Timing Is The Difference Between Success And Failure

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If a quarterback's timing is off. . .he's going to have a bad day with more interceptions than touchdowns. That's clearly evident in some of the National Football League games and it was definitely true in the Super Bowl last Sunday night.

In life. . .if your timing is off. . .you can miss possibilities and opportunities for success.

Timing is critically important in life. . .and every decision you make.

Something can be a good idea. . .it can be a great idea. . .it can even be a God idea but for it to be successful it must be in God's timing.

Here are seven facts we all need to be reminded of about God’s timing.

1.      The Holy Spirit gives you the timing.

Have you ever wondered if it was the right time to make a career change. . .to ask someone to marry you. . .to present your ideas to your supervisors?

Knowing when to speak. . .is equally important to what you’re going to say.

Acts 1:7-8 in the Message Bible says:

“He told them, `You don’t get to know the time. Timing is the Father’s business. What you’ll get is the Holy Spirit. And when the Holy Spirit comes on you, you will be able to be my witnesses in Jerusalem, all over Judea and Samaria, even to the ends of the world.’”

There is one absolute key to making the right decisions at the right time. . .it’s the unction of the Holy Spirit.

It’s that little something deep inside that you know means … now.

Have you ever started to do something. . .but something didn’t feel right in your stomach? It wasn’t because you ate too much guacamole. It was the unction of the Holy Spirit telling you it wasn’t the right time. . .to do what you were going to do.

If you like to be a mover and a shaker…you’ll probably experience that more than the unction to go ahead. Be glad. God is speaking to you.

God moves at a different pace than man. However, when you do sense His encouragement to move…then by all means MOVE AHEAD.

When we obey the voice of the Holy Spirit. . .we not only avoid trouble. . .but we make decisions that will succeed instead of fail.

2.      Being in the wrong place. . .at the right time.

This is one of the devil’s favorite traps. . .having us where we shouldn’t be. . . wrong place …. just in time to tempt us with the right opportunity to sin.

2 Samuel 11:1-3 in the Amplified Bible says:

“In the spring, when kings go forth to battle, David sent Joab with his servants and all Israel, and they ravaged the Ammonites [country] and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem.

2 One evening David arose from his couch and was walking on the roof of the king’s house, when from there he saw a woman bathing; and she was very lovely to behold.

3 David sent and inquired about the woman. One said, Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite?”

King David’s greatest mistake didn’t start with adultery with Bathsheba. . .the murder of Uriah or even the cover-up. His greatest mistake was being in the wrong place at the right time for the enemy.

The scripture plainly stated: “In the spring, when kings go forth to battle….” The problem is … the King sent someone else.

David was supposed to be at war. . . with his troops. . . directing their battles. In short, he wasn’t where he was supposed to be.

He was in the wrong place. . .at the right time for the enemy to set a trap.

It was the right time for the enemy to tempt him. It was the right time for the lust of the flesh to overwhelm him.

Have you ever put yourself in a position where you shouldn’t be?

Talking to a co-worker of the opposite sex who gives you attention you feel you may not be receiving from your spouse.

Perhaps you’ve been in a position where you could take something from your employer that you think they’ll never miss. . .even as you reason. . .that they actually owe it to you since you are underpaid and unappreciated.

You’re cruising the internet when you inadvertently land on a pornographic page but you stay for a visit and subsequently stop by the site from time to time.

If King David had been in God’s timing. . . being where he was supposed to be. . .things would have been totally different for him, his family and all of Israel.

3.      Delay doesn’t mean denial.

Habakkuk 2: 3 in the Amplified Bible says:

For the vision is yet for an appointed time and it hastens to the end [fulfillment]; it will not deceive or disappoint. Though it tarry, wait [earnestly] for it, because it will surely come; it will not be behindhand on its appointed day.”

Over the 13 years after Ishmael was born. . .no doubt Abraham wondered if the promises of God would ever come to pass.

Joseph was given a dream of ruling and reigning … but it looked like an impossible dream once he was sold into slavery.

The Prophet Samuel anointed David to be king in Israel but after being chased by King Saul for years, when Samuel died, he despaired and left Israel to live with the Philistines.

God wants us to understand that we are no different than many of the Bible characters we read about. If we are awaiting the manifestation of our promise. . .it’s all a matter of timing.

He directed me to write the following words to you.

“Tell my children to hold fast to the confession of their faith. What I’ve promised will come to pass. Delay does not mean denial.”

God is not a man that He should lie (Numbers 23:19).

Delay is a favorite deception of the enemy because he seeks to trip us up by filling us with doubt. Never doubt. God could be testing and building our character for the job ahead.

Psalm 105:19 in the New Living Translation says:

Until the time came to fulfill his dreams, the LORD tested Joseph’s character.”

The enemy wants you to believe that salvation will never come to your family. . .but that’s not what the Word says.

The enemy wants you to believe that deliverance from debt will never manifest in your life. . .but that’s not what the Word says.

The enemy wants you to believe that your healing or that of your loved one will never manifest. . .but that’s not what the Word says.

The enemy wants you to think the job market is hopeless and you’ll never get another job. . .but that’s not what the Word says.

The enemy wants you to think that the Lord is not interested in your needs or in fulfilling the promises that He makes in the Word of God. Or worse, the promises are for everyone but you… not true!

2 Peter 3:9 in the Amplified Bible says:

The Lord does not delay and is not tardy or slow about what He promises, according to some people's conception of slowness, but He is long-suffering (extraordinarily patient) toward you, not desiring that any should perish, but that all should turn to repentance.”

If you’ve been going through the fire. . .if you feel like you’ve been to hell and back, then you need to hold onto the first part of this verse.

God does not delay. . .but there may be times the enemy likes to see if he can hinder the arrival of God’s answer to the circumstances, situations and problems you are facing.

Daniel 10:12-14 in the New Living Translation says:

“Then he said, “Don’t be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven. I have come in answer to your prayer. 13 But for twenty-one days the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia blocked my way. Then Michael, one of the archangels, came to help me, and I left him there with the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia. 14 Now I am here to explain what will happen to your people in the future, for this vision concerns a time yet to come.”

You need to know God has heard your prayer . . . that your answer . . . your deliverance is on the way. He is not ringing his hands in heaven worried about the delay. God will make sure it’s right on time.

Our answer may have been delayed but it was not denied.

That’s why it’s so important that you obey the Lord. . .follow His instructions for living the good life. . .never doubt. . .because answers, direction and deliverance are coming.

Heed the words of Psalm 119:60 in the New Living Translation which says:

“I will hurry, without delay, to obey your commands.”

Even though you’ve been waiting for an answer. . .a manifestation. . .don’t give up, give in, back up, back down or quit expecting.

4.      Our time is in His Hands.

Psalm 31: 15 in the King James Version says:

“My times are in Your hands; deliver me from the hands of my foes and those who pursue me and persecute me.”

No matter what you’re going through or how intense the battle. . .God’s got your back as He delivers you from your enemies. And remember. . .He’s always on time.

Acts 1: 7 in the Amplified Bible says:

“He said to them, It is not for you to become acquainted with and know what time brings [the things and events of time and their definite periods] or fixed years and seasons (their critical niche in time), which the Father has appointed (fixed and reserved) by His own choice and authority and personal power.”

If you know God. . .you will come to know His timing.

Ecclesiastes 9:11in the New Century Version says:

“Here's something else I've seen on this earth. Races aren't always won by those who run fast. Battles aren't always won by those who are strong. Wise people don't always have plenty of food. Clever people aren't always wealthy. Those who have learned a lot aren't always favored. God controls the timing of every event. He also controls how things turn out.”

List to the seven keys found in Isaiah 49:8 in the Amplified Bible which says:

“Thus says the Lord, In an acceptable and favorable time I have heard and answered you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you; and I will preserve you and give you for a covenant to the people, to raise up and establish the land [from its present state of ruin] and to apportion and cause them to inherit the desolate [moral wastes of heathenism, their] heritages.”

First, in an acceptable and favorable time.

Second, I have heard and answered you.

Third, in a day of salvation I have helped you.

Fourth, I will preserve you.

Fifth, I will give you a covenant for the people.

Sixth, to raise up and establish the land.

Seventh, to cause an inheritance for the faithful ones.

5.      Your timing includes deliverance.

According to the Strong’s Concordance the word salvation is the Hebrew word yĕshuw`ah (H3444) and it means:

“salvation, deliverance, prosperity, victory.”

Salvation is all encompassing. It is multifaceted to include everything we need.

Psalm 3:8 in the King James Version says:

“Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people.”

The New Living Translation of Psalm 3:8 says it this way:

“Victory comes from you, O Lord. May you bless your people.”

God wants to deliver you. . .to save you from your old way of thinking and living.

He wants you delivered. . .saved from a life of sin.

God wants you saved and totally delivered from poor financial or other life decisions that have kept you bound to sin, sickness and stupidity.

The word for salvation found in Psalm 3:8 is also used in one of my favorite verses . . Exodus 14:13 says:

“And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you today: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen today, ye shall see them again no more forever.”

The New International Version of Exodus 14:13 says:

“Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.”

The enemies you see today. . .your creditors. . .the debtors. . .you will never see again but you must not be afraid. . .you must stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today.

6.      Stay Faithful.

Faithfulness means not sitting around waiting on God to “do something.” … but moving forward faithfully and constantly looking for His guidance in all you do.

Colossians 4: 5 in the Amplified Bible says:

“Behave yourselves wisely [living prudently and with discretion] in your relations with those of the outside world (the non-Christians), making the very most of the time and seizing (buying up) the opportunity.”

Make a list each night of what you need to accomplish the next day.

Assign a priority to each task. . .and be about the business. . .avoid time distractions that will prevent you from achieving the things that you’ve purposed to achieve before the day ends.

In the next twenty-four hours. . .you will be given a precious gift. . .not money, gold, silver or real estate. . .but something far more valuable. . .you will be the recipient of 86,400 seconds. . .or another day of life.

The only restriction is we will either spend, invest or some way use every minute. There is no roll-over benefit to time. Simply said, faithfulness is doing our best to use our day as wisely as possible.

Ephesians 5:11-16 in the Message Bible says:

Don't waste your time on useless work, mere busywork, the barren pursuits of darkness. Expose these things for the sham they are. It's a scandal when people waste their lives on things they must do in the darkness where no one will see. Rip the cover off those frauds and see how attractive they look in the light of Christ.

“Wake up from your sleep, Climb out of your coffins; Christ will show you the light!
So watch your step. Use your head. Make the most of every chance you get. These are desperate times!”

I strongly encourage you to do a time survey to determine where and how you’re spending your time.

Ephesians 5: 16 in the Amplified Bible says:

Making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity], because the days are evil.”

Manage your minutes to maximize your effectiveness for the kingdom of God.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 in the New King James Version says:

"To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.”

7.      Redeem the Time.

King Solomon in all his wisdom said something profound in Ecclesiastes 3:11:

"He has made everything beautiful in its time.”

King David had the greatest dynasty in the history of Israel because he trained his military commanders to understand the times and know what Israel should do.

1 Chronicles 12:32 in the New Living Translation says:

“From the tribe of Issachar, there were 200 leaders of the tribe with their relatives. All these men understood the signs of the times and knew the best course for Israel to take.”

King Xerxes I not only understood the importance of timing but he surrounded himself with wise men who also knew the importance of timing.

Esther 1:13 in the Amplified Bible says:

“Then the king spoke to the wise men who understood the times [asking for their advice]—for it was the custom of the king to speak before all those who were familiar with law and legal matters.”

God is aware of the importance of acting in the right time.

Galatians 4:4 in the Amplified Bible says:

“But when [in God’s plan] the proper time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the [regulations of the] Law.”

Jesus didn’t come too early or too late. . .He was right on time.

We should rejoice because the Bible says we can redeem the time.

Ephesians 5:16 in the King James Bible says:

“Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”

According to Strong’s Concordance the Greek word for redeem is G1805 and it means:

“to redeem; by payment of a price to recover from the power of another, to ransom, buy off; to make wise and sacred use of every opportunity for doing good”

It’s clear from the Strong’s definition that redeem means to “repurchase time.”

God can make it up to us if we lose time.

Joel 2:25 in the Amplified Bible says:

And I will compensate you for the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the creeping locust, the stripping locust, and the gnawing locust—My great army which I sent among you.”

The King James Version of Joel 2:25 says:

“And I will restore to you the years. . .”

Additionally, Proverbs 6:31 in the Amplified Bible says:

“But when he is found, he must repay seven times [what he stole]; He must give all the property of his house [if necessary to meet his fine].”

The enemy steals more than money and valuables. He steals ideas and yes, he even steals your time.

I continually pray for the seven-fold restoration of all the time the enemy has stolen from me.

Let us end with one last scripture in Proverbs 10:27 in the Living Bible which says in part:

Reverence for God adds hours to each day;”

Maximize your time and the things you’re doing. God is faithful every step of the way.