Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him;
do not fret over those who prosper in their way,
over those who carry out evil devices.
Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath.
Do not fret—it leads only to evil.
For the wicked shall be cut off,
but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.
-Psalm 37: 7-9
Before Advent departs, I wanted to share what the Lord revealed to me regarding waiting in this season.
It was in the middle of this season of Advent when April experienced
a spiritual attack in dream form. The dream involved serpents which
always means a demonic encounter. It angered me to hear about this
dream. I so wanted whoever or whatever was responsible to be cut off,
as the Psalm writer said. If I could have responded violently, I would have. My spoken words were savage and stained with anger.
These verses from Psalm 37 struck me, sobered my temper when I read them the day after
my response to April's dream. Wait and do not fret and refrain from anger.
Its unnecessary. Pray for your enemies.
With April, I prayed for those whom I believed partnered, willingly
or unwillingly, with those forces that oppose us. We prayed they
encounter God and repent of their partnership with darkness and a
spirit of religion against us. While it is good for the partners of darkness to turn, it is best for me to not partner with vengeance.
Great God, forgive me for my anger and fretting. I was wrong and
childish. I repent of that behavior and language. I want to be with
you and your will and kingdom. Alleluia.
Lift up your heads, O gates! and be lifted up, O ancient doors!
that the King of glory may come in. Who is the King of Glory? The Lord
of hosts, he is the King of glory! - Psalm 24: 9-10
The voice of the Lord causes the oaks to whirl, and strips the forest bare; and in his temple all say, "Glory!" - Psalm 29: 9
The gates and ancient doors are commanded to be lifted up and opened
for the Lord. This is not language of waiting but the language of
anticipation and preparation.
What does the Lord do? The Lord speaks, and the environment
changes, and we say, "Glory!" The Lord acts with words and
declarations. We act with preparations.
A few days ago I read a prophetic word Chuck Pierce posted on his
Facebook page. The heart of the posting from the Lord was, "(My
people's) hope in me performing what I have spoken has become like a
faded dream. They are living in the present, with dread for the
future. They no longer anticipate favorable outcomes
in their lives. They are not rising above but being sidetracked by
circumstances. These circumstances are keeping them from entering into
my creative power. . . . I am able. Lean not on your own abilities,
for I can enable you."
This lost ability to anticipate sounds like Zechariah, John the
Baptist's father. Gabriel took away his ability to speak. He couldn't
speak an anticipating word of what God promised him. Better he lose
his ability to speak than to speak doubt of what the Lord told him.
We've struggled to stay anticipating what God has promised. What
we've experienced in the past year is that there are fewer and fewer
circumstances that are sidetracking us. Yes, God is able. We're
leaning less and less on our own abilities and more on what the Lord still says.
For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
On God rests my deliverance and my honor; my mighty rock, my refuge is in God. -- Psalm 62: 5-7