A new season is coming! And I’m not just talking about spring.
People all over the world are experiencing change. Change in their work lives. Change in their personal lives. Change in their churches. Change in their desires.
New seasons in life are coming, and it’s up to us to be prepared.
No matter what the change in your life, don’t be anxious about it but rather fill your heart with anticipation! Allow the joy of the Lord to fill you and lead you in the right direction of where He wants you to go.
Change doesn’t have to be a bad thing, or something to fear. Change doesn’t mean that you have to let go of everything you love. Change simply means that God is opening you up for something bigger and better, new ways for Him to show His love to you.
New seasons come and go. No season lasts forever, which is why they are named accordingly.
I believe that our country is about to experience a new season. The church is about to experience a new season.
Let us prepare in prayer and spending time in the Word of God!
It is only the Word of God and the Spirit of God that will lead us in the right directions for where we are to go.
Have you ever heard the term, “The precious present?” This term isn’t referring to a gift that can necessarily be wrapped with boxes and packaging, or really anything that one person can give to another. This term is referring to a gift that we can only give to ourselves, the precious time we have here in the present. The here and now.
Many people spend their lives living in the past or in the future, and very few people spend their lives living for the present. Dwelling on the past mistakes and events of our lives, or living in anticipation only for the future and what is to come is a sure way to go insane. No one can change the past, and no one knows what the future holds. Worrying about either the past or future, and spending more time living for them rather than what is happening around you right now is a sure way to let your life go by without ever really living it.
I tend to lean more towards living in the future, with countdowns and far off dates always in mind. I have a countdown for when I will see my grandchildren again, a countdown for every event in Russia, a countdown for the next time I get to travel to a church around the nation to share the love and truth of God… But what I had to learn to do long ago was to erase the countdown from my mind and instead focus on what is going on around me now.
I learned that you don’t have to wait for a day far off to share Jesus.
You don’t have to wait for Christmas to tell your family members you love them.
You don’t have to wait for vacations to enjoy your life and spend time in peace.
It’s great to be prepared and to be aware of things that are coming up in life, but don’t live for the future.
Be so content where you are right now in the present that if you were to live this way forever you would still be living your best life.
Throw away your countdown, and instead count the blessings you have in your life today.
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” ~ 2 Timothy 2:15
I always consider myself to be a preparer. I love to be organized, on time, and ready for whatever is coming at me day to day. I’ve learned that whenever I am not prepared, my days are normally not as productive or fruitful.
Just as we are to be ready and prepared in our daily lives, we must be ready and prepared when it comes to the things of God.
If God tugged on your heart to pray with someone for healing, would you be ready?
If someone never heard the name of Jesus before, would you be ready to share with them their one salvation?
If someone went through a great tragedy, would you be ready to minister and share God’s love with them?
Many times we don’t even recognize these great moments to work on God’s behalf and bring His love to the world because we aren’t ready to do so. We aren’t looking for the opportunities to do so, therefore we don’t prepare to do so.
We must be the body of Christ that is ready to move when the Holy Spirit moves!
We must present ourselves ready, and and as one approved to work for God.
We must be able to rightly handle the Word of truth.
We must prepare by:
- Spending time in the Word of God. Learning everything God wants to tell us, and letting the truth of God’s Word affect our lives and influence our decisions.
- Spending time with God in prayer. Learning to be sensitive to His voice, and knowing when He wants you to move.
- Spending time praying in the Holy Spirit. Learning to recognize and be sensitive to His Spirit.
God is moving in the world now. He needs a church that is ready to move with Him now. Are you ready?