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Waiting-Room Wisdom (Part 1)

TOT 58 | Waiting On God

 

God is good, and He loves us deeply. Everything God does is done out of love for us, including the things we don’t understand and the things we have to wait for. Patience is very important to make way for the good things God has in store for us. If you are waiting on God to manifest a promise He made you, and the wait has become a weight, this series will set you free and give you the wisdom you need to possess your promise without any heaviness!

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Waiting-Room Wisdom (Part 1)

We’re going to be talking about waiting room wisdom, but before we dive into that, let’s take a moment and let’s pray and acknowledge God. “I thank you, Heavenly Father, for the opportunity once again, to get at the feet of Jesus and to hear His word. I thank you, God, that you have given to each and every one of us all the more this day the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Jesus. I thank you that the eyes of our understanding are being enlightened that we may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe according to the working of His mighty power.

I thank you, Jesus, for your Holy Spirit and I thank you, Holy Spirit, that you will expound on the scriptures to us about the things concerning Jesus. You’re opening the eyes of our understanding and causing us to comprehend the scriptures. I thank you, Daddy, that every promise of provision and protection, Lord, and inheriting the fullness of our inheritance is our portion as we know you more. Let every blessing, God, that you promised in your word and that you’ve spoken to in our hearts manifest as we do the one thing that’s needful and that gets at the feet of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and hear His word. I thank you, Holy Spirit, that as we do so, you are transforming us into His same image as the word of God promises. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.”

I want to start off for those who have been with us, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve been going over and God has been allowing us to be firmly established in the truth that it’s God’s perfect will to provide for us. Not only is it God’s perfect will to supply all of our needs, but it’s God’s perfect will that we have more than enough to bless others. That’s the perfect will of God. We know that not because we’re taking a savant’s word for it. Remember, you won’t have to take my word for it. We’re believing that and we’re knowing that because we saw it in the word of God. We went through many scriptures and God gave us revelation and insight out of those scriptures.

Without question, if you were on that particular part of the journey with us, you know for certain that it’s God’s will to provide for us. It’s God’s will to provide our needs. It’s even God’s will to give us the desire of our hearts. We know that from a particular Psalm, “Delight yourself in the Lord and He’ll give you the desires of your heart.” It is God’s will not only that we are blessed to be a blessing, not only that our needs are supplied abundantly, but even that our heart’s desires be fulfilled. We firmly established that. If you didn’t get a chance, like always, I encourage you to read the series, even prior to this one to help you get established in the word of God and in that truth for yourself and whoever else. God is planting those seeds in you and harvest to come up in your life, or maybe even some time in the future. I encourage you to do so. It’s been such a blessing.

Wisdom Is The Principal Thing

What we’re doing is building on those series. This one, as I said, it’s called waiting room wisdom, but it’s building upon it. You’re going to quickly see why as we dive into it, but I want to start with our key scripture for this particular series. Wisdom is the principal thing. You can find this in Proverbs 4:7. I read mostly out of the new King James Version. I’m saying that for the people who are joining us for the first time, those who have been with me on the journey know that. From the New King James Version, I’ll quote it this time, “Wisdom is the principal thing. Therefore, get wisdom and in all your getting, get understanding.” It’s beautiful. I love how God not only supplies our needs, but He does in a way that’s not difficult. Anyone can follow God successfully.

God is not hiding the ball when it comes to His will, His ways for us, His desires for us. He said that, “If you seek me, you’ll find me. You knock and I’ll answer.” God is not hiding the ball. Not only is God showing us in this scripture that wisdom is important, that we should get wisdom. I love the fact that He says, “Wisdom is a principal thing.” First things first. It’s a primary thing. It’s a top first priority. I love the fact that God says that. I feel like my experience with someone who was close to me at a period of time in my life that I began to value wisdom because God was opening my eyes to this particular scripture just how important wisdom is. It is of top priority. Like the enemy comes again, she was like, “What’s the first thing I should do?” One of the first things you should do is say, “God, give me your wisdom for this. God told me plainly that wisdom wins wars, not brute strength.” That’s a quote from God. Sometimes we think that we have to have all this strength to fight a devil that’s already defeated. Conquer and win a battle that’s already won but we don’t. We need wisdom. It is a principle thing.

Wisdom sometimes will navigate you in a way that you don’t have to fight. I don’t know if you all have been blessed to read the story about the Walls of Jericho and how they came down when the children of Israel were walking around them. Someone would think if you need these walls to come down, let’s say that’s their primary prayer, “God, we need those walls to come down so we can possess our promise.” The wall represented a hindrance, something in the way, something trying to stop and preclude them from obtaining what God promised them. There’s a literal wall. The enemy tries to erect different things in our way, stop us and try to preclude us from entering into the Promised Land. Nevertheless, the prayer would be the same no matter what wall He might erect in your particular life or someone else’s particular life and the goal would be the same. Getting that wall to come down and think about them with that natural wall erected high and fortified with strength.

You think like, “We’ve got to figure out a way. Do we take it brick by brick down? We’ve got to figure out a way to get this down. Are we bulldozing this thing?” That’s the human way of thinking about that. This is why it’s important to pray to God for wisdom, but the spirit of wisdom, let them march around the wall, praising God and instruments and everything. It’s interesting. There’s no brick being pulled down. They’re not putting calluses on their hand and messing up their manicure. There is no scratching, scraping, striving, trying, sweating, backbreaking, labor, casualties, loss because part of the wall fell on somebody. All of this struggling in human effort, striving was not even at all needed. They come to find out it wasn’t needed.

The only thing they had to do is praise God and do so according to how He instructed them. It was about seven days that they marched around and on the seven-day representing completion, the number seven, those walls supernaturally came down. If you ask any contractor, if you ask any developer, “How are we going to get rid of this structure if we want to get through it or build something in place of it?” They’re never going to say, “Praise is the key. Praise is the way.” They won’t. This doesn’t mean that they’re evil in any way. It doesn’t mean either that they are foolish. It means that God’s ways are not our ways. He knows more than we know. We are wise when we’ve recognized that and we are operating in the wisdom of God when we ask God for wisdom. Since God himself said wisdom is not just something good, but it’s a principle thing.

TOT 58 | Waiting On God
Waiting On God: God wants to give you the wisdom you need to possess your promise!

 

All the more reason that you and I should be asking God for wisdom. God goes before us. You know what’s up ahead of us on this day. You’ve been on this day already. You know the end, even the beginning, but I don’t and you don’t. It’s wise to go to God and say, “Lord, bless me with the wisdom I need. If a challenge comes, God, bless me with your wisdom.” I love how God says, and I’m paraphrasing, this is in James I believe, “If anyone asks Him for wisdom, God gives the wisdom freely and without finding fault.” This is not going to be an, “I told you so” moment. God doesn’t do that anyway, but God gives wisdom freely and without finding fault. It’s good to do this on a daily basis because the wisdom that worked, maybe for one person won’t work for you. We saw that in a series, even in a generation with a father and a son, the direction God gave the father led him into being rich and prosperous.

When the son was born and came along and grew up, God directed him and his wife in another direction. It was the opposite of the direction that he directed his father in. He calls the son too when he followed God to be rich and prosperous, exceedingly wealthy in fact. The wisdom that God gave his dad was not the wisdom he needed. The wisdom that works well in one season in your life may be damning in another. Daily we are to ask God for wisdom for this day. If a challenge arises or the enemy has erected some wall and barrier, he’s trying to preclude you or even slow you down in some way, you want to ask God for wisdom and understanding because God said, “In all your getting, get understanding.”

God’s Perfect Will

Why I say that this series builds upon is because those who were with me, we spent several weeks allowing God to lay a sheer foundation in us about His perfect will being to supply all of our needs, according to His riches in glory, in Christ Jesus. To bless us in a way that we’re blessed beyond us and our immediate family as far as having enough and we have enough to reach and bless people in the world. That’s God’s perfect will. His perfect will includes abundance, not greedy gain and richest for selfish or evil desires, but God blesses us so that we can be a blessing. He prospers us like He does everything else. He prospers us with the purpose, for a purpose, and on purpose like He does everything else. God is not tripping and falling. God doesn’t have accidents. God doesn’t make mistakes.

Everything God does is on purpose and with the purpose and everything. We have a purpose. God made us on purpose with a purpose. God blessing us beyond what we need more than even what we desire is for a purpose. It is for us, our benefit and our family, but it even extends beyond that. It’s God’s perfect will that we are in abundance. I’m telling you that lack is not the will of God, it’s not. Why would God say, I believe it’s Psalm 23, “The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not lack?” Why is it that every time someone came to God with some need, I’m talking about monetary like the people were hungry. You’ve got the two fishes and the five loaves. Jesus multiplied that and feed thousands upon thousands of people with that. The Bible says that there were leftovers.

Jesus said, “Gather up the fragments so that nothing is lost.” God’s will is not lacking. God’s will is not having enough. We established that firmly because God has given us the blessing of His word. Like I said, establishing that sheer foundation in us, that’s God’s perfect will and I believe God gave us the faith. Our faith has been ignited, and I know that it’s going to produce results that last and these results will yield fruit beyond what we prayed and asked God for. I believe that and I know that. I can say that with certainty. The question then becomes at this point for a lot of people, “Vaughn, I heard it and God firmly put His word in me and I haven’t let the enemy snatch that word from my heart but when?”

There are people who are longing for the manifestation of their prayers to be answered. I can understand that. I am a woman of faith, praise be to Jesus who gave it to me. What God does cannot be undone but I am also human. I can understand praying, faith, and believing God, and then sometimes there’s a period of waiting. The reason why I believe God wants to address this, and this is the whole premise for the second book that God published through me titled You Gotta Let God Finish!, is I was at a place where I was waiting on God to manifest the promises He had made me and that I was believing Him for.

God had given me His word. He’s given us His word and I believe God like I believe you believe God. I was holding onto that word like you might’ve been holding onto that word for weeks and maybe even months for some of us. For some, even years. I know for myself, it’s years. The wait became a weight. I’m talking about an unbearable heavyweight. If anybody is there where they’re feeling like a longing for that manifestation, they know God will do it. They got sheer words from God, solid faith in God, holding on without wavering but goodness gracious, when? That’s human nature cry.

Do not feel condemned beloved and do not feel bad. Honestly, this is your Papa, this is an intimate relationship. That can happen even in a marriage, maybe one spouse is ready to have a child and another one is maybe not ready. You’re like, “They’re saying that, but I’m going to do it.” You’re like, “Okay.” As time goes by you’re going to be like, “When do you think you’ll be ready?” That happens in an intimate relationship. Our relationship with God is the most intimate relationship we’ll ever have. There’s nothing wrong with asking God when, but it is something wrong when the waiting on God becomes a weight, like a heavy unbearable burden. God doesn’t want that for us. He doesn’t want that for you and me. That’s what this series is birthed out of and it is that hardship I was experiencing while I was waiting that that whole book came from that moment in time in my life.

God began to build and expound on it until it became an entire book. It was for sure what I needed and I’ll always say that about that book. That book God wrote to me and then through me, 100%. There’s no question. No one probably needed that revelation quite as I did. It’s amazing like I say sometimes I was on the stage and sitting in the audience simultaneously at the same time. God was offering a book through me, but I know it wasn’t me. It was the Holy Spirit who authored the book and it was me who pinned it. I wrote it down. For sure I can understand if that’s where you’re at. As I said, I know we’ve had our faith ignited and we’ve been believing God. We want to talk about some wisdom that’s needed while we wait. This doesn’t mean you’re going to wait long. I want you to know that. We can come in agreement that the answer will come on time and speedily in Jesus’ name but I do want to give you this wisdom that God gave me. I know I’ve touched on it before, but I felt from God to dive deeply into it during this time.

TOT 58 | Waiting On God
Waiting On God: Not only is it God’s perfect will to supply all of our needs, but it’s His perfect will that we have more than enough to bless others.

 

God Is Good

Before I go into more about the reasons why we don’t want the wait to become a weight and things of that nature, I want to first say let’s start here. God is good. He’s very good. It is His makeup. Not only does God do something good, He does good things, but God is good. It’s who He is like God is love. God is good. God is just. It’s not just that He executes justice, it’s not just that He displays and loves on us. He is love. He is just. God is wisdom. We must know that everything God does, including when He does it, and when He chooses not to do it. It is coming from God being good. God does not intend to harm us or want to harm us or is trying to harm us. God is not doing that. It’s truly, wholly, completely, and only coming from a place of love and goodness.

Children of God, that is absolute in your life. I understand we’re living in what they call uncertain times and not too many things seem to be absolute, but that is absolute. That check you can take to the bank, it doesn’t matter which number you write on it. You can fill in that little box with the dollar amount, whatever your heart desires, and multiply it. It will cash every time, that’s for certain. We want to have that in the front of our minds and firmly established in our hearts that God is good because sometimes when we’re waiting, it feels questionable. I’m keeping it real because I don’t know how else to keep it. People who know me know that I’ve been told before, “You’re being too blunt and that’s too direct.” I’m like, “Why would we tiptoe around the truth?” Let’s smack right into that thing. It is what it is. That’s more of my personality, but for sure it can feel burdensome sometimes.

The answer is not that we never wait for anything. Wouldn’t we like that to be the answer? I probably would and it would be probably to our detriment, but the flesh is like, “I want it when I want it and I wanted it yesteryear, not even yesterday.” God is good and He loves us so much. He is always doing what’s best for us. He does it when it’s best for us. A lot of wisdom for waiting starts with that. It starts with knowing, believing, meditating, singing songs, declaring, and letting yourself be reminded of that. Whether that’s an anointed devotional or you’re watching an anointed preaching or you’re reading to this blog, which I know God has anointed. You have to do that.

We have to because yes, we walk by faith and not by sight, we are preaching machines and we all feel what God’s spirits, but yes, we are still human. Sometimes humanity knocks and it’s like, “It’s me. It’s human nature and I plan on taking you for a ride.” We’re going to be ready for it. Wisdom is the principal thing and we’re getting wisdom. I also wanted to tell you as we start this, that there are things in my life that are important things that I’m waiting on God for, and I’ve been waiting for me, what’s quite some time. It’s been a couple of years or more in fact. To me, that’s quite some time. For other people, maybe their patience is like, “It’s not a big deal.” To each his own.

I wanted to say that too because I don’t want anyone to think that I’m able to say what I’m saying confidently because I’ve arrived. I have not arrived. No matter how many times you see me on the stage, holding a microphone, I am also in the audience and I have a note pad and pen and I’m jotting notes like you. Keep both of those things in mind. First and foremost, God is good. Secondly, me, the messenger God is sending to release this particular message is also human. There are things that I’m still waiting for God to manifest in my life and they are important, nothing less than vital. They involve things as serious as my children. That should tell parents everything they need to know about that.

If we’re waiting on something important, no matter how long we’ve been waiting, it’s not God’s will that this waiting period becomes a burden, some weight on our shoulders. As a matter of fact, Jesus himself said in Matthew 11: 29-30, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me. For I am gentle and lowly in heart and you will find rest for your souls for my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Remember, we’ve been going over that God’s word is God’s will. These teach about God. God is His word. We can open up the Bible and it is opening up the heart of God.

That’s one of the greatest ways to become intimate with God. To become intimate is to know someone. You get to know God. There is no better way than through His word. A lot of times out of that is when I will hear God speak to me or expound on something I’m reading and then it becomes more than what I’m reading or when it reads to me. That is the ultimate way, I believe. We can see from these particular scriptures and it is Jesus himself. His yoke is easy. His burden is light. It’s not God’s will for us to feel heavy even while we’re waiting. During that period of time, I talked more about that in my book while I was waiting on God and the waiting became a heavyweight like an unbearable one. It’s easier to give up. It was heavy that I was throwing in the towel. I realized the consequences of such a decision, but I feel like I couldn’t go another day under that heavyweight.

Waiting Room Wisdom

That weight was not God. The waiting for it to manifest, it was God but the weight on my shoulders where I felt like I couldn’t bear another day without the manifestation was not God. While I was waiting, God who is love and who is good came and saved me from myself just when I was about to give up on that promise, give up on that particular dream. God came and He gave me what I call waiting room wisdom. God wants to give you this wisdom too so that you don’t experience what I did, where the waiting on God becomes a burdensome weight and you are handing off that promise back to God. I don’t even want to deal with it anymore. If you’re somebody who’s experiencing that and God is on time, no matter what time you read this blog, I believe God is an on-time God.

We’re going to begin discussing the reasons that God told me and this list is clearly not exhaustive, but this is what God gave me. That’s what I can give to you. Otherwise, I’m making things up and I choose not to do that. I want to begin sharing with you the revelation that God gave me about why we wait. Largely the first thing He let me know was even something that’s a blessing, the perfect will of God, for someone to have come from God. The Bible says, “Everything that comes from God is good and perfect.” You have a good and perfect blessing from God himself. It’s a blessing. No one can question it. It is something good but if it’s given out of time, God let me know, even a blessing can become a curse. I’m saying I’ve got to have it now, but let me hold my horses because wisdom is telling me, “It would not be worth it that you kick down a door that you said just had to be open and broke both of your feet and what’s behind it requires you to not only walk but run. It wouldn’t be wise.”

TOT 58 | Waiting On God
Waiting On God: We believe in God’s will not because somebody else told us to, but because it is said in His scriptures.

 

With that being said, my horses began to slow down. He says, “Slow your horses.” My impatience began to slow down a bit as I heard God say that knowing that the God who was speaking to me is good and He loves me.” I’m giving Him the benefit of that. I’m going to give Him a moment when He asks for it. I’m ready to give up and being like, “Give me a minute.” I’m like, “You and you alone will I give this minute to because I’m fresh out of minutes. I’m done waiting but go ahead, tell me what you want to tell me.” He went past all of my impatience and frustration and all of it, loved on me and gave me the wisdom I needed to possess that promise. I almost gave up something big and good. I’m letting God use me that if you’re there, you do not give up. Please don’t do that. Let God through me with the same wisdom and revelation and in your own time, expounding on it, give you what you need.

We already went over that God loves us. We know that God wants what’s best for us. We want to humble ourselves and say, “This is also true even when we don’t understand it.” There’s the flesh-killing part right there, “God loves me, fine. He knows what’s best for me.” God is wisdom. That makes sense to me. He’s all-knowing. Even if I don’t understand it, what about I don’t like it? Is God still love? Is He still all-knowing? Is He still doing what’s best? The answer is absolutely. Parents and even caregivers, aunts, uncles, seriously there are people who love children, even if they haven’t given birth to one yet, or decided not to. The point is, when you’re someone who’s been in a parental role or caregiving role, you’ll best understand this particular revelation. You understand it more easily, at least. When raising a child, you realize that there are things that our child can deeply desire. They almost become a knack, “Can you buy me this?” Those children are diligent to get what they need and Jesus said, “Come to me like a child.” Sometimes I’m like that. I’m like, “Jesus, did you do it?” I’m like a child with Him and I love the fact that I can be.

As a parent, as a caregiver, you know this child better than they know themselves. You even know the ins and outs about what it is that they desire, whether that’s a toy, as a video game or it’s the type of clothing that a daughter may want. You know them the things about the environment they’re in and they will be in and go in from day-to-day outside of the house. You know what’s age-appropriate and what’s not. You know the effects that things can have. No matter how much they want something, you know they’re allergic to something inside of there. You know that. They have this deep desire, but you knowing what you know, sometimes the answer is like, “Not now.”

Let’s say that it’s something that they were allergic to. It’s not a no, it’s just a not now because what you’re going to do is say, “Not that cake. Let’s have them make that cake the same one, but have them hold off on the nuts. That child was allergic to those.” That waiting is not a punishment. That waiting is a blessing. If that child wants that cake so much right now that they’re casting off wisdom and restraint just to have it now, they can eat something that could potentially kill them, but for sure harm them if they’re allergic to it. They could have waited on another cake to be baked without that harmful ingredient. That’s what I mean. Parents understand that and this is what God meant about an untimely blessing that can even become a curse.

That is why you find some people and parents have wills for example. They make a will for their children. They can have several children, but you’ll notice they’ll make a will for these several children and the allotment is equal. Let’s say that they leave them $100,000 each, but for one particular child, they may say, “This child can inherit $100,000 upon turning twenty.” You get another child, and remember these parents know these children intimately, and they say, “They can get this same $100,000, but not until they are 25.” The parent is not doing that to punish the child. They know that child, the lifestyle they live, their tendencies and ways. They may even know the people they’re hanging around.

They say, “Based on what I know and most of all, based on the fact that I love them and I want what’s best for them, they’re going to wait until they’re 25 instead of twenty.” Parents and caregivers, I know you can understand that. That truly is the heart of God. We’re going to pick up where we left off here and expound a little bit more on how blessings giving out time can become a curse. We’ll go a little bit deeper into some more of this wisdom, but keep in mind, it’s not exhaustive. I love you. God bless you. I’ll talk to you next time.

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