Wednesday, March 30, 2011

"Appointed Time "

"Appointed Time"

Words from the Daughter of Zion

Scripture Basis:

Ecclesiastes 3:1; Habakkuk 2:1-4; Isaiah 40:31;

The Book of Daniel; Psalm 17:6; Acts 3:19; Romans 4:20; Galatians 3:13; Galatians 4:4,5; Hebrews 10:35,36; Hebrews 11:11;Revelation 13:8

"Then the Lord answered me and said, "Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run with it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Behold the proud, his soul is not upright in him; but the just shall live by faith." Habakkuk 2:1-4.

Time was created by God as a means for man to measure the fulfillment of His purpose. For God moves His eternal purposes into time for our sake, and conforms the everlasting into the temporal which we live in. God's eternal plan is worked out by the means of His timing. Galatians 4:4,5 states , "But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons" This scripture states that the fullness for time had come.

Revelation 13:8 tells us that Jesus was slain from the foundation of the world. How do these 2 scriptures work together? First, Jesus was slain in the eternal plan of God before the world's foundation was laid, yet, God purposed to bring Him forth at the right time to fulfill this purpose. Had Jesus come in previous moments of man's time, He could not have fulfilled the Father's purpose. The reason He did not come into this world before He did, is that Jesus had to be born at a certain time so that He could die a certain way. Scriptures prove each other, and God's word is true, it is valid. Jesus died a death that provided us justification. In Galatians 3:13, it says, "Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree")…" Jesus had to die a specific way to carry the curse that came through man partaking of a forbidden tree in the Garden.

Jesus came in a time when Rome controlled society, and crucifixions were a common means of putting someone to death. Everything in the natural and in the spiritual means tells us that Jesus came at the proper time. In light of this, when it comes to God's purpose in our lives, there is a timing that is involved in seeing its fulfillment. This is true whether it is salvation, healing, blessings in our lives, a time of revival, a major move of God in His church, or major decisions that we are to make individually, or in our family life. All of these come as God's eternal purpose fulfilled at the proper time. Even the end of time has already been appointed on God's timetable as we are told in the book of Daniel.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us, "To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven," In stating "every purpose under heaven," it means every purpose on the earth, including God's eternal purposes have a direct timing attached to them. It was not a mere coincidence that Jesus' crucifixion was during the Jewish Feast of Passover. It was not an accident that the Holy Spirit was poured out during the Feast of Pentecost. God does everything on purpose and the right time, He leaves nothing to chance or happenstance. The same holds true to our lives, it is God's purposes in our lives-it works the same way. Think about it. Why did you get saved the day that you did?

What caused the difference in your understanding of God's love on one day over another? God has the right circumstances, and factors in order to be in His timing for us.

I have been thinking about the book of Acts. In chapter 3 of Acts, we see a man that was laid by the Beautiful Gate every day from his youth to beg for alms. It was one appointed day and time for this man to receive his miracle. It was when Peter and John ministered to him that it this man's appointed time to receive his miracle. This man received his miracle, he leaped, walked, and praised the Lord for this wonderful thing that had happened in his life. It was because it was time for God's touch in this man's life to be, to have happened, for most assuredly he did need a healing in his body and his life.

Even revival comes the same way. There are always certain things, factors that happen to bring things about. What causes a man to rise up in prayer, and to attract others to pray so that God sends revival to a particular time period, or particular set of people? In Evan Robert's life it was this way to see revival to come about. It was because he had seen a vision of Wales on fire, and he heard the prayer of man: "Lord lead us to your will" These 2 events led Evan Roberts to contend for revival, and this was the beginning of the Welsh Revival. The Welsh Revival was one of the greatest revivals in history.

Acts 3:19 tells us, "Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord." These times of refreshing are not permanent states of revival, but are seasons of God moving in a powerful way in our midst at different times of history in our lives. It is the moment the atmosphere changes and we are moved into a fresh understanding of God's love and power.

God's appointed time for you! What are you believing God to do in your life? What promises are you standing on, and what word has your heart, and faith holding on to? Faith is very much needed, it is very vital, and it is by faith that we do please the Father. He very much desires for us, His children, the just to live by faith. What God speaks is for appointed times, and it is only a matter of time until God fulfills what He has promised for us individually, and in our families. Do not waver- stand on His word, stand in faith believing that what God has promised for us as His people is for us. Do not grow weary and weak. But stay strong in His word, speak His word, live His word and promises. Do not become faint, but stand, and keep your determination to see His promise to be fulfilled.

The writer of Hebrews gives us great hope. Hebrews 10:35-36 talks about this -"Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:"It is our endurance, and patience that gives us the ability to continue in believing, and waiting for God's appointed time.

Look at Abraham here for a while. God promised him an heir long before Sarah ever conceived, but he staggered not at the promise of God in unbelief (Romans 4:20) Sarah had to see it was faith in God as well, for she did not consider the deadness of her womb, but she counted God faithful who promised (see Hebrews 11:11)

Look at Joseph, who had a dream that led him from the pit, to Potiphar's house, to the prison, before bringing him into his destiny, and the fulfillment of what God had shown him. It is usually that in most cases that we have to withstand circumstances that are more than what we think that we can see any light of day in. This where the patience, the endurance, the test of our faith grows and sees us through to receive the promises, and fulfillment in our lives. God has a destiny for each one of us. We have to be determined to see it through to get to where He wants us in His plan.

The children of Israel, let us take a look at how God protected a child named Moses, he was raised in Pharaoh's palace, and ran away because he had killed a man. Yet in their despair, God was preparing this man to be their deliverer because their cries had come into the ears of God the Father. These same people had to spend the night with the Egyptian army on one side, and the Red Sea on the other, waiting for the break of day when God would lead them out in His timing. All because our God is the God of the appointed time.

What has God promised you my dear friend? What are you waiting upon God to fulfill in your life? Isaiah 40:31 says, "They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not grow weary, they shall walk and not faint." I am here to encourage you, I need that encouragement as well sometimes. Let us keep our eyes on Jesus. Keep our faith, we are not to lose our faith, but see it strengthened each day. It grows each day that we walk in this Christian life. Hard times will come in this life, but with Him we will not faint, we will see His fulfillment, and destiny. He has a perfect appointed time to see His purpose in our lives to come to be.

Psalm 17:6 is one of those scriptures that I like for our family each day. I believe this is what God desires for us always to remember. I truly love the scriptures before and after this one, but we need to know that it says, "I have called upon thee, for thou wilt hear me, O God: incline thine ear unto me, and hear my speech."

We need to know that we have a God that loves us, and that He desires to hear us, and that He listens to us. We are His children, and He loves us. He cares, and with His appointed time we will see our faith, and patience, endurance bring us to the time of seeing that destiny, the fulfillment, and purpose come to be.

God bless you. Stay in touch. If you need prayer, encouragement, just let me know.

Until next time, love and prayers,

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Blessings to you all this week and stay in touch-

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Teresa Kay Abert

Words from the Daughter of Zion

1 comment:

  1. This was in His perfect timing for me to read this very word today as well. God was already speaking this to me today in several different ways. Thank you again for being a vessel of out Father in heaven...Much love to you and prayers for you and your ministry!