SERMON NOTES for April 7, 2013 Message: “While I am Waiting” by Bishop Craig W. Johnson
But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. ~Isaiah 40:31
Waiting on the Lord is NOT a season of inactivity. You still need to be working while you’re waiting. Faith without works is dead! If you’re waiting and not working, you’re operating in dead faith! And, dead faith cannot produce live results!
To wait means: to hope in, placing one’s faith in. It signifies an expectation.
Situations and circumstances can take our focus off of God. Remember Peter? He did not start to sink until he took his eyes off of God.
Your perception will determine your power. (If you can’t see anything but negative, then, you will get negative.) if you focus on your situation while you’re waiting, you’ll become powerless; but, if you focus on GOD and all his MIGHT, then you will become powerful!
Supernatural strength is not dispensed to people who just sit and do nothing. Why give power if you’re not going to use it? God dispenses supernatural power to Believers to overcome the circumstances and situations that the devil thinks is going to overtake them.
Your profession is critical! be careful what you speak into the atmosphere! Positive professions beget supernatural power. Stay positive! “I am blessed. I will overcome this situation. God is turning this situation around for me!”
•You’re going to have a personal testimony after this! God is going to deal with your enemies (Exodus 19:4). You won’t know quite how you got out, but one day, you’re going to look around and say, “That thing is over!”
Trust in the Lord with all your heart (Proverbs 3:5). God is saying,“Don’t worry about it! Don’t lose any sleep over it! I’ll make a way for you!”
•Your strength will be renewed–exchanged, as in taking off old clothes and putting on new clothes. Take off weariness and put on mercy. The same God that brought you through some stuff in your past is going to bring you out this time too!
Get beyond leaning on the Lord; Stretch out on the Lord. Be like the eagle–they don’t work nearly as hard as other birds, but they fly higher! They don’t flap their wings, they just stretch out their wings and let the wind carry them higher! Stretch out and let God carry you higher!
•The vision is for an appointed time and though it tarries (it doesn’t happen when you think it will), when it does happen, it will speak for itself!
Remember, Faith without works is dead!
We Live by Faith