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Saturday, January 9, 2016

Worth Waiting For

Dutch Sheets: "Some of us probably don’t catch it as we read the scriptures. Moses and his servant, Joshua, waited on Mount Sinai for 6 days before the Lord called to Moses and invited him into the cloud of God’s glory. 

Have you ever wondered what these two men did during those 6 days, while God remained silent? We often don’t realize either, that after Moses had disappeared into the cloud, young Joshua remained on the mountain—alone, amidst the cloud of thunderous lightning—for another 34 days. 

It was possibly this season that caused him to be such a lover of God’s presence. Once they had come down from the mountain, even after Moses would leave the tent of meeting, Joshua would remain inside as the cloud of the Lord’s glory hovered over it. 

Scripture does not tell us exactly what Joshua did during these times in or near God’s presence, but it was in the context of studying these fascinating passages from the book of Exodus that the Lord spoke these five words to me:

“Wait. Wait. Wait. Wait. Wait.”

There are several words and definitions of the Hebrew words for wait. As I heard each “wait,” I knew in my spirit which meaning He was emphasizing.

The first “wait” the Lord spoke to me means to wait with quiet trust. It is a form of waiting that is built upon deep relational trust. When we have come to know the Lord well enough, our hearts can be still and trust in Him in the midst of life’s worst storms. 

Papa Moses may have influenced young Joshua in this area, but Joshua knew enough about the goodness and faithfulness of the Lord for himself, that he didn’t need for God to speak to Him or show Him any wonders in order for Him to be at peace within the cloud that terrified others.

The second “wait” is the more commonly thought of, waiting patiently. It is from the place of trust developed through intimate relationship that we come to know, without a doubt, that God will eventually come through, and we are content in the waiting. 

When I had my first vision of awakening about 25 years ago, had I known that it would take this long to see the beginnings of it, I might not have been very patient to wait for it. But if He were to tell me right now that I have to wait another 25 years to see the fullness of this next great move of God, I can wait for it patiently. 

I have walked with the Lord long enough to know that He is always faithful to His promises, and He is always right.

The third “wait” implies an active faith. We may possess a deep relational trust in God, but that faith requires action. We must wait on the Lord with action while being full of expectancy for what He has promised, rather than just sitting back and hoping or wondering if He will come through. 

Your assurance that God will move compels you to live a life of radical obedience, make bold declarations, and take risky steps of faith without losing heart if there is a prolonged season before seeing any fruit. You rest assured in God’s promise that you and your generations will reap of what you sow.

The fourth “wait” means to be braided together with something or someone. This is the kind of waiting referred to in Isaiah 40:31; “Those who wait on the Lord will renew their strength.” Wait here is translated from qavah in Hebrew, which means “to bind together by twisting; to become braided together.” 

Through this waiting we become one with the Lord. In the waiting process that occurs from a relational position, the Lord draws us close to Him in such a way that our hearts become one. 

Bound together like the strands of a cord, we feel the same emotions and think the same thoughts, resulting in a multiplication of strength for accomplishing His will. It is the fulfillment of Proverbs 16:3“Roll your works on the Lord, commit and trust them completely to Him, and He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable with His will. And so shall your plans be established and succeed.” (Amplified Version)

The last “wait” the Lord spoke to me, I heard loudly in my spirit. But then the Lord actually spelled it out for me. It wasn’t “wait,” it was: W-E-I-G-H-T. This refers to the heavy, substantive, weighty presence of God’s glory. 

The Hebrew word for glory actually means heavy or weighty. The Lord is saying, “If you will learn to wait on me in these days—trusting, patiently, expectantly and becoming one with Me—I will come with the weight of my glory. I am coming to awaken cities and regions, and I will cause my weighty, shekinah, abiding glory to dwell among you and within you. 

Just as Adam was crowned with My glory and saturated in My presence, bearing My image and likeness, so too, will I crown you with My glory. I will put my weighty presence on you, and you shall be My government in the earth. You will walk in great authority and power with signs, wonders and miracles following. 

As in the days of the book of Acts church, people will recognize Me through you and you will say, such as I have, I give to you (Acts 3:6.) Now is the time for the sons of God to be made manifest in the earth and the whole earth filled with My glory! Now is the time; the masses are coming!”

For too long, we have lived far below the revelation God wants us to walk in. He’s now summoning us into a higher place of understanding, where we are fully aware that the God of glory lives inside of us, we are the temple of the Holy Spirit, and the same power that was in Jesus resides within us to perform and exceed His supernatural works. 

The Lord desires to raise up many “heavyweight” men and women, who carry the cloud of God’s glory into every room and into every sphere of society, to deliver and transform entire nations!

He is waiting on you; are you willing to wait, wait, wait, wait on Him until the glorious weight of His presence and power intensifies within you? 

You may need to turn your TV or social media off for a season, or clear some things off your calendar so you can have more of Him, but I promise you, He is definitely worth waiting for.

by Dutch Sheets
Dutch  To read the message on The Prophetic Bulletin

(Lee Forbes)

All good things come to those who wait 
I've often heard it said 
And yet it seems that often 
Greater trials come instead 

For as the battle rages on 
Within this heart of mine 
And every sore temptation comes 
To which I am inclined 

And as I seek at Jesus' feet 
To take my trials away 
And beg the Lord with broken heart 
To keep me in His way 

The more it seems I struggle 
As I climb that upward hill 
And fear at any moment 
That my cup will over spill 

And then in great disaster 
I will find I've lost my way 
And waken on that morning 
Of that horrid judgement day 

To find I missed my hope of life 
Because of what I've done 
And failed to emulate the life 
Of Jesus Christ God's Son 

And then while in my struggle 
When my soul feels so consumed 
And all I see with human eyes 
Is how my soul is doomed 

A still and quiet voice returns 
That I heard once before 
And with a gentle knocking asks 
That I remove the door 

Of self condemning urgency 
To spend some time with Him 
Who cares not for what others say 
Or for the thoughts of men 

Who in their self importance 
Have condemned the one I am 
When of a truth their own 
Self righteousness is but a sham 

For truly God is only wise 
Where my salvation counts 
And He alone has paid the Price 
Down to the very ounce 

Of blood He spilled upon that cross 
So many years ago 
That in His great abundant love 
Humanity might know 

How great is His desire 
To relieve the pain I'm in 
And give me His assurance 
That He'll cleanse my life of sin 

If I will simply trust Him 
And obey the things I know 
As in His Word upon my knees 
In prayer to Him I go 

And there if I will patiently 
Await the time He's planned 
Will come to know His victory 
As He in me will stand 

To conquer every doubt with faith 
And weakness with His strength 
And know with perfect confidence 
That we will go the length 

Together as we two in one 
Defeat the enemy 
And live in perfect harmony 
Throughout eternity 

Romans 7:18-25; 8:1-4; John 14:12-21

Lee Forbes

Today's quote: "Rest in the Lord + wait patiently for Him. Don’t worry about those who prosper in their wicked ways." 
Neil Vermillion

   Father, may we learn to wait on Your timing and plan for us. I ask this in Jesus' Name. Amen.

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