Saturday, November 18, 2017

The Process of Time, God, and Prayer MissRhoadie

The Word often speaks of something occurring in the "Process of Time".  This refers to an indefinite passage of time (usually long) where an individual has to wait for an answer to prayer to occur.  In Exodus 2:23 the Word speaks that in the process of time, the King of Egypt, died and the Israelite cried out because of their enslavement.  Their cries reached the Heavens and God delivered them through Moses.  However, it occurred in the "Process of Time" which for the Israelites was over 400 years (Exodus 12:40).  

We live in a Society of Convenience 

I must admit, I often struggle with the process of time.  This is because I was raised in a society of convenience.  Here in the U.S. we have the latest advanced technologies and knowledge is dispensed within seconds at the click of a mouse.  We have drive through fast food lines, online banking, and other conveniences that eliminate the need for "waiting".  

However, with God I will say that many circumstances involve a process of time.  There is a space between when you pray and your answer manifest.  That space can be 1 sec, 1 min, 1 hour, or 1 year.  It may be even longer like 1 decade or 1 century.  However, we must keep the faith knowing that the answer will arrive at the proper time.  We must persevere through the time challenge and not become discouraged.  

Ecclesiastes 3:1  To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the heaven.   

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

God Redeems the Time MissRhoadie

"I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, the cutter, my great army, which I sent among you." Joel 2:25

The great thing about God is that he is a restorer of time and circumstances. He is Almighty and All Powerful. He is the Benevolent one and His Kindness extends to all generations. God is the only Being that can give a person 20 years of progress in one second. He can give someone an idea that will sustain their family for eternity.

In life we often experience what we call “set backs”. You are headed in a forward direction and then suddenly something strikes that causes you to be “set back” or lose progress. It can be sickness, finances, family troubles. However, God is a restorer and can restore a person to their former condition, as if the set back never occurred. Not only does He restore a person to their former condition but they often have the experience of perseverance that causes them to be more insightful, wise, and better than where they were when they first started the journey.

A Time for Everything

The word states that “there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the sun” Ecclesiastes 3:1. Just as a pregnancy has an appointed gestation period, God's promises also undergo a time of gestation. This period varies depending on God's Will for your life. A chicken time of gestation is much shorter than that of an elephant. A human gestation period is longer than a leopard. So we do not have to get hung up on the human construct called “time”. God restores time, redeems time, and is in control of “time”.

In closing we know that the “Race not given to the swift or the strong but to he who endures to the end”. Ecclesiastes 9:11

Monday, October 30, 2017

God's Concept of Time MissRhoadie

"But do not forget this one thing, dear friends:  With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years is like a day..."  
2 Peter 3:8 

Time is a construct that drives Western society. From the moment we wake up in the morning we are on some type of schedule. There are time slots already occupied with appointments, meetings, and phone calls. No wonder time seem to “fly”. 

According to Business Insider (2014), America operates on a linear concept of time driven by our profit oriented society. You have heard the infamous saying, “time is money”. This is said so often because in Western society, time is viewed as a scarcity. There seems to never be enough of it in one day. 

Though I am harping on “time”, time is something that we must acknowledge. Our mind needs time to function. We have to know what time to awake, lay down for bed, and be at work. We must know how much time it takes to drive from point A to point B. We must know how much time it will take to complete a project before its deadline. 

However, God is not bound by the natural laws of time. Since He operates in the realm of Eternity, He can give a person 10 years of process in 10 minutes. There have been times where I have completed on a project that will usually take a week to in just a couple of hours. It is not because I am so competent, but that the Lord will drop ideas, thoughts, and instructions that will facilitate my progress. 

So let us be cognizant that the Lord operates outside of our schedules and our natural view of time. I will discuss this further in my next post in terms of life's milestones.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Speak it and so shall it be

Speak it and so shall it be
Scripture Reading: Genesis 1
Meditation Verse: “And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

“Speak it and so shall it be”, do you know that the gift of speech is so powerful? God almighty used this mighty vehicle to speak the whole world into existence. Since we are created in His image, we have that ability also.

However, we as human beings do not utilize our gift of speech enough. We spend most of our prayer time, begging and pleading for God to do things that we ourselves can declare into existence. How do we declare them into existence, by using His Word. God Himself did not wish, beg or plead for the world to be formed, He spoke what He wanted and it appeared. When God said “Let there be light”, light appeared.

The “how long” dilemma

Our biggest challenge is usually the time between the Spoken Word and it's physical manifestation in our lives. I once took a healing class and the instructor challenged us to look at the Creation Story differently in turns of manifestations. She stated that we often assume that when God spoke the Universe into existence, everything happened immediately. When God spoke “Let there be light” we do not know how long it actually took “light” to manifest. However, if it took 2 seconds or 2 days we know that light appeared. God was not sitting in Heaven hoping for some light. He confidently know light would appear. We have to have that same confidence.

In closing, remember that God wants us to speak things into existence. It does not matter what the “let there be” is in our life, have full confidence that if you speak according to what is in God's Word and do not deviate from that, you will have it.   

Monday, October 2, 2017

Speak Blessings into the Month of October

Speak blessings into the month of October.  Declare what you want God to do this month and declare things as the Holy Spirit reveals them to you this month.  When you get half way through the month evaluate your progress and  make changes, get wisdom, understanding, etc. by the Spirit.  God Bless! 

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof” (Proverbs 18:21).

"as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist." (Romans 4:17).

Saturday, September 30, 2017

When God raises up an adversary

"King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women besides Pharaoh’s daughter—Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians and Hittites.  They were from nations about which the Lord had told the Israelites, “You must not intermarry with them, because they will surely turn your hearts after their gods.” Nevertheless, Solomon held fast to them in love." 1 Kings 11: 1-2

"As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been. 5He followed Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molek the detestable god of the Ammonites. 6So Solomon did evil in the eyes of the Lord; he did not follow the Lord completely, as David his father had done". 1 Kings 11: 4-6

"The Lord became angry with Solomon because his heart had turned away from the Lord, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice". 1 Kings 11: 9

"Then the Lord raised up against Solomon an adversary, Hadad the Edomite, from the royal line of Edom".  1 Kings 11:14

As I was reading the account of Solomon in 1 Kings, the bold verse of scripture stood out to me.  "Then the Lord raised up against Solomon an adversary".  When you read the previous Scripture, we discover that Solomon had a love for pagan women.  Whenever he married one, he took on the worship of their pagan gods.  This was detestable to God.  

This adversary Hadad had received refuge in Egypt after fleeing Edom as a young child.    He escaped with a few Edomite officials because the army of David were destroying all the men in that city.  As the years went by, Hadad grew up in Egypt.  He later learned that David and his army commander Joab both died.  This caused Hadad to return home to Edom following the news.  

Moreover, as we continue to read, we discover that God raised up even another adversary to come against Solomon.  "And God raised up against Solomon another adversary, Rezon son of Eliada, who had fled from his master, Hadadezer king of Zobah".  1 Kings 11: 23.  
We are told that "Rezon was Israel’s adversary as long as Solomon lived, adding to the trouble caused by Hadad." 1 Kings 11:25.  

Often God will raise up adversaries to cause our hearts to turn toward Him.  If there is any area of your life where you need to repent, God may raise up an adversary to chastise you in order to get your life back in line.  He also may do as in the case of Solomon use adversaries to bring judgement upon you.  God does not judge people just for the fun of it or to be cynical, but He does so in order for us to turn our hearts fully to Him.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Declare what you want to happen for the month of September

It is the month of September, a month of transition.  As summer winds down and fall arrives, declare the changes you want done in your life.  Show God that you have committed this month to Him.  Allow Him to do all the things on Earth as He has already done in Heaven.

The Process of Time, God, and Prayer MissRhoadie

The Word often speaks of something occurring in the "Process of Time".  This refers to an indefinite passage of time (usually long...