He Is Waiting

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WE CAN APPROACH GOD
We can approach God again and again. God is open and receptive to our approaches. We do not need to fear. We can approach God with anything that is on our hearts and He is always ready and willing to listen and hear. Hebrews 4:16 So let us come boldly to the very throne of God and stay there to receive his mercy and to find grace to help us in our times of need. The key here is to go to the Lord and to stay there. Then we can receive His mercy and His grace.
HE IS WAITING
Yet the Lord still waits for you to come to him so he can show you his love; he will conquer you to bless you, just as he said. For the Lord is
faithful to his promises. Blessed are all those who wait for him to help them.
(Isaiah 30:18)
The thought that God is waiting for me to come to Him is a source of great joy and great delight.
Look at God’s motivation for waiting for us, so that He can show us His love. I want to experience more of His love. How about you? Keep on going to God; take all your issues and concerns to Him because He is waiting. Waiting to be good to each one of us. Yes, He wants to be good to you.
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Again and Again

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We can go to the Lord with everything. But what is even more of a delight is that we can keep on going to Him. We will not exhaust Him. We will not run out of opportunities to go to the Lord and call on Him. He is always waiting, always ready and always willing to receive us. Again and again we can go to the Lord. The problem comes when we begin to think that we can’t go to Him. But the truth is that the door is always open.
NEW MERCY FROM GOD EVERY MORNING
With each new day, God has something new for each of us. It is like we have fresh bread available to us each day.
There is not one day that we have to eat what God did yesterday. With God, each day is like starting all over again.
Lamentations 3:22-23 Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
The key word here is ‘NEW’. New mercy and new compassion every morning. When you got up this morning there was new mercy and compassion for you.
When you get tomorrow morning there will be more of His new compassion and mercy for you.
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Praising God With All Out Hearts

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WHAT IS IN OUR HEARTS IS EASY TO SEE
Luke 6:45 ‘The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil that is stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of the heart his mouth speaks.’
What comes out of our mouths is a reflection of what is in our hearts. If I really love God, then you will hear about it. It will emerge from the way I speak. What is stored up in your heart, today?
Luke 12:34 ‘Where your treasure is there will your heart be also.’
If we are going to love God we need pure hearts.
PRAISING GOD WITH ALL OUR HEARTS
This is something else we must do with all our hearts.
Psalm 9:1 ‘I will praise you, O Lord, with all me heart.’
Praise is a very important part of our lives.
Psalm 111:1 ‘I will extol the Lord with all my heart.’
Definition of extol: To praise highly or to glorify. If you are battling in some area, then it is time to start praising God. Praise is one of the tools to overcoming. We are called to praise God with all our hearts
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God Is Interested

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THE STORY OF PETER
The Bible tells us a story about how Peter the Apostle walked on the water to Jesus. It is a wonderful story with many lessons but it also shows us God’s character. The story happens as some of the followers of Jesus are traveling in a boat.
Matthew 14:25-31 About four o’clock in the morning Jesus came to them, walking on the water! They screamed in terror, for they thought he was a ghost. But Jesus immediately spoke to them, reassuring them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. Then Peter called to him: “Sir, if it is really you, tell me to come over to you, walking on the water.” “All right,” the Lord said, “come along!” So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he looked around at the high waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. Instantly Jesus reached out his hand and rescued him.
I love the closing sentence: ‘Instantly Jesus reached out his hand and rescued him.’ Perhaps today you may feel like you are sinking. God is ready and willing to reach down to us and help us!
GOD IS INTERESTED
The truth of that matter is that God is interested in your life. God is interested in each person. God is interested in the powerful and rich. God is interested in the average and everyday people. So no matter what category you may fall into God is interested in you. Because of this God wants to love, care and give.
Jeremiah 31:3 I have loved you, O my people, with an everlasting love; with loving-kindness I have drawn you to me.
You are not reading this by mistake. This is a divine moment because God is reaching down to you and He wants to make His love for you a reality. Just take a moment and respond. You have nothing to fear, God knows everything!
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God Came Down To Us

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GOD CAME DOWN TO US
Right from the start God came down to mankind. We see the greatest example of this when Jesus came to the earth to reach humanity.
John 3:16-17 For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son so that anyone who believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. God did not send his Son into the world to condemn it, but to save it.
There is a song we sing with the following words: ‘You came from heaven to earth, to show the way’. Jesus is an example of how God wants to reach down to us and meet us at our level with a plan to change our lives and situations. Let Him into your heart and life today.
BENDING DOWN
Psalm 116:1-2 I love the Lord because he hears my prayers and answers them. Because he bends down and listens, I will pray as long as I breathe!
I love the picture this scripture paints. I just see how God wants to make an effort to meet us at our level and come through for us. I have a little daughter and oftentimes I have to bend down and listen to her little stories. This usually happens when I get home from a long day and I am usually tired. As I bend down to listen to her it is a deliberate action on my part to give her time and to listen. I am there for her. It is the same with God. He is not too busy. He wants to make time for you and I.
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Reaching Down To Us

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Oftentimes we may feel that we have to work ourselves up to God. In most religions there is the concept of earning what their god has for them. So people end up doing all sorts of things to get favour from God. This affects the way we think and act. The truth is that God came down to mankind and reached mankind at his point of need. God came down to our level. Today, nothing has changed. God still wants to meet you where you are.
WHERE YOU ARE
Where are you today? Perhaps today you find yourself far from God. Perhaps you have gotten involved with things that you should never have touched. Perhaps you have become cold and hard on the inside. Perhaps life has just become too complicated for you. The wonder is that God wants to come and meet you where you are.
Romans 5:6 When we were utterly helpless, with no way of escape, Christ came at just the right time and died for us.
God wants to come at just the right time and meet us where we are and help us with what we need.
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God's Ways Are Different

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DON’T BE IMPATIENT
Human nature gets so impatient. We want everything immediately and in the form that we expect it to be. Don’t get discouraged. Don’t give up on God.
Psalm 27:14 Don’t be impatient. Wait for the Lord, and he will come and save you! Be brave, stouthearted, and courageous. Yes, wait and he will help you.
Psalm 40:1 I waited patiently for God to help me; then he listened and heard my cry.
Lets be patient, as we trust God.
Psalm 42:5 Why then be downcast? Why be discouraged and sad? Hope in God! I shall yet praise him again. Yes, I shall again praise him for his help.
GOD’S WAYS ARE DIFFERENT
Many times we want God to come through for us in a very specific way. We want a particular response. But we don’t have Gods perspective. He sees things in a different light. He has a thousand creative ways of solving a problem that we only see one solution to.
Isaiah 55:8-9 This plan of mine is not what you would work out, neither are my thoughts the same as yours! For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than yours, and my thoughts than yours.
Expect God to come through for you in any way possible.
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Help, God I Need You

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God wants to help us. To call on God for help is a legitimate thing to do. I have often asked God for help. The Bible has many examples of people who called on God for help. Perhaps you have been calling on God for help, or perhaps you need to call on God for your situation. God wants to come through for us. Call and keep on calling on God for help.
ASKING FOR HELP IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO
We were not designed to operate independently of God.
We were created to know God and His help in our lives. David, who wrote the Psalms, was a man mightily used by God and yet he is the one who asked for God’s help more than others. We see him asking for help, calling for help and in one case screaming for help. So today if you need help, ASK GOD.
Psalm 12:1 Help, LORD Psalm 18:6 In my distress I screamed to the Lord for his help. And he heard me from heaven; my cry reached his ears.
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Get Rid Of The Doubt

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b. A MISTAKEN TONE
Have you ever discovered that when we are going through a hard time we can begin to sound like we are going through a bad patch? Jeremiah had begun to develop this tone. It was a tone of distrust and despair.
Perhaps he was saying things like: ‘God has forgotten about me’ or ‘God does not have a plan for me’, or ‘trusting God is not really helping me’. Moaning or distrust and despair do not move God, God is moved by faith. When we develop this tone we need to take decisive steps to give up and let go of this attitude so that God can begin to use us again.
Jeremiah 15:19 Therefore thus says the Lord (to Jeremiah): ‘If you return (and give up this mistaken tone of distrust and despair)’
c. GET RID OF THE DOUBT
When we develop doubt, we set ourselves up for disaster. Doubt and suspicions about God and His faithfulness are unacceptable and vile to God.
Jeremiah 15:19 ‘and if you separate the precious form the vile (cleansing your own heart from unworthy and unwarranted suspicions concerning God’s faithfulness)’
Our doubt concerning God is unworthy and unwarranted. Don’t let it get a foothold in your life.
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God's Response

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GOD’S RESPONSE
God responds to Jeremiah in his discouragement. God gives him some advice to help him out of the hole that he had found himself in.
Jeremiah 15:19 ‘Therefore thus says the Lord (to Jeremiah): ‘If you return (and give up this mistaken tone of distrust and despair), then I will give you again a settled place of quite and safety, and you will be My minister; and if you separate the precious from the vile (cleansing your own heart from unworthy and unwanted suspicions concerning God’s faithfulness you shall be My mouthpiece. (But do not yield to them). Let them return to you – not you to (the people).’
Let’s look at God’s response:
a. RETURN TO GOD
The first thing that God does is to offer him the option of returning. Oftentimes when we are discouraged we become self-focused and self-orientated. We begin to feel sorry for ourselves. This self-orientation needs to be replaced with a returning to God and becoming God-orientated. We need to become God-conscious and remind ourselves that God is all-powerful and limitless. We must stop limiting God and return to a pace of faith in God.
Jeremiah 15:19 Therefore thus says the Lord (to Jeremiah): ‘If you return’
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