Erica Joseph Shepherd Ministries
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Spirit-Spiritual WarFighters Your Appointed Time

An "appointed time" is, in truth, an open display of the sovereignty and power of God.

In it we discover with absolute certainty that nothing is impossible for God.

In it we discover with absolute certainty that nothing is impossible for God.  It is a season when God fulfills the hopes and dreams of "His" people.  

The Psalmist wrote, "But you, O Lord abide forever, and your name to all generations.  You will arise and have compassion on Zion, for it is time to be gracious to her, for the appointed time has come."  Psalm 102:12-13

During an "appointed time" it's as though the Lord physically rises and moves in infilling compassion on behalf of His people.  It is the time when divine promises, dreams, and spiritual hopes are fulfilled.  

Recall:  Abraham and Sarah had waited in faith for a quarter century for the promise of God.  Finally, as they neared one hundred years of age, the Lord told Abraham, "At the appointed time I will return to you...and Sarah will have a son". Genesis 18:14.  

One year later, "At the appointed time"  Genesis 21:2, Isaac was born to aged parents!  

While there are, indeed, appointed times of judgment Mark 13:33, the phrase most frequently represents a time, preset by God, when He invades mankind with

"...wonders plans formed long ago, (that unfold) with perfect faithfulness" Isaiah 25:1

Demons may stand arrayed against the Lord; nations may align themselves to fight Him.  It does not matter.  He who sits in the heavens laughs.  For He makes all things His servants Psalm 119:91, even His enemies plans for evil are reversed and made to serve the purpose of God.  Genesis 50:20, Romans 8:28, Acts 2:22-24.  If God gave you a vision, a spiritual hope or dream for your future, there will be an appointed time when that which God spoke comes to pass.

Thus the Lord assures us, "Record the vision and inscribe it on tablets, that the one who reads it may run, for the vision is yet for the appointed time, it hastens toward the goal and it will not fail.  Though it tarries, wait for it; for it will certainly come, it will not delay.  Habakkuk 2:2-3.

Prior to the unveiling of an appointed time.  God has, of course, been actively working in hiddenness.  When He rises and moves, He is moving the power grid He laid in secret.  The work manifests suddenly, but the preparation may have taken years.  Likewise, the Lord also appoints people.  He predestines the time of their breakthrough in advance, even as He works silently within their hearts in preparation.  

Consider the Lord's Word to His disciples, He said "You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain.  John 15:16

God chose us before the foundation of the world predestines us to come to Jesus Christ.  Ephesians 1:3-5

We could not even come to Jesus had not the Father drawn us John 6:44.  

So, let us make no mistake:  God chose us.  Yet He who chose us also appointed us to bear fruit.  The same power that worked in us to surrender and then inspired our faith continues to work in our hearts throughout our days appointing us to bear fruit.  Do you believe God has chosen you?  Then believe also that He has appointed you to bear fruit.  The same power that drew you to Christ is now working to conform you to Him as well.  Christians that have fallen away from God, you will find that many times, at some point, they fell into deep disappointment about some failed, spiritual expectation, Disappointment is not just a sad, emotional state of mind; deep disappointment actually can sever our hearts from faith, it can "disappoint" us from our appointed destiny.  When a person is disappointed, he or she is cut off from his or her appointment with destiny.  The appointment remains in the heart of God, but the individual is isolated. It is here, even in the throws of disappointment, that the righteous must learn to live by faith.  Habakkuk 2:1-4

I have been through disappointment, the promise of God was so distant that it seemed like a foolish spiritual fantasy. People laughing and mocking me.  No doors would open for me.  God was doing a work in my soul to cause me to trust "Him" I felt alone and cut off from my calling.  I cried and I never cry, I am a pretty strong person, I went to God and asked Him sincerely to help me, to restore me, God told me to wait on Him, disappointment was trying to take me over, but I kept my hope in God.  Darkness tried to overtake me, Satan can stop our destiny if we accept the power of disappointment into our lives.  If you ever accept the heaviness of deep disappointment, you will be cut off from your vision.  If you are carrying disappointment in your heart?  Renounce it.  If you feel that you have personally or morally failed in the past, repent deeply and return to your Redeemer, Right Now.