Seasons – Part 10

A problem for many Christians is misguided use of seasons, even God-seasons.

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Genesis 8:22 – While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

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Consider the following scenario.  A Christian is in a battle.  The enemy has leveled an attack against them in the arena of their health.  They seek prayer and ministry, find it, and receive a breakthrough freeing them from the attack.  Let’s consider that any believer, after being delivered from a demonic attack, immediately thanks God for their deliverance and healing.  That is absolutely appropriate.  But what I have observed in so many believers at that point is, in reality, the wrong step to take.  That breakthrough from a spiritual winter facing sickness and disease is their entry into a fresh spring.  Holy Spirit will refresh them; that’s and early rain.  But sadly, many Christians do not take the appropriate follow-up steps in their freshly arrived spring, and use that breakthrough as an opportunity to rest, take it easy, share their testimony, and generally rejoice with others. 

Don’t misunderstand what I say here.  If those things are done with proper spiritual insight, they can move in the right direction.  But if those things are done simply because they are relieved from the winter season they just endured, big trouble is likely ahead.  I have seen ministries started because someone had a breakthrough.  I have seen books written because someone had a breakthrough.  While there is nothing inherently wrong with those actions, they are often taken while the truly necessary actions of spring are left undone.

Think of a farmer.  When winter ends, he does not rest, take it easy, go fishing, and generally tell everyone how he survived the winter.  He plans, plows, cultivates, plants, and prepares for summer.  In the summer he waters, weeds, protects his crops, and prepares for the coming harvest and storage.  In harvest time, he harvests, stores the harvest for future needs, and prepares his field to rest for the winter.  Oh, did I say winter?  Yes, I did.  For you see, you may have just come out of a winter season where health is concerned, or finances, or professional issues are at stake.  At that point, one thing you must clearly realize is that winter will come again.  It’s part of the cycle of seasons.  But if you do not do the priority works in the seasons following winter, you will not be ready when the next winter season comes, and that can be devastating, even fatal. 

Seasons require season-specific actions.  Those actions taken prepare you for success and blessing in the seasons that follow.  Those actions left undone prepare you for loss, defeat, devastation, and even death.  Certain things are required in EVERY season; faith, prayer, thanks, praise, worship, obedience.  And even these may require a specific manner of use in different seasons.  Learn what is needed in each season you face, and apply yourself, your resources, and your time in the correct manner to be victorious.

Manna for Today – Isaiah 55:10; 2 Corinthians 9:10; Ecclesiastes 3:1-15; Jeremiah 29:11; Isaiah 45:11; Isaiah 55:11; Hebrews 11:1-6; Galatians 5:6; Joshua 1:6-9; Proverbs 4:20-23; Romans 10:6-17

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