First Baptist Russell
November 7, 2021


November 7, 2021

Acts 9:19-31; Acts 10; Acts 11:19-25

Truth: God prepares His sheep through times of , which are meant to sharpen their , break down their , and shape their .

Yet those who wait for the Lord Will gain new strength;They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.  Isaiah 40:31 NASB

The word shows up far more in our than in God’s plans.

Waiting scratches against our human .

Saul likely lived back in Tarsus for up to years and was probably in his when he was called to Antioch.

Some Truths To Embrace!

  • God knows you are.
  • is not necessary or .
  • We need to and exercise .

Now faith is the certainty of things hoped for, a proof of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 NASB

  • is God’s concern, not name recognition.

God Was Working!

  • received a .  (Acts 10)
  • was happening.
  • Revival is what happens when people (deal with their ) and turn to Christ and live for Him.

What About Saul!

  • How about his , his ?
  • He is learning to , not have confidence in the , but in the .
  • He is learning – is not the main character – is.

Therefore I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in distresses, in persecutions, in difficulties, in behalf of Christ; for when I am weak, then I am strong.   2 Corinthians 12:10 NASB

Are There Benefits To Waiting On The Lord?

1st He gives us direction.

2nd He gets us in with Himself.

3rd He us for the future.

4th He strengthens our .

5th He gets our and sifts our .

6th He allows us to see Him working in our .

If It Is Wise To Wait, How Do We Do It?

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!  Psalms 37:7 ESV

My soul waits in silence for God alone; From Him comes my salvation.   Psalms 62:1 NASB

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