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Delay is perceived as anything that doesn’t come at the expected time. Quickly this morning, I want to identify three sources of delay that could be experienced in relationships and marriages.

1. The delay that comes from you
Self-inflicted delays can come when you are just too impatient. God has a timetable for your life. When you alter that timetable by impatience and unnecessarily hurrying, one can actually cause delay.

Actually, and candidly speaking, hurrying up things eventually bring delay. These are what I call self-inflicted delays.

See the scripture:

…he that believeth shall not make haste.

Isa 28:16b (KJV)
  1. The delay allowed by God.
    God can also allow delay when He knows you are about to make a decision that will jeopardize your salvation, your joy, or which can bring any form of evil.

The Lord does not delay [as though He were unable to act] and is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is [extraordinarily] patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.

2 Peter 3:9 AMP

See another translation:

The Lord is not slow to do what he has promised, as some think. Instead, he is patient with you, because he does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants all to turn away from their sins.

2Pe 3:9 (GNB)

Since God does not want you to perish, what He can do is to allow delay in stubborn decisions you are about to take in other to save your soul. This kind can be brought about when you refuse to work on your character.

Constant attitude adjustment is pivotal to speed in your relationship and marital endeavors.

  1. Delay can come from the devil
    Finally, delay can also come from the devil. This is the work of the devil and it is not to be tolerated. It is to be refused, rejected, and resisted.
    Jesus has already destroyed the works of the devil.

The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8b AMP

I pray for you this morning, every spirit of delay is bound in your life in Jesus name.

I will cooperate with the timing of God.

Lord, do that which you are set to do in my life.

Ecclesiastes 3:11a He hath made every thing beautiful in his time:

Trust God’s timing.

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