TITLE: God Declares The End From The Beginning
By Pam Frey
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Have you ever known that God has spoken a personal prophetic word concerning the plan He has for your life and somewhere along the line it seemed as if things were a complete mess? You started off heading in the direction He told you to go and then all of the sudden youíve wondered where you are and how you got there. Somewhere you got off course and made such a mess of things youíve wondered if God has completely abandoned His plan for you. Donít think youíre alone. Iím willing to bet that almost every Christian has been at that point in there lives at one time or another.
It seems us human beings are masters at messing things up. Thatís no surprise to our God. It started with Adam and Eve and human beings have been making a mess of things every since. But, Praise God, we serve a living God who can turn things around even when we make a mess. I believe that whether He can fix it or not is a matter of the condition of our hearts towards Him. If when we blow it we bring our mess to Him and repent and turn from our own ways, continue to follow Him, seek Him, and continue to believe in His promise, He can turn it all around.
Iím so thankful that the Bible is full of examples of people who loved God with all their hearts, but at times they failed and it even seemed at times that it was too late, that even God couldnít fix it. Of course, we know that His Word declares to us that nothing is impossible with God, but in our humanness, sometimes that truth can really stretch our faith. When we look into His Word we can be encouraged that if He kept His promise to Abraham and Sarah and the many others who are recorded in Scripture, He will do the same for us. We must continue to walk by faith and not by sight.
When Abraham and Sarah tried to bring about the promise of God by doing things out of His timing and coming up with their idea of how God would bring about what He had promised, it brought much turmoil into their lives. But God still fulfilled His promise. Moses, Godís chosen deliverer of Israel from Egyptian bondage, made a mess of things in the beginning. Why? Because He tried to do it in His own strength and made His own plans. He spent forty years in the wilderness and by the time God was done with him, he knew without God, he was nothing and could do nothing.
Sometimes we just get flat out impatient. We know what God has spoken to us. He has shown us things to come. There is a critical period in between what He has spoken to you and the manifestation of that promise. We inherit His promises through faith and patience. Sometimes waiting is the hardest thing in the world. Compare it to sitting in a doctorís office, just waiting. You have an appointment and thereís nothing you can do but wait. What do you do in that waiting period? You can read a magazine, bring a good book to read, read your little New Testament Bible or just simply sit there and do nothing. Youíre mind begins to wonder when we do nothing in the waiting period and it seems like all you can think about is the wait. If we keep ourselves busy doing something positive while we wait, we donít even notice we are having to wait.
If God has spoken something to you and you have not seen the manifestation of that promise yet; patience is the key. I know this from personal experience. God began to speak to me in 2002 about my future. He told me he was going to prepare me for marriage. He told me everything about this man down to his name. It was as if he were painting a picture or showing me a photograph of this man. It was a few years later that I met this person. At first we corresponded by mail. There was always something on the inside of me that said to wait patiently on the Lord to bring this to pass. Donít try to rush things. I knew that this man was not ready. Everything looked great on the outside but on the inside there was still much the Lord needed to do in this mans heart. He was doing really well for a few years and then backslid. He started doing drugs again and running from God. I began to try to help him. I ended up getting myself in a mess I didnít know how to get out of. Things went haywire. I ended up backsliding myself and I ended up pregnant with our daughter. When we found out I was pregnant he made the decision to quit doing drugs and get his life together. We got married and he went back to work for his fatherís ministry. His father is an evangelist. We moved away from all the old connections and totally cut ties with the past, except he kept holding on to one of his friends which was a backslidden Christian himself. Mistake number one.
To make a long story short, things went good for a while, but after about six months or so, every so often he would go get high. I kept holding on and praying this would stop. Our one year anniversary was on the 22nd of September and the night before our anniversary he went and got high. I was totally devastated. I made the decision to separate.
I made some terrible mistakes walking through this. The Lord had spoken to me before I ever met this man and told me that I didnít want him before he was ready. I will never forget where I was sitting when he spoke that so strongly to me. I got impatient and kept trying to help. I made a mess of things. We have a six month old daughter and we separated on our one year anniversary. Thatís a big mess.
Hereís what I know though. God isnít through yet. I have had to totally put my husband in the Lordís hands and quit trying to fix things. I know God has declared the end from the beginning and even though I got in there and tried to help with ways that were my own, I know God can turn it around if I will leave it in His hands and His timing. I learned a very hard and painful lesson. DONíT TRY TO HELP GOD! Wait patiently on the Lord and He will bring it to pass. Abraham and Sarah could have saved themselves so much pain if they would not have tried to help God out. But, in the end God fulfilled His promise to them. He will do the same for you and me. Donít let go, even if youíve messed up. Repent and put it in the Lordís hands for Him to work out. He is faithful. He is not a man that He should lie. Hath He spoken and shall He not also do it? Nothing is too difficult for the Lord. I am believing God for total restoration. I know in His time His will will be done.
God bless and may peace be multiplied to you as you grow in the knowledge of Him.
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