O LORD, WHY THE DELAY!
by Apostle Steve Adonai
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Thank God that not all our prayer requests are delayed. Take time to think of what God has done for you and give Him thanks profusely. If we're faithful in little things, we shall be faithful in much, the scriptures say. Delay is not denial, it only reminds us to intensify our spiritual pressure on the devil to take his filthy hands from our affairs. Please see Daniel 10:10-14. Delay also reminds us to undertake a thorough Christian character check and overhaul on ourselves. Please see, Galatians 5:22-26.
Control your tongue, temper, attitude and appetite. In all your dealings with people, be a Christian with a remarkable difference. God is watching you very closely. Pass the test!
"Until the time came to fulfill his Word, the LORD tested Joseph's character. Then Pharaoh sent for him and set him free ... Joseph was put in charge of all the king's households; ..."
If Joseph had slept with Potipher's wife, he would have remained enslaved to sin. In favour with Mrs Potipher but out of favour with God. Fornication and adultery are robbing believers of glorious destinies today like never before. Repent and be restored for your own good. If you're not legally married, stay clear of sex and get married. And if you're married, satisfy your spouse and be satisfied by your spouse alone!
To be engaged to get married or to be in a relationship is not the same as being married, and so it is not a scriptural reason to engage in sexual intercourse. The present level of sexual immorality in our society is appalling, therefore pastors and ministers should please continue to caution their people about these things.
If we, and those we claim to be unbelievers commit the same sins, habour the same nasty habits and attitudes, go to the same indecent places, and even share the same dirty jokes etc, and the only difference is that we attend Church regularly, pray, shout and praise the LORD, then we're deceiving ourselves. We're hypocrites, we need to be humble enough to repent and obey God's Word by examining ourselves and renewing our minds.
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrificeóthe kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Donít copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know Godís will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Delay is also the season to observe and learn from God and people, especially God's people. Hebrews 5:8. - "So even though Jesus was God's son, He learned obedience from the things He suffered." Acquire more wisdom and knowledge concerning your pain, plight or situation. Read good books, attend seminars, listen to teachings, do a thorough research. This will turn you out to become a more confident expert and master of every knotty situation! Please see Proverbs 24:3, 4. Ignorance stagnates and imprisons our creativity.
We fail daily without daily divine plans. Jesus never approached any day without getting current plans from God for prompt execution. Please see Mark 1:35-39. Prayer has more to do with our cordial, all-round relationship with God than just asking to receive. God is our Father, Counselor, Teacher, Helper, Advocate, Burden bearer, etc, etc, etc. Let's get to know Him for who He really is.
Ultimately, God wants to heal us, but more than that He wants to make us healing vessels, to heal the sick. He's out to bless you abundantly and then make you a blessing. God saves and delivers us so we can save and deliver others by the power of the Holy Spirit within us. The LORD is working on you so that your marriage becomes the envy and standard of a true Christian marriage! During this period of delay, all is well and working for your good. Romans 8:28. Be in agreement with God, he will change you to become a SOLUTION, a BLESSING, an ASSET, and a REFERENCE POINT in the society to His glory, honour and praise, Hallelujah! Then, this scripture will not pertain to Jesus Christ alone, but to you also.
Psalm 118:22, 23.
The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone. This is the Lordís doing, and it is wonderful to see.
Regular praying, using God's Word gives us peace, confidence and wisdom, protecting our hearts from the incessant attacks and bombardment of anxiety, discouragement, despondency and fear that accompany delay! If you find yourself worrying, complaining, or struggling with some sin, know that your prayer life is weak. Don't delay, rise up, start a day and night prayer program, study good christian materials, then start to meet the needs of people in whatever way God leads you. This is how to remain on fire for God!
Have a marvelous day in God's awesome presence.
Apostle Steve Adonai.
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