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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Five Things to Do While I’m In A Waiting Period

In review of Matthew 7:7 it says, “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.”

Bottom Line:
Earnestly seek and you will receive.
Ask, search and knock. You will receive, find and the door will be opened.

What this means to me:
In the times of waiting, I am to keep on asking, seeking, and knocking. If I do, I will receive what I’m asking for, find what I’m looking for and the door will be opened for me.

What I’m learning is that in times of waiting (a waiting period), I shouldn’t put everything on hold. Rather, I should continue to act on and continue the habits that grow a strong faith.

Here are five things I should keep on doing, even while waiting:

First, I am to keep on praying. Today’s verse says, “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7 NLT). So I shouldn’t give up, I need to keep on praying, an answer will come.

Secondly, I am to keep on serving. Romans 12:11 says, “Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.” Don’t worry about having a significant ministry. Just make what I’m involved with significant.

Thirdly, I am to keep on going and being part of a small group. Hebrews 10:25 reminds us to, “Let us not give up the habit of meeting together …. Instead, let us encourage one another all the more, since you see that the Day of the Lord is coming nearer” (TEV).

Fourthly, keep on sowing. Ecclesiastes 11:6 says, “Keep on sowing your seed, for you never know which will grow —perhaps it all will” (TLB).

And lastly, keep on believing. The Apostle Paul reminds us, “You must keep on believing the things you have been taught. You know they are true” (2 Timothy 3:14).

The key point is to stay active and not become passive. God won’t be able to guide or steer me if I become a parked car! Don’t tell God that you’re waiting on him. Turn on the ignition, and just start driving. Get or keep involved in a ministry. Get or keep involved in service. Get or keep involved with small group. I am to keep doing the things I could be doing to develop my skills and habits and become more like Jesus.

I know from personal experience that this can be tough. As my wife and I had made the decision to move from Southern California to Northern California a lot of things were up in the air as we were selling our home and trying to decide what’s next and where we will end up. It's easy to put everything on hold until you are definite about the future.  I’m glad I had made the decision to not put everything on hold and to keep on serving up until we left.

In summary, in the times of waiting, I am to keep on asking, seeking, and knocking. If I do, I will receive what I’m asking for, find what I’m looking for and the door will be opened for me.  I need to stay involved, seek fellowship with a small group and continue to take steps to be more active regarding my faith.

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