I was catching up on the Lifepoint Church sermons and they had this one and it was so on point, I had to share my notes I wrote down from it. Seasons are not predictable, they’re not always what we expected. God works in seasons, God is outside of time. God saw what happen to you last week and next week at the same time. We think of things in times, but God doesn’t work like that. We’re living out of season. We’re out of sync… we live life out of order of how God wanted us to experience. Therefore I am not ready for the next season, because I didn’t prepare myself for the order God put the seasons for me. If I am living out of season, then I don’t experience everything God wants me to experience in this season, so I will not be prepared for the next season, which could possible be the season I’ve been hoping to get to.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 “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; 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.”
How To Avoid Living ‘Out of Seasons’
1- embrace, not escape
Philippians 4:10-13 “But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity. Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.“
we have never lived in season, because we’re always looking for the next season. We’re not content in what we are being given. We’re always looking for the next best thing. [love isn’t love until you show it.]
Comparison will kill contentment in your life. Because someone is comparing their life to your life. God can’t teach us what we need to learn in our season, because we’re too worried about what’s going on in someone else’s season. We never embrace the season we’re in.
I’ve learn to have hope in the middle of it all. I’ve learn to have peace in the middle of it all. I’m being content in this season. No matter what’s going on in this season. This season doesn’t define me, I define the season.
What you’re doing in that comparison of someone else’s season is what YOU think is going on in their season, when it could actually be worse than what they’re showing on the outside. You wouldn’t want their season. Or maybe that’s their good season. But you don’t know the sweat and tears that got them to that season.
You do you! Embrace your season. If it hurts, that means God is doing something. God is always at work with your season. God doesn’t stretch you, unless he’s filling it with more greatness.
2- work it out
Galatians 6:9 “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”
You can’t just sit in your season and do nothing. You have to work it out in your season. You have to be active in the season you’re in. You have to do the best you can with God in your season. Control what you can control. While I’m working it out in this season, God is working it out in me.
You get weary of doing good, so it’s good to have a support team around you, so when you get tired, they are able to help support you through it.
You must be weary (plant the seeds) in a season, in order to reap the harvest in the next season.
3- Make It Great
Hebrews 11: 7 “By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.”
Faith receive the promise. It’s your will to WANT to do better. Faith didn’t get you out of bed, it was your will to get out of bed and live in your season.
No matter what the season you are currently living. But still make it great. Praise God in the middle of the season, even if it’s horrible. You will make the best of this season.
Your “will”, will make you an overcome. You bring the “WILL” and God brings the “POWER”. You determine to make your life now. You can determine to make it the best season it can be.
Live in season and when you’re ready, God will bring you out of this season and into a new one. But you have to live in season, before he can bring you out.
“I will go before you and make a path for you. Stay close to God and he will guide you.” Isaiah 45:2