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Having Faith For The Process

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Sermon Preached On Sunday 4th September, 2016

It’s Easy To Have Faith At The Start: When That New Baby Is Born, You Marry That Beautiful Girl, Start That New Business. That’s Exciting,

It’s Easy To Have Faith At The End, When You Can See The Finish Line, The Dream Is In Sight, You Fought The Good Fight.

Having Faith At The Start And Faith At The End Is No Problem; The Real Challenge Is Having Faith In The Process, When It’s Taking Longer Than You Thought, You Don’t Have The Funds, The Medical Report Wasn’t Good. That Little Baby You Were So Excited About, He Was So Cute, He Couldn’t Do Any Wrong; Now, He’s A Teenager, And He Is Causing You Pain.

The Mistake We Make Is That We Get Discouraged In The Process. We Think,

  • “God, I Know You Gave Me This Child, But He’s Making My Life Miserable.”
  • “God, You Brought This Spouse Into My Life, But There’s Conflict.”
  • “God, You Blessed Me With This Business, But I Don’t Have The Funds I Need To Run It.”

In The Process Is Where Most People Lose The Battle.

But God Never Promised That We Would Reach Our Destiny Without Opposition, Disappointments, Things We Don’t Understand.

The Scripture Says:

1 Peter 4:12 (NKJV)… Beloved, Do Not Think It Strange Concerning The Fiery Trial Which Is To Try You

That Means, Don’t Be Upset Because That Person Did You Wrong, Don’t Start Worrying Because Business Went Down; God Is Still On The Throne. Nothing That’s Happened To You Has Stopped His Plan For Your Life. He’s Not In The Heavens Scratching His Head, Thinking, “Oh Man, I Didn’t See That Bad Break Coming.” What God Promised You, He Still Has Every Intention Of Bringing It To Pass.

I Know That You Can Have Faith At The Start And At The End;

My Question Is, Will You Have Faith In The Process, When It’s Not Happening The Way You Thought, When It Seems Like You’re Going Backwards, When Every Voice Tells You To Give Up, “You Must’ve Heard God Wrong; You Wouldn’t Have This Opposition If You Were On The Right Course.” Don’t Believe Those Lies; It’s All A Part Of The Process.

Here’s The Key;

When God Puts A Dream In Your Heart, He’ll Show You The End, He Gives You The Promise, But He Won’t Show You The Process. If He Told Us All That Was Going To Come To Pass, Many Times We Would Talk Ourselves Out Of It.

In The Scripture, An Angel Appeared To A Young Teenage Girl Called Mary. He Said:

Luke 1:28-33 (NIV).. The Angel Went To Her And Said, “Greetings, You Who Are Highly Favored! The Lord Is With You.”… 31 You Will Conceive And Give Birth To A Son, And You Are To Call Him Jesus. 32 He Will Be Great And Will Be Called The Son Of The Most High. The Lord God Will Give Him The Throne Of His Father David, 33 And He Will Reign Over Jacob’s Descendants Forever; His Kingdom Will Never End.”

God Showed Her The End; She Was Going To Be The Mother Of Christ, Have Honor, Be Respected And Admired For Generations To Come. I’m Sure Mary Was Excited; She Couldn’t Believe It Was Happening.

But Years Later, I Can Imagine And Hear Her Saying, “God,

  • You Didn’t Tell Me That Having This Baby Would Cause My Fiancé To Want To Call Off The Engagement,
  • You Didn’t Tell Me That I Would Have This Baby In A Manger With Smelly Animals,
  • You Didn’t Tell Me That I Would Have To Live On The Run For 2 Years Trying To Hide My Baby From King Herod,
  • You Didn’t Tell Me That My Son Would Be Mistreated, Mocked, Ridiculed,
  • You Didn’t Tell Me That I’d Have To Watch Him Be Crucified, Die A Painful Death.”

What Am I Saying? God Doesn’t Give Us All The Details. What You’re Facing May Be Difficult, You Don’t Understand It, It Doesn’t Make Sense; This Is Where Your Faith Has To Kick In.

Faith Is Not Required When Everything Is  OK.

Are You Going To Get Discouraged, And Talk Yourself Out Of It, Or Are You Going To Do Like Mary, And Say, “God,

  • You Didn’t Tell Me That These People Would Do Me Wrong,
  • You Didn’t Tell Me That That I’d Be Dealing With This Illness,
  • You Didn’t Tell Me That That Business Would Be Slow, But God, I Know You’re Still On The Throne, This Is Not A Surprise To You, It’s A Part Of The Process, So I’m Not Going To Live Discouraged, Give Up On My Dreams, I’m Going To Do Like Mary, And Have Faith For The Process.”

Illustration Of Joseph : This Is What Joseph Did. God Gave Him A Dream That He Would Rule A Nation, That His Brothers Would Bow Down Before Him. God Showed Him The End, The Promise Was Planted In His Heart, But What God Didn’t Show Him Was The Process.

Years Later, When Joseph Was Ruling The Nation Of Egypt, And Was One Of The Most Influential People Of His Day, The Dream Had Come To Pass. I Can Imagine Joseph Saying, “

  • God, You Told Me That I Would Take The Throne, But You Didn’t Tell Me My Brothers Would Be Jealous And Throw Me Into A Pit.
  • You Showed Me The Kingdom, But You Didn’t Show Me That Along The Way I’d Be Sold Into Slavery, Falsely Accused, And Put In Prison For Something That I Didn’t Do.”

If Joseph Were Here Today, He Would Tell You, “Don’t Get Discouraged In The Process. Don’t Give Up When Life Doesn’t Make Sense.” You Know That The Promise Is In Your Heart, You Know That God Told You That You’ll Be Healthy Again, See Your Family Restored, Meet The Person Of Your Dreams. But Every Circumstance May Say Just The Opposite; Looks Like You’re Going In The Other Direction. Do Like Joseph; Keep Believing, Keep Being Your Best. God Has Not Brought You This Far To Leave You; He Hasn’t Failed You In The Past, And He’s Not Going To Fail You In The Future. Don’t Get Discouraged By The Process.

The Start Is Fun, The End Is Exciting, But The Process Can Be Messy.

In Some Way, We’re All In The Process, We’re All On A Journey. There Are Things That You’re Believing For, You Know That God Has Planted That Seed, But Over Time, It’s Easy To Get Discouraged, And Think, “It’s Never Going To Happen, There Are Too Many Obstacles.” God Has You Hearing This To Breathe New Life Into Your Dreams. What He’s Promised You Is Already En Route, The Process Has Already Been Started: The Healing, The Right People, The Breakthrough, The New Business, Is Already On The Way. Now Do Your Part, And Have Faith For The Process.

Illustration Of David: David Could Have Said, “God, You Promised Me That I Would Be The King, But

  • You Didn’t Tell Me That I Would Have To Face A Giant Twice My Size, You Left That Detail, Out.
  • You Didn’t Tell Me That King Saul Would Chase Me Through The Desert, And Try To Kill Me.
  • You Didn’t Tell Me That My Own Son Would Turn On Me, Try To Take The Throne.”

When You Study The Great Heroes Of Faith, One Common Denominator That You’ll Find Is That They Had Faith For The Process. When It Looked Impossible, The Promise Seemed A Long Way Off, They Kept Moving Forward, Knowing That It Was A Part Of The Process.

Illustration:

A Man Married A Lady Who Had Many Unfair Things Happen In Her Life. Her First Marriage Did Not Last. But After Marrying This Man , She Made Her Husbands Life Miserable. She Wasn’t Trying To But She Had Been Through So Much , So Hurt, So Messed Up That She Could Not Trust Any Body. She Was Very Negative, Critical, Hard To Get Along. This Husband Told How A 1000 Times He Wanted To Leave Her.  He Had Every Right To Walk Away And Nobody Would Have Blamed Him, But Down Deep He Knew He Was Supposed To Stay. He Stayed In The Process Because He Had Faith For The Process. It Was The Most Difficult Thing He Had Ever Done. Month After Month, Year After Year, He Was Uncomfortable. It Was Not Fair But He Just Kept Blooming Where He Was. He Kept Being His Best, Kind, Forgiving, Patient, Overlooking Things. It Seemed Like It Was All Giving And No Receiving, All Sowing And No Reaping. But Today, It’s A Different Story. He Paid The Price. He Stayed In The Process. He Stuck With Her . Now 40 Years Later , He Is Reaping Great Rewards. This Man Is None Other Than Dave Meyer And The Lady Is Joyce Meyer. She Is Not Only Healthy And Whole But They Have A Ministry That Touches People Around The World.

Joyce Meyer Once Said Later, “What  If My Husband Dave Would Have Taken The Easy Way Like My First Husband, What If He Had Not Stayed With Me.”

God Did Not Tell Dave Of All The Details Of The Process.

Sometimes, God Leaves Out Certain Details On Purpose. There’s A Reason That We Don’t Know All The Details; We Wouldn’t Move Into The Fullness Of Our Destiny. Because, None Of Us Like Adversity, We Like To Be Comfortable, But You Won’t Become All You Were Created To Be Without Opposition, Disappointments, Struggles, That Cause You To Stretch Your Faith, Grow, Develop Your Spiritual Muscles.

Illustration of Israelites: When God Brought The Israelites Out Of Slavery, They Were Headed Toward The Promised Land; God Showed Them The Destination, The Land Flowing With Milk And Honey. He Got Them Started, But In The Process, God Didn’t Abandon Them. He Didn’t Say, “I Gave You The Promise, Now You’re On Your Own, Good Luck In The Process.”

No, All Along The Way, God Supernaturally Provided For Them,

  • He Gave Them Manna, Something Like Bread, To Eat Each Morning Out In The Desert.
  • When They Wanted Meat, God Shifted The Direction Of The Winds, And Hundreds Of Thousands Of Quail Came Into The Camp.
  • When They Were Thirsty, And Couldn’t Find A Stream, God Brought Water Out A Rock.
  • He Protected Them From Enemies That Were Much Bigger And More Powerful.
  • When Pharaoh Changed His Mind, And Came Chasing After The Israelites, They Were At A Dead-End At The Red Sea; They Had Nowhere To Go, It Looked Like They Were Done. God Supernaturally Parted The Waters, And Took Them Through On Dry Ground.

Again And Again, God Showed Them Favor, Made Things Happen That They Could Never Make Happen. God Was Showing Us, “I’m Not Just The God Of The Start, I’m Not Just The God Of The Finish, I’m The God Of The Process. I’m The God Who Will Bring You Through The Storm, Trial, Difficulty.” 

When You’re In The Process, God Has Given You The Promise, And Like The Israelites, You Know Your Destination, But You’re En Route, Raising That Baby, Believing For Your Healing, Running Your Business. Along The Way, You’ll Face Situations Like Them, Where It Looks Impossible, The Odds Are Against You, The Opposition Is Much Stronger. Be Encouraged; The God Of The Process Is Right There With You. There May Be Some Red Seas In Your Path, Seems Like You’re Stuck; The Good News Is, God Knows How To Part The Waters, Make A Way.

You May Not Have The Funds You Need To Go To College, Run Your Business, But God Knows How To Shift The Direction Of The Winds, And Bring Quail Into Your Camp, So To Speak. God Can Still Bring Water Out Of A Rock; Don’t Give Up In The Process. The Scripture Says:

Isaiah 43:2 .. When You Go Through Deep Waters And Great Trouble, I Will Be With You. When You Go Through Rivers Of Difficulty, You Will Not Drown!

Why Is That? The God Of The Process Is With You. It Goes On To Say:

Isaiah 43:2 … When You Walk Through Fire,You Won’t Be Burned

You May Be In The Fire, The Flood; God Is Saying, “You’re Not Staying There; You’re Going Through It.” And When You’re In The Process, You Have To Remind Yourself; This Too Shall Pass. It’s Temporary.

Now Quit Giving So Much Energy To Something That’s Not Going To Last. Quit Wasting Time Worried About The Situation At Work, Discouraged Over The Medical Report, Upset About Over What They Said; That’s Not Your Destination, You’re Only Passing Through.

The valley is not your home. The Shepherd is leading you through the valley.

Illustration:

John 12:24 Very Truly I Tell You, Unless A Kernel Of Wheat Falls To The Ground And Dies, It Remains Only A Single Seed. But If It Dies, It Produces Many Seeds.

Seed Isn’t Any Good Until It’s Planted In The Dark Ground. Some People Want The Fruit But They Don’t Want To Go Thru The Process. They Don’t Want To Be Uncomfortable. They Don’t Want To Stretch Nor Deal With Adversity. Without Those Dark Places Your Potential Cannot Be Fully Released.

It Looks Like It’s Buried And Over. The Seed Isn’t Buried – It’s Planted. It Has The Life Of Almighty God On The Inside.

Over Time Once The Seed Germinates Instead Of Being One Seed Buried It Becomes A Beautiful Flower/Plant And Produces Much Fruit.

We All Go Through Dark Places And It’s Easy To Feel Buried. The Trouble Is Not Permanent. The Sickness, Legal Situation, Loneliness, Is Just A Step Along The Way. But If You Make The Mistake Of Letting It Overwhelm You And Get Discouraged, Then You’ll Settle There, And Let What Should’ve Been Temporary Become Permanent. This Is Where Many People Miss It; They Give Up In The Process.

I’m Asking You To Keep Moving Forward. David Said It This Way:

Psalm 23:4 (KJV) … I Walk Through The Valley Of The Shadow Of Death

He Didn’t Say, “I Stay In The Valley,” “I Set Up Camp In The Valley,” “I Build My House In The Valley,” He Said, “The Valley Is Not My Home.  I Don’t Settle In The Process, Get Discouraged By Opposition, Give Up When Life Doesn’t Make Sense.” He Had Faith For The Process.

When Things Come Against You, You’re Tempted To Settle, You Have To Dig Your Heels In, And Say Like David, “I Know He’s Not Just The God Of The Finish, He’s The God Of The Process, I’m Not Going To Settle In The Valley, Get Stuck In The Process, I’m Going To Keep Moving Forward, Knowing That God Will Get Me To Where I’m Supposed To Be.”

This Is What It Says In Psalm 138:

Psalm 138:8 (NLT).. The Lord Will Work Out His Plans For My Life

It Doesn’t Say That We Have To Work Out Our Own Plan, Make It Happen In Our Own Strength, Be Frustrated When It’s Not Happening The Way We Thought, No, We Can Stay In Peace, Knowing That The Lord, The God Who Created The Universe, Spoke Worlds Into Existence, Has Promised That He Will Work Out His Plan For Our Lives.

Sometimes, It Does Feel Like We’re Going Backwards; We Know We Should Be Going That Way, We’re Going Just The Opposite, But God Knows What He’s Doing. His Ways Are Better Than Our Ways. Right Now, He’s Behind The Scenes  In Your Life, Working Out His Plans

That Means,

  • He’s Arranging Things In Your Favor,
  • He’s Moving The Wrong People Out Of The Way,
  • He’s Lining Up The Breaks You Need.

You May Not See Anything Yet; You Have To Walk By Faith, And Not By Sight. 

In The Process, Joseph  Could’ve Said, “It’s Never Going To Work Out. I’m A Slave, In Prison, In A Foreign Land, And You’re Telling Me I’m Going To Rule A Nation?” What Joseph Couldn’t See Was That Behind The Scenes, God Was Working Out The Plan For His Life.

In The Process, David Could’ve Said, “I’ll Never Take The Throne. I’m A Shepherd Boy, From A Low Income Family. I Don’t Have The Talent, Connections, Experience.” But God Is Not Dependent On What You Don’t Have. When He Breathed His Life Into You, He Equipped You With Everything That You Need; What You Think You Don’t Have Enough Of, The Favor Of God Will Make Up For It. His Anointing On Your Life Will Cause You To Go Further Than People That Have More Talent Than You Do.

In The Process, Abraham Could’ve Said, “We’ll Never Have A Baby; That’s Impossible, We’re Too Old.” What He Couldn’t See Was That Behind-The-Scenes, God Had Already Ordained A Little Baby Named Isaac That Had Abraham And Sarah’s Name On Him.

You May Not See How Your Dream Could Come To Pass: Medically Speaking, You Won’t Get Well, It Doesn’t Look Like You’ll Ever Break That Addiction, On Your Own You would not be able. The Good News Is, You’re Not On Your Own; You’re Not Doing Life By Yourself, Your Heavenly Father, The Most High God, Is Working Out His Plans For Your Life. There May Be Some Obstacles That Look Unbeatable, But God Has The Final Say. When You Have Faith For The Process, God Will Make Things Happen That You Could Never Make Happen. He’ll Turn Situations Around That Look Impossible, Take You Further Than You’ve Imagined.

Paul Said In Ephesians:

Ephesians 6:13 (NIV).. Therefore Put On The Full Armor Of God, So That When The Day Of Evil Comes, You May Be Able To Stand

In Life, We Will All Have Days Of Trouble, Disappointments, Opposition, But The Same God That Said There Will Be A Day Of Trouble Also Said That There Will Be A Day When The Trouble Comes To An End.

You May Be In A Difficulty Right Now; Be Encouraged, It’s Temporary. That Trouble Has An Expiration Date. God Has Already Set An End To It; You’re In The Process, But At The Appointed Time, The End Will Come. That Legal Situation, It’s Just One Of Those Days Of Trouble That God Talked About. Instead Of Being Discouraged, Keep Reminding Yourself, This Trouble Is Not Permanent, It Has An Expiration Date. Just Like There’s A Day Of Trouble, God Has A Day Of Deliverance, Healing, Abundance, Breakthroughs.

Illustration ;

A Couple Had A Son Addicted With Drugs. The Parents Were Good People. They Loved God . Always Giving And Serving.But Somehow Their Son Got On The Wrong Course. Year After Year Went By. Looked Like Nothing Was Changing. But They Never Talked About The Problem. They Never Complained, “God Why Did This Happen To Our Son. We Don’t Understand It. They Were In The Valley But They Did Not Make The Valley Their Home. They Knew That Just Like There Was A Day Of Trouble- When Their Son Was Addicted, There Was A Day Of Deliverance Set By The Creator When Their Son Would Be Free From That Addiction. They Had Done Everything They Could. They Prayed, They Believed, They Sent Him To Rehab But None Of That Worked. Few Years Later, The People That Worked With This Young Man Took Special Interest In Him. They Were Not Even Believers But They Paid For His Treatment And Urged Him To Go To Rehab Once Again. This Time It Was Successful. Now For The First Time In 20 Years, He Was Completely Clean And He Had No Desire For Drugs. What Happened? He Came In To His Day Of Deliverance. What His Parents Could Not Do, God Had Somebody Else Do For Him.

When You Have Faith For The Process, God Will Make Things Happen That You Could Never Make Happen

Illustration:

A Man Was Diagonised With Cancer  For The Third Time In A Period Of 10 Years. He Had A Persistent Attitude, A Faith For The Process. He Had Another Report In His Mouth. His Attitude Was This Too Shall Pass. The Doctors Said They Are Going To Remove His WBC’s  Before Chemotheraphy. They Said That They Will Use Those Cells To Restore His Immune System After The Treatment. This Man Asked The Doctors Of How Many WBC’s  Did They Need . They Gave Him A Huge Number. He Said Boldly That He Would Give Them Twice. For The Next Few Months Before The Treatment, He Kept On Saying, “Father I Thank You , My WBC’s  Are Multiplying, They Are Responding.” He Would Just Go About Doing His Routine Work, Visioning Himself Healthy Through His Eyes Of Faith. When The Time Of  Test Came The Doctors Were Amazed  At The Count Of WBC’s  They Were The Double The Amount They Required. Today He Is Totally Cancer Free.

You May Be In One Of Those Days Of Trouble Right Now: Trouble In Your Health, Relationship, Mind. It’s Easy To Think, “It’s Never Going To Change, I’ll Always Be Depressed, Struggle In My Finances, With This Addiction.”, No, You Need To Get Ready; God Is Saying, “Your Day Of Deliverance Is Coming. Your Day Of Freedom, Joy, Victory Is On The Way.

Illustration of Jesus :

Mark 4:35-39 … He Said To Them, Let Us Go Over To The Other Side [Of The Lake]… 37 And A Furious Storm Of Wind [Of Hurricane Proportions] Arose, And The Waves Kept Beating Into The Boat, So That It Was Already Becoming Filled.

38 Jesus Was In The Stern, Sleeping On A Cushion. The Disciples Woke Him And Said To Him, “Teacher, Don’t You Care If We Drown?”

39 He Got Up, Rebuked The Wind And Said To The Waves, “Quiet! Be Still!” Then The Wind Died Down And It Was Completely Calm.

What’s Interesting Is That Jesus Knew There Was Going To Be A Storm Before They Left That Night; He’s God, He Knows Everything. Why Did He Tell Them, “Let’s Go To The Other Side,” If He Knew There Was Going To Be A  Major Storm? Because He Also Knew That Storm Could Not Keep Them From Their Destiny. He Knew That There Would Be Difficulties In The Process, But When He Declares, “We’re Going To The Other Side,” All The Forces Of Darkness Cannot Stop Him; He’s Going To Make It To The Other Side.

In The Same Way, When God Puts A Promise In Your Heart, Speaks Into Your Destiny, You Don’t Have To Be Moved By The Winds, Worried By The Storms, Upset And Panicked Because There’s A Few Hurricanes During The Journey. God Is In Control Of The Universe; What He’s Spoken Over Your Life Will Come To Pass.

The Reason Jesus Didn’t Wake Up On His Own In The Process Of That Storm Is Because He Knew The Disciples Could Handle It. If They Were All Going To Die, He Would’ve Gotten Up Without Them Having To Wake Him Up. When We’re In A Storm, A Lot Of Times We Get All Upset And Panicked, “God, You’ve Got To Help Me. God, You’ve Got To Fix This Right Now.” The Reason It May Seem Like God Is Not Waking Up Is Not Because He’s Ignoring You, Not Because He’s Uninterested, It’s Because He Knows That You Can Handle It. 

He Wouldn’t Have Allowed That Storm If It Was Going To Sink You. Now Quit Being Upset Over Something You Can Handle. Quit Worrying About That Situation At Work; God Is Not Ignoring You, He Knew There’d Be A Storm Before He Sent You Out. He’s Not Waking Up Because He’s Growing You Up. He’s Teaching You To Have Faith For The Process.

If He Came Running Every Time We Had A Difficulty, Our Spiritual Muscles Would Never Develop; We Would Never Really Trust Him.

But When You’re Calm Despite What Comes Against You, That’s A Sign Of Maturity, That You Have Faith For The Process. If God Is Not Turning It Around Yet, The Winds Are Still Blowing, The Waves Are Still Rocking The Boat, Take It As A Compliment; That Means You Can Handle It, It’s Not Too Much For You, You Have The Most Powerful Force In The Universe Breathing In Your Direction.

Sometimes In Life, Things Don’t Work Out Right. You Thought It Would Be The Best Part Of Your Life, But You Came Down With An Illness, Somebody Walked Away And Broke Your Heart, The Business Didn’t Make It; You Hit One Of Those Days Of Trouble. Every Voice Will Tell You To Stop Trying, You’re Not Making A Difference, But If You’ll Look Up Through Your Eyes Of Faith, You’ll See Your Heavenly Father Nodding His Head Yes, Saying, “Keep Going, You’re Doing Good, I’m In Control.”

Losers Focus On What They Go Through But Winners Focus On Where They Are Going To.

When You’re In The Process, And Things Stop Working, The Key Is Just Keep Doing The Right Thing. You Can’t Control Everything That Happens To You; Just Be Your Best, And Trust God To Take Care Of The Rest. He Is Not Just The God Of The Start, Not Just The God Of The Finish, He Is The God Of The Process. He Has You In The Palm Of His Hand. He’s Behind-The-Scenes Right Now, Working Out His Plan For Your Life.

Don’t Be Discouraged By The Process. You May Be In The Fire, But You’re Not Staying There; You’re Passing Through, Coming Out.

If You’ll Have Faith For The Process, The God Of The Process Is Going To Show Up And Show Out In Your Life. Like With The Israelites, He’ll Be Providing For You, Protecting You, And You Won’t Get Stuck In The Process; You Will Make It Into Your Promised Land.

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One comment on “Having Faith For The Process

  1. Anonymous
    September 5, 2016

    Great teaching Pastor…..

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