The theme for the day: What are you waiting on?
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Isaiah 40:31 (NKJV)
But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.
The year 2020 stands out as a period of anxious wait in combating COVID-19. On 23rd January 2021, Wuhan celebrated the anniversary of the world’s first lockdown with triumph, while Europe and Americas struggle with the virus and await the pandemic to cease. Waiting is exhausting and to keep hope amidst the wait is tiring as I found when we had a power outage for about 20 hours one day. God is proving Himself strong in and through us, as we become weak in ourselves in the process of waiting for His intervention. He is indeed an all-wise and all-powerful God who unfolds His plan for all humanity towards the Second Coming of Christ.
Take time to mediate this poem by Madame Jeanne Guyonne:
To me remains nor place nor time;
My country is in every clime;
I can be calm and free from care
On any shore, since God is there.
While place we seek, or place we shun,
The soul finds happiness in none;
But, with a God to guide our way,
’Tis equal joy to go or stay.
Enjoy the peace of God as you wait and soak in His love, power and wisdom.
Romans 4:17-21 (NKJV)
… This happened because Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who creates new things out of nothing. Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping—believing that he would become the father of many nations. … And Abraham’s faith did not weaken, even though, at about 100 years of age, he figured his body was as good as dead—and so was Sarah’s womb.
God is powerful to bring dead things back to life and new things out of emptiness.
God uses the time of waiting to build fresh faith.
God gives us reason to hope amidst hopelessness.
Wait on the Lord:
Jesus is Lord over our thoughts – anxieties, distresses, emotional swings and crushed dreams.
Phillipians 4:8 (NLT)
“And now…Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.“
- Claim this verse, rebuke hindrances of faith and hope in your thoughts and conversations.
- Pray fresh faith and miracles into the needy situations in your family, community group, and church family (TVC Church Prayer FB group).
- Pray that our lives of faith and hope in Christ be an example to others.
- Pray a fresh Holy Spirit anointing over TVC Church and Teesside churches to have a revelation of God’s work in these troubled times and unleash faith into the region.