The Lord is saying this morning that He wants His children to learn to be at the right place at the right time.
There are some meetings that we cannot afford to miss, there are some seasons that we cannot afford to miss, there is an impact that we ought to be making.
A change is coming but are we ready for that change?
We must learn to be on time, as time is getting faster and faster in these last days, technology is getting faster and faster these days, everything around us is getting faster and faster, and as believers we cannot afford to remain stagnant, we have also got to move, we must be quick.
What are we doing to advance the Kingdom of God?
There are souls to be won for the sake of The Kingdom, there are many people out there that need salvation.
We must learn to be quick for the sake of the kingdom.
A pastor preached that the majority of the children of God are slow, and it’s sad but true.
We must equip ourselves with all that The Lord has provided for us in order to run this race with speed.
Believe it or not believers but time is running out.
Time waits for no one.
Time does not wait for you to be ready.
You are either ready to go with time or time will leave you behind.
That’s the harsh reality of time we must learn how to utilise it well.
This morning as I sought The Lord, He said I should go to John 4 and continue from there.
It’s the story of the Samaritan woman how ironic is that?!
Listen there are some divine appointments that we must make, we cannot afford to miss it.
So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. John 4:5
Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour. John 4:6
A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” John 4:7
For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. John 4:8
Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. John 4:9
Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” John 4:10
The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? John 4:11
Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?” John 4:12
Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, John 4:13
but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” John 4:14
The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.” John 4:15
Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” John 4:16
The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ John 4:17
for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.” John 4:18
The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. John 4:19
Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.” John 4:20
But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. John 4:23
God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:24
The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.” John 4:25
Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He. ” John 4:26
Divine appointments bring forth divine revelations!
The prophetic is often revealed at divine appointments I can testify to this!
Listen there are some divine appointments that we need to be making, but we cannot make those appointments if we do not learn how to utilise our time effectively, we cannot make those appointments if we do not learn how to use our time.
Children of God there is a lady that needs encouragement and possibly it’s you that The Lord has appointed to encourage this lady, how?
I don’t know but often it all just comes down to obedience.
Often it all just comes down to just being sensitive to The Holy Spirit.
Often it all just comes down to the sacrifice of self will, to let go of yourself in order to be a blessing to somebody else, and you know what that’s exactly the same as worship.
As a worship leader I know that in order to bless The Lord with my worship as well as the people I must first let go of self, when you let go of self and focus on Him you’re worship reaches the heavens because remember as do not worship The Lord in the flesh, but in spirit and in truth!
As believers we must have divine appointments because we must make an impact on the world.
Use what He has given you, it might seem small to you but trust me The Lord takes the little we have and He never fails in making it grand.
My very good friend always encourages me with this Word.
Though your beginning was small, Yet your latter end would increase abundantly. Job 8:7
Indeed it shall be if you are humble at the place that you are at now, if you are humble with the little that you have now, then The Lord can trust you with much more.
‘The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former,’ says the LORD of hosts. ‘And in this place I will give peace,’ says the LORD of hosts.” Haggai 2:9
His glory never fails in visiting divine appointments.
We must learn how to tap into His glory, for when we tap into His glory divine encounters take place.
It’s time to speed up and not slow down!
Run the race, and build yourself up in His Word that’s what keeps us going.
Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. I Corinthians 9:24
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. II Timothy 4:7
Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing. II Timothy 4:8
Finally when I think of a divine appointment I remember the perfect example.
The story of Ruth and Boaz.
I shared on this last year November but will share again.😊❤️
Don’t hesitate just move out in faith.
But Naomi said, “Turn back, my daughters; why will you go with me? Are there still sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands? Ruth 1:11
would you wait for them till they were grown? Would you restrain yourselves from having husbands? No, my daughters; for it grieves me very much for your sakes that the hand of the Lord has gone out against me!” Ruth 1:13
Then they lifted up their voices and wept again; and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her.
And she said, “Look, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.” Ruth 1:15
Faith does not look at its left or at its right but only unto God.
But Ruth said: “Entreat me not to leave you, Or to turn back from following after you; For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people, And your God, my God. Ruth 1:16
Faith is persistent.
Where you die, I will die, And there will I be buried. The Lord do so to me, and more also, If anything but death parts you and me.” Ruth 1:17
Faith does the extraordinary.
Ruth could’ve followed her sister in law, after all she knew her past she could identify with her past, she was unaware of what was before her, but she remained determined that she would move into the unknown.
Faith moves into the unknown.
When she saw that she was determined to go with her, she stopped speaking to her. Ruth 1:18
It is clear that Naomi was frustrated with Ruth. Naomi could not understand why Ruth would want to follow her, into what she believed would be an empty and a hopeless place.
I went out full, and the Lord has brought me home again empty. Why do you call me Naomi, since the Lord has testified against me, and the Almighty has afflicted me?” Ruth 1:21
Self pity restricts Faith.
Faith does not know failure, failure does not know faith.
Choose Faith and failure will be a myth to you.
Every misfortune is a blessing, therefore there is an opportunity in every misfortune. Choose to see the latter.
Ruth chose to see beyond, and her sister in law chose to look back.
Faith is forward ever, backwards never.
No matter the circumstance Faith chooses to look beyond it’s current situation.
Around the corner from Faith is Favour, and Favour brings forth the Blessing.
There was a relative of Naomi’s husband, a man of great wealth, of the family of Elimelech. His name was Boaz. Ruth 2:1
So Ruth the Moabitess said to Naomi, “Please let me go to the field, and glean heads of grain after him in whose sight I may find favor.” And she said to her, “Go, my daughter.” Ruth 2:2
Ruth’s sister in law had no idea of what was before her and therefore she chose to move backwards. She was unaware that before her was Favour and the Blessing.
So Ruth stepped out in Faith, and moved forward. Ruth move forward into the unknown, and in the midst of the unknown was her Boaz, was her Blessing, was her Favour.
When Ruth stepped out in Faith she did not just stop there, she strategically positioned herself. That is the next step of faith.
When you Strategically position yourself your Blessing will locate you.
You won’t even need to go out of your way searching for it. You’ve done your part, you’ve stepped out in faith, you’ve strategically positioned yourself, you’re working where The Spirit has led you to work, now wait on The Lord for Favour shall find you, and the Blessing shall come forth.
Then she left, and went and gleaned in the field after the reapers. And she happened to come to the part of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the family of Elimelech. Ruth 2:3
Faith is far above our expectations.
Then Boaz said to his servant who was in charge of the reapers, “Whose young woman is this?” Ruth 2:5
So the servant who was in charge of the reapers answered and said, “It is the young Moabite woman who came back with Naomi from the country of Moab. Ruth 2:6
And she said, ‘Please let me glean and gather after the reapers among the sheaves.’ So she came and has continued from morning until now, though she rested a little in the house.” Ruth 2:7
Then Boaz said to Ruth, “You will listen, my daughter, will you not? Do not go to glean in another field, nor go from here, but stay close by my young women. Ruth 2:8
Let your eyes be on the field which they reap, and go after them. Have I not commanded the young men not to touch you? And when you are thirsty, go to the vessels and drink from what the young men have drawn.” Ruth 2:9
So she fell on her face, bowed down to the ground, and said to him, “Why have I found favor in your eyes, that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?” Ruth 2:10
And Boaz answered and said to her, “It has been fully reported to me, all that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband, and how you have left your father and your mother and the land of your birth, and have come to a people whom you did not know before. Ruth 2:11
The Lord repay your work, and a full reward be given you by the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge.” Ruth 2:12
Then she said, “Let me find favor in your sight, my lord; for you have comforted me, and have spoken kindly to your maidservant, though I am not like one of your maidservants.” Ruth 2:13
Divine appointments brings forth divine favour!
Now Boaz said to her at mealtime, “Come here, and eat of the bread, and dip your piece of bread in the vinegar.” So she sat beside the reapers, and he passed parched grain to her; and she ate and was satisfied, and kept some back. Ruth 2:14
You shall not labour in vain, the work of your hands shall not go unnoticed.
Ruth appreciated her humble beginnings, and faithfully sowed into the life of Naomi, and because she did this The Lord brought forth what He promised.
A season of harvest.
We shall surely reap the harvest that The Lord has promised us.
Ruth could’ve easily taken the path that her sister in law took, but you see most of the time the easiest option is not always the best.
Lets say Ruth had chosen to go back, would there have really been much left there for her?
Divine appointments are often challenging that’s why it takes faith, to make them.
After all she would’ve been returning back to the same surroundings, same people, same everything, and familiarity is a hindrance to progress.
Ruth would’ve missed out on her blessing, because she was afraid of the unknown. We’ve got to pray against the spirit of fear because it is fear that holds us back, and stops us from moving forward.
Do not be afraid of change.
Ruth remained for ten years, and then change happened. Change brought forth fear, and Ruth’s sister in law allowed herself to be overtaken by fear, and because of this she agreed with the easiest option, and moved backwards. Ruth saw change as an opportunity, a blessing, and not a misfortune, and because of this she overcame fear, and moved forward.
Remain if The Lord is telling you to remain, but when The Lord says move, do not be afraid of change get moving!
Remember that The Lord is everywhere. He is where you are right now, and He is before you in the midst of change so do not be afraid for The Lord is faithful, and He is always with you.
Divine appointments encourages faith.
No more excuses!
Go! Even at the place that you are at and just TRUST GOD.
Then the LORD turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?” Judges 6:14
Quit questioning Him you are just wasting time, risking your progress, and delaying the opportunity to impact the lives of many.
A divine appointment is waiting for you.