How To Wait On God

Months ago, I asked God for work that’s right for me, whatever it is He wants me to do because I’ve experienced so much work frustration. I finally found a job that I think I’m really going to like and I’m waiting for a phone call with an offer for the job. I’m on pins and needles and find myself flying between anxious disappointment and fulfillment bliss. I almost feel like a little kid desperately hoping to get a pony for Christmas. Admittedly, I don’t like feeling so vulnerable as I’m typically the logical reserved type who thinks if something doesn’t happen then it wasn’t meant to be. So why am I so different this time?

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waiting (Photo credit: Alan Cleaver)

  This time I’m running out of money but more than that I think I would be good at this work and it offers the potential to make big money. I haven’t felt excited about a job in over eight years. After I got that job it turned into a nightmare – the people were just using me to get cheap labor while most of the staff were out on leave at the same time. They hated me and let me know it. The experience left me jaded and distrustful about any job.

Since then, I have been blasé about all jobs to the point of becoming sick to my stomach going through the motions of work every day. There has been no gratification and little positive in day-to-day work life. So I happily went into business, something I’ve wanted to do for decades. The only problem with that is I’ve failed to make enough money to live so now I’m back to looking for a job.

After a great interview, taking the drug test and all their surveys I’m just waiting. This is the hardest part. In my wild imagination I can see myself getting the job and how great my life will be like in this new adventure then I imagine the worst. The worst being that I go through all this and nothing, just like all those other jobs I didn’t get. Then I feel desperation building inside me and along comes her trashy friends anxiety and depression. They’re all part of that fear gang and I hate them.

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Just a few of my worried thoughts: Did I pass the drug test? I don’t do drugs but I do supplements, that shouldn’t be a problem but you hear these stories. Did I answer their surveys negatively and now they don’t want me? I was honest and if they still don’t want me it means God has something better for me. Did I make a mistake on anything since the interview and now they don’t want me? If I did it was small potatoes and I don’t want to work for any more petty fault finders anyway.

So what do we do when we’re waiting and can’t do any more? God actually gives us a plan to follow and I’m following the plan. Psalm 27:14 “Wait with hope for the Lord and let you heart be courageous.” I’ve been learning what this means. “Wait with hope for the Lord” means I’m not letting myself entertain those worried thoughts. Instead, I have hope that news will be good and I entertain myself on past answers to prayers that turned out good. AKA Magnifying God. “Let your heart be courageous” means that waiting on God gives me courage. I’m not naturally a courageous person but quite fearful. Fear runs in my family so for me to have any sense of courage that the situation will be good is hard work but God has shown up and made me feel sound and at peace.


Lamentations 3:24 “I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.”  Now I understand what “The Lord is my portion” means. He’s my portion of food that’s total nourishment, there’s plenty of it and he wants to feed me. How to “wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord”? I’m not talking to anyone right now because I know that everyone will be negative and kill my baby of hope that’s inside me. No one I know will say positive things so I’m keeping my mouth and door closed! NO EXCEPTIONS.


Isaiah 64:4 Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him”. Essentially, this means that since for ever there is no other God who goes to work when people wait on Him.All those other gods require spells, chanting and weird rituals. It’s actually easier to wait on the real God than go through all that!


A Hindu ritual involving water in Alagarkoil, ...

A Hindu ritual involving water in Alagarkoil, near Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

      Isaiah 40:31 “But those who wait on the Lord will find new strength. They will fly high on wings as eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.”  Now that I'm not focusing on the negative possibilities, not throwing up worries to God and not reminding myself of my dilemma I'm feeling stronger.  Is it just all in my mind?  Well, isn't that where I need it?  
     Psalm 62 “I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will never be shaken.” I'm working on being positive that God will give me what is right for me in His time, praying continually that I will be rewarded for this work of faith by following the plan.

 As I’ve been writing this, I got the call… they offered me the job!!! THANK YOU JESUS! God is worth the wait.

 Needing more encouragement? Go to AllAboutPrayer.org and FoundationsForFreedom.net

TV Miracle

On 8/4/13 God worked a miracle in my life. He healed me of a frightening nerve pain in my arm and hand while

The suprascapular, axillary, and radial nerves.

watching TV. The man said someone is being healed right now in the arm and pointed to the exact area on my arm where the pain originated!

I’ve told people who I know what happened. Most believe me, one or two don’t but are polite about it. I understand their unbelief because I NEVER believed that any miracle took place when people on TV said things like that. “Some one has just been healed while watching this show. Your back has been hurting you for years and now you can move pain free.” I thought, “Why do they do that? They don’t need to, they have a lot of money already. They’re saying good Biblical things, they don’t have to interrupt they’re message and do that.” It made me doubt that God ever healed. Now, I know that it is real. Not everyone is legit, that’s been proven but some are.

One man asked, “If you didn’t believe that people got healed watching TV why were you watching the show?”  Fair question and I answered him, “The show is interesting.”  He still didn’t really believe me but that’s okay.  Just hearing about such a thing makes us think more about God.

Why did God heal me? I don’t know. I didn’t even ask him to heal my arm but I’m so glad He did. Many of us can believe there is a God but we have trouble believing that He cares about us. This is evidence for me that God does care for all of us and me. Jesus cares about you too. He wants to heal you but you have to let him.

Here’s the show!  When he points to his arm and says, “Someone is being healed.” that’s me!!!  Sid Roth July 29 – Aug 4, 2013 

God Healed Me

Recently, my right arm and hand have been in severe nerve pain from repetitive motion.  I sat down to watch TV with an ice pack but the man said someone is being healed.  He pointed to his arm just below the elbow and said the carpel tunnel is being healed.  I started moving and stretching my hand and arm and felt the pain slowly go away.  I cried and said, “Thank you Jesus!”  I didn’t need the ice.  God healed me.  He will heal you too if you let him.  Thank you Jesus!

 

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Jesus healing the sick by Gustave Dore, 19th century Source: http://www.morethings.com/god_and_country/jesus/healing-jesus-240.jpg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Is The Bible Too Old

Jerusalem, Pool of Bethesda Français : La Pisc...

Jerusalem, Pool of Bethesda Français : La Piscine de Bethesda à Jérusalem. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  Many people discount the Bible as being too old to be reliable, although, people are quick to fall for “ancient secrets” of various historical empires and religions. Is there any hard factual evidence to support anything in the Bible? Jesus said in Luke 19:40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”

 

 

 

 

This is now happening, in fact, the stones have been crying out for about 150 years. Archeology, as a formal discipline, is only 150 years old and has been used as a way to prove the Bible wrong. However, the opposite has occurred. Archaeological evidence has been proving the Bible to be correct and authentic by thousands more than any other ancient manuscript.

 

 

 

 

In “The Case For Christ” Lee Strobel documents how archeologists discovered places, artifacts and papyri that prove the existence of things mentioned in the Bible. Just a few archeological discoveries that were once thought to be errors of Bible writers until someone found them in the dirt are; “Jacob’s Well” John 4:12, “Pool of Bethesda” in John 5:1, “Pool of Siloam” in John 9:7, “the Stone Pavement near the Jaffa Gate” in John 19:13 and the census of Luke 2:2.

 

 

 

 

Before you discount Lee Strobel’s work keep in mind that he started researching as an Atheist who was determined to reveal the Bible as a completely false, man made religion. The deeper his research took him the more it proved the Bible to be true and it completely changed how Mr. Strobel thought about God and he became a believer.

 

 

 

 

Is there really no historical evidence of the Egyptian plagues? The Ipuwer Papyrus sheds light on a particularly dark time in Egypt’s history.

 

 

 

 

Ahlcindo.blogspot.com explains that “there exists an ancient Government papyrus in which the Egyptian Scribal Priest {Ipuwer} presents a lengthy diatribe to the Pharaoh (who certainly is the cause of the Plagues) and in general laments a series of catastrophes that have shaken the core of the nation. The Papyrus of the scribal priest Ipuwer describes the final acts in the downfall of the Middle Kingdom of Egypt”.

 

 

 

 

Ipuwer writes about the blood, destroyed crops and trees, dead animals and people, darkness, fire, starvation and valuables taken by slaves. Very similar accounts found in Exodus.

 

 

 

 

Lest we never forget those good ol’ Dead Sea Scrolls dating from 250 BC to AD 68. It contains copies of Isaiah that are verbatim – no errors, omissions, additions, misinterpretations or misspellings. As far as ancient documents goes, that’s like a photocopy from the daily newspaper!     

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Dead Sea Scroll – part of Isaiah Scroll (Isa 57:17 – 59:9), 1QIsa b (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

FaithFacts.org lists a few rock hard discoveries that support Biblical truth.

 

 

 

 

Actually, when it comes to ancient texts the Bible is more reliable than others that are rarely challenged. Such as Homer’s Iliad which is estimated to have been written around 800 BC but the earliest manuscripts are from the second century AD, a thousand years later (Strobel p62).

 

 

 

 

Jesus was right. His people kept quiet so now the stones are crying out that Jesus is God!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hate

Recently, I left a building where many of the people can be described as hateful. Most of them are of the same race but not all and it doesn’t matter what that race is, they are simply filled with hate. At first, I thought it was just me they hated but I’ve learned these folks don’t discriminate against race, ethnicity, gender or age. They hate everyone who they don’t like!

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Evil emoticon (Photo credit: wstera2)

A while back, I asked God to open my eyes to what he wanted me to see. I didn’t tell Him what to show me only to show me what He wanted me to see whatever that was. Over time, He answered my prayer. Where I once had suspicion if a person was honest with me now I could see deceit with my natural vision. It was literally  through my peripheral vision that I could see people’s facial expressions change from being ordinary, business like or friendly to sneering, clenched teeth and despising me. Little glimpses whenever they thought I couldn’t see them.  One was almost growling at me, however, I felt no fear at the time. I’ll be honest, later I did feel fear when I thought about them.

These people had no logical reason to hate me because I didn’t give them any. I did my job like I was supposed to, kept to my self and made myself pleasant to work with by using “please” and “thank you”. But God continued to show me how these people were seething with hatred. Interestingly, I was not the only object of hatred. These hateful people spent a great deal of time hating others of the same race, gender and economic background as themselves.

Eventually, I learned that these hateful people had a history of harassing anyone who they really wanted gone. They wrote up one woman for every mistake she made big and small and she was new on the job. The people in this building are audacious in their evil ways. I saw documents where they committed an illegal act for which they will be audited. A coworker told me how he kept all of his emails and notes for protection because a few of these people would open his files that were saved on the shared drive and changed his work.

Anaclasis – A Haunting Gospel of Malice & Hatred

To top it off, most of these hateful people went to church and they brought many of their  church ways to work. One day, we were sitting a table waiting for a meeting to start and one started saying, “Jesus”. Then another after her and then another. It was more like, “Jeeeeessssuuuuusssssssssss”! These women were not genuinely saying the name of Jesus in thankfulness or glorification but it was more like a competition. Almost like, “I can say it better than you… I’m more holy than you are.” It was most strange.

One of the many criticisms of the Bible is that God doesn’t condemn hatred. So I asked the question, “What does the Bible say about hatred?”

Proverbs 10:18  The one who conceals hatred has lying lips, and whoever utters slander is a fool.

If you attempt to hide your hatred you also tell lies so hatred and lying go together.

Psalms 109:3  With words of hatred they surround me; they attack me without cause. In return for my friendship they accuse me, but I am a man of prayer. They repay me evil for good, and hatred for my friendship.

1 John 4:20 If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.   

This clearly applies to people who claim to love God, not unbelievers.

1 John 2:9 Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness.

God tells us that hatred has no cause and it’s there ready to attack and accuse us. Hateful people don’t care how good we treat them, they dish out evil anyway. God tells us the answer to their hatred is to pray! Pray for what?

Matthew 5:44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

Pray for their souls. I know, that’s not what I wanted to read either.

Proverbs 15:17 A bowl of vegetables with someone you love is better than steak with someone you hate.

Here’s a warning not to even eat a good meal with a hateful person.

Galatians 5:19 Now, the effects of the corrupt nature are obvious: illicit sex, perversion, promiscuity, idolatry, drug use, hatred…

Hatred is part of a long list of corruptions.

Proverbs 26:26 While their hatred may be concealed by trickery, their wrongdoing will be exposed in public.

God won’t let them get away with tricking and hating people. He will expose it in public.

Leviticus 19:17 You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason frankly with your neighbor, lest you incur sin because of him.     

Mean People Suck

Mean People Suck (Photo credit: danny.hammontree)

Hatred leads to the hater doing evil.

1 Samuel 17:42 And when the Philistine looked and saw David, he disdained him,

Goliath hated David, as well as all of Israel and we know what happened to him.

So what’s the solution to all this hatred?

Proverbs 10:12 Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.

Who Are The Captives?

Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of God, the Master, is on me because God anointed me.  He sent me to preach good news to the poor, heal the heartbroken, Announce freedom to all captives, pardon all prisoners.

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Who are the captives?  When I read the word, “captives” I think of someone in a historical film who’s locked up in a dungeon, wearing torn clothes with hands and feet chained.  Who are the captives today?  Large numbers of young children who are sex slaves but also adults.

Human trafficking is a legal term for moving slaves around.  We could call it kidnapping and rape slavery but we don’t.  These poor humans are being held captive against their will and forced to do sick things.

Some of them are deceived into this Hell by being told they’ll get jobs or an education.  Others are sold into slavery by their “loved ones”.  Right now, parents are selling their flesh and blood with full knowledge of what will happen to them.  Some are not even being sold for much money. Human trafficking is not just in far away places, it’s here in North America too.  Perhaps WE passed by a captive sex slave on our way to work today.

Time to set your cappuccino down and feel uncomfortable.  Jesus wants you and I to set the captives free!

How do WE set children free from Hell as slaves?  What does Jesus want us to do?  Obviously, we can’t all fly across the globe or break down a whore house like SWAT but WE are capable of doing something big.

WE can pray, fast and ask God to work miracles!  WE can also sacrifice a few expensive meals in a restaurant, some bling, another flat screen TV and give that money to people with the resources to buy these children from those who own them.  Usually, that’s how their rescued.  Governments look the other way and even become clients so missionaries must rescue them with money to buy their freedom.  How sick is that?

Jesus wants all the captives free!

Jammed True Stories              Mission Rescue Life              Human trafficker sentenced to 9 years.

 

God Defies X-Ray

Gary Wood was DOA and EMT’s found no vital signs for 21 minutes.  Now he’s alive and talks without a functioning larynx!  The X-ray is proof.

Did I mention his broken neck?

Don’t take my word for it, watch it yourself on Sid Roth.

 There’s so much more to this story.

 Visit his web site at Gary Wood Ministries.

 But wait there’s more!

Read more about his numerous miracles and divine experiences on Scribd.