does waiting really mean
- How to stay encouraged when it doesn’t look like anything is happening
- Did you hear clearly
- How to discern when it’s time to take off and soar vs. when God is saying wait
- And so much more
If you find yourself interested in taking this journey with us please contact us asap by emailing us directly at email@example.com for more information.
Also don’t forget to like our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/chosenvesselsprayerministriesinternational/) because there are a lot of free video teachings that will be there as well.
I am looking forward to taking this journey with you
His Chosen Vessel!!!