A while ago I shared in one of our episodes of Live to Your Full Potential Podcast that God has set up seasons in our lives. So life is governed by seasons. For example; many farmers know, by the time they get to harvesting season, they have to go through the process of other seasons. The plowing season, planting season, watering or raining season, waiting season for growth and maturity, and then harvest season. We learn that for each harvest season, we need other seasons part of the preparation seasons, and each season is very important to go through it.
The same goes in our personal lives and situations; we learn that there is not going to be an increase or a promotion, before we pass these other seasons of testing and preparations. If you want to climb the ladder, you have to go through a process of promotion, and each level we climb is designed to preparing us for the next level higher up. We also learn about the cycle of seasons through nature. In some of countries, during one year, they can go through changes in weather of the four seasons; winter, spring, summer, and autumn. And each of these seasons or periods varies in characteristics of the surrounding environment.
Therefore, we can’t always control what’s happening around us and in our lives. But we can control how we choose to allow, and how to respond to each circumstance, phase, and season. God has His reasons why He allows a cycle of seasons in life. Sometimes God uses some of these seasons of circumstances and life issues to prepare us for what’s coming forth in our lives, in our purposes, our promotions, lifting, and next levels up.
A lot of us we are being destroyed by our lack of knowledge, and our ignorance, but also because of doubt and unbelief, and we don’t know how to exercise authority that we have been given as Christians for us to apply during our bad weather seasons for its easy to handle life when we are in good seasons. And as Christians, there are three essential gears that can help us to manage our circumstances in all seasons of life.
- Get knowledge and understanding
In the book of Proverbs chapter 4 verse 7, it says that “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” The knowledge we gain and understanding we are getting, if used and applied to where we need it in our lives, it would solve many of our problems and help our lives, businesses, and relations become much easier and effective.
Many of us, we are where we are today because what we know and what we don’t know. Because if we knew better, chances are, we would have done much better and be in much better place than where we are today…right? We can’t rise above the level of our knowledge and understanding. Basically we will do better if we only know better and what to do.
In the book of John chapter 8 verse 31 to 32, the Lord Jesus said to the Jews who believed, “If you keep and obey My Word, then you are My followers for sure. You will know the truth and the truth will make you free.” Another translation says, “Jesus said to the people who believed in Him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to My teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
We are free only to the degree of truth that is made available to us. The Lord Jesus said the truth will make us free. Until we know the truth, we will always be in bondage and ignorance. And as long as ignorance is in place in our lives, the enemy of God will continue to be at work in our lives. The enemy of God only exploits in our ignorance, when we don’t know the truth of what God says about our situations.
So the Lord Jesus said, when we remain faithful to His teachings, we will be able to remove that ignorance, and we will be able to know the truth and that truth will set us free when we obey it and implement it in our lives. Therefore it’s important to read the Bible, because the Word of God speaks life and truth.
- Remain in faith
Many of us we submitted to God because of our difficult circumstances. Perhaps God used those circumstances to call us form where we were so that we could draw near to Him and do His Will and purposes He had in mind for us. And many of us when we responded to His calling, it was our faith in God made us believe that God could change our circumstances, or help us grow through them, and come out on the other side victoriously. It was because we believe of God capabilities and His love for us, and therefore we drew near to Him.
The same faith drew us near to God when we first believed; the same measure of faith can take to start with and continue to walk through the seasons of life. The Lord Jesus said, even the faith as little as a mustard seed, the minimum requirement, can move mountains, help us overcome, do miracles and wonders, change us and our circumstances so that we can progress in life.
In the book of Colossians chapter 2, verses 6 to 7, Apostle Paul said “As you have put your trust in Christ Jesus the Lord to save you from the punishment of sin, now let Him lead you in every step. Have your roots planted deep in Christ. Grow in Him. Get your strength from Him. Let Him make you strong in the faith as you have been taught. Your life should be full of thanks to Him.”
Some of the circumstances we go through in our Christian walk are designed to be our stepping stones to make us strong in faith. Therefore, we should be concerned whether we are rooted in in the Lord Jesus Christ, because when we are rooted in Him, even though we may go through challenges, we can still serve our purposes and continue to thrive and prosper in the middle of them. In order to thrive and become fruitful or bring forth fruits in our lives, we need to fix our faith and remain in Jesus, so that we can be established, rooted, and built up in our faith. Remember now, He is the vine and we are the branches, without Him, we can’t be fruitful in our Christian walk.
- There is Power in the Name of Jesus, His Words, and His blood of Covenant that He shed on the Cross
Sometimes God uses our circumstances and seasons in life to reveal Himself of His capabilities, of His knowledge and authority to us. We see this in the story of Lazarus in the book of John chapter 11 from verses 1 to 44. The Bible tells, Lazarus, the brother of Mary and Martha, became very sick and ill. In verse 3, it says “So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one You love is sick.” And then in verses 5 to 7, it records that “Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So when He heard that Lazarus was sick, He stayed where He was two more days.” Meaning that He didn’t go to heal Lazarus on purpose, He waited two more days, He waited until Lazarus died.
By this time, Mary and Martha, and many other people experienced the Lord Jesus as a healer, deliverer, multiplier, and all other miracles He had done and revealed that He could do, but there is one revelation they didn’t experience about Jesus, that He could resurrect people and raised them from dead. And He wanted them to know that He was the resurrection power of God.
So the Lord Jesus told His disciples “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.” But they didn’t understand Him when He said this. In verses 12 to 14 it says, “His disciples replied, “Lord, if He sleeps, he will get better.” Jesus had been speaking of his death, but His disciples thought He meant natural sleep. So then He told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.”
The Bible says on His arrival, the Lord Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. In verses 21 to 27, it records that when He got there “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if You had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God will give You whatever You ask.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that You are the Messiah, the Son of God, Who is to come into the world.”
What we could learn here is that the Lord Jesus waited purposely for Lazarus to die so that He could raise Lazarus back to life. He wanted to reveal His authority that they didn’t know about, that He is the resurrection power and the life. Perhaps they knew about the Scriptures, they read it before that “God gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did,” but they haven’t seen it before with their own eyes. Maybe they read it in the book of Genesis, God said and it became. By this time they knew the Lord Jesus as a healer, but not yet as a life giving Lord. And so the Lord used Lazarus situation to illustrate it to them.
So could it be possible that the Lord maybe delaying some of our miracles and prayers so that He could reveal Himself to us in a way that we have never known Him before?
There were times I truly believed God was trying to telling me something because I was really trying so hard with my own efforts to live in His grace. And the more I relied and tried with my own efforts, the more I messed up. Looking back I can now remember His goodness, knowing of the mistakes I have done, He still decided to show me mercy and His goodness. Some of us, until we realize where God has brought us from, we wouldn’t really know what it means to be shown mercy and really appreciate the goodness God has shown in our lives. In the book of 1 John chapter 1 verse 9, it says “But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.”
Do you also know that the Bible says we can do what the Lord Jesus Christ did while He was on earth, and live in the authority the way He lived here on the planet earth?
In the book of John chapter 14 verses 12 and 13, the Lord Jesus said “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in Me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in My Name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”
God uses some of our circumstance to reveal His power to us, and His love and mercy He has for us. Unless we know all of His promises for us to claim, or He reveals them to us, we really cannot walk in authority like the Lord Jesus did.
The Lord Jesus said in John chapter 14 verse 13, “Whatever you ask in My Name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” In the book of John chapter 15 verse 7, He also said, “If you remain in Me and My words remain in you [that is, if we are vitally united and My message lives in your heart], ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you.”
In the book of John chapter 16, He also said “You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and I have appointed and placed and purposefully planted you, so that you would go and bear fruit and keep on bearing, and that your fruit will remain and be lasting, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name [as My representative] He may give to you.”
In the same chapter in verses 23 and 24, He said “In that day you will not [need to] ask Me about anything. I assure you and most solemnly say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name [as My representative], He will give you. Until now you have not asked [the Father] for anything in My name; but now ask and keep on asking and you will receive, so that your joy may be full and complete.”
In the book of Matthew chapter 10 verse 1, it says “And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease.”
We need to remember, those of us who are born-again Christians, Salvation lives in us. The Holy Spirit of the Living God, the Power of the Lord, lives in us. We are the temple of the Holy Spirit, and we can walk in authority when we are filled by His presence. There is power in the Name of Jesus. There is power in His Words, the Word of God. There is power in His Covenant Blood of Jesus that He shed on Calvary. We can release that power into our circumstances through faith, as we declare the Word of God, and start taking authority by speaking it over our circumstances, situations, or mountains, and walk and taking action by faith even when we haven’t seen yet the results that we want and hope for.
Therefore, in order for Christ to shine through us in all circumstances, in all challenges, in all relationships, in all tasks and towards all goals, in all seasons, we need to focus our minds, hearts, bodies, words, and actions onto Him. We need to rely on God’s strengths.
Sometimes it can be so easy to focus on our problems and challenges, instead of focusing on God and His blessings He has for us. We forget that what is impossible with us is possible with God. When we put our faith into action by focusing on our blessings, and allow God’s strength and abilities to work through us, miracles happen, things we hope for keeps happening, His blessings come upon us. So it’s up to us to believe what God says and choose to focus on Him and His promises and blessings, because what we dwell on is what we will draw into our lives.
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