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Embrace The Process!

Embrace The Process

Philippians 1:6(NLT) - And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.

I've developed a brand new philosophy. Whatever The Lord has placed on my heart is what I will write about and that's it. As a result, if He keeps telling me the same thing over and over, these daily blogs will reflect that. Obviously, He has a Word for someone out there and He's saying the same thing in different ways over the last few weeks. Nevertheless, let's get right to it. When God starts something He will continue it until He's completely finished. What does that mean? His good work in your life is not something instantaneous but it's a process.

Embrace the process! Even though God has the power to do anything He wants in an instant He chooses to work through processes that take varying periods of time. For instance, you may receive a Word from God today concerning His plans for your life but that doesn't mean it will happen immediately nor will it happen independent of your actions. Attached to God's promise is a process. Therefore, whether or not you go through the process determines if you ever get to see the promise manifest in your life.

For 4000 years there were prophecies concerning Jesus and what He would accomplish on the cross. Yet, when He came to earth, He had to actually decide to go to the cross for any of it to happen. How do we know that? We read the account in Matthew 26:36-46 of Jesus making the tough decision in the Garden of Gethsemane to accept God's process of redemption even though He momentarily didn't want to go through with it. God's process for Jesus included taking the sin of all humanity on His shoulders and dying on the cross. Outside of that, nothing else would work to break the curse of sin and death that was initiated when Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden. Jesus embraced the process and now we're free from sin.

Hebrews 10:36(KJV) - For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.

Many people receive a promise from God, then sit around waiting for it to happen. What they don't realize is that they only receive the promise after they have done The Will of God. Obedience, not time is the controlling factor. Only after obedience is complete, does time become the controlling factor. You can't wait for the promise to manifest before you do God's Will because the clock doesn't start until after your obedience. Therefore, it's important to evaluate the true circumstances behind any delay in the manifestation of a promise from The Lord.

So where are you in the process right now? Perhaps you are waiting for a Word from The Lord. Maybe you've passed that stage. Perhaps you already received The Word but have done nothing with it yet you are waiting for it to come to pass. Maybe you are even further along. Perhaps you have already carried out God's instructions that are attached to His Word. If that's the case, you are in a good place because now that you've done your part, God's on the clock. Just be patient. When He makes a promise and you go through the process He delivers on His promise at His appointed time.

If you're single and God promised you a spouse, there's a process. If you're unemployed and God promised you a job, there's a process. If you're poor and God promised you wealth, there's a process. If you're sick and God promised you health, there's a process. When God makes a promise, that's the beginning of His good work in your life. However, He will continue that work through a process until it is complete. Only then, can the promise you received by faith become tangible. As a result, whatever it is that God requires of you, just do it. Don't delay or block God's promise by delaying or withholding your obedience.

Here's a simple example. When The Children of Israel were on the brink of entering The Promised Land for the first time in Numbers 13, they didn't follow God's instructions because they were afraid of the giants that stood before them. As a result, they forfeited the promise and God waited for all of them to die before their children were given another chance. God's promise came with a process and they didn't embrace it because of fear. We should all learn from their example and do better.

What's the process attached to your promise? Embrace the process and you'll get the promise.

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