The Blessing of Waiting on the Lord

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…Saul was still at Gilgal, and all the people followed him trembling. He waited seven days, the time appointed by Samuel; but Samuel did not come to Gilgal, and the people began to slip away from Saul. So Saul said, “Bring the burnt offering here to me, and the offerings of well-being.” And he offered the burnt offering. As soon as he had finished offering the burnt offering, Samuel arrived; and Saul went out to meet him and salute him. Samuel said, “What have you done?” Saul replied, “When I saw that the people were slipping away from me… so I forced myself, and offered the burnt offering.” Samuel said to Saul, “You have done foolishly; you have not kept the commandment of the Lord your God, which he commanded you. The Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever, but now your kingdom will not continue; the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart; and the Lord has appointed him to be ruler over his people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.” (1Sam 13:7-14, NRS)

Have you ever noticed how hard it is to wait on the Lord? His sense of timing seems to be so much slower than our “need.” This story of King Saul’s panic because he was losing his following strikes close to home in my case. It has been a few weeks since I felt the anointing of the Lord to write a blog article. As time has gone on I could see that there were fewer and fewer visits to the blog. After leaving FaceBook a few weeks ago and no longer visiting all bloggers that visited my blog (I only visit the ones I feel God is sending me to), many dropped off  my “following” list. I have a whole website of articles I wrote with George Davis that I could re-post here daily and not run out of material for many months, but I would have to do so without the leading of the Lord. Waiting on the moving and leading of the Spirit before we act has a cost attached to it. You often feel like you are being cut-off from fellowship with those around you. At one point Jesus was left with only the twelve disciples as all His other followers left Him, because He only spoke the words that His Father gave Him. But there is also a reward as we rely on God alone.

Andrew Murray of South Africa gave three wonderful teachings at Exeter Hall in England in 1895. Here is an excerpt from one of them that speaks of the importance of waiting on the Lord in our Christian walk.

 “My soul waiteth only upon God [marg: is silent unto God]; from Him cometh my salvation.” (Ps. 62:1)

If salvation indeed comes from God, and is entirely His work, just as creation was, it follows, as a matter of course, that our first and highest duty is to wait on Him to do that work as pleases Him. Waiting becomes then the only way to the experience of a full salvation, the only way, truly, to know God as the God of our salvation. All the difficulties that are brought forward as keeping us back from full salvation, have their cause in this one thing: the defective knowledge and practice of waiting upon God.  All that the Church and its members need for the manifestation of the mighty power of God in the world, is the return to our true place, the place that belongs to us, both in creation and redemption, the place of absolute and unceasing dependence upon God. Let us strive to see what the elements are that make up this most blessed and needful waiting upon God: it may help us to discover the reasons why this grace is so little cultivated, and to feel how infinitely desirable it is that the Church, that we ourselves, should at any price learn its blessed secret.

The deep need for this waiting on God lies equally in the nature of man and the nature of God. God, as Creator, formed man, to be a vessel in which He could show forth His power and goodness. Man was not to have in himself a fountain of life, or strength, or happiness: the ever-living and only living One was each moment to be the Communicator to him of all that he needed. Man’s glory and blessedness was not to be independent, or dependent upon himself, but dependent on a God of such infinite riches and love. Man was to have the joy of receiving every moment out of the fulness of God. This was his blessedness as an unfallen creature.

When he fell from God, he was still more absolutely dependent on Him. There was not the slightest hope of his recovery out of his state of death, but in God, His power and mercy. It is God alone who began the work of redemption; it is God alone who continues and carries it on each moment in each individual believer. Even in the regenerate man there is no power of goodness in himself: he has and can have nothing that he does not each moment receive; and waiting on God is just as indispensable, and must be just as continuous and unbroken, as the breathing that maintains his natural life.

It is only because Christians do not know their relation to God of absolute poverty and helplessness, that they have no sense of the need of absolute and unceasing dependence, or of the unspeakable blessedness of continual waiting on God. But when once a believer begins to see it, and consent to it, that he by the Holy Spirit must each moment receive what God each moment works, waiting on God becomes his brightest hope and joy. As he apprehends how God, as God, as Infinite Love, delights to impart His own nature to His child as fully as He can, how God is not weary of each moment keeping charge of his life and strength, he wonders that he ever thought otherwise of God than as a God to be waited on all the day. God unceasingly giving and working; His child unceasingly waiting and receiving: this is the blessed life.

“Truly my soul waiteth upon God; from Him cometh my salvation.” First we wait on God for salvation. Then we learn that salvation is only to bring us to God, and teach us to wait on Him. Then we find what is better still that waiting on God is itself the highest salvation. It is the ascribing to Him the glory of being All; it is the experiencing that He is All to us. May God teach us the blessedness of waiting on Him. “My soul, wait thou only upon God!” (http://lovestthoume.com/PDF-Files/murraywaitingongod.pdf)

Remember that the Lord is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Those who wait upon Him will be given new strength, will eventually mount up on wings as eagles, and will not always have to sit on their perch. Bless you all as you wait on Him.

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33 comments on “The Blessing of Waiting on the Lord

  1. Ken Dawson says:

    You are so right on–waiting on Father is difficult because He seems so slow–but where else would I dare go–thanks for the reminder

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  2. Hi Michael. How are you? I can relate to all that you have written and what you have shared from others. I noticed that you used a blog from lovestthoume.com. She and her husband, when he was still alive was a source of learning for me way back in about 2006-7.

    I understand you leaving FB. And I am still there. Because I am deaf and do not like talking on the phone, it is my only way for communicating with others. I have had many thoughts during the week concerning being alone. Waiting on God. Wondering what my purpose is. This past week also, I have been reunited with a couple of girlfriends from over a decade ago. I had already left Florida when one of them friended me. My last name is a hard one to remember and I was honored that she remembered because I didn’t know who I was friending. I didn’t remember her last name. Then we both went looking for the third. And we friended her. They want me back in Florida. LOL They had just missed me. I told them I just got back here to NC and there was no way I am going back in that heat. But a physical reunion will take place at a later time. So that was a blessing.

    Another thing happened. My sister’s best friend opened up to me. And I just shared my experience, strength, and hope with her and now she is SO GRATEFUL! And praising the Lord. And so thankful that I have not judged her. She is so hungry now. Hungry for the Word. So I am just encouraging her. For the first time in many months, she finally went out and about to do errands, and sit on the back porch outside.

    You see, I was wondering what my purpose is since it seems that I am doing nothing except play games, and read posts, or just scrolling on by to irrelevancy, and being bored. But also in the meantime, I am dedicating more time to read the Bible through Bible Gateway, Which I feel is good to keep planting scriptures into my spirit and get a better understanding of what I read. I feel a sense of satisfaction when I help another climb out of the ditch. Unless you experienced it, you really can’t relate to it. That is why I am so drawn to Susanne’s and your blogs. You two have helped me to understand myself better of what I had gone through. You two have put more hope into me. Sure since meeting you two, I still had and still have my shortcomings, but it seems that when you write a blog, I am experiencing similar thoughts.

    All my life I used to wonder what was wrong with me that I don’t have many friends. Sometimes not any. And even the friends that I truly call friends, I still feel the need to be alone. I don’t wonder why what is wrong with me so much anymore. I just don’t fit in with the world’s way of things. I am different and that’s okay. I have wondered when God would use my voice to reach out to others. Right now I am just waiting on God to show me or reveal to me my purpose. I have ideas, but are they mine or God’s? Am I to become the person of my dreams? When I say dreams, I mean the ones that were spiritually significant. Most of them were of warning others, saving people, witnessing horrible things, and other things that were pretty important. Another thing I have been thinking a lot on is THE CROSS. I haven’t quite finished reading the whole article from TAS on it but so far I can relate.

    Michael, this is a long post and reply back to your blog. I will completely understand if you feel the need to edit it in any way. Great blog today. Thank you my dear brother.

    Love, Stacey

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    • Michael says:

      Stacey,

      I have many back pains these days, but I am doing well as the Lord continues to bring me into a greater understanding of the truth that is IN Christ. Like Peter said, “Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin” (1Pet 4:1, ESV2011).

      “Lovest Thou Me” website sounded familiar as if I might have known them from the past, but I could not place them and there was no “about” page on their site. They have some good articles by Tozer, William Law, TAS, Andrew Murray, George Warnock and others who have written on a deeper walk IN Christ. Could you tell me the woman’s name? I might have met her and her husband a few years back. If it is who I think it is, they lived in Oklahoma at the time.

      You mentioned that you have never had many friends. Don’t feel alone Those who choose to follow Jesus never have many friends for narrow is the gate to eternal life and few be they who find it. The real challenge we face as His followers is to become content with Him alone and ALL that He is… knowing Christ as our sufficiency in all things. Even the great Apostle Paul confessed at the end of his life,

      “At my first defense no one came to stand by me, but all deserted me. May it not be charged against them! But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth.” (2Tim 4:16-17, ESV2011)

      God bless you, dear sister.

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  3. Pat Orr says:

    My precious dear Brother, thank you for the blog: The Blessing of Waiting on the Lord. The question comes to my mind, ” Pat, are you waiting on the Lord, or are you waiting on death?” I believe that there is a difference. Without realizing it, I think that I have been waiting on death. By the grace of God, I repent. I want to wait on God. All real life is in Him. I choose to wait on life, not death. Do I know from experience what I am saying – not really – but I’m encouraged to learn what I am saying as I walk with the Lord in waiting on Him.

    My Brother, I believe that God is truly worth the wait. Keep waiting.

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    • Michael says:

      Pat! What a wonderful revelation you have received. There is a difference between waiting on death and waiting on life. You have me rethinking some things, too. Jesus said, “I came that you might have LIFE and have it more abundantly.” Yes, there is a dying to our old nature that we must go through, but there is also a Life IN Christ to be lived by us as well. Paul put it this way,

      “Always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.” (2Cor 4:10-11, ESV2011)

      I think that I have been too focused on the dying part of this being IN Christ and not focused enough on the LIFE of Christ in me as well. There is a place and time for both in each our walks IN Christ, for sure.

      Carry on, dear sweet sister! Thanks for sharing your God-given insight. ⭐

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  4. Michael, take to heart that you have “learned the blessed secret” of waiting upon God. Using your blog for His glory is never about a specific schedule or catchy titles, about numbers or about building followers – it is about building His kingdom through the Spirit’s grace, compassion, wisdom and love.

    I had to learn that, too; I empathize with you. I now write and post when I am moved by the Spirit, when He sets before me seeds for me to grow.

    We are to be salt and light, and at His bidding, we will do that.

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    • Michael says:

      Susan, thank you for your touching and personal comment. It was a real blessing to read. It is good to hear that you are being led on your blog by Him in the same way as you follow the wind of the Spirit. I just made sure that I get email notices from your blog as a follower. Thanks for staying in touch as He leads.

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      • Thank you, too Michael.
        I think sometimes we get too “hung up” on the numbers and forget if we change one heart we have paved the way for someone to be comforted by the arms of the Father and the grace and love of Jesus.

        And it’s important for us to uplift each other in our efforts to walk with Him.

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      • Michael says:

        Yes, Susan, it seems to be an American thing to be hung up on great numbers. Yet, Jesus taught the great multitudes in parables, but to only a few did He teach the meaning of His parables. He did His most memorable works with only one person at a time. He truly is a PERSONAL Savior. I am afraid that this whole push in the western world to build “mega-churches” and great followings is more of the Madison Avenue spirit of mercantile-ism than it is of doing the will of and walking in the love of God with those in need. We, too, can be guilty of not seeing the individual trees for the forest. We, like the blind man that Jesus healed, need to “see all men clearly” as God in His love for each of them does, instead of as so many “trees walking.”

        Thanks for your encouragement, dear sister.

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  5. Oh yes, indeed, Michael, waiting on the Lord is NOT fun! I know that one too!! 😦

    This is a very timely article God gave you to share, my brother, and I so appreciate the honesty you revealed in this post once again. ⭐

    It seems to me that impatience belongs to our old nature and to our conception of how things should turn out in our timing, which is most of the times as-soon-as-possible. But God’s thoughts are not our thoughts and He will never act the way we expect Him to. In my case I saw that I urgently need to receive more faith to really trust in His perfect guidance and timing, even without Him telling me about His ideas beforehand. Just as you lately said, Michael, the Spirit wind cannot be predicted since it blows where it wishes. I believe we should be content with being kept in a not-knowing-state-of mind. Not only regarding the nature of things that might happen, yet also as for the perfect divine timing.

    What hit me in this quote by Andrew Murray was the following sentence.

    “God unceasingly giving and working; His child unceasingly waiting and receiving: this is the blessed life.”

    I wonder who would not want such a blessed life? But how difficult it is to get there by letting go of our old habits of thinking and acting, of our plans and wishes…

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    • Michael says:

      Yes, Susanne, our human nature is like a Burger King fast food restaurant ad I saw on TV one time, “I want it NOW and I want it BIGGY sized!” Coming into that place of being totally content with Jesus as our Shepherd and faithfully following Him with loving, peaceful hearts is where He is leading us. Like David said, “The LORD is my Shepherd, I SHALL NOT WANT!” We miss-out on so much of His love and leading when we are not content with His work in our lives. I like what Paul wrote, “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, to be content.” (Phil 4:11, KJ2000) Hmmmm, “whatever state I am in…” That strikes close to home. I am having a time of it being content with having a bad back to put up with, but maybe God is shifting me from being like Peter was when he was young? Jesus said to Him,

      Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.” (John 21:18, ESV2011)

      Seeking Christ as our Life and Strength (or even lack of strength?) in all situations is the key for it is His desire that we truly understand in our hearts that “IN Him we live and move and have our being.” Thanks you, dear sister, for your insight and input on this blog. ⭐

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      • BIGGY sized – and not smaller, please! Hahaha… What a funny ad! 😄

        I assume Paul was content in any circumstances because His focus was on Christ and the spiritual realm from which His whole satisfaction sprang. May God bestow this grace on us too.

        You are very welcome as to everything I can offer, Michael. Thank YOU for continued spiritual fellowship, my dear brother. You are a blessing to me! ⭐

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  6. dimple says:

    Thanks Michael, this is an important post. It is easy to run into what WE think we should do, and to compare our own walk with that of others. But Jesus said : follow thou me (John 21:22b) If we don’t wait on him, and listen for his voice, we cannot follow him.
    Psa 27:14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

    Blessings~

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    • Michael says:

      Thanks, Louise. Yes, when Peter asked Jesus about what would happen to John, Jesus said, “What is that to you? You follow Me!” Each of us have a different walk set in the mind of God for us to follow. It is not “one size fits all” and we are not supposed to be a bunch of Christian clones all walking, thinking and speaking like the head guru of our religious sect. Christ is the only one that the Father has set before us to follow as the Pattern Son, the First Born of many brethren. God desires that we each have the same closeness and loving relationship with Him that Jesus has, yet even HE is not looking for biological clones, all speaking in 1610 English like a bunch of trained parrots. Like any parent, our Father enjoys the individuality of each of His kids as they seek and walk after Him and His love for them.

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  7. I am delighting in the synchronicity here. Three of my friends wrote about waiting on the Lord last week, so I followed suit today. Than I pop over to Michael’s blog and sure enough, “the blessings of waiting on the Lord.”

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  8. amongtheforgotten says:

    Yes Michael, I do know well the difficulty of waiting and have suffered the consequences of failing to do so, just as I have lost out on opportunities God had prepared that I missed out on because my own prior decisions clouded my vision.

    The above said, I also remember very specific times where I was absolutely still and perfectly content with only His nearness as my all. In these moments, I could truly both say and know “with God their is no need.”

    It took me some 20 years before I was willing to abandon “trying to do things for God.” It sounds so right, so noble, so spiritual- yet it’s so wrong! Obviously we’re not talking about being obedient here, there’s always the pursuit of this daily, but I’m talking about taking upon myself the responsibilities of God Himself as if I know better than He does- as if my efforts could possibly be more effective than His! What! Talk about delusional!

    Here’s a little of what I’ve learned. Waiting doesn’t necessarily mean doing nothing. Nor does it mean my efforts are unnecessary. The issue is where do my thoughts, efforts and desires of my heart originate? Are they truly God given or merely god-like.

    “Good is always the enemy of God’s best” Can’t remember who said this but I love it. My ways may be good, they may impress men, make me money and garner crowds but they aren’t perfect. God’s ways are perfect and anything short of His way is not perfect and therefore unacceptable.

    Can I believe that an illness or a tragedy can lead to perfection? Can I go further and believe that God’s actually allowing me to suffer illness or tragedy is his perfect work? Heavy eh?

    I think Susan’s right. Many things we just don’t need to sort out or have answers to now. It is truly those having learned to be content by keeping their eyes on Him who can retain perfect peace.

    “When You did awesome things which we did not expect, You came down, the mountains quaked at Your presence. For from days of old they have not heard or perceived by ear, nor has the eye seen a God besides You, Who acts in behalf of the one who waits upon Him” [Isaiah 63:3, 4]

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    • Michael says:

      Michael F., you wrote,

      ” ‘Good is always the enemy of God’s best’ Can’t remember who said this but I love it. My ways may be good, they may impress men, make me money and garner crowds but they aren’t perfect. God’s ways are perfect and anything short of His way is not perfect and therefore unacceptable.”

      As I reflected on your comment it occurred to me that when Jesus said, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect,” He was saying that our perfection and efforts to be “God like” will never get it done. Only the Father can be perfect and do things perfectly as we abide in Him. Jesus walked perfectly before the Father because He only did what He saw His Father doing and spoke what He heard Him saying. This is the only way we can be perfect AS our Father in heaven.

      You also went on to say, “Can I believe that an illness or a tragedy can lead to perfection? Can I go further and believe that God’s actually allowing me to suffer illness or tragedy is his perfect work? Heavy eh? ” Yes, my brother, this is hard for many to accept, yet Paul was told by the Lord that his suffering and weakness was necessary to bring him into the perfection of Christ. Peter went as far as to say that they who suffer have ceased from sin. So, my brother, I can believe that God uses suffering in our lives to bring about the change we need to be conformed into the image of Christ. The Christians that I have met that have any level of maturity have suffered much, yet they love God and others more than ever as a result. Faith that has not been tired in the crucible of affliction will be found lacking when the going really gets tough.

      God bless you, my brother, and thank you for your insightful input.

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  9. Another excellent lesson, Michael. Waiting on God has always been difficult for me. As someone who survived abuse, I am too ready to anticipate rejection. Silence on God’s part can “feel” like rejection or abandonment. But, as you say, God responds to each of us like the loving Father we may not have experienced. And His timing is perfect…as is the timing of your post to coincide with Father’s Day!

    Blessings always,

    Anna ❤

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    • Michael says:

      Anna, Thanks for your thoughtful comment based on what you have suffered in your own life. Silence from the Father has also been hard for me to accept. When my own father was silent and gave me that “look,” I knew I was in deep trouble and what would follow was not going to be pleasant.

      Jesus was such a wonderful Friend to me in my early years of faith. He spoke to me so often through the scriptures in a personal and comforting way. He even came to me one night while I slept.

      Then one day He said to me, “Michael, I have someone I want you to meet.”
      I replied, “Jesus, who could that be?”
      He said, “I want you to meet my Father.”
      I froze! Finally I said, “Jesus, if you introduce me to your Father and I have a relationship with Him, what will happen to you in my life?”
      To this He replied, “Don’t you understand that I was sent by Him to restore all who believe in me to my Father?”

      Since then I have found many Bible text that point to this truth. For instance,

      “Then He said to the disciples just before He went to the cross, ” In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” (John 16:23-24, ESV2011)

      By the way, Anna, I wasn’t thinking about Father’s Day when I wrote this blog. I guess HE was! 🙂

      Bless you, dear sister. ❤

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  10. Yes Michael, I finally came to that realization that without God I AM NOTHING!
    (…)
    http://www.lovestthoume.com is owned by Cathy and Guy Morris. But Guy has passed away several years ago. I think she has lived in Arizona at the time of my discovery of her and what stood out was when I read for the very first time by A W Tozer, “The Saint must Walk Alone.” I said oh… That’s why. Well Cathy Morris now lives in Montana I believe. She is still my FB friend.
    (…)
    I really hope nothing is really seriously wrong with your back. I have heard negative reports about surgeries. So I hope it is something that will go away in time.

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    • Michael says:

      Stacey, Jesus said, “I am the vine, you are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5, KJ2000). Once we realize this fact, that in the eyes of the Father we can do nothing without the Son abiding in and directing us. The pride of man wants to boast, “I did it MY way!”

      Okay, that is the site belonging to Cathy Morris. I communicated with her a few times when she was still living in Arizona. She is a good sister in Christ.

      As for my back, it is not my spine and surgery will not help it. I have had many bouts with inflammation in my body and I think that it has something to do with that. Monday I go see the G.P. again and please pray that God directs his thinking.

      God bless you,
      Michael

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  11. Once again, your topic is relevant in the my dialog with our Father. I am currently going through two crises and feel the pressure to have resolution. I am choosing to wait for the Lord on it. In spite of the pressure, I love how he does what he does.

    I have been busy traveling and I am currently reading; “The Spiritual Man” (Watchman Nee) I would like to read all of your blogs but they seem to come faster than I can keep up. I have had friends read your blog and they have all said they benefited from them. I do every time. Thank you for the effort you put into this. I don’t know of very many places that offers such rich wisdom from the Lord. Love you bro.

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    • Michael says:

      Thanks Russ. I am glad that you and others you know have found these blog articles helpful. Please pray for me that I continue to wait on Him and write from His direction on this blog.
      Love you too, my brother.

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  12. Renee says:

    Imho, a good prayer life is an absolute must for anyone wanting to genuinely wait on the Lord. It’s the 1 thing we are allowed (even commanded) to “do” that doesn’t interfere with our waiting on Him.

    He is faithful Who calls you, Who will also preform it. 1 Thessalonians 5:24

    Btw, this is really sad when you think about it but if hell had a theme song I believe it would be: “I did it MY way.” 😦

    I appreciated this encouragement that you shared, Brother, and all the comments from our Family members who posted here. Some of us have been waiting on Him for a long time and it’s nice to know we aren’t all alone in the “waiting” camp. 🙂 The coming Revival will be worth the wait though. HE is worth the wait! 🙂

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  13. Michael says:

    Renee, as I read your comment I was reminded of the verse, “With all prayers and supplications let your requests be made known unto God.” Then fit that in with what A. M. said,

    “First we wait on God for salvation. Then we learn that salvation is only to bring us to God, and teach us to wait on Him. Then we find what is better still that waiting on God is itself the highest salvation. It is the ascribing to Him the glory of being All; it is the experiencing that He is All to us.”

    I like that verse that says, “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” HE is our ALL. If HE is our delight He is also our heart’s desire!

    God bless you, dear sister.

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  14. Adriana Patricia says:

    Hola mi amigo Michael,

    Dios ha estado enseñandome acerca de esto y cuántos sufrimientos evitariamos si aprendieramos a esperar en el Señor. Solo en la vida de Cristo lo podemos hacer, él mismo se encarga de quitarnos ese impulso de hacer todo a nuestra manera y cuánto nos duele aprender esta Lección. Gracias Michael por esta enseñanza. Un abrazo gigante.

    Translation by Google Translate…

    Hello my friend Michael,

    God has been teaching me about this and how much suffering would avoid if we learned to wait on the Lord. Only in the life of Christ we can do, he is responsible to take away that urge to do everything our way and how much it hurts to learn this lesson. Thank you Michael for this teaching. A giant hug.

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    • Michael says:

      Patricia,
      Thanks for your comment. You are right, when we act without waiting on the leading of the Lord, we open ourselves to much unneeded suffering. My dear wife has an expression we have learned from experience, “Act in haste… repent at leisure.”

      It was good to hear from you. Hugs back!

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  15. B. J. says:

    Michael, I am there. Waiting. Any form of “virtual” fellowship has all but dried up. I feel alone outwardly, but inwardly is rich. That richness, though, does not have external “proof”. I have grown weary with the masses, the general consensus, I have felt dissatisfied and disenchanted. So much so I’ve wondered if my “aloneness” has me off on the wrong track. I deactivated my Facebook today. It simply needed to go. I deleted my old blog that was started by my flesh no doubt. I created a new one with less than 10 followers, that I am unsure of presently. How much I have done without the Spirit’s guiding…sigh. I recently read much on quietness is our strength. We live in a hurried world, even Christiandom lives that way. Our strength is in the quiet, the inner place where the Spirit lives and breathes and moves.

    Anyway, just wanted to say “me too.”

    With great love,
    B.

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    • Michael says:

      Dear Becky, it sounds like you are exactly where God has has me as well… isolated, yet knowing His presence at times in a richer way, experiencing a closer sense of His presence, peace and love and I occasionally wonder if I also have got off on the wrong track when He is quiet for a season. Imagine John the Baptist alone in the wilderness most of his life until God told him to start preaching repentance to the religious Jews and making many powerful enemies in the process. I wonder if he questioned whether he heard God correctly from time to time. I know that he did on one occasion when he sent messengers to Jesus from Harod’s prison saying, “Are you the One or should we seek another?” I think the growing of our faith IN Christ will eventually bring us all to a crisis like that, but Jesus’ answer is always the same, “Blessed is he/she who is not offended in me.”

      God bless you, dear sister,
      Michael

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  16. B. J. says:

    In addition, I came across Murray’s book Abide in Christ online. I read the 2nd chapter. Blew. Me. Away. I’ve since ordered it, for only one penny, haha…used. It should arrive Tuesday. I look forward to it. Also, still devouring Sparks writings, they feed my spirit unlike anything I’ve ever come across.

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    • Michael says:

      Becky, you ordered a wonderful book by Murray. I am glad you are being blessed and built up by the writings of these great brothers in Christ. They were rare ones indeed.
      Michael

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