Blog Topic: Don’t Give Up
Galatians 6:9: “So let's not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't give up.” NLT.
All my life it seems that I have had to fight for anything of value that I wanted. Whether in my personal life, my professional pursuits or in ministry, I often feel disappointed in myself and in others. When I look at other people’s lives and ministries, it seems that everybody’s achieving their goals and dreams but me. When I look back over the last eleven months, I have seen some images that reflect the fact that I have been busy working in the vineyard. I have made connections with other leaders and have fellowship-ed with other churches. We had a successful conference this month. We have been blessed to pay our bills and keep the church doors open. I have learned to use other types of social media that gave me a little more exposure. And I have visited a couple of places out of state that I haven’t visited before. I have written two books of which neither is currently published, which is such a frustration to me. But I continue to plow through my disappointment in myself and my financial situation; which keeps me from doing some of the things I need to do to further my writing career.
I continue to pastor and preach to basically the same few people that I started with in the ministry five years ago. There are times when I began to doubt whether or not I heard from God, or whether it was, “Just my imagination, running away with me.” It becomes a real effort on my part to keep focused and not get caught up in the numbers. When you are a founding pastor, it is often a very lonely journey. You don’t always have the backing of your home church. You do not have a denomination or association affiliation supporting you. You always have to be careful of people’s motives for wanting to help you and promote your ministry. Sometimes I think that God refuses to allow anyone to help me on purpose! But that is another story.
However, I tend to be rather critical and very hard on myself. In my mind’s eye, it appears that I may have started 2017 well, but I have not accomplished nearly all that I desired or set out to do. In order to gauge my success or lack thereof, It is necessary to look at my vision board, and my strategy session charts. I need to go back over my journal entries from the beginning of the year up to today's date. There are other things I can do to access my accomplishments like: looking back on my Facebook timeline, look at pictures that I posted on my FB wall. I can look back and count the number of blogs that I put up on my website and discuss with my members the things we as a church did well and those things that we need to improve up on. But the biggest concern, apart for accomplishing things, is accessing the impact that I have had on the Kingdom of God.
I am not talking necessarily about the “Churchy” stuff, but all of the other areas of life that God has told us to rule and have dominion over in the earth!!! We tend to give ourselves too much credit for the worship experiences at our local churches, the various programs and events that we conduct. We gauge our successes upon the number of activities and the amount of money we raised for these events. However, we, meaning the church,is failing or falling short in engaging in our local, state, and federal governments. I saw a Facebook post on just this matter this morning. We rob ourselves of the opportunity of being “True Kingdom Ambassadors” when we do not, “Go Into All the World,” as Jesus commanded us to do.
Well, we have come down to the last 35 days of the year. Many prophetic words have been prophesied over my life this year and I am sure yours as well. I cannot say that I have seen any of these prophetic words become manifested in my life. Prophesy is not always immediate, it is far off many times. You have to have the faith and trust in God that the words spoken from a “True” prophet of God will come to fruition. If fact, if they don’t, then you knows you were dealing or hearing from a false prophet. The point of this blog is to encourage not discourage you. Habakkuk 2:3 says: “For the revelation awaits an appointed time, it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.”
Now is not the time to give up and throw away the towel. There are many people that are prophesying about 2018 already. But let’s not put the cart before the horse. That is all well and good, but 2017 is not over yet! I still believe that there is time for God to manifest things that I have prayed about at the beginning or 2017. God is still making room for our supplications, petitions, and request to materialize. He is the Sovereign God who watches over His Word to perform it. We should not become come clock watchers and worry about the clock ticking down on this year. God is a midnight hour worker, just ask Paul and Silas.
Galatians 6:9 says, “So let's not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't give up” NLT. November 27, 2017 is not the time or the day to give up on God. He is still able to work it out. The song says, “While you are trying to figure it out, He already worked it out! The Lord still has some more surprises waiting for us this year. Keep Believing, Keep Trusting, and definitely Keep Praying. God’s timing is not like our time. We have developed a microwave mentality. We want everything in an instant. But that is not how God works! He waits for just the right time! He appoints things to manifest according to kairos not chronological time. Kairos is always God’s appointed time, the “perfect time.” The bible says that: “In the fullness of time, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law.” Galatians 4:4).
For centuries the Jews had been wondering when the Messiah would come-but God’s timing was perfect. We may sometimes wonder if God will ever respond to our prayers. But we must never doubt him or give up hope. At the right time he will respond. Are you waiting for God’s timing? Trust his judgment and trust that he has your best interest in mind. In the meantime, do not lose hope, to not grow weary, hang on in there, continue to prayer over and thank God for the prayer request that have already gone up. Continue to water the seeds you have sown with praise and thanksgiving. I believe in the words, “due season.” And at just the right time, you will reap a harvest if you don’t give out and give in. We still have time Glory to God! I am going to wait with expectation for my blessing until midnight, December 31, 11:59; until then, 2017 ain’t over until it’s over