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Topic: Winter (11/14/05)
TITLE: Eternal Reasons For Every Season
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To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck what is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to gain, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to throw away;
A time to tear, and a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate;
A time of war, and a time of peace. NKJV
Seasons change from cool gentle breezes of summer, to brisk autumn winds, transcending to harsh bitter winter gales, on in to spring freshness. As the hand of God reaches out to paint the East and Western skies from morning to evening, in colors of great variation, we must know there is a call from Heaven as our Lord speaks forth His plans. These plans are to bring purpose to every season of our lives.
Stand amazed as we gaze into our own past and see what God has accomplished in us. It has been throughout a multitude of days in which we have walked through fiery trials and a flood of troubles, just to see God quench the fire and speak “Peace Be Still”, to our storms. What great testimonies we can tell, how great God has been to each of us.
Our sufferings have all been for a reason. Trials we endured have helped to prepare us for future ministry, adding character. As we experience tough times, we grow up and are useful to God in many different ways. Through afflictions we learn to willfully yield to our Master and Lord, as a servant prepared by the fire and anvil.
1 Peter 4:12-13
“Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ's sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.” NKJV
God watches with compassion, scanning the earth in anticipation, looking in on the lonely, destitute, the brokenhearted, needy, sick, and unsaved. He waits for the right moment to send those who have been prepared to rescue these people who cry day and night to Him for deliverance.
Having worked on our hearts through tough times, God opens the spiritual eyes of those who are destined to cross our paths. In the winter of experience is when we are the most useful to our Lord, that He might be glorified.
Time must pass before we can reach some. Experience is the proving ground for ministry, but only then can we pray effectual fervent prayers, and say with meaning to the hurting, “I know what your are going through”, and “This is how God delivered me out of it all”.
Tribulations are not what we want, but what we need. Everyone has a job to do, with purpose. Jobs come in different sizes and seasons of our lives. No one else can do it for us. It is ours to do alone. Just as the gentle breeze of summer, the winds of autumn, winter gales onward to the fresh breezes of spring, know they all have their timing from year to year just as we do.
Let us keep our sight clear, our focus fixed on the real reason we live in Him, and God will guide us from one level of experience to another. Hurry not to make things happen, and be not too slow to receive God’s changes. Have knowledge of why we are going through tough times and ask the Lord, “What can I learn through this trial?” then be content with each step and know there really is an eternal reason for every season.
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