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A New Kind Of Waiting

While journeying through the season for Advent, it centers around waiting. God’s chosen people in the Old Testament were waiting for the Messiah, the One who was promised in the Scriptures. The sad thing is that they had a preconceived idea of what their Messiah would look like, and so when He came in a different way than they expected, they missed Him.

We understand waiting in line at a store and all the patience required when we are in a hurry. We may even understand waiting for a longing in our heart to finally be fulfilled. What we sometimes don’t understand is waiting on the Presence of the Lord to come upon us, or a place, or a situation.

We know that the Lord Jesus lives inside of us through the person of the Holy Spirit. He is there to guide us, counsel us, remind us of Jesus and His Truth. But the Bible also speaks of the Spirit coming upon you. Acts 1:8 says, “You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.”

What does it look like? Well, it looks like none of you and all of Him. When the Bible says “Our God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12:29) it actually has two parts. One is a consuming as in a “burning up” of all self: your pride, your selfish agendas, your fleshly desires. But the second part is being all-consumed as in “taken over” by the Spirit. When the Spirt comes upon you, I believe it takes both parts of His consuming fire.

Why is this so important? Because of Isaiah 40:31. “They that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength.” So many do things in their own strength and they become burnt out. But when you wait on the consuming fire of the Lord, you operate from His strength, not yours.

They shall rise up on wings as eagles.” This means that when an eagle sees a storm, he stretches out, locks his pinions, and flies into that storm with the confidence that it will not destroy him but rather lift him above it. We need the Holy Spirit for every storm we face.

When an eagle sees a storm, he stretches out, locks his pinions, and flies into that storm with the confidence that it will not destroy him, but rather lift him above it.

They shall run and not grow weary.” Hebrews 12:1 encourages us to run the race set before us. We can’t run the race of fulfilling our purpose physically, mentally, emotionally, and relationally without His strength, and His help to give us perseverance and endurance. The Bible says that His strength is PERFECT. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

They shall walk and not faint.” The Bible tells us to walk by the Spirit so we will not gratify the desires of our flesh. If we walk by our own strength and power, that natural, fleshly energy wears off; wears down. We get blisters on our feet. Our knees ache. The sun scorches. We feel dehydrated. But when empowered, you can keep on walking.

So, currently, we are waiting for the return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And as we wait, may we learn the value of waiting for Him to come upon us and our circumstances, so we can be strengthened, taught, rise above, and not grow weary in our well doing. (Galatians 6:9) Release your preconceived ideas of how it will look when the Spirit comes upon you or a situation you face. He may do it differently every time. Don’t miss Him as our forefathers did. Wait. I say wait upon the Lord. (Psalm 27:14)

This is the new kind of waiting we, the Bride of Christ, must learn.

Merry Christmas!

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