One of the pastors at our church made a statement recently that has stuck with me. He stated that Jesus is preparing a place for us and that the Holy Spirit is preparing us for the place.
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. (John 14:1-3, KJV)
And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever–The Spirit of Truth… (John 14:16-17, Amplified)
…the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you. (John 14:26, Amplified)
The pastor was teaching a message entitled “Why the Wilderness”. He spoke of the wilderness as being the place where God prepared the people for the promised land which He had prepared for them. They land was ready for them, but the people had to be ready for the land. There were things they were trying to bring in from the land they were leaving, Egypt. They had been slaves there. They had to stop thinking like slaves. The pastor made this statement, “Freedom is not getting you out of Egypt. It is getting Egypt out of you.”
As the pastor taught this message, my Comforter, Counselor, Helper, the Holy Spirit said something to me. He simply said, “Yield to the process.”
Why were the Israelites in the wilderness for so long? They fought the process. They complained about the process. They often rebuked the process. But it only delayed the process, for they could not enter what He had prepared for them until they allowed Him to prepare them.
Trust Him and yield to the process. Let Him make you what you ought to be (see Hebrews 13:21 Amplified).
One last statement from the pastor’s message to help determine what is God and what is not. “Testing is an opportunity with the goal of success. Temptation is an opportunity with the goal of failure.” God will lead you into tests for your success. The enemy will try to force you into failure through temptations. Let God’s word and His Holy Spirit help you navigate the process.