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WOFCF Bible Explosion - 9/12/18

                                                                                  Sept 12, 2018
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                                                            Waiting on God
Our modern society took waiting on anything to another level. We want everything done quickly and new devices constantly spring up to meet those demands and encourage our impatience. We are not used to waiting, and the more our technology caters to our immediate desires, the less we feel willing to wait.
Such is our dilemma as Christians. While society makes every attempt to make our life easier and faster, God works on a very different timetable. In his mind, nothing is wrong with waiting. In fact, waiting can actually be a positive good that he often uses to make us more like his Son.

Topic #1 God Works While We Wait 
Something actually happens while nothing is happening. God uses waiting to change us. The story of Adam and Eve is a story of rebellion against God. Once they believed that God didn’t have their best interests in mind, they decided to go ahead without God and do what they wanted. They became, in effect, their own god.
Too often, this is exactly what we do today. When God tells us to wait, we don’t trust Him, but go ahead and find ways to accomplish what we want to happen. This tendency to push God to the side goes against His plan for us. It creates distance in our relationship with Him. It causes us to get into trouble and brings pain. What good is it to gain the whole world now — whatever it is we think we want — and forfeit our souls’ intimacy with God (Mark 8:36)?
God wants us to learn how to follow him and put down our demanding selves — to calm that screaming child in us. One way he helps us do this is to say, “Wait.” That miserable, uncomfortable, sometimes painful state of silence is one of God’s most powerful tools to set us free. If we are willing…

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Topic #2 Christianity is Waiting
Nothing tries our faith like waiting on God for answers to prayer. Waiting tests our submission to Him as our trustworthy Authority. Waiting is not necessarily resignation from all activity; it is submission to God's better idea. Waiting on God means that all of our life is brought under God's umbrella of authority and direction. If we run ahead of God, we will be painfully chastened by turmoil, exhaustion, and failure. Taking matters in our own hands has ample instructive precedent in God's Word. Think of Abraham with Ishmael, Saul's usurping the role of a priest, Israel looking to Egypt for help (Isa. 30:1-3), or walking in the light of our own fire (Isa. 50:11.)
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Topic #3 What Do We Learn While Waiting? 
We learn God Himself. God is revealing His perfections, His impeccable ability to be in charge of every detail. His timing is split-second. He is omniscient, omnipresent, and omni-caring. He works all and in all. He gives confirmations of His ever-presentness. He gives us assurances of His real power over the enemy that is not seen. His Holy Spirit focuses us. We want proof, but faith is the substance (not the evidence) of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen (Heb. 11:1). The Holy Spirit says, "I am giving you the substance of faith." He gives the grace to await His purposes until the precise moment when He gives evidence that He was working all along. Without this faith, it is impossible to please Him, for all who come to God must believe that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him (Heb. 11:6). 
In community with other believers, as we humble ourselves and open up to receive from the body of Christ, we will be strengthened to see the full display of His plan and be encouraged in the grace of waiting.
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Topic #4 How Do We Wait?
How Do We Wait?
Prayerfully…Psalm 25:4-5 
With strength and courage…Psalm 27:14, 31:24
Rejoicing and trusting in His holy name…Psalm 33:21
Based on the fear of the Lord and His unfailing love…Psalm 33:18,22
With hope  Psalm…33:20, 39:7
Patiently…Psalm 37:7, 40:1; Habakkuk 3:16, Romans 8:25, Hebrews 6:15
Obediently…Psalm 37:34, 119:166; Isaiah 26:8-9
Desiring Him…Isaiah 26:8-9 
Single-mindedly…Psalm 62:5 
Expectantly…Psalm 123:2, Micah 7:7
Believing His Word…Psalm 130:5
Assured He is all we need, He is our portion…Lamentations 3:24
Quietly…Lamentations 3:26
Always…Hosea 12:6
In anticipation of joy…John 3:29
Eagerly…Romans 8:19,23
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