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.
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).
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.
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.
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).
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).
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.
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).