Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Let's face it, God (seems) so slow sometimes! Ever wondered why?

Have you ever wondered why God seems so slow to bring about His promises in your life? I have. Oh and how many, many times I have wished it wasn't so! Now let me tell you, if God takes His time, it's surely not to teach you patience.

This blog is all about discovering your inheritance. We've been blessed with so many awesome promises in Christ, promises that are for our benefit, today - and not just in an eternity that is difficult for all to imagine. If you've read my eBook, The Secret of the 12 Stones (Click here to get it while you still can), you know what I'm talking about. We hear of all this good news and we want to 'cash in on' our inheritance fast. "I want it all... now!"

We long for the Spring, the Sun... for Life to reawaken, but the deep Winter of our souls is stubborn and resists. Beware - this is one of the hardest moments you will go through after hearing of how much God has blessed you in Jesus. You'll start wondering,

"Where is my promised freedom? My healing? My provision? My salvation!?"

That's when the enemy starts sowing seeds of doubt that will take root in your heart and poison it with bitterness.
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"Scandalous!" they cry out as they hear the gospel of Jesus.

Many walk away from Christ at this stage, disappointed and offended that God's blessings didn't blossom in their life. If only they waited! The kingdom of heaven, Jesus said, is like a seed that a man plants in his garden. Seeds take time to grow. It's the same with heavenly seed. They take time to dig deep and strong roots in your heart. They take time to spring forth green leaves that will absorb the Sunshine of God's love. And they take time to bring forth scented flowers and sweet fruit.

Seven nations inhabited the promised land given to the ancient Israelites... it wasn't just an empty plot of land, untilled, uninhabited and just waiting to be settled. This story, written for our benefit, is hugely symbolic of our inheritance in Christ and what're going through today. Their promised land, was divided into 12 portions and it was theirs. But God said it would take time to conquer;

"And the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you little by little; you will be unable to destroy them at once, lest the beasts of the field become too numerous for you." Deut 7:22

I truly believe that the seed of God's words, planted and nourished over time in your life, will yield you a fruitful harvest beyond imagination. But it will take time and the reason that God lets it take time is right here;

"...lest the beasts of the field become too numerous for you."

I asked the Lord why He was so slow and sure enough, He led me to this verse. And as I pondered it, I asked Him "What are these 'beasts of the field'?

"The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak." He replied.

I don't want to talk about our 'sinful nature' here. Paul said we have crucified it! We still fall here and there, but this weakness may not be just about that. Could it have to do with something else? Say, spiritual maturity? I believe the reason God doesn't pour out in one feel swoop all of your inheritance in Christ is that you don't get run over by the wild beasts that still inhabit our inheritance... but as we grow stronger and stronger in Him, we are able to handle more and more.

Do you know that, as far as biology goes, we humans are the slowest to grow up and become independent? Take, for example, a gazelle... it's able to stand on it's four legs as soon as it's born. A few seconds later it'll be able to walk and then soon enough, it shall run. It takes us a whopping year to take our first step! There's a reason it takes so long for parents to see their completely helpless newborn babies, becoming squirmy boys and girls, then awkward (and often foolish) teenagers and then finally, adults - strong, beautiful and wise.

Blessings are like babies. As they start coming steadily, but surely, in your life - you will be able to nurture them in peace and have time to consolidate your gains in the spiritual promised land that God has given you. You'll have time to enjoy the journey, learning to trust your heavenly Father for more... as it is written, you shall go from "faith to faith" and "glory to glory". The best part of it all - is that the journey is just as good as the destination! You'll find that in Christ, your heritage isn't limited by walls and rivers, mountains and seas; instead, it's a universe, ever expanded, eternal and infinite!

So today, be at peace. Rest your soul in the Lord's love. Keep filling your heart and mind with the sure promises of your Father. You shall lay hold of your inheritance. So be thankful, enjoy the ride and remember; you are called to greater things in Christ!

Listen to your Father saying to you today:

"In returning and rest you shall be saved; In quietness and confidence shall be your strength." Isa 30:15

By David Roiel
The Green Leaf Blog - Discover your inheritance!

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