Seasons Change (And So Must We)
Today I’m in Oklahoma for a conference and ministry so I thought I would share a little excerpt from the 1st chapter of the e-book I wrote, What’s the Best that Could Happen? If you’re interested, all proceeds help with our adoption from Japan. Please go click the link and check it out. I believe you’ll be glad you did! Thank you.
There are opportunities He gives us to enter a new season in so many ways and there are things that have caused fear and dismay that He is now speaking to and bringing to a screeching halt. The same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead, lifts us up. As He spoke to the waves and wind so we can speak, “Peace, be still.” He is the Lord of our season as well as every circumstance and situation. We can have faith for what God is speaking because we know that He is faithful to complete everything He starts.
I truly believe this is to be a season of impact for you, me, and the Church as a whole. Even with a prophetic mandate behind us, we have to be willing to embrace surrender, walk through the process, and hold on tightly to Him.
We have to realize that the calendar tells us when the first day of spring or fall or winter or summer is, but that doesn’t mean all the effects of the previous season are gone. It can be the first day of spring with snow still on the ground. It can be the first day of fall and hit record high temperatures. It depends on where you live and what the weather patterns are.
God’s word is powerful and working, but it’s not magic. In other words, He gives us a part in seeing our fulfillment. We have to hold on to it and let it flourish in our hearts and lives. We can see a new season coming, but we have the responsibility to shake off what has clung to us in the old season. We may be carrying fear, complacency, indifference, disillusionment, oppression, pain, or any number of things.
Just as Jesus calmed the waves and storms, He’ll remind us that He is bigger than any circumstance and wants to transform us if we’ll let Him.
We know how to prepare ourselves for new natural seasons. From winter to spring, we put away our heavy coats, change our wardrobe a little–we may even plant some flowers. The same happens in the spiritual. Sometimes we have things (or gifts/talents) that need to be put away for a while or attitudes that need changing. It’s all part of the new season.
Isaiah 52:1, 2 says, “Awake, awake, O Zion, clothe yourself with strength. Put on your garments of splendor, O Jerusalem, the holy city. The uncircumcised and defiled will not enter you again. Shake off your dust; rise up, sit enthroned, O Jerusalem. Free yourself from the chains on your neck, O captive Daughter of Zion.”
God’s word will always do its part as we do our simple part: accept it and believe it. Shake off that dust and get clothed with strength. Just make sure you are responding wholeheartedly and not missing the great things He wants to do in you. Notice in that scripture, there are commands to Zion and Israel–awake, put on, shake off, free yourself… He invites us to enter fruitfulness so let’s follow Him there.
Do you feel the stirring to enter a new season? How are you preparing?