Archive for the ‘God's timing’ Category

Understand the Times

Friday, June 15th, 2018

Of the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, their chiefs were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their command. 1 Chronicles 12:32 NKJV

1. RIGHT ON TIME. God has a plan and nothing takes Him by surprise. There was a group of observant people in the Old Testament—Issachar’s tribe—and they were described in two ways: They had understanding of the times and they knew what Israel should do. In our generation, God has called and equipped us to understand our times and to know what to do.

To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1 NKJV

2. RELY ON GOD’S TIMING. God has impeccable timing— He is not last-minute. If you are in an uncertain moment, you can look to God who will give you wisdom for the next steps. As you rely on Him, He is going to get you where you need to be when you need to be there.

For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this? Esther 4:14 NKJV

3. CREATED FOR THIS TIME. At a critical moment when the Jewish people were threatened, Mordecai told his cousin, Esther, that she had better step up. She did, and the results were amazing. God used her to rescue an entire people group from extermination. God’s hand is on your life and it’s time to step up and trust Him; it’s time to think differently. God will do great things through simple obedience.

Press on,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

DAILY CONFESSION:
Jesus is the author and finisher of my faith (Hebrews 12:2). I am created for such a time as this. I understand the times and I know what to do. Faithful is God who calls me and He will also bring it to pass (1 Thessalonians 5:24).

un·der·stan·ding, noun
The knowledge and ability to judge a particular situation or subject.

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Timing Is Everything

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

For a wide door for effective service has opened to me [Paul], and there are many adversaries. 1 Corinthians 16:9

1. CALLED TO THIS TIME. Throughout the Bible we read of the different faith heroes who were strategically placed to impact their generation. The prophet Daniel advised many kings, Joseph saved a whole region from starvation, Esther was perfectly placed to rescue an entire people group, the Apostle Paul took the Gospel to the nations. Just as these people were in the right place at the right time, so are you. You are called for such a time as this.

For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this? Esther 4:14 NKJV

2. BE READY FOR YOUR TIME. Opportunities knock and we want to be ready for them. Readiness is when you’re prepared for action before any reinforcement occurs. What you’ve gone through before prepares you for what’s up ahead. This world is lost and sick and needs a Savior. People are bound up in sin and we are being launched like paramedics to bring healing.

3. WALK THROUGH AT THE RIGHT TIME. When God opens the door, we must be willing to walk through it. God is about to open up hearts and bring revival, and the power of the Holy Spirit will change our culture. If you’re afraid to walk through—do it anyway. Step over the invisible barrier of fear to minister to someone. If you feel worn out and blasé, walk through the door anyway. God is equipping you! There is amazing fruit on the other side.

God bless you,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

DAILY CONFESSION:
I am God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that I would walk in them (Ephesians 2:10). I will not fear for God is with me. I will not anxiously look around me for He is my God. He will strengthen me, He will help me, He will uphold me with His righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10).

read·y, adj.
Prepared or equipped to act or be used immediately: ready to go, ready for occupancy. Unhesitant; willing. Done or made without delay; prompt.

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God’s Timing

Monday, May 5th, 2014

There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1

God Is Preparing You. Your times are in God’s hands (Psalm 31:15). You are not a day late and a dollar short. Every moment—even in the daily routines and harsh disappointments of life—God is building something into your core, building resilience into your system, teaching you things you didn’t know before.

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations. Jeremiah 1:5

God Is Equipping You. The great heroes of the Bible felt their own inadequacies as soon as they sensed God’s calling. Isaiah said, “I am a man of unclean lips” (Isaiah 6:5). Gideon said, “I am the least in my father’s house” (Judges 6:15). Peter said, “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man” (Luke 5:8). Yet God used them to accomplish His great plan on the earth. When God calls you, He also equips you (1 Thessalonians 5:24; Hebrews 13:21).

God Is Opening Doors. Every one of us has the opportunity to stand before the Lord, to listen to His voice and say, “Here I am. Send me.” Draw near to God and drive a stake in the ground with faith and confidence—knowing that whatever challenges you are going through, God has given you a door of hope (Hosea 2:15).

Pray This Prayer:
God, I thank You that my times are in Your hands, that my steps are ordered by You and I’m fearfully and wonderfully made. I thank You that I have been born for just this time. Stir my heart toward Your purposes. Help my prayer life to be more effective. I pray the fire of evangelism would burn in my heart, that I would have interesting conversations with people, and that lost people would want to know what I have! In Jesus’ name, amen.

Tim•ing noun — The ability to select the precise moment for doing something for optimum effect.

God bless you!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2014 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. “Timing” Merriam-Webster.com. Tue. 29 April 2014.