“To every thing there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the heaven:”
God has purposed for everything in creation to have a season, from nature and wildlife, to mankind we all have purpose.
In my study of Ecclesiastes 3:1-9, God gave much light upon the word, “seasons” , both in the natural and spiritual realms.
One might ask, “what is a season?” Well, let me share; a season is a period of time that is revealed between two eternities. Within that period of time there are four periods that are called: winter, spring, summer, and fall.
In the beginning of the year of 2002, the Lord gave me the word, “prunning”. I was then led to read Isaiah 41:15 which reads, “I'm transforming you from worm to harrow,
from insect to iron. As a sharp-toothed harrow you'll smooth out the mountains, turn those tough old hills into loamy soil”. (The Message Translation)
The interpretation: “I am sharpening up what I have placed within you, while cutting away that which is not of My work. With every trial comes persecution, but, at the same time will come growth and purification”.
The Lord then illustrated a beautiful rosebush. Its blooms were bright and brilliant in color and the leaves were a rich green. Quickly this illustration changed and that same rosebush’s petals began to fall, the leaves began to wither and die, and the branches that once stood out on their own became entwined.
This rosebush was symbolic of what I was about to experience in my season. The blooms symbolized my spiritual birth, the dead leaves were dead issues that I had not yet resolved. The entwined branches were various relationships and associations that I had with people that were hindering my spiritual growth and causing me to be unfruitful. The falling petals represented the shedding away of bondage that was taking place and the cutting away of soul ties. I had been saved for fifteen years, yet it did not mean that salvation was complete. Salvation is tri-part, we have been saved from the penalty of sin which is death (redemption) , we are being saved from the power of sin (sanctification), and we shall be saved from the presence of sin (glorification).
You see it doesn’t just stop at receiving Christ into your heart, but it is a process of killing the flesh and consecrating to the Lord with a lifestyle of holiness.
It is not just a relationship but a fellowship also. Let’s elaborate on that a little more; We (Creation) all through blood have established a relationship, because Christ shed His blood on Calvary; but, our relationship is not redeemed until we accept what He did on the cross into our heart, which begins an intimate fellowship with God the Father. That is why all are created by God, but not all are His children until we accept His Son.
Let me break this down in the natural realm; a relationship is established through a connection by blood, whereas a fellowship is intimacy between two people, it’s personal. We all have relatives by blood and association, but we do not necessarily want to fellowship with all of them. Fellowship shares a common bond or union, one can have a sister or brother through blood and have nothing other than relationship in common whereas, that same person may have a friend in which through their camaraderie they share the same interests.
I had ties with people who had other motives. As I drew closer to God, He revealed this to me. It hurt and was not pleasant, but it gave me liberty and taught me that I could not open up my heart to just anybody, but that I have to guard my heart as it says in the Word while still walking in the love of God.
I do not regret the fire, for it refines me. I do not despise the trials, for they strengthen me. I do not hate the tests, for they enlighten me. I do not neglect or resist the deliverance, for it kills my flesh and revives my soul!
(Chapter 1 coming soon!)
I am anxious to go on to read the next part in your series. This was very informative. I think the fact that most newborn babes in Christ lose that initial spark after a while is because they, for the most part, are uninformed about the process of sanctification. I think the intitial jump into the boat is all they think they might have to endure. "Everything's going to be all better now because I'm a new creation." And then... well, the season changes. Off to read more. :::smile::: (I don't have FW's private messenger.)