Thursday, April 17, 2008
How important is being able to hear God's voice to the waiting process? In order to understand what God is speaking to you during the waiting process, you must know how he reveals His promises and be able to hear His voice. It is critical that you hear God’s voice because He will give you clear instructions while you wait. If you don’t know His voice, you won’t know what He is speaking concerning your situation. If you don’t know what He is saying, you may struggle with which direction He is leading you in. The anointing is on God’s instructions, so you have to be able to hear from Him.
How does one know when God is speaking to them? God is always speaking to us, but we’re not always tuned in to His frequency because of our selective hearing. We tend to hear what we want to hear, and everything else seems to fall on deaf ears. You must spend time with God and get to know Him, so you know when He is speaking to you. He may speak to you in different ways, so don’t always expect Him to speak the same way every time. You may open up your Bible and turn to a particular scripture, and God will speak to you. He may also reveal His promises to you in a vision or dream or speak directly to your spirit. Keep your spiritual ears open, so you can hear God when He speaks.
How does one prepare themselves to receive what God has promised them? Preparation is an essential step in God’s waiting process and involves you getting ready for the things He has promised you. You must prepare now, so you’ll be ready to receive the promise when it comes. Whether you are waiting on God for the new job or house, a financial breakthrough, divine healing, children or a mate, you have to be willing to prepare for your blessings. Once God reveals the promise to you, it’s up to you to do what’s necessary to get ready for it. You must take your focus off of what you’re waiting on and put your focus on God. Trust God and be assured that he will release your promise to you at His appointed time. Get ready, get ready, get ready!
Walking by faith can be difficult, particularly if you feel that life has always been unfair. How do you continue to walk in the midst of what seems to be a never ending road of trials? Walking by faith is a necessity for those going through God’s waiting process. It’s impossible to please God without faith, so you must learn to walk by faith regardless of your situation. Don’t be moved by what you see with your natural eyes, but hold on to what God has already revealed to you. You can’t focus on your present situation but on your future blessings. The trying of your faith works patience, so the trials that you go through will help you to wait on God. When you walk by faith, what you believe is what you get even if you don’t see it yet.
How do you come to know and understand your purpose in God? While you’re waiting on God’s promises, you must seek Him about your purpose. Instead of asking God, “Why am I going through this?” you should be asking Him, “Why am I here?” Whatever you’re gifted to do and have a passion for is usually tied to your purpose. Since God created you, He is the only One who knows your true purpose. Once He reveals your purpose to you, it’s up to you to walk in it by faith. If He called you to do something, He has already equipped you with everything you need to fulfill your purpose. You must understand your purpose because it will determine the intended direction for your life.
I firmly believe that we have the power of life and death in our own tongues. What are some of the affirmations that we can repeat daily to bring about God's will for our lives? Whatever you’re waiting on God for and regardless of how bad your situation may look like, you have to speak to your circumstances and command the mountains in your life to move. You can frame your world with the confessions that come out of your mouth. Some examples of scriptural confessions for your daily life include: 1) If you feel overwhelmed - “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13); 2) If you feel depressed - “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God…” (Romans 8:28); and 3) If you feel weary – “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not” (Galatians 6:9). It’s way you say that counts.
How does one embrace the process of waiting? God uses the waiting process to prepare you for the blessings that He has in store for you. You may feel like you’re waiting on God, but He may actually be waiting on you. When you seek God about whatever you’re waiting on, He may tell you to wait because he knows you are not ready to receive it yet. In order to prepare yourself, you must choose to embrace “your” waiting process. This means that you will not fight the process, but rather you will yield to it. You have to look at the man/woman in the mirror and by do a self-evaluation. Be honest about the issues in your life that are holding you back. You may need to work on your attitude, deal with your insecurities, be healed emotionally or be delivered from your past.
What's next for DeMonica Gladney? I plan to continue writing inspirational, non-fiction books, and it’s my dream to eventually write full-time. I plan to write a series of companion books to Willing to Wait, such as Willing to Wait for Couples, Willing to Wait for Singles, and Willing to Wait for Teens. I am currently working on my next book, Identify Theft: Discovering the Real You, which will be an inspirational, self-help book for those who want to walk in their “true identity” by understanding God’s purpose and destiny for their lives. Identity Theft is scheduled for release in Spring 2009.
How can our readers contact you and purchase your book? My book is available directly from New Horizon Publishers (www.newhorizonpublishers.com) and wherever fine books are sold, including local bookstores such as Barnes and Noble, Borders, and ExhibitHOPE Christian Bookstores and online bookstores such as www.Amazon.com, www.Barnesandnoble.com and www.BlackCBD.com.