Here is a power packed message entitled Waiting on the Promise.
Acts 1:4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.
And we to as Victory Outreach Cape Town have been given a promise and that promise is that “Rain is Coming”
And many of us would love for that promise to immediately come into effect but the reality is that before the promise comes to pass God will have us in a waiting season.
So what are some of the things you and I should know when we go through the waiting seasons of the Lord.
Where we wait
Jesus had just been with the disciples for 40 days in his resurrected form and now he tells them to wait in Jerusalem until the promise that God the Father gave to them comes to pass.
Many think that the disciples stayed in the upper room for the whole time, but scholars believe that the disciples would go back and forth from the upper room to the temple while they were waiting on the promise.
In God’s house on Sunday, connect to a LIFE group on Tuesday, join the music team and their rehearsals throughout the week, come to service on Friday night.
Position ourselves in the right places as we wait on the promise of God to come to pass.
How we wait
The next thing we must ask ourselves is how do we wait as we are waiting on the promise that God has given to us.
You and I must wait with an attitude of prayer.
Acts 1:13 When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. 14 They all joined together constantly in prayer
Many interpret that constantly in prayer means continually in prayer, but it doesn’t mean continually as if for the 10 days strait they didn’t stop praying, but for those days while they were waiting, they would consistently gather together for times of earnest fervent prayer, where they would be trusting God to bring the promise to pass.
We must remember that the promise God has given us for rain is also directly connected to an attitude of prayer.
I Kings 18:42 So Ahab went off to eat and drink, but Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bent down to the ground and put his face between his knees. 43 “Go and look toward the sea,” he told his servant. And he went up and looked. “There is nothing there,” he said. Seven times Elijah said, “Go back.” 44 The seventh time the servant reported, “A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea.”
And during the waiting season you and I must choose to do the right things that will help to usher in the promise of God.
Reminds me of the difference between Mary and Martha:
Luke 1039 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” 41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. c Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Why we wait
- There are other things that are connected to the fulfilment of the promise
- God is deepening, maturing & preparing us to handle the promise