This post is all about no more delay!
Are you shouting from the rooftops, “No more delay!”, hoping earnestly that your situation changes? Are you feeling stuck? Are you waiting for something to happen, but it seems like nothing ever does?
If you answered yes to every one of those questions, you may feel discouraged and down. This is natural in times of delay. However, as a Christian, you can learn to persevere through these tough times.
In this blog post, I will discuss some tips to help you overcome the setbacks and delays in your life!
Delay is hard (my story)
This week, I reflected on all the promises, dreams, and visions God gave me. I then wondered, “Gee, I wish there was no more delay!”.
Delays can be frustrating, especially when you know whatever you are waiting on is a God thing. It’s in line with God’s will, and He gave you that same vision. I don’t know if you are in the same situation of waiting…
Are you still believing and trusting our Lord for health, financial, relationship, baby, or business breakthroughs? Well, my dear sweet friend, I pray that this blog post blesses you because I wrote in for you and I. ❤️
Delay is not denied
We all face it. No matter how much we plan, life has a way of getting in the way. Circumstances beyond our control often dictate how and when things happen in our lives. As Christians, we know that God is sovereign and in control, even when it doesn’t feel like it. So what do we do when faced with delays in our lives?
First, we need to remember that delay is not denied. God has a plan for us, and He will bring it to fruition in His timing.
Second, we should focus on what we can control and let go of what we can’t. This may be difficult, but it’s important to remember that God is in control.
Third, we should stay positive and hopeful, even when things are tough. It’s easy to get discouraged, but we need to remember that God is with us every step of the way.
Finally, we should pray for guidance and strength during these difficult times.
Delays can be frustrating and challenging, but with God’s help, we can overcome them. We can persevere through a delay with a Christian perspective and hope no matter what life throws our way. We need to trust Him and stay positive during these difficult times. God is in control, and He has a plan for us.
Bible characters on delay
I want to present a list of bible characters who waited patiently on God. They did not give up hope or turn away from God during their delay. Instead, they persevered and trusted that God would fulfill their promises.
They are as follows:
- Noah waited many years for the ark to be completed.
- Sarah was childless until she was 90 years old.
- Abraham was told to wait a long time for his descendants to come.
- Rebekah waited 20 years to give birth to Jacob and Esau.
- Joseph had to wait many years in prison before becoming second in command of Egypt.
- Moses had to wander in the desert for 40 years before leading the Israelites out of slavery.
- David spent years waiting on God to establish his kingdom.
Christians today can learn from these examples of perseverance in delay. When we face setbacks and delays, we should not give up hope or turn away from God. We should trust that He will fulfill His promises to us.
Delays caused by wrong motive
One of the reasons for delay is when someone asks with the wrong motive. Another reason could be what we ask isn’t in alignment with God’s will.
When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.James 4:3
I also would like to quote Charles Spurgeon who stated, “When your will is God’s will, you will have your will.”
So yes, we should boldly come forth and ask God for anything in faith, but it has to be in alignment with the will of God.
One of the ways you can ensure you are in alignment is ask yourself if what you are asking for is going against the word of God. Also seek the Holy Spirit to guide you and counsel you.
9 Smart Strategies on Christian Perseverance
When we encounter delays in our lives, it’s easy to become frustrated and lose hope. But with the strategies, we can learn how to persevere through these setbacks.
Here are nine smart strategies for perseverance during delay:
God hears our prayers, and He knows what we’re going through. He wants to help us, but sometimes we need to wait on His timing. So pray and ask God for strength and wisdom as you wait. Prayer is one of the most powerful weapons we have against delays. We can access God’s power and strength to overcome any obstacle through prayer.
2. Trust God and Have Faith.
Even when things are going wrong, we can trust that God is in control. He knows what He’s doing, and He has a plan for us. So don’t lose faith, but trust that God will work everything out for good.
3. Be patient.
Delays can be frustrating, but we need to remember that God’s ways are not our ways. His timing is perfect, even if we don’t understand it. So instead of getting angry or upset, try to be patient and wait on the Lord.
4. Focus on the positive.
It’s easy to dwell on negative thoughts when in a difficult situation. But instead of dwelling on what’s going wrong, try to focus on the positives. Remember that God is with you, and He has a plan for your life.
5. Seek encouragement from others.
When we’re going through a difficult time, talking to someone who can encourage us is helpful. Find someone who will pray for you and offer words of support. This can help keep you motivated during tough times. Connect with other people who are also going through a delay so you can encourage each other.
6. Stay focused on your goal.
Don’t get sidetracked by the delays. (Write down your goals and what you hope to accomplish). Also, be sure to take care of yourself physically and mentally during this time. Make sure to get plenty of rest, eat healthy, and exercise.
7. Read your Bible
Read your Bible and find verses that encourage you. (Please read and refer to the bible verses that I list in this post)
8. Stay connected to other believers.
We also need to stay connected to other believers. When we are going through tough times, it is important to have someone to lean on. The Bible tells us that two are better than one because they can help each other succeed (Ecclesiastes 4: 9-12).
9. Keep our eyes on Jesus Christ.
In order to persevere in delay, we must keep our eyes on Jesus Christ. He is the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). No matter what happens in this world, we can trust that God will work everything out for our good (Romans 8:28).
When we face delays, it’s easy to get discouraged and lose hope. But with God’s help, we can overcome any obstacle in our way.
It is so important that we persevere through delays because we can easily lose our joy and vision (if we spiral out of control and lose sight of the prize). But with God’s help, we can overcome any obstacle in our way.
Verses in the bible about delay/perseverance
I compiled a few verses that touch on delay and perseverance. They are as follows:
Hold on Tight
“Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.” Hebrews 10:23
Delay can be frustrating
“How long will you delay? If you turn back, I will take my hand away and let you stumble in the dark.” Isaiah 50:11
God will strengthen you in delays
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
Delay can be used by God to protect us
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.'” Psalm 91:14
“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.” Psalm 37:7
Delay can be an opportunity to grow
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” James 1:2-4
Delay can bring glory to God
“To him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3:20
“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” Philippians 1:6
Peace and Hope during delays
“The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” Lamentations 3: 25-29
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
We can be patient knowing God loves us sooo much!
“I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God.” Psalm 40:17-19
“He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” Romans 8:32
God has prepared great things for us
“But as it is written: ‘What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived’–the things God has prepared for those who love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9
Prepare during delay; things can move suddenly!
One of my favorite verses in Kings is as follows:
16 “Take the bow in your hands,” he said to the king of Israel. When he had taken it, Elisha put his hands on the king’s hands.17 “Open the east window,” he said, and he opened it. “Shoot!” Elisha said, and he shot. “The Lord’s arrow of victory, the arrow of victory over Aram!” Elisha declared. “You will completely destroy the Arameans at Aphek.” 18 Then he said, “Take the arrows,” and the king took them. Elisha told him, “Strike the ground.” He struck it three times and stopped. 19 The man of God was angry with him and said, “You should have struck the ground five or six times; then you would have defeated Aram and completely destroyed it. But now you will defeat it only three times.”2 Kings 13: 16-18
This happened when King Jehoash came to Elisha to seek counsel. That arrow was a sign of the Lord’s deliverance of Israel from the Syrians. At this time, the Israelites had been sadly oppressed by the Syrians.
However, King Jehoash was given quick instruction to “shoot” then “strike the ground.”
This really gripped me when I asked myself, “What if God tells me right now to assume my full purpose and destiny. Will I be ready to “shoot” or strike the ground until I have completely achieved victory?”
Well, that is something to ponder in humility. In the waiting, don’t twiddle your thumbs- WORK and prepare! Why? When things start moving, they can move suddenly!
Delay will come, but we must not give up. We must shoot God’s arrow of victory when it’s the time! When the opportune time comes, shoot and be precise!
Endurance and Perseverance is Key
One of the most important things we learn as Christians is to persevere in delay. This is especially true when faced with trials and setbacks. We have to keep moving forward with faith and hope no matter what life throws our way.
Friends, stay strong, and don’t forget that God is always with you! You can get through anything with Him by your side! Trust in the Lord and have faith that He will see you through the delay. Everything happens for a reason, so don’t give up hope! Persevere through the tough times, and know that better days are ahead.
One of the verses that I love is in Ephesians 6:13. Let me highlight what I need to emphasize, “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.“
I love the way the word of God emphasizes the need to keep standing, no matter what. That doesn’t mean we are standing in our own strength; we can stand along with other believers and of course with the strength the Lord gives us.
And that’s it, folks, 9 Smart Strategies on Christian Perseverance
So, keep in mind, when it comes to delays, the best thing we can do is to stay positive and have faith that things will work out! No matter how long it takes, we need to trust that God has a plan for us, and He will help us overcome any obstacles in our way.
So, let’s stay strong, persevere and keep moving forward!
I pray that this post has blessed you!