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God…
  Path of Spiritual Decline
• We focus on what we might do.
• We do not think we can carry out God's
  design.
• We lower our standards to accommodate our
  abilities.
• We then set goals we can reach.
• We accomplish these goals and are proud of
  our accomplishments.
• We encourage others to do the same.
   Is waiting on God biblical?
• There are many things people waited for
  on God in the Scriptures e.g. for answers to
  prayer, breakthroughs, the Holy Spirit at
  the time of Pentecost.
• We are focusing only on those verses that
  instruct us by example or precept that we
  ought to wait upon the Lord.
• We will look at a few of the forty plus times
  the words 'waiting' upon God in the Bible.
   Is waiting on God biblical?
• The Psalms use it about 25 times while
  Isaiah 11 times.
• David discovered that he could wait upon
  God for help.
• This is not to say Abraham didn't wait for a
  son or Moses for help for his people.
• The Psalms enable us to look at a person's
  inner life before God.
                 Wait on God
• Other instances show that people were waiting
  upon the Lord for something: e.g. to save, for
  counsel, His ordinances, His Word, His Salvation etc.
• Belief speaks about trust in.
• Waiting, however, usually focuses on some one to do
  something.
• Waiting upon God is not only biblical but a necessary
  part of the Christian life for the growing Christian.
• "WAIT FOR" IS AN ACTIVE DISPLAY OF FAITH IN
  GOD DURING IMPOSSIBLE SITUATIONS.
 Is waiting on God biblical?
   Four major Hebrew words for
'waiting for.' Let's look at the ways
 the scriptures describe how God's
 people waited upon their Creator.
      Wait on God means…
• Wait for YOU (personally, God, Lord).
  – Ps 25:3 Indeed, none of those who wait for YOU will be ashamed; Ps 25:5 …
    For YOU I wait all the day.

• Wait for the LORD (Sovereign, Yahweh).
  – Ps 27:14 Wait for the LORD; Be strong, and let your heart take courage; Yes,
    wait for the LORD. Ps 37:9 For evildoers will be cut off, But those who wait
    for the LORD, they will inherit the land.

• Wait on His Name (Character)
  – Ps 52:9 …. I will wait on Your name, for it is good

• New Testament: Return of Christ (Revelation of
  Christ)
  – 1Th 1:10* and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the
    dead, that is Jesus, who delivers us from the wrath to come.
   How long do you wait?
• Pentecost – Specific place, specific time:
  until they received the Holy Spirit.
• Hezekiah – Spread out – Is.37:14-15 - READ
• David – Anointed but not yet appointed - 2
  Sam 12:18
• Simeon/Anna – Till they saw – Lk.2:29-
  32/Lk.2:38
• Till He comes – 2 Cor.1:14
             How do you wait?
• All the day: (Ps.25:5) Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are
  the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day.
• Patiently: (Ps.37:7) Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him…
• Keeping His way: (Ps.37:34) Wait on the LORD, and keep His way, … and
  He shall exalt you to inherit the land; When the wicked are cut off, you
  shall see it.
• Hope: (Ps.39:7) "And now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You.
  (Ps.130:5) I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, And in His Word I do hope.
• His Name: (Ps.52:9) …. I will wait on Your name, for it is good.
• Alone: (Ps.62:5) My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my expectation
  is from Him.
• Physical effort: (Ps.69:3) I am weary with my crying; My throat is dry; My
  eyes fail while I wait for my God.
• As a testimony: (Ps.69:6) Let not those who wait for You, O Lord GOD of
  hosts, be ashamed because of me…
  Some steps to Waiting on God
• Three important principles to waiting upon the
  Lord from the life of Hezekiah (Is.38).
  – Trust – Unbelief leads to despair, self-help books
    (own resources) or bitterness. Hezekiah turned to
    God rather than away from Him.
  – Reject - We must consciously turn away from using
    other resources that we could turn to. We need to
    reject paths without God.
  – Pray - Stop talking to people and set aside time to
    speak to and wait on God. Take time to pray and
    pause your own reasoning, planning and talking.
        Failing to wait
• Abraham stopped waiting. He had a
  son by another woman.
• Saul stopped waiting on command of
  the Lord and went ahead with the
  offering.
SELAH…..
Pause
and calmly think
of that!
  Rewards for waiting on God
Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their
strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run,
and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
• Wait here comes from a primitive root word meaning:
   – to bind together (perhaps by twisting), i.e. collect; (figurative) to expect:
   – gather (together), look, patiently, tarry, wait (for, on, upon). We are to be
     twisted or bound together with our expectation on God.
• Renew – means to cut off, to spring up, to change, to go
  on forward.
   – Renewal of strength is rooted in the personality of God. ENCOUNTER
     CHANGES YOU! E.g. rechargeable batteries. If dead it can no longer give
     power to anything. It is still a battery. It still has potential to deliver power
     but the power within is gone.
AT THE CORE OF WAITING ON THE LORD IS OBEDIENCE. THE ROOT
IDEA OF WAITING IS NOT DEVOTION, IT IS OBEDIENCE. WE WAIT ON
GOD WHEN WE SAY, “NOT MY WILL BUT YOURS BE DONE LORD.”
 Rewards for waiting on God
I. Waiting on the Lord uplifts.
II. Waiting on the Lord brings endurance.
III. Waiting on the Lord strengthens.
IV. Conclusion: The secret to keep going, the secret to
renewed strength, and being able to soar and run and
walk without fainting or crashing or burning out, is to
wait on the Lord.
  “Burnout is not from doing too much, it’s
  from receiving too little.” It is imperative
 that we make the time to wait on the Lord.
        Waiting for ministry
• What God could have done for David.
  – God could have held off anointing David.
  – God could have shortened Saul's life.
  – Saul's pursuit of David took place over a number of years.
    David literally ran as a refuge from city to city.
• What David learned whilst waiting
  – David proved his loyalty to King Saul and ultimately to the
    Lord.
  – David learned to trust God in troublesome circumstances.
  – David had MERCY.
  – David deepened his reliance upon God.
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