Are you willing and are you ready?

Often we ask for things without understanding the full ramifications of what we’re asking. We ask for rain, and don’t consider the inconvenience of the downpour. We ask for increase, and forget to think about the provision that needs to be made to make room for the new. It’s easy to find ourselves resentful of the small beginning only to then be resentful of the inconvenience when the outpouring begins. Like a couple who tries for years to have a child, only to resent the disruption to their lives when the child comes.

So it is not enough to simply be willing, we need also to be ready. As we believe the promises that God has given us in our hearts, and as we come into agreement with those promises in prayer, we must also make the time to be open to His instruction for the preparations needed for that which is to come. Then rejoice with each incremental step along the way (I talk about thing more in my post Celebrate Each Breakthrough).

Just as the physical stretching that occurs during pregnancy can be uncomfortable, so can our increase in other areas as well. It is a blessing, but it requires adjustment. So whether you are applying a balm so the stretch of the skin is less of a strain, or you are building storehouses for a harvest that has yet to come, be intentional to make ready and make room. Mentally prepare yourself for the change, and welcome it when it arrives. Trust that God will prepare you, and that He is fully able to guide you. Refuse to resent that time of preparation, instead trusting it must be necessary if that’s the path God is taking you on (I talk more about this in my posts Incremental Breakthroughs and Managing Our Expectations  and Breakthrough: Though it Tarries, It Tarries Not). Be intentional to be both willing and ready. And then be open to the fulfillment of His promise, whatever form it takes. He is faithful to His word, so be ready.

1 Kings 18:44 (VOICE) The servant did as Elijah requested each time; and on the seventh time, he told Elijah, “A minuscule cloud, as tiny as the hand of a man, is ascending from the sea.” Elijah: Go quickly, and give a message to Ahab for me: “Prepare your chariot, and leave quickly before the rain gets torrential and keeps you from traveling.”

Jeremiah 1:12 (CSB) The LORD said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I watch over my word to accomplish it.”

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