There is a Time for Every Season Under Heaven!
“Be strong (confident) and of good courage” (Joshua 1:6).
There is a Time for Every Season Under Heaven!
Blessings to you on this day, the Eve of Christmas. We are about to witness what Christmas Day is really all about. It is His grace that makes us and purposes us to be where we are, right now. We give God all the praise and all the honor for what He has done for us throughout this year. We thank Jesus always for the great salvation that we have in Him, and for the time we have to fellowship with one another in the fullness of His love. Let us sit back and meditate on the real meaning of Christmas. Remember - it is not all about the gifts we are going to get, or about the ones we are giving out to those who we know and love dear. No, the real meaning of Christmas is Gift of God to mankind Who was given so that our eternity would be everlasting and full of joy.
I encourage you to remember the real meaning of this special day and make it as a day of thanksgiving to our Lord and Savior. He is the best Gift ever that no other gift can replace. So enjoy and let the redeemed of the Lord say so.
I want you to have a few minutes or so to enjoy this Word, and to meditate in it with joy. You see, courage is a necessary quality if you intend to do great things for the Kingdom of God. Leaders are not always the most gifted people, but they are people with courage. They have the courage to go further in life.
That is why they are so grateful for any new opportunity. They step out when others shrink back in fear. They take bold steps of faith. One thing that I know is that they may be wrong occasionally, but they are right enough of the time that it doesn’t matter. Now comes my point on this.
God expects us to increase, to be fruitful, and multiply. We see this in Genesis 1:28. The Lord admires courage. In fact, He demands it from those who work alongside of Him. The Lord told Joshua that he was to take Moses’ place and lead the Israelites into the Promised Land, but there was one stipulation: he had to be strong and of good courage. One thing that was for sure was the Lord was with Joshua to give him the courage he needed. He is with you too.
So no matter what you are going through during these times as we are close to the end of the year, there should always be a thankfulness in our hearts for what He has provided and given to us throughout this whole year. Then, we should sum our gratitude up with remembering the best Gift that man ever could receive - the King of kings. We can sing “Hallelujah!” to the Messiah. Amen.
I want us to re-focus our thoughts onto what God has given us. Let us look again at the visions we have been dreaming about, and why knowing it is so important for our planning. Do you know why you are still here on planet Earth? Do you have a plan written down looking forward to what is to come in the next year? We are one week away before we see and hear the words, “Happy New Year!”
Are you still going to be the same man or woman you have been for ten years, without any changes or advancing? We are here just for a season, and then gone! In Ecclesiastes 3:1, we find a very familiar Scripture. You can probably quote it without looking, but I want you to have an open mind and spiritual eyes that can see as we look at it again.
Go with me on a trip down the memory lane of seasons in a life time, your life time. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “There is a time for everything, and a season for very activity under the heaven.” It is like the calendar year. Our lives have four seasons, and each of those seasons must come to pass.
In the first season is the birth and dependency. All of us go through this season in which we must rely totally on outside help, particularly our families, for survival. Moreover, we need to be taught and trained in what is right and wrong, and what is important in life.
Then comes the second season, which is one of independence. In this season, we capture what we were born to do. We are no longer dependent on other people to give us a vision for life or to help us survive. We learn to walk and are no longer crawling like we were when we were in the first season.
Now comes the third season, which is the season of interdependence. In this stage, we have become so free in our visions, that we can give our dreams to other people. What do I mean by saying that? Well, we can now pass on our vision to the next generation.
Then, comes the most important one, and that is the final season. That is the season of what we call death, where our lives become the nourishment of other people’s dreams in succeeding generations. Now, if people can’t receive life from the legacy you leave when you die, then you really did not live effectively. What I am saying is that people should be able to flourish on the fruit of the vision you leave behind on earth. I always think of my father. When he passed on last year, he left his legacy to those who are left behind. I have learned from him the foundation of how to live life victoriously.
Vision gives us assignments that will impact the community and the environment we are in. We must be able to say we have changed the world in some way or form while we were here, and that we have left a mark for those who will come after us. That is why we must discover and pursue the visions God has placed in our hearts to do and to will.
Remember what we talked about last week. We said there are three different kinds of people. My question to you this week is, which one are you? I want you to think about this.
We must always remember that God is not only the Author of our vision, but also, He continues to support us as we progress toward its fulfillment. Remember that we will never achieve our vision without prayer, because prayer is what keeps us connected to the vision-Giver! To be successful in your vision, you must have a daily dynamic prayer life with God. Prayer sustain us in the demands of vision. God will bring us through our difficulties and give us the victory through prayer based on His Word. If we stay in touch with God, we will always be nourished in both life and vision.
Always remember that prayer encourages us to stay in the fight of faith. Brothers and Sisters, as I close today, since prayer is where we receive the ability to continue the fight, it is crucial for us to find times during our busy days, when we can go before God.
We really need prayer.
Merry Christmas, and may God give you the desires of your heart as we look forward to our next meeting time, when we share at His table and get fed with His Word! Let us enjoy life to the fullest, giving our Lord and Savior all the glory and all the honor forevermore. Amen!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for the measure of influence You have given me. With Your help, I am going to use that influence to model a generous spirit. Help me, Father, to be a light in darkness today. I pray that my light will shine into a life that is in need of Your sunshine. I thank You for the opportunity to change. We encourage ourselves that there is a time for everything, and our times are in Your hands. You are the Lord over all the seasons of our lives. May each of our seasons bring glory to You. Help me and guide me as I write down the vision for my life. I commit my plans to You. Please help me to continue to fine tune them as I seek Your direction in prayer.
My prayer for you: I pray for Your people today, that You would give them the desire of their hearts. Teach us how to love, Lord, as You continue loving us. Forgive us from all of our wrong doing. Each day that we live, may we remember Your grace and Your love. Watch over each of Your people’s steps. Lead us not into temptation, Lord, but deliver us from all evil. May we always find favor in Your presence. In Your presence there is rest and peace forevermore. Protect and safeguard Your people this week. May Your favor go with them in all the places that they set their feet in. We love You, Lord, today.
In Jesus’ wonderful name. AMEN!
Thought: Just like a calendar year, our lives have four season, and those seasons must come to pass!
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