7 Changes in Every Season

When God looks at our lives, He doesn’t look at our lives in the concept of time because He is outside of time. God looks at our lives in respect to seasons. Each one of us are in a specific season in our life. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.”

Last Sunday I heard a profound word from Benny Hinn when he spoke at Redemption World Outreach Center. He said that there is seven seasons in every person’s life and that there are seven changes that occur in every season. We must understand the season that we are in in order that we might not miss out on what God has for us and in order to move into the next season of our lives, we must first accomplish the purpose of the previous season. What really stood out to me was the seven changes that happen in every season that Benny Hinn mentioned. Here they are so that you might be able to determine where you are at in the season you’re currently in.

#1-Atmosphere

The first thing to change is the atmosphere around you. This is the climate or expectancy level. When Peter and John approached the cripple at the temple gate, Peter said “Look at us!” and the man expectancy level changed (See Acts 3:4-5).

#2-The Message

If you keep hearing the same message or the same thing being said to you over and over, get ready because that is about to change. The children of Israel kept hearing the same message from the Egyptians. You are captive, you are stuck in bondage, you are never going to be free, you are never going to know anything else. But as soon as Moses showed up on the scene, they begun to hear a new message that God was going to deliver them.

#3-The Circumstances

The next thing that will change are you’re circumstances or situations around you. You can’t force change from the outside, you got to change the inside first. Everyone today wants to try to change the outside appearance but nobody wants to change the inside. God is after your heart that is why the Bible says man looks on the outward appearance but the Lord looks at the heart (See 1 Samuel 16:7). You have to change your heart first in order for the circumstances around you to change.

#4-Location

In real estate you hear all the time “Location, Location, Location.” Location determines everything. Before Jesus could heal the blind man at Bethsaida, He had to change his location (See Mark 8:23).

#5-Vision

Only when you change your location, God will change your vision. You have to see it before you can get it. Isaiah 40:31 says that those who hope in the Lord will soar on wings like eagles. Instead of looking up at our circumstances, we will soar like an eagle looking down on the situation. It’s amazing how different you will see your problems when you change your vision. When the servant of Elisha told him that there was a vast army surrounding the city, Elisha prayed that God would change his vision from the situation they were in to the solution to the problem (See 2 Kings 6:15-17).

#6-Worship

The next thing that changes is your worship. The cripple man at the temple, after he was healed, entered the temple courts walking, jumping, and praising God (See Acts 3:8). David wrote in Psalms 100:4 “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise.” In order to reach your breakthrough in life, you will have to change your worship and praise to God.

#7-Destination

The last thing to change before you enter into a new season in life is your destination. The children of Israel’s new destination was the Promise Land. The Disciples’ new destination was to go to the ends of the world. Some of you might be like my dad and ask what is the difference between location and destination. The example that immediately came to mind for me was an airplane flight. I have been on many flights none of which were non-stop. At each stop during the flight, I had changed my location but I didn’t reach my destination until the final stop, where I was ultimately meant to be going. In life you might have might have many stops along the way, but let me encourage you that, as long as you are in Christ, you will reach your final destination. Paul said it this way to Timothy “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (See 2 Timothy 4:7).

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Second Chance Opportunity

In basketball the team that has the most second chance points is usually the team that wins.
In baseball the team that commits the most errors and gives the other team extra outs is usually the team that loses.
We see this in the world of sports a lot, usually the team with the most second chance opportunities is the team that wins. I am so thankful that God didn’t leave us where we were but sent Jesus in order to give us a second chance. We see in the Bible stories of many second chance opportunities, here are just a few that God has pointed out to me.

The blind man at Bethsaida that Jesus healed in Mark 8:22-26 first had to be taken out of where he had been. Some of you in order to get your breakthrough you need to let Jesus take you out of where you are or what you’re in. The first time Jesus touched him, he got his vision but it wasn’t clear. Sometimes the first time Jesus touches you or tells you to do something, it changes your vision but it still might not be clear. But thank God Jesus doesn’t leave us there. Jesus touched the blind man the second time and he saw everything.

The second story is when Elijah was fleeing for his life after the greatest breakthrough that he ever had, calling fire down from Heaven. In 1 Kings 19:4-8, we find Elijah worn out from ministry, full of fear and doubt. The angel of the Lord appears to him, touches him the first time and he regains everything he had lost. Sometimes when Jesus touches the first time, He restores all that you have lost and has been stolen from you. The second time the angel touched Elijah, he was strengthened and went out on that strength for 40 days. Elijah only lasted 1 day on his own strength but lasted 40 days on God’s strength (See Philippians 4:13).

In Daniel 10:15-19, the first time God touched Daniel, his mouth was opened. When God touches you the first time, He gives you the ability to speak in order to change your circumstance and situation. If you confess with your mouth, and believe in your heart, then you will be (Romans 10:9). The second touch from God, strengthened Daniel and he was willing to do whatever God wanted him to do.

The last example is when Peter walked on the water in Matthew 14:22-32. The first time Peter walked on the water, he responded to the Word of God and took a leap of faith. Apostle Ron Carpenter made a great point that our Sunday school teacher taught us wrong. Peter didn’t walk on water, but he stepped out and walked on the Word of God. I also heard a great perspective from Pastor Judah Smith. He said that everyone talks about the first time Peter walked on the water, but nobody talks about the second time Peter walked on the water. The first time he walked on the water he was walking alone, but when he began to fall Jesus caught him, immediately, and the second time he walked with Jesus on the water. Sometimes if we can just take those first few steps of faith, Jesus will catch us and walk with us the rest of the way.

I don’t know about you but after God pointed out these few examples to me, I couldn’t help but thank God that He didn’t leave me where I was but sent Jesus to give me a second chance opportunity. I wrote this to encourage you and also let you know that you too have been given the same second chance opportunity. All you have to do is receive it.

What do you have?

Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. This was Peter’s response to crippled man begging for money at the temple (see Acts 3:6). It could have been very easy for Peter and John to ignore the man like everyone else and just keep walking by. What the beggar was asking for they didn’t have, but they didn’t let that stop them from meeting his need. Don’t let what you don’t have keep you from using what you do have.

God never uses what He has, He always asks what do we have to offer first. Look at Moses. God told him that he was going to deliver the people of Israel out of Egypt. Moses started to make all these excuses, who am I, I can’t speak, send someone else. God asked Moses in Exodus 4:2 “What is that in your hand?” What’s in your hands today that God is wanting to use for his glory?

God uses the natural (what you have) to do the supernatural (what He can do). When Jesus fed the 5000, He asked Philip where they could buy bread to feed the people. He only did this to test Philip because Jesus already knew what He was going to do (see John 6:5) Sometimes God tests us in certain situations to see if we really trust Him. When God asks you to do something, you already have everything you need to do what He told you to do. Andrew told Jesus what they had, five loaves and two fish, Jesus took what they had in the natural and did the supernatural with it (see John 6:8-14). Don’t let the size or amount of what you have, though it looks insignificant to you, hold you back from doing what God has called you to do.

So I say again, What do you have?

Why am I here?

Most of you are probably like myself and wonder why am I here on this earth? What is my purpose in life? What am I going to do for the rest of the time I’m here? You and I are here for one purpose and one purpose alone and that is to please God. I heard Apostle Ron Carpenter say “You were never designed to please yourself, happiness comes when you put a smile on God’s face not yours.” So many times we are pursuing happiness in a job, relationship, others or our toys/things. But we always seem to never be truly satisfied. Always wanting the next best thing. Always looking for the next best career. Always looking for someone else to come along to satisfy us. Ephesians 1:4-5 tells us that God chose us before the foundation of the world according to the good pleasure of His will. As soon as we quit doing what we want and start doing what God wants, we find out why we are here. God does whatever He pleases (See Ps. 115:1-3), so if what you ask and want pleases God, He’ll do it. So how do we please God? Here are seven ways to do just that.

1) Renew your mind

Romans 12:1-2 says that we should not conform to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our minds in order that we may prove what is that good, acceptable, and perfect will of God. In other words, get rid of that stinking thinking cause if you don’t you won’t have any shot at pleasing God.

2) Have Faith

Without faith it is impossible to please God (See Hebrews 11:6). You got to have faith. If you doubt, there is no maybe you can still please God, it is impossible. My Pastor growing up always use to tell our congregation “Doubters are do-with-outers.”

3) Live by the Spirit

Romans 8:5-8 tells us that those who live according to the flesh can’t please God. You’ve got to put off the lusts of the flesh and set your mind on the Spirit in order to live according to the Spirit, therefore pleasing God.

4) Abide in Jesus and His Word

Jesus said in John 15:7  “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” You can’t put Jesus on the shelf and only run to Him in time of trouble, struggle or pain. You’ve got to constantly remain in Him. One of the ways you do this is by reading, studying and memorizing His Word ( The Bible). Jesus says further on in verse 11 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” Apart from Jesus there is no true happiness.

5) Seek first the kingdom of God

If you put God first in your life, seek to please Him, and pursue His righteousness, all your needs will be met (See Matthew 6:33). Jesus said not to worry about tomorrow, your wants, desires or needs but to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all those things will be added to you.

6) Delight in the Lord

Psalm 37:4 says that if we delight ourselves in the Lord, He will give us the desires of our heart. In other words, if you find your happiness, pleasure, joy in pleasing God than He is going to give you whatever your heart so desires.

7) Ask in Jesus’ name

Jesus tells us if we ask anything in His name, He will do it (See John 14:12-14). Whatever you’re asking for make sure that it’s not your own motives and desires (in your name) but the will and desire of Jesus (in His name).

Why am I here? You are here for God’s pleasure.

To Him Who Overcomes

Jesus said that in this world we would have trouble, we would have hardship, we would have struggles but to not fear, to not be afraid, don’t worry for He has overcome the world (See John 16:33). In a sense when you only read the first part of that verse, it is not very encouraging. Thank God He put a “but” in there to tell us that everything that was mentioned before doesn’t matter cause I have overcome it. God doesn’t just remind us that He has overcome but in Revelation 12:11 He shows us how we can also overcome. God calls us overcomers (1 John 2:13-14), He tells us how to overcome evil (Romans 12:21), reminds us that greater is the One who is in us than the one who is in the world (1 John 4:4), He says we have victory in Christ (1 Corinthians 15:57), He calls us more than conquerors (Romans 8:37), and tells us that whoever is born of God overcomes the world (1 John 5:4). How amazing is God’s promises. When knowing them it puts a whole new perspective of Romans 8:31 “If God is for us, who can be against us?” In studying the seven churches that Jesus writes to in Revelation 2-3, we see that there are seven promises for the person who overcomes.

Promise #1

In Revelation 2:7, Jesus tells the church in Ephesus to him who overcomes, He will give the right to eat from the tree of life. This is the promise of everlasting life and to be with Jesus in paradise.

Promise #2

Revelation 2:11 tells us that the second death will not hurt us. I love how the Message translates this verse “Are your ears awake? Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the churches. Christ-conquerors are safe from Devil-death.”

Promise #3

Jesus tells the church in Pergamum that he who overcomes will receive some of the hidden manna and will be given a white stone with a new name written on it (Revelation 2:17). Manna translated literally means “what it is,” So I believe Jesus is going to give us whatever it is that we need when we see him face to face. Paul alludes to this in I Corinthians 13 when he says “For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then shall I know fully, even as I am fully known.”

Promise #4

In Revelation 2:26-29, Jesus tells the church in Thyatira that he who overcomes will be given authority over the nations and give him the morning star.

Promise #5

Jesus tells the church in Sardis that the one who overcomes will walk with Him dressed in white and that their names will never be blotted out of the book of life (Revelation 3:5-6). This is such an amazing promise that we will walk with Jesus and our names will be written in the book of life forever.

Promise #6

In Revelation 3:12-13, Jesus says the one who overcomes “I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will he leave it. I will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on him my new name.” This promise tells us that we will never be separated from the presence of God again and that Jesus is going to put his signature on us showing everyone that we belong to Him.

Promise #7

Jesus tells the church in Laodicea that he who overcomes will be given the right to sit with Him on His throne, just as He overcame and sat down with His Father on His throne. This promise is so amazing that we will be able to do what Jesus did, sit down with Him on His throne and reign with Him forever.

If you have not heard the new song by Hillsong United “Take Heart” I suggest you buy the album or download the song. Here are a few of the lyrics, I hope that in whatever you are going through these words encourage you as they have me.

All our troubles
And all our tears
God our hope
He has overcome

All our failure
And all our fear
God our love
He has overcome
All our heartache
And all our pain
God our healer
He has overcome

All our burdens
And all our shame
God our freedom
He has overcome

God our justice
God our grace
God our freedom
He has overcome

God our refuge
God our strength
God is with us
He has overcome

Be careful little mouth what you say.

We all know the saying “Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.” Now that I’m older, I look back and realize how that might have been a cute little rhyme or reason but really does not make any sense. Because we all know that bones heal over time but words have a lasting impression on us. How powerful are our words? Well Proverbs 18:21 says that death and life are in the power of the tongue. So we can either speak life into our own situations and others or we can speak death. A great example of this is how God spoke the world into existence in Genesis 1. We find another example of this when Jesus cursed the fig tree and it died from the root (See Mark 11:12-14, 20-24). There are a few points about the power of our words that I would like to make.

1) You say what’s in your heart.

Your words and attitudes are a reflection of your heart. Jesus said it this way “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45). Solomon charges us to guard our hearts above all else because out of it flows the issues of life (See Proverbs 4:23). We need to be extremely careful of what we allow to enter into our hearts. If we are not careful, we could be setting ourselves up for disaster. This is why David pleaded with God to create in him a clean heart and renew a steadfast spirit inside of him (See Psalms 51:10). That should be our prayer everyday.

2) God is Word.

John 1:1 says “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” In other words, God can’t bless corrupt word when He is the Holy Word. Ephesians 4:29 tells us to not let any corrupt word come out of our mouth but only that which is good for edification, building each other up that it might impart grace. So if you can’t impart grace on the situation then it would be best if you just shut up. My parents used to say it this way “If you can’t say anything nice then don’t say nothing at all.” Whenever you speak unwholesome words the Holy Spirit withdraws His manifest presence because He can’t abide in corrupt communication. This is why James says be quick to listen and slow to speak (See James 1:19). So next time when you are about to say something, think about the truth that Jesue is the Word and what would He think about your words.

3) You speak what you believe.

I just recently heard Craig Groeschel say “That we speak boldly about what we believe deeply.” The example he used was from Acts 4 when Peter and John were brought before the Sanhedrin after healing a man that was born lame for over 40 years. Peter and John told them that they could not help but speak about what they believed (See Acts 4:19-20). This is why Paul tells us in Romans that if we confess with our mouth and believe in our heart, we will be (See Romans 10:9). Paul goes on to tell us in 2 Corithians 4:13 “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” This is so true, If you don’t like what you see then just change what you believe which will change what you say thus changing what you become. As a man thinks in his heart so is he (See Proverbs 23:7)

So be careful little mouth what you say!

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