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Waiting Upon the Holy Spirit

Mathew Lukose
Epiphany MTC, NY
31 but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

Neal A. Maxwell is quoted as saying “Faith in God includes faith in His timing”. That can seem to be a challenge when living in an instant gratification era but in today’s scripture we see God’s promise that “those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength”.  Waiting upon the Holy Spirit is an act of living in hope. 

In John 14:16 -17 we read Jesus said “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever, the Spirit of Truth”. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him.”  In verse 25 Jesus promised his followers “but the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. In Acts 1:8 it says,  “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." 

"Mere natural and physical powers will not avail in the hour when one is called upon to face great mental and spiritual emergencies. But they who have learned to refer everything to God and to wait quietly upon Him will be given all needed strength to rise above depressing circumstances, thus enabling them to mount heavenward as eagles facing the sun, to run their race with patience, and to walk with God with renewed confidence and courage, knowing that they are ever the objects of His love and care." - H.A. Ironside

"It is one thing to wait on the Lord. It is quite another to wait for Him. As we wait on Him we are changed into His likeness. As we wait for Him in patience we are delivered from worry and fretfulness, knowing that God is never late, but that in His own time He will give the help we need."  - H.A. Ironside 

"Someone has suggested that we may apply Isaiah’s words, verse 31, as representing Christians or children of God in different ages. The young believers mount up with wings of hope and expectancy as eagles flying into the height of heaven. The middle-aged ones are running with patience the race set before them, while those who have reached old age have come down to a quiet walk with God as they near the portals of the eternal Home of the saints." - H.A. Ironside


Oh Lord, help me to trust you at all times and wait patiently for your plans in my life. Amen  

Wait on the Lord patiently, He will open the right doors at the right time.

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