Fire of Delayed Answers

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This book helps clarify why the answers to our prayers may be delayed and gives practical advice for walking in faith and hope until God's release comes. If we are to mature into greater dimensions of kingdom fruitfulness, then we must commit ourselves to understanding how God uses delay to refine His chosen ones. Intensely passionate and practical, this book is written from the crucible of the author's own personal crisis of delayed answers. This is not a book of platitudes but of powerful insights that have ...
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This book helps clarify why the answers to our prayers may be delayed and gives practical advice for walking in faith and hope until God's release comes. If we are to mature into greater dimensions of kingdom fruitfulness, then we must commit ourselves to understanding how God uses delay to refine His chosen ones. Intensely passionate and practical, this book is written from the crucible of the author's own personal crisis of delayed answers. This is not a book of platitudes but of powerful insights that have come through the fire. May your heart be enlarged and your faith expanded as you consider the great blessings extended to those who wait on God alone.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780962118531
  • Publisher: Oasis House
  • Publication date: 7/28/1996
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 368,561
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.33 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

A teacher and author, Bob Sorge has been walking in the crucible of a sustained personal crisis for 20 years. Through the fire, God has burned into his soul a passionate message of God’s ways and how God walks us through the darkness to the highest heights of grace. Author of the widely acclaimed book, Exploring Worship, Bob has written several books that are the product of this intense personal trial, including In His Face: A prophetic call to renewed focus, The Fire of Delayed Answers, and Unrelenting Prayer. His best-selling book, Secrets of the Secret Place, is igniting believers around the world for an intimate relationship with Christ. Having served as a senior pastor for thirteen years, Bob is now traveling domestically and abroad to bring his message of hope to the body of Christ.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 8
Part 1 The Furnace Of Affliction
Chapter 1 Refiner's Fire 13
God is a fire
God is a refiner
God's purifying fire
Buying gold
God's initiative
The value of buying
Is infirmity from God?
Why infirmity and affliction?
Salted with fire
Aflame for Jesus
The last days' fire
Chapter 2 The Perseverance Of Job 23
Holy man and prophet
Job's three friends
Stop and listen
Theological crisis
My own theological struggles
Noah, Daniel, and Job
Notes on Job
The turning point
The Creator God
Judgment begins at God's house
Sharing Christ's afflictions
Deciphering God's will
Why did Job suffer?
How God changed Job
Greater fruitfulness
Chapter 3 Prison Theology 45
Satanic bondage
A divine prison
The church at Smyrna
Imprisoned with a purpose
Paul the prisoner
Cut off from the mainstream
Joseph's jail
Imprisoned for obedience
The word of the Lord tested him
Wisdom is fruitful
Joseph's wisdom
Breaking off the yoke
A prisoner of hope
The source of hope
Character produces hope
Chapter 4 David's Cave 61
David's delay
David's depression
David's loneliness
Ministry hiatus
A sense of significance
The purpose of the wilderness
A broken faith
Balancing brokenness and faith
The Lord's deliverance
David and Achish
Return to Ziklag
Why so much pain?
David and Solomon
Teaching Versus Training
David and Doeg
Chapter 5 When The Lights Go Out 77
Walking through the valley
The valley's purpose
Learning to listen
Five phases of the valley journey
Through the valley with the Psalms
Assurances for those in darkness
Morning light
Chapter 6 Jesus' Teachings On Delay 87
Delay during Jesus' ministry
Washing Peter's feet
Jesus' teachings on delay
To be found watching
The unjust judge
Parable of the ten virgins
Wise servant/evil servant
Chapter 7 Comfort For The Afflicted 99
There must be more
Precious insight
Sometimes God uses affliction to:
Bring us back to obedience
Bring us to a greater knowledge of Christ
Strengthen our faith
Bring us to greater spiritual maturity
Bring us to a place of greater dependence & brokenness
Catapult us into another dimension in God
Reveal His love for us
Give us a greater sense of compassion for others
Encourage others
Remove judgmentalism
Restore real Christianity
Produce an appetite for heaven
Establish a sign of kingdom visitation
Birth in us a radical willingness to obey
Reveal His glory
The certainty of God's work being completed
Chapter 8 Brokenness 117
How Jesus cultivates brokenness
The testings of God
The prodigal's older brother
Unbroken strength
The Lord's mercy
Childlike dependence
Strength perfected in weakness
Man's strength constricts
Strengthen your brethren
Chapter 9 Desperate Dependence & Heart Enlargement 131
Four kinds of dependence
King Hezekiah
The furnace of affliction
Here comes the test
Knowing the heart
Spiritual pride
A second dynamic: An enlarged heart
What is an enlarged heart?
How God enlarges our hearts
Some principles regarding heart enlargement
Back to Hezekiah
A heart for the next generation
Why the angioplasty was unsuccessful
Persevering to completion
Part 2 Quietness And Confidence (Isaiah 30:15)
Chapter 10 The Assyrians Are Coming! 149
Background to Isaiah 30:15
Looking to Egypt
Quietness and confidence
Torn between the two
God can wait
Cease from anger
Discerning the source
Chapter 11 Dance Of The Two Camps 161
Dance of the two camps
The quietness camp
Pros and cons
Does God want us infirm?
The confidence camp
Divine healing and God's will
Limited maturity
The dance
When God increases the pressure
Embracing both camps
Concluding journal entry
Chapter 12 Waiting For Delayed Answers 175
The middle squish
Psalm 34:19
Jesus on quietness/confidence
A quick work
How God prepared Moses
Connecting verses 15 & 18
How God is exalted
A God of justice
Succumbing to unbelief
Demanding immediate relief
The blessing: When God speaks
Two observations
Learning to wait
Samuel and Saul
Elijah and the famine
Chapter 13 Quieted By His Love 195
He will quiet you
Quieted with His love
Perfected love
Offended by God
The love test
"Do you love Me?"
Peter's love test
He loves me!
A longing to know His love
Chapter 14 Confidence In His Ways 207
Under seige
God's ways
Knowing God
Hurt, then healed
The straight ways of the Lord
Paul's thorn
Strength perfected in weakness
Was the thorn removed?
Why do some prayers remain unanswered?
A testimony!
My parents' testimony
Martha theology
Chapter 15 Don't Cast Away Your Confidence! 221
After God
Maintain your purity!
The Psalm One man
Marks of godliness
Zacharias & Elizabeth
Pursue God!
Mustard seed faith
"I believed, therefore I spoke"
Don't cast away your confidence
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2013

    Reading it again...

    I am in the middle of reading this book a second time as I struggle with unemployment, again, in a career God called me into. God has used this book even more (this second time around) to speak to me and teach me and help me understand the purposeful trials I am going through. Gd has really opened Sorge's eyes to His word; he is so insightful and this book has been a wonderful encouragement.

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