A New Season!

 

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; – Ecclesiastes 3:1-2

 

It is fall and the leaves are turning brown and orange. Harvest time is here. The weather is changing , getting colder by the nights and early mornings. Some animals are getting ready for hibernation and others are getting ready for migration to warmer weathers. In the same manner, we prepare for the season by changing our clothing. We keep warm by wearing warmer clothing; We keeps our home and cars warm by turning on the heaters. Some even go to the extent of redecorating their homes to accentuate the season.

 

In the same vein as we have seasons in the natural, there are spiritual seasons too. What is in the natural is only a shadow of what is spiritual. The season you’re in will determine the clothes you wear: winter or summer clothing. It will determine if you will need the air condition or the heater on. As we will feel uncomfortable to dress inappropriately for the wrong weather; we will feel much worse in our spiritual seasons if we wear the wrong gears for the wrong season.  As seasons will always be part of our lives, it makes it important to know the season we’re in, to know the right gear to wear.- Genesis 8:22.

 

Here are some seasons for the believer

 

Waiting

  • There are seasons in which we have to wait and like children, we do not like waiting. Our waiting times though, are the times where we get closer to God. During these periods we tend to depend on God for answers. These periods can also be times of discovery. If we are careful, we would find talents and abilities that God has placed in us that we never knew we had. If only we will enjoy in this season, our eyes would be opened to treasures hidden in us. Treasures needed for the next season. Waiting also teaches us patience which most of us suffers from. It takes patience to catch the right .- Psalm 123:2; Hosea 12:6: Psalm 37:7

 

Exercising of faith

 
  • There are also seasons where we need to exercise our faith as believers. Many believers have sat on many church pews for many years listening to stories of many who exercise their faith in the Bible. But unfortunately, many do not exercise their faith. The righteous shall live by faith – Romans 16:17. For a believer to live, he will have to use his faith at some point. The gear to wear in this season is faith. I personally listen to many sermons filled with messages of faith in this season. I look for God in his word. During times of sickness, I wrote Bible verses on healing and said them to myself continuously. When it come to faith, we have to convince ourselves and therefore we have to continuously hear the word of God. There will be seasons where you would have to curse that disease in the name of Jesus by yourself. There will be times where you would have to believe you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you even when you’re trembling with fear. A season is coming or have already come when you would have to trust God on your own. – James 2:26; Mark 9:23

 

Testing

  • There are seasons where we are tested for what we believe in. Testing times come in many forms. Testing is important for our growth. As a father, God wants us to grow. Our growth is gradual. Little by little God helps us in our growth. So even though it is hard to do (rejoice in our afflictions), we can still see growth even in our testings if we do. Our testings leads to character. These periods are also teachable times where allow the Holy Spirit to teach us. We are also able to help others when they are going through similar times in the future. I have found words and felt sympathy when I see someone grieving a loved one because I have been there. A person who has been through a miscarriage is able to give a word of comfort to another going through it by the grace given to her. We also receive grace as our gear/attire for this season. Grace can only be receive so in this period, you wake up and receive God’s grace everyday for these times. Thank God we go through our valleys but not stay there. I also found some lasting relationships during these periods. God never leaves us alone in that valley but if would open our eyes, he always brings help. I found a group of friends who will pray for me and even visit and encourage. – 1 Peter 1:7 ; James 1:2-4

 

Harvest

  • The gathering of things planted. A joyful time. A time of abundance, joy , peace, good relationship etc. The right gear/attire for harvest is to acknowledge the Lord’s part in harvest. A farmer must do his part first by planting. If we would dig our hands in the dirt wherever we find ourselves in life and plant, there will be harvest wherever we are. This is often seen in our offerings. I have had many financial breakthroughs which I believe I can attribute to the little I bring to God’s house. A farmer during harvest is also careful not to eat all his produce but to plant some. Whatever you have, sow and your season of harvest will come. – 2nd Corinthians 9:10; Exodus 23:16

 

Thanksgiving

  • This season for a believer should be a continual season; for what do we have that we did not receive. Thanksgiving should be our daily gear/attire. Whatever season we find ourselves we must believe it is for a reason. Jeremiah 17:7-8 We are like trees planted by rivers of waters. If planted, then we are intentionally situated in every season. We become thankful knowing that we are planted by rivers of water. Therefore we will be abundantly supplied as long as we keep trusting in the Lord for every season. Our attitude of gratitude is a determinant of our maturity in God. I believe it is a season of Thanksgiving. Be thankful for where you are. God is good and faithful!

 

Jeremiah 17:7-8

 

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads outs its roots by the river. and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit – NKJV


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