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UNDERSTANDING DIVINE DELAY

By cdmi on August 11, 2019 in CDMI church, Kololo

UNDERSTANDING DIVINE DELAY

One of the reasons why we are seeking the Lord this month is to know Him. (Philippians 4:10). There is nothing as important as getting a relationship with Him. Today we have many challenges. If you are working out your salvation while looking at someone you might get disappointed. It is time to look unto Jesus. There is a tendency of the church making people look at the man of God and not the God of the man. It is time for us to change our mind set. We need to move from the level of asking to the level of seeking so that we get to learn how to have communion with God. The communion where you feel the presence of God and fall in love with Him to the extent of ending your prayer session without asking God for anything but just love.

Why do we delay to breakthrough to get to God? One of the causes of divine delay is when God notices we are seeking material things and not Him. Between prayer and the results is waiting. In waiting sometimes we do not know what to do, why God is not responding, why He seems to be quiet and yet we are living in a society where every thing is instant. But our God does not change. There is nothing like “Microsofting” God. You cannot google God. You cannot google the presence of God. We have to seek God the way Abraham and Peter did because God does not change. (Hebrews 13:8) Since God is the same, the same price they paid is what we have to pay.

Delays are a daily occurrence and they discourage people. Often times we find ourselves asking why. Why the delay and yet you are doing something for the Lord? John 5:1 – 18 shows Jesus with the man at the pool of Bethsda who had delayed healing for 38 years. The man had made an effort to seek healing but his focus was on the pool and he was putting the blame on others. The one asking him is the savior but he was focused on something different. You might be seeking but your hope is some where else.

When there’s divine delay, sometimes God wants you to understand a certain principle or to fast. In the process sometimes we feel like twisting God’s hand and are frustrated and angry. But, do not lose heart, do not faint. (Galatians 6:9 and 2 Corinthians 4:16) We need to keep looking up to Him and keep doing the good work. (Isaiah 1:19) As you seek God continually, He begins to correct your character and behaviors. But if we murmur and live in unforgiveness, we cause a delay.

When Joseph experienced delay, God was in it. He was teaching Him something through the dreams. He was waiting for His perfect timing. Joseph had to wait. We also have to wait on God because He has perfect timing. So continue seeking Him and in that continue doing good because in the right time He will come through.

There are certain things that show delay caused by the enemy. Its better for a person to have slow progress than experiencing delay. You may think you are making progress but in the sight of others you are in delay. You may have a mission but cannot fulfill it. For example, having a job but failing to provide for your immediate family, fifty years old but still never married. When it comes to this, you have to fight. Daniel’s answer in Daniel 10 were already available but the angel delivering the answer had been captured in the spiritual realm.

Daniel in the same chapter is called beloved of the Lord because he was a frequent seeker of the Lord. He prayed 3 times a day. However, some of us only go to God’s presence once a week. We therefore need to know the cause of our delay.

WHY GOD ALLOWS DIVINE DELAY

By cdmi on August 11, 2019 in CDMI church, Kololo

WHY GOD ALLOWS DIVINE DELAY

Scriptural Reference 1 Samuel 1

We are in terrible days when seducing spirits are turning people away from the faith. (1Timothy 4:1) You need to have a personal relationship with God. Seek Him to know Him, understand Him and have fellowship with Him. Do not seek the man of God, SEEK GOD.

Seeking God involves waiting. In waiting we may experience divine delay. Do not fight God when it is a divine delay. He could be protecting you from a wrong decision. For example, God closed Hannah’s womb because He wanted to birth a Prophetic voice in Israel. There was a Peninah who came into her life provoking her to fast and pray until she made a vow to give her son to the Lord if He gave her one. God also wants to benefit from our prayers. He needed a prophetic voice while Hannah needed a son. It was the partnership He was looking for.

God causes you to delay so that you produce the extra ordinary. No one knows Peninah’s children but Samuel has 2 books that speak of his life in the bible. Samuel was a child of a price. Therefore, delay is not denial. Sometimes God is preparing you for something extraordinary in your life that will be like a bill board that people read and see the Hand of God upon your life.

Before getting your breakthrough, you need to have a proper foundation. Sometimes we do not have the foundation that can uphold the breakthrough we are asking God for. A big breakthrough on a weak foundation will cause a crack. God desires that you prosper but you are not ready for the prosperity? As you pray, strengthen your foundation by praying, reading the word, honesty, integrity and working on your character. In seeking God He will tell you where you need to change or what you need to correct.

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IDOLS OF THE HEART

By cdmi on August 11, 2019 in CDMI church, Kololo

IDOLS OF THE HEART

Scriptural reference: Jeremiah 29:11-14

When we seek the Lord with all our hearts and we find Him, He turns away our captivity. Seeking deals with the heart. (Isaiah 29:13, Matthew 15:7-8, Colossians 3:22)

Fearing God has to do with the heart, serving God has to do with the heart and even seeking and prayer has to do with the heart. (Ezekiel 14:1-4)

Any idol in your heart is a stumbling block that hinders you from reaching God. We tend to have secret idols in our hearts. (Matthew 12:33). Anything in your heart that has replaced God is an idol.

In this process of seeking God let us ask Him to search our hearts and show us the idols of our hearts. You cannot breakthrough without God pointing at an “Isaac” in you. God blessed Abraham after he had given up Isaac as a sacrifice.

Is power your idol, or popularity, pleasure, knowledge? Envy is also an idol, just like bitterness, unforgiveness, doubt, selfishness and evil thoughts. Ask God for grace to identify what is in our hearts. He does not despise a broken heart before Him.

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