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 every National Football League game you watch and that's true in the Super Bowl which was just played.
If a basketball player, whether high school, college or professional, has his timing off. . .he won't be able to make a free throw. . .no matter how big the rim is.
In life. . .if your timing is off. . .you can miss possibilities. . .and opportunities for success.
Timing is critically important in life.
Something can be a good idea. . .it can be a great idea. . .it can be a God idea but for it to be successful it must be in God's timing.
Here are seven facts you ought to know about His 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.
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.
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 we where we shouldn’t be. . .at his right time to tempt us.
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 wasn’t the adultery with Bathsheba. . .the murder of Uriah or even the cover-up. His greatest mistake was that he was at the wrong place at the right time.
David was supposed to be at war. . .he wasn’t with his troops. . .he wasn’t directing their battles. In short, he wasn’t where he was supposed to be.
He was in the wrong place. . .at the right time.
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 appreciated.
You’re cruising the internet when you inadvertently land on a pornographic page but you stay by 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 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.
God wants us to understand that like Abraham we may have been awaiting the manifestation of our promise. . .but your time is coming. He directed me to write these 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.”
Remember, God is not a man that He should lie (Numbers 23:19).
Delay tactics are a favorite deception of the enemy because he seeks to trip us up by filling us with doubt.
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 to each of us in the Word of God.
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.”
This scripture is often quoted as a verse to give hope to those who believe for a loved one to be saved. However, I think there is much more at work in this verse.
“The Lord does not delay and is not tardy or slow about what He promises. . .”
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 the enemy likes to see if he can hinder the arrival of God’s answer to the circumstances, situations and problems that 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. 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 by the way. . .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 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 time of deliverance
2 Corinthians 6: 2 in the Amplified Bible says:
“For He says, In the time of favor (of an assured welcome) I have listened to and heeded your call, and I have helped you on the day of deliverance (the day of salvation). Behold, now is truly the time for a gracious welcome and acceptance [of you from God]; behold, now is the day of salvation!”
Now is your day of salvation. .it’s your time.
Psalm 3:8 in the King James Version says:
“Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people.”
According to the Strong’s Concordance the word salvation is the Hebrew word yĕshuw`ah (H3444) and it means:
“salvation, deliverance, prosperity, victory.”
The New Living Translation of Psalm 3:8 says:
“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 and/or indifference to His Word.
God wants you saved. . .yes, totally delivered from poor financial or other 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 to day, 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. Make the most out of every minute you have.
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 or people who 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 to each day that we’re given is that we must spend, invest or use every minute. There is no roll-over benefit to time. Simply said, use each day wisely before midnight or it’s gone forever.
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 you’re 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 which says:
"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 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.
You and I should be rejoicing 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 will allow us to buy back some 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.
We must maximize our time. . .the things we’re doing.
Ephesians 5:16 in the Amplified Bible says:
“Making the very most of your time [on earth, recognizing and taking advantage of each opportunity and using it with wisdom and diligence], because the days are [filled with] evil.”
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