On March 10, 2019 Pastor Shawn shared in the “Hope in the Waiting” Series on part one of “What’s holding back God’s answers for what you’re looking for?”
It could be the enemy. It could be others. It could be you. This is why it’s so important that you’re able to hear God speak into your situation for yourself. He’ll tell you what’s going on. He’s good and in a good mood and on your side.
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Hope in the Waiting
What’s holding back God’s answer you’re looking for?
But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
Have you asked God for understanding and it hasn’t come yet? Has there ever been something you believed was very important, but you received no answer? I’m sure everyone one of us can relate.
For myself a person who has received numerous Visions, I must be honest many of them have not yet come true.
Now a skeptic would say “ maybe your visions are just made up and that’s why they haven’t happened.
In fact I’ve thought that myself several timesBut so many of my visions have come true, and that leads me to believe the others time has not come yet.
I’ve had visions that go back to the late 80’s early 90’s that have still gone unanswered, but I still hold them to true.
I remember one from my home Church in Thorsby, it was so real and powerful I still remember it in detail over 30 years later. At the time of having that vision I knew everyone in the church…it was a small churchIn that Vision there were a lot of people I did not know, and many of the people I did know looked much older.
So from that I determined that the vision was showing something far off into the future.
Something I have to wait and prepare for. I have had many more recent visions. I had a vision of Leo getting healed. So I believe with Leo that he is going to be healed…I’ve already seen it.
In that Vision there is someone sitting beside Leo that I do not know, I know when I see her the timing is short.
Why am I telling you all this? Well when God told me to preach this message, I really wanted to hear it.
Because I have this same question and I personally want to know the answer.
So I sought the Lord, and prepared a sermon for myself, hopefully it will help you as well.That being said there are a lot of ways to answer this question, what I’m looking for is the answer that is right in my situation.
So today and next week I want to go over some possible scenarios, but ultimately the answer you are looking for will be specific you to exact case.It will be up to you, to discover it.
I will suggest many things that may or may not be pertinent to what you are going through.And I can’t even guarantee your reason will be in my list.
This is a learning process for all of us…..Me included.
I’ve shared this before, but many of you here were not here when I showed this last.It very personal to me, but also involves everyone of you. Please watch this videoShawn Bolz ProphesyIt been over 3 years since I received this word from Shawn Bolz, and every day I believe its going to happen today.
Here are 3 reasons why your answer has not come
1. The Enemy can slow down God’s answer
In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a message was revealed to Daniel, who was named Belteshazzar; and the message was true and one of great conflict, but he understood the message and had an understanding of the vision. In those days, I, Daniel, had been mourning for three entire weeks. I did not eat any tasty food, nor did meat or wine enter my mouth, nor did I use any ointment at all until the entire three weeks were completed. On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, while I was by the bank of the great river, that is, the Tigris, I lifted my eyes and looked, and behold, there was a certain man dressed in linen, whose waist was girded with a belt of pure gold of Uphaz. His body also was like beryl, his face had the appearance of lightning, his eyes were like flaming torches, his arms and feet like the gleam of polished bronze, and the sound of his words like the sound of a tumult. Now I, Daniel, alone saw the vision, while the men who were with me did not see the vision; nevertheless, a great dread fell on them, and they ran away to hide themselves. So I was left alone and saw this great vision; yet no strength was left in me, for my natural color turned to a deathly pallor, and I retained no strength. But I heard the sound of his words; and as soon as I heard the sound of his words, I fell into a deep sleep on my face, with my face to the ground. Then behold, a hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees. He said to me, “O Daniel, man of high esteem, understand the words that I am about to tell you and stand upright, for I have now been sent to you.” And when he had spoken this word to me, I stood up trembling. Then he said to me, “Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words. “But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding me for twenty-one days; then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia. “Now I have come to give you an understanding of what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision pertains to the days yet future.” When he had spoken to me according to these words, I turned my face toward the ground and became speechless. And behold, one who resembled a human being was touching my lips; then I opened my mouth and spoke and said to him who was standing before me, “O my lord, as a result of the vision anguish has come upon me, and I have retained no strength. “For how can such a servant of my lord talk with such as my lord? As for me, there remains just now no strength in me, nor has any breath been left in me.” Then this one with human appearance touched me again and strengthened me. He said, “O man of high esteem, do not be afraid. Peace be with you; take courage and be courageous!” Now as soon as he spoke to me, I received strength and said, “May my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.” Then he said, “Do you understand why I came to you? But I shall now return to fight against the prince of Persia; so I am going forth, and behold, the prince of Greece is about to come.Daniels answer was held up for 21 days while He fasted Then he said to me, “Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words.
Daniel set his heart on understanding
Daniel Humbled himself through fasting
In other words the answer was important enough to him that he was willing to put himself out in order to get the answer.
In the Fall of 2017 I was in a zone…a healing zone… I was seeing many people get healed, many of them during our serviceI felt this undeniable faith that every time I prayed for someone, I Just knew they were going to be healed. This period lasted for over 3 months
Until I met a man, He told me of all his sickness and issues, like all others I had recently prayed for, I knew God could heal him. I asked if I could prayer for him. He said“I don’t need healing, I can manage. It’s not that big of a deal” In that moment unbelief entered, and for the first time in months I felt maybe God couldn’t heal this man. And he didn’t get healed.
If you want the answer, you actually have to want the answer.
So Daniel wanted the answer, God wanted to give the answer, the Enemy did not want the answer to get through.So the devil sent the Prince of Persia to prevent Gabriel from delivering the answer,They fought for 21 days (while Daniel Fasted), Until a stronger Angel Michael came to help Gabriel
Describe the war going on in the Supernatural
for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.
1. Word of God
Joshua 6:20 NASB95So the people shouted, and priests blew the trumpets; and when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, the people shouted with a great shout and the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight ahead, and they took the city.
4.The Name of Jesus
Philippians 2:10–11 NASB95so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
5. The Blood of Jesus
Revelation 12:3–11 NASB95Then another sign appeared in heaven: and behold, a great red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads were seven diadems. And his tail swept away a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she gave birth he might devour her child. And she gave birth to a son, a male child, who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron; and her child was caught up to God and to His throne. Then the woman fled into the wilderness where she had a place prepared by God, so that there she would be nourished for one thousand two hundred and sixty days. And there was war in heaven, Michael and his angels waging war with the dragon. The dragon and his angels waged war, and they were not strong enough, and there was no longer a place found for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night. “And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.
6. Our Testimony
Philippians 4:6–7 NASB95 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Mark 9:29 NKJV So He said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.”
2. Other people
The point is we are all in this together.Everything God has called you to, will involved other people.Sometimes those people might not be ready yetLet me give you and example.
In 19__ Shirley received a prophesy from Dick Mills about her future Husband…That Me.
It said……..At that time I was ____ years old. She had to wait for me to grow up, She’s still waiting!
Conclusion part 1
Everything you are waiting for, God is using to draw you closer to Himself. If its wrong/evil He did not cause it, but He still going to bring His good out of it!
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.God’s Good is all about your relationship with Him.That’s the whole point God wants to draw you closer to Himself