STRETCHIN COMES BEFORE BLESSING
Great blessings come, but only AFTER stretching, never before. There is no shortcut for us. There was no shortcut for Jesus. His stretching came before His blessing. That’s how it is for the pastors in India. It’s how it is for me, It’s how it is for you as well. There are no exceptions. Stretching comes before blessing.
GOD IS MORE INTERESTED IN THE PROCESS THAN THE PRODUCT
We are more interested in the product than the process, it’s the opposite with God. We want quick answers, bottom line guidance from Jesus. God is more interested in the process than the product. God uses the process to stretch us, teach us to listen, motivate us to obey, help us learn patience and develop greater trust and faith.
GOD NEVER WASTES ANYTHING
He never wastes the time we spend waiting. He uses it to grow patience and sensitivity in us. He never wastes the obstacles confronting us. He uses them to strengthen out faith. They are opportunities to trust Him more. God never wastes our anxiety and stress. He uses it to bring us loser to Him for peace and rest. God never wastes our tears and pain. He uses every bit of it for His glory and our growth. God never wastes our sin and failure, He somehow works to bring good from it (Romans 8:28) as we learn and grow spiritually. (February 6, 2016 Vijayawada, India)
VERSE GOD HAS USED TO STRENGTHEN ME THIS TRIP
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23
What has God allowed in your life to stretch you in the past? What have you learned from it? What is He trying to teach you through the stretching you are going through now? How had God used the truth of Romans 8:28 in your life? How has He used things that aren’t good to bring something good for you or others.