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God turned it around!  But what does that mean? You can’t see it, nothing has changed, the bill is still due, your heart is still hurting, but God already turned it around…
If you have been or are in God’s waiting room, you know that it can be the most uncomfortable place to be — It’s the nighttime of our faith (Psalm 30:5).  God is working things together for the good of our faith when it’s nighttime. Patience is a fruit of the spirit, not a skill of the flesh (Galatians 5:22).
Haven’t you noticed that when our faith is challenged, the light of hope tends to get dim — or goes out completely.  Anytime we have a faith challenge bigger than before, or a challenge that we have not grown from yet, it’s a set up for our come up.
Why?  Because God does His best work when we have to walk by faith and not by sight.  God already knew what you needed before you needed it: “…For your Father knows what you need before you ask him” (Matthew 6:8). When we’re waiting, God is working — on us.
Take it one step farther. God knew when you would need it and what you would need before you were even born: “Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be” (Psalm 139:16).
Did you see that God wrote your need and the answer in His book before you were born into this life? We’re living in God’s history, our present is God’s past, today is God’s yesterday.  God is not turning it around, God already turned it around!
God uses “It,” whatever our it is that challenges our faith, to grow our faith.  It takes time and pressure to produce a diamond, and the only time we grow in faith is when our faith is challenged, resisted — the nighttime.  When it’s nighttime, it’s growing time.
Put This In Your Spirit:
The Apostle Paul was chief among Apostles.  As a condition, requirement to be an Apostle in the bible, one had to be taught directly by Christ.  Unlike the other Apostles in the bible, the Apostle Paul was not taught on earth.  While unconscious from a beating, Apostle Paul was caught up to heaven and revealed the word of God directly from the Lord.  Now, imagine being caught up to heaven and God giving you a private, one-on-one faith study, and then finding yourself with a thorn in the flesh — a pain so intense, that all of your teaching goes out of the window.  Nighttime — This is what happened to the Apostle Paul and will happen to us (2 Corinthians 12:3-10).
If you thought your faith had arrived, you would agree that the Apostle Paul should have been more than arrived.  But he wasn’t, and neither are we.  Faith does not grow because we have it, faith grows because we go through it with God. We don’t meet grace when we read about it, we meet grace when we cannot do anything about it.
The Apostle Paul tells us what God uses nighttime for: “Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:8-10).
Did you catch it?  Nighttime is God’s time to:
  1. Introduce us to grace on a new level
  2. Perfect the power of His word in our weakness
  3. Increase the resurrection power of Jesus on our life
  4. Turn our fears, weaknesses into supernatural strength
Victory in Christ is not just what shows up on the outside but also what grows up on the inside.  Our victory in faith produces our victories in life.  You’re not being delayed or punished, you’re being prepared and promoted.  Have you asked God what He’s working on inside of you?  What fruit is God growing?
Trust God, your prayer is already answered.  You’re not waiting on victory, you’re growing to victory.
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We just are not wired to wait.  Nothing about waiting is appealing or enjoyable in the flesh.  We want what we want when we want it, and the less we understand about what the wait is for the worse the wait is.
Those times between prayers going up and promises coming down can “feel like” the worst times in our faith walk — if you’re human.  The fact is, the bible does not tell us that we wait on promises or that God goes to work when our need shows up. 
Put This In Your Spirit:  The bible said, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10).  We aren’t waiting on the promise, we’re waiting in the promise.  We don’t have a wait, we have a work that grows us to the level of faith that manifests the promise that existed before our need did!
The weight in our wait comes from our faith being challenged.  Have you noticed that our heart and mind is stressed up the most when we are, “Waiting on God?”  Have you noticed that when we cannot see (or trust) what God is doing, our emotions tend to start doing the fool? Don’t think some of us are exempt from the stress that comes from being in God’s waiting room — Jesus sweated blood in the waiting room (Luke 22:44).
God is saying, I’m not working on the promise, I’m using the problem to grow your fruit. Watch this, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).  God already knows that If we try to wait in the flesh, the wait will become a weightPatience is a fruit of the spirit, not a mental or an emotional skill (Galatians 5:22).
In other words, waiting starts to break us, stress us, discourage us because without the fruit of Patience, we don’t have what it takes to wait. Sometimes God has to wait for the fruit of Joy to mature in order for us to handle His no.  Remember, the Apostle Paul didn’t get His thorn removed, he received grace for his race.  Can your Joy handle: He’s not bringing them back, He’s going to move you forward. He’s not going to fix them, He’s going to grow your trust so you will believe Him when He shows you who somebody is. He’s not going to make it happen overnight, it will happen when the time is right. He won’t open the door you want, He’s opening the door that leads to your destiny.  If our Joy is not mature enough to handle God’s will —  “Nevertheless, not my will but your will be done,” God will delay us to grow us so His answer won’t kill us.
Watch this: Remember, God said the victory is already won (1 Corinthians 15:57).  In order to have the fruit of Patience, we have to grow the fruit of Self-Control.  In order to grow the fruit of Self-Control, we have to grow the fruit of Joy – unshakable trust in God’s will and plan.  In order to experience the fruit of Peace in the storm, we have grow the fruit of Love — our love for God anchors all fruit.  All fruit are connected and Jesus said, “…Apart from Him we cannot bear fruit.”
God is a fruit inspector.  Look at the problem, the need, the challenge again but through God’s eyes.  Is the problem the problem or is the fruit the problem?  If God is not a man that He should lie, where is our anxiety coming from — if not our need to mature our fruit?  Our human reaction is a condition that cannot be solved without growing fruit — growing deeper in our faith and relationship with Jesus.
Put This In Your Spirit: We cannot cast our cares on the Lord without putting our trust in the Lord — Joy.  If the problem is causing us problems in our faith, access to the promise will be delayed until our fruit is matured to our next level (Philippians 2:12).
Your promise, your answer, your strategic plan, your escape, the divine intervention, the wisdom and the connection you need are in God’s hands. Access is not denied, access is delayed when God is working on our fruit.  
Work your fruit.  When we grow, God lets go of what He already has for us (Hebrews 11:6).  
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“Looking saved,” without being healed gives hell the glory.  Dancing in church without scoring in life might impress the church people but it gives hell the glory. Promoting faith that cares more about how high we jump as opposed to how healthy we are or how we walk when we come down, gives hell the glory. Anything that causes our faith to not represent our Truth, hell gets the glory.
Pastor Pete Scazzero once said, “A true surrender of our will to God’s will is a learned and struggled-for obedience.” We don’t glorify God by glorying in pretentiousness, pretending as if saved means solved or acting like salvation means we fell from heaven – we all came up from hell, and we’re all fighting or struggling to go higher in faith every day (Philippians 2:12).
I have never met a perfect Christian and I’m not looking for one. What we should see are Christians humbly working, and growing through adversity, tests and trials that produce greatness. Christ died for our imperfection, not to confirm we don’t need God (Romans 4:25).  If we don’t have anything else in common, we have this: We will all always need God.
Denial and pretentiousness gives hell the glory, denies our story and prevents us from being transparent with each other. Iron sharpens iron when it’s transparent, not when it’s wearing a mask – A testimony cannot have blood in it if we were not cut for it (Revelation 12:11).
Christ said to the Apostle Peter, “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith will not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers” (Luke 22:31-32).  Peter’s sifting positioned him to help his brothers, not his belief alone (James 2:19). Just like Peter, belief does not grow us, what we grow through grows us.
We cannot strengthen each other if we’re not strong enough to admit that our strength comes from being sifted, not from being perfect. We cannot disciple people if we’re too busy trying to be too holy to be any earthly good (Romans 7:23-25). 
An authentic relationship with God is between the natural and the Supernatural, the weak and the Strong, the Holy and the unclean.  We should be reminded of our condition whenever we are in the presence of God unless we’re deceived by our own ego – “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8).
Our greatest challenge is not being saved, it’s embracing the meaning and the purpose of worship.  Catch this: 1 John 1:8 said, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.”  John 4:24 says, “God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”  If we didn’t know, now we know: If we claim to be without sin we cannot worship God in spirit and in Truth – because the truth is not in us.
Nobody comes right out and say’s they are perfect in God’s sight but it’s in our lack of humility, compassion and grace towards others. It’s in our inability or refusal to sit with those who Christ called us to.  It’s in our denial and lack of sympathy for human conditions that cause us to struggle, that cause us to be sifted, that cause us to need God (Galatians 6:1).
Nothing is more powerful than our ability to fellowship with one another (Matthew 18:20), but we cannot fellowship or help each other, in or out of church, if we cannot be real with each other. Are you comfortable letting God use your truth, your healing and the compassion that comes from your forgiveness to lift others up? Our greatest sacrifice, highest honor is to be used by God to help others.
As Christians, we are safe places for people to grow, for people to be sifted and for cutting to take place that produces the blood of our testimony.  When we love God, we are acknowledging that we’re all in it together, God is the potter and we’re the clay, we need the blood of each other’s testimony to survive, we are no better than and, our story gives God the glory. God is lifted up when we show up perfectly imperfect.
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