2014 “The Year of Encouragement!”
1 Thessalonians 5:11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.
I am writing this because I want to remind you of the great future God has for you. I know this because He said so. He says you have not seen, nor heard, nor even imagined anything as great as what He has prepared for you (1 Corinthians 2:9) You have no idea how great your future is. He says that what He has for you is so great that if you truly understood it, you would feel “that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed” in you (Revelation 8:18). That means whatever you envision for your life right now is already too small.
Although God promises you a future full of hope and blessing, it’s not going to happen automatically. There are some things you have to do. One of them is PRAY about it (Jeremiah 29:11-13). Another is OBEY GOD. But don’t worry, God will help you with both of those of you ask Him. The Holy Spirit is God’s guarantee to you that He will help you do what you need to do and bring to pass everything He promised (Ephesians 1:13-14). Just know that every time you PRAY & OBEY, you are investing in your future.
Remember, my precious brother and sister in the Lord, that walking with God doesn’t mean that there won’t be obstacles. Satan will see to it that there are. While God has a plan for your future that is good, the devil has one too and it’s not good. But the devil’s plan for your life cannot succeed as long as you are WALKING with God, living in OBEDIENCE to His ways, standing strong in His WORD, and PRAYING without ceasing. God’s plan for your life won’t happen without a struggle, however, so don’t give up when times get tough. Just keep on doing what’s RIGHT and RESIST the temptation to quit. Ask God to give you the strength and endurance you need to do what you have to do.
Don’t judge your future by what you read in the newspaper or the words someone spoke over you one time. Your FUTURE is in God’s HANDS. The only thing that is important is what He says about it. He doesn’t want you to be concerned about your future anyway. He wants you to be concerned with Him, because He is your future. Don’t become discouraged if things don’t happen as fast as you would like them to. They never do. God wants you to learn PATIENCE. Our perspective is temporal. He is eternal. So don’t be concerned if you are not seeing all that you want in response to your prayers. You will. If you draw close to God and do what He asks you to do, if you worship Him in spirit and in truth, if you love others and give yourself to them, if you speak God’s Word in faith and pray, you will see God’s blessings poured out on your life. I believe that we are denied certain things for a time because God wants us to fervently pray and intercede for them. That’s because He wants to do something great in response to your prayers, something that can only be birthed in prayer. There may be things that won’t happen in your life unless you are praying long and fervently.
In the meantime I know that you want to do something significant for the Lord and move into new areas of service for Him. God is looking for men & women who will be committed to living for His way and stepping into the purposes He has for their lives. He wants man and woman who are willing to sacrifice themselves for His kingdom, who are willing to say, “Not my will, but Yours be done.” You are one of those men and women. I pray that you will be equipped and ready when God says, “Now is the time.” And the doors of opportunity open. Just keep doing what’s right and when you least expect it, you will get a CALL from God giving you your assignment.
Remember, God “is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” (Ephesians 3:20). He has more for you than you can imagine. And now may “the God of hope fill you with all joy and each believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13). Stay focused on God, and He will keep you in perfect peace as He moves you into the future He has for you.*Excerpt from The Power of a Praying Woman by Stormie Omartian, pp.249-253. Italized was added by the Author.