Good afternoon and welcome to The E-quip Devotion. We have been working like crazy around here at E-quip Central to fulfill the mission statement the Lord gave us which is to: “Preach, publish, and proclaim the true Gospel of Jesus Christ, around the world, around the clock.” One way to do that is online using our Sermon Player and iTunes, where many of my preaching messages are available 24/7 for FREE. After a “spring-clean-out” of my office many messages were found and uploaded so that almost 200 of them are now available. (CLICK to see a list of the messages added.) Some go back to 2004…so watch and listen and ENJOY! They can be viewed or listened to at: http://sermon.net/thenetrev and http://pastorkevinspeaks.homestead.com/index.html. All the messages are also available via iTunes on our podcast, “E-quip.org Devotion.” UPCOMING: We are gearing up to go to the Middle East to an undisclosed location near Iran to train up young Iranian pastors who will lead underground home-churches in their cities. We (It’s possible Margie and/or Stephen will be going with me.) will be going in June and appreciate your prayers and your donations that will make this adventure fruitful. It’s my third trip to do this, and along with the upcoming Satellite TV broadcast to Europe, the Middle East, and Northern Africa, we are changing nations, especially Iran. TOGETHER we really ARE changing the world!!!
If I had a dollar for every time I “thought” I could perceive God’s timing in my life, I would be very rich. However, He doesn’t usually do things according to my schedule. As I peered out my hotel window in Ghana, Africa way back in 1988, I received a word from the Lord that I would “travel the world with His Gospel.” I was sooooooooooooooo excited and I just KNEW it would start that next week! Well, the next week came and went. Then, the next month came and went. And then, the next YEAR came and went! And another year, and another, and another, and another, and another, and another, and another, and another, and another, and another, and another, and another, and another, and another, and another, and another, and another, and another, and another, and another, and another….and THEN IT CAME TO PASS!!! (That’s 22 years in case you are wondering.) I am now living out that “word from the Lord.” BOY WAS MY TIMING OFF! Why so long? What was the delay? Why did I “perceive” it would happen sooner? Here is my answer, “I have no idea!” And really, it doesn’t even matter. TIMING BELONGS TO GOD AND GOD ALONE! When the disciples wanted to know “when” Jesus told them….
“You don’t get to know the time. Timing is the Father’s business. What you’ll get is the Holy Spirit…..” (Acts 1:7-8 MSG) That is so good. God’s timing is perfect; always. We need to TRUST Him. We need to have FAITH in Him and in His timing for HIS plan for our life. Jack Hayford says, “Faith is the one attitude in this life that is exact opposite of trusting yourself.” I think we can do ourselves a big favor by putting our trust in the Lord instead of in ourselves. Here is the KEY to this TRUSTING HIM kind of life. TIME WITH GOD ALWAYS PRODUCES PERFECT TIMING IN US. Period. Enough said. Amen? Amen.
Don’t be frustrated, be at peace. In the words of an old TV show, “Father Knows Best.”
Have a great day!
Pastor Kevin Kinchen