Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Delivery Dates

Last week, I had a three-hour layover at the Chicago O’Hare Airport. During the wait, I used the time to schedule some appointments on my phone calendar, one being a conference call. After I scheduled the conference call my next flight was announced. I got up and continued my journey.

Yesterday, after arriving home, I was reviewing my appointments for the coming week and noticed my conference call was scheduled at the wrong time. My phone took the information I had entered while waiting at the airport in the Central Time Zone and logged in the appointment at that location resulting in a two-hour mistake. My phone was thinking I would be making the call from Illinois, not from Oregon.

There are times when God will give you a word to speak and He will ask you to calendar the exact time and place for its delivery. Along with the accurate content of a word there is an equally important aspect of the word that ensures the proper timing and context into which the word is to be delivered. You can deliver a word at the wrong time and in the wrong place and actually miss the intended impact of the word even if the word is filled with powerful content. 

Once you have a word from God, ask Him about the timing of its delivery. Reaffirm that timing on your Spirit-led calendar before you speak. Had I logged in to the conference call at the wrong time the automated system that was tasked to activate the call would have informed me the conference call no longer existed. I would have missed an important conversation God wanted me to hear and I would have missed the opportunity to deposit a word I believe God gave me to deliver during the phone call.

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