Preparation, Process and Promise

by Tereciah on July 31, 2014

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Preparation, Process, Promise

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I wish God would hurry up and do what I’ve prayed for Him to do!

Did you just gasp? Well, don’t. I have seriously thought that on many of occasions!

See, God and I have these conversations where I ask Him all these questions and eventually He gives me an answer.  This time the answer I received, was one word: Preparation.

Why would God choose David and have him anointed as future king over Israel for him to be hunted like a traitor, for about 10 years, and then, another couple more before he was fully accepted by all Israel?

Preparation.

Why would He give Joseph a dream of great importance only for him to go through 17 or so years of betrayal, slavery, and hurt?

Preparation.

Why would God allow Abraham to go thru years of waiting for a promised child then to be asked to give him up in a sacrifice?

Preparation.

Why did God allow Jesus to go thru 33 years as a man, learning, feeling, and teaching, only to be crucified on a cross, and not call forth His legions of angels?

Preparation.

Why would God call you, place a desire in your heart to do something good; why would He show you visions and talk to you in dreams?  Why would He have prophecy spoken to you and promised you it will come to pass, only for you to have setbacks and trials?

Here’s your answer, are you ready?  Preparation!

Preparation is defined as the action or process of making something ready for use or service or of getting ready for some occasion, test, or duty.

You, my friend, are in preparation.

But the preparation brings a process that sometimes feels like you are in a wilderness!  Without the process you can’t have the promise. Remember that!

The process doesn’t feel good – at all!  You’re fighting spiritual, physical, and emotional battles.  Sometimes you take two steps forward only to look around months later and you’ve ended up three steps backwards.

The process consist of lots of tears, doubts, fasting, praying, faith and patience.  Its God’s way of stripping away everything that doesn’t resemble Him and allowing you to see the mess you were – inside and out. The Holy Spirit is there strengthening and guiding you on the days when you are weak and just don’t know what else to do.

In the preparation you are waiting.  Not literally sitting still, but working while you wait.  It involves a lot of patience and it requires God to have you in a place where He can have your full attention.  It’s a place of rest, of being still.

In your preparation phase God is teaching and imparting into you His wisdom and knowledge.  He’s getting you ready for the next leg of your journey, a phase that can take months or even years!

Many times God will place a desire in your heart or a calling on your life and we tend to think it must be done right away.  Just because you may be call to preach doesn’t mean you’re supposed to be at someone’s alter preaching the next month. Nope. Not so!

In order for you to become and do what God has ordained over your life and for you to be effective there are physical, emotional and spiritual things you need to take care off.  A cleaning so to speak.

He may desire you to work on your weight, your finances or your marriage.  The Holy Spirit may impress on you about your attitude, your thought process or your faith.  You may need to take classes to become more adept at what He’s placed on your heart. You may have to relocate, loose a job, wait until the children are out of the house, learn how to take orders and be submissive to those in authority over you and not be judgmental. You may need to change friends, change the places you frequent, the things you read or listen too.  He may desire you to learn about service by serving others.

Moses was born to be a leader, he just didn’t realize it. But in order for him to step into that role God had to strip, teach, and grow him for 40 long years – and that was just for him to lead the people out of Egypt!  He still had another 40 years of learning from God in how to be a leader and teach the now freed slaves about God.

God couldn’t use Joseph as He was because of pride. If pride was still in Joseph when his brothers arrived looking for grain, he would have had them punished, or even killed.

God can’t use you if you don’t go thru the process. He’s preparing you.

In your preparation you will find rest.  In your preparation God will be glorified in your life.

“Preparation plus process equals the promise!” Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. Heb 11:1-2 NIV

Don’t give up. Keep serving, worshipping, believing and sowing seeds.  The manifestation will come pass!

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Gal 6:9 NIV

Be Blessed!

Tereciah V. Smithen-Quintana

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