Better on purpose Pt. 2: I can't take anymore of this
Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.”
I was cupbearer to the king.
In the month of Nisan in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was brought for him, I took the wine and gave it to the king. I had not been sad in his presence before, so the king asked me, “Why does your face look so sad when you are not ill? This can be nothing but sadness of heart.”
I was very much afraid, but I said to the king, “May the king live forever! Why should my face not look sad when the city where my ancestors are buried lies in ruins, and its gates have been destroyed by fire?”
The king said to me, “What is it you want?”
Then I prayed to the God of heaven, and I answered the king, “If it pleases the king and if your servant has found favor in his sight, let him send me to the city in Judah where my ancestors are buried so that I can rebuild it.”
Then the king, with the queen sitting beside him, asked me, “How long will your journey take, and when will you get back?” It pleased the king to send me; so I set a time.
I also said to him, “If it pleases the king, may I have letters to the governors of Trans-Euphrates, so that they will provide me safe-conduct until I arrive in Judah?
I was cupbearer to the king.
- There is an antagonist for every protagonist. It's not a sign that you're doing wrong, but that you're right where God wants you to be.
- If prayer is more duty than delight, there is a problem. If you only pray when you are in trouble, you rob yourself of the joy of pure relationship with Him.
- Any opportunity to serve the kingdom is DELEGATED not ENTITLED. Managing Up: Doing It God's Way: Becoming a Spirit-Led Assistant
- Don't chase paper & pay. Chase passion & purpose, then the paper will chase you.
- When your position is ANOINTED not APPOINTED, you can stand and remain dedicated when your support system walks away
- LEADERS/PASTORS: If you're not willing to stay, don't lead your church into making transitions. If you're not willing to go slow, leave things as they are.
- In the "in-between", before you get what you're asking God for, focus on improvement of self. When you do so, it's hard to be impatient with God's timing.
- No matter how sad your situation, don't loose your voice. Open your mouth and confide in those that can help you and in the God that sees and hears all. He loves and cares for you.
- Whatever plan you have must include prayer. When you pray often you don't have to pray as long. When you need God to move quickly, you learn the power of a "snatch prayer"!
- Those that surround you should be able to pour into you. They should be able to uplift you and look out for your best interest.
- When God shifts you, it may hurt, but compliance to the treatment plan will produce desired results.