It is vital for us to know and understand seasons and how they affect destiny and purpose in our lives. Ecclesiastes 3:1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven; seasons and time were created so purpose can be fulfilled, season’s change in our lives. It is said that:
- Spring – Birth – age 20; everything is blooming (New Beginnings)
- Summer – Age 20-40; making decisions of what you are going to do with your life.
- Fall – Age 40-60; reaping a harvest of your life’s decision.
- Winter – Age 60 – 80; reflecting on what you’ve already done, don’t have time for mess-ups.
God see’s how much time we’ve been given and how much we have been willing to give him back. Time is one of our most valuable possessions. Timing is everything and we’ve got to know the will of God for our life. Ephesians. 5:15-16 Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people),making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity], because the days are evil.
Matthew 16:1-3, “The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven. He replied, when evening comes you say, it will be fair weather, for the sky is red, and in the morning, today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast. You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, BUT YOU CANNOT INTERPRET THE SIGNS OF THE TIMES.”
Jesus is saying that you can discern the signs of the weather in natural things, but you are blind in discerning the season in spiritual things. The kingdom of heaven operates like a man in field, everything spiritual operates like seed in a field, we must see God as the Almighty Gardner. Understanding cycles and seasons. In Genesis. 8:22 it says;”as long as the earth remaineth, there is seedtime & harvest”. Everything in life has cycles and seasons. Seasons were created so purpose’s can be fulfilled. Prov. 27:12 A prudent man foresees the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished. Meaning, he recognizes the seasons.
Psalm. 23:3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the “paths of righteousness” for his name’s sake. The word “paths” is actually taken from the Hebrew root ‘agol’, which means something round, circular or a cycle. Just as in the natural we have four seasons, spiritually we experience winter, spring, summer, and fall in virtually every element of our lives; ministry, marriage, spiritual growth, business, finance, relationships, etc.
Is a time of planting and activity, a time of work and effort to carry out instructions gained in winter, a time of great spiritual and physical energy and a time that great energy is required. It is a time of plowing new and sometimes hard ground and a time to fertilize the soil with prayer.
Is a time of watering (praying) and weeding (doing warfare over) the freshly planted crop. It is a time in which the crop is in potential danger from the heat of summer, thus the need for much watering. It is also the time we begin to see the first evidence of our planting (First the stalk, then the ear, then the full colonel in the ear.)
In Luke chapter 4 verse 13, when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.
John 10:10– “The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy”. Satan will try to steal everything good in your life.
Is the time of harvest; a time where the physical evidence of our hard work during previous seasons has arrived. It is a time of Thanksgiving, a time of refreshing and a time for storing for the winter that is sure to come. Fall is a time of reaping and distributing.
Winter is a time of uncomfortable-ness, a time when everything seems dead and lifeless, it is a time to get warm and intimate with God, a time to rest physically and to exist on what has been stored from the previous harvest. It is a time of gaining direction for planting, to glean from past mistakes, to repair and prepare for the coming spring. It’s a time of testing and trial (spiritual winter)
Seasons Change, change is a part of Life and it is inevitable. Change opens new doors. The Key to Your Success is to find out what season you are in. Once you know your season then you can take the necessary steps you need to prepare for the next season of your life. The problem with many people is that they don’t know what to do. Listen, you can know what to do. Each season corresponds to a particular action that you need to take. For example, there is a time to plant and a time to reap. How do you know if it’s time to reap? You know it’s time when the harvest is ripe. The same is true of your life.
The four seasons of life; each of these seasons demands a particular action on your part. During the Winter you need to pray and make a plan from the things learned this time of testing and trial. In Spring you need to plant. For Summer you must water and cultivate. And during Fall you finally reap a harvest. Here are some valuable quotes:
“The key to change is to let go of fear”
“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending”.
“The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live”.
“There is nothing wrong with Change if it’s in the Right direction”.
“Sometimes it’s the smallest decisions that can change your life forever”.
“Life can either be accepted or changed. If it’s not accepted, it must be changed, if it cannot be changed, then it must be accepted.”
You can never change what you tolerate. As long as you are willing to live with something and tolerate it, it will never change.
Every season has storms in it, just because it’s sunny out, doesn’t mean it won’t rain. Prepare with the storm in mind. (Buy an umbrella)!
Matt. 7:24-27 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
Notice storms came to both houses: The difference one man built his house on the Rock. (The Word of God). The rock won’t stop the storm– but when storm hits you won’t crumble, you will be built on a rock that withstands storms. The elements that come against us our developing our character. God sees the plan He has for you. Sometimes He will intervene and arrange the circumstances to move things out of the way for His purpose to be fulfilled in your life. Jeremiah. 29:11 For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome. (amp)
This is where we need to rest in God and have faith and trust that He is doing something greater than we can see right now. Sometimes it’s unpleasant, but know He is working it out for your good. Trusting God often requires not knowing how God is going to accomplish what needs to be done and not knowing when He will do it. We often say God is never late, but generally He isn’t early either. Why? Because He uses times of waiting to stretch our faith in Him and to bring about change and growth in our lives.
On the other side of the spectrum are those who think that anytime is the right time. Jesus said of His unspiritual brothers, “For you any time is right” (John 7:6). Jesus was very aware of God’s right time. He said to his brothers, “The right time for me has not yet come.” To his mother, He said, “My time has not yet come.” God is aware of the importance of acting in the right time. The Bible says, “when the time had fully come, God sent his Son” (Galatians 4:4). God did not send Jesus too early or too late. Just at the right time. So to find out God’s time you simply need to ask yourself, “What season am I in?” Now understand that your life has many kinds of fruit. Right now you are cultivating your spiritual life, ministry, relationships, career, education, money, and health all simultaneously. Each of these compartments may be in a different season.
For example, your spiritual life may be in the Fall season while your health may be in the Winter season. This means that you are experiencing spiritual refreshing while you’re unhealthy in body. What do you do then? Spiritually you reap the wonderful Spirit-filled life and share it with others, while physically you must vision yourself healthy and plan about becoming healthy.
Life is not simply reaping. I know everyone wants to reap, but there can be no reaping unless there is planting. And no one would plant if there was no Spring time.
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Galatians. 6:9 “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not”. Ecclesiastes. 3:11 “He hath made every thing beautiful in his time”.
The Seasons of Life
– By: BJ Morbitzer
There was a man who had four sons
He wanted his sons to learn
Not to judge things too quickly.
So he sent them each on a quest,
In turn, to go and look at a pear tree that was a great distance away.
The first son went in the winter,
the second in the spring,
the third in the summer,
and the youngest son in the fall.
When they had all gone and returned
he called them together
to describe what they had seen.
The first son said that the tree was ugly, bent, and twisted.
The second son said it was covered with buds and full of promise.
The third son disagreed;
he said it was laden with blossoms
that smelled so sweet and looked so beautiful,
it was the most graceful thing he had ever seen.
The last son disagreed with all of them;
he said it was ripe and
drooping with fruit full of life and fulfillment.
The man then explained to his sons
that they were all right, because they
had seen only one season in the tree’s life. He told them that you cannot judge a tree, or a person, by only one season. That the essence of who they are,
and the pleasure, joy, and love
that come from that life,
can only be measured at the end,
when all the seasons are up.
If you give up when it’s winter
you will miss the promise of your spring,
the beauty of your summer, and the
fulfillment of your fall.
Don’t let the pain of one season destroy the joy of all the rest.
Don’t judge life by one difficult season.
Persevere through the difficult patches,
better times are sure to come in time.
Aspire to inspire…Before you expire.
Live Simply, Love Generously, Care Deeply. Speak Kindly.
And leave the rest to God.
Happiness keeps you Sweet
Trials keep you Strong,
Sorrows keep you Human.
Failures keep you Humble,
Success keeps you Growing,
But only God keeps you Going. You may of missed your season but there is:
Good News! The Bible says that you can “redeem the time” (Ephesians 5:16 KJV). Redeem means to repurchase. God will let you buy back some time. As God said through the prophet Joel, “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten” (Joel 2:25).
So if you have blown your opportunities and missed your time of success, you can repent and ask God to redeem the time you lost or was stolen. God will put you back in the race and rewind the clock and let you start over again! Praise Be To Our God!