Between the death and resurrection... what do you do in the waiting times?
You are at a standstill, in a season of waiting. Sometimes the waiting goes on and on, and your heart grows weary. It's like being caught in between the death and resurrection of Jesus.
There are things you have been hoping for and praying for. But, the answers haven't come through. Faith is tested in these times. Many drift away from God in the waiting times. His character comes under fire when answers do not come in your timing.
What do you do in the waiting? 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, "Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." All circumstances would include the waiting times. This first step of thanksgiving for your present situation is a foundation stone for the waiting period. Thanksgiving reminds you that God is still on the throne, even when your physical circumstances look otherwise.
We are also reminded in 2 Peter 1:3-4 - "His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires."
It is actually God's promises that carry you through the waiting times. You can actually participate in God's nature and escape being corrupted if you use his promises. It is the activation of God's promises in your life that will cause you to accelerate into the resurrection.
Do you know God's promises? More than that, do you use his promises? Recall them. Write them down. Memorize them. You have a choice to cling to his promises or cling to dread. In the waiting time, make the choice to get active… active in faithfully rehearsing God's promises.
You are not in a holding pattern. This is time for your growth.
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