The great King of Israel, King Solomon, once stated, “There is a season (a time appointed) for everything and a time for every delight and event or purpose under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).
I have been prophesying for many months now that the remnant was coming into a time of promotion.
Looking back over this last season of time, I’ve seen so many struggling through difficult tests and trials. Often during times like these we wonder if God is really listening. We wonder if the prophetic words that we have received will in fact come true.
“A time to be born and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.”—Ecclesiastes 3:2
I want to encourage you that as we prepare to move into this New Year, strengthen yourself in the Word. Look back over the lessons you’ve learned through the good and the bad. Evaluate, with the help of your comforter and friend, Holy Spirit, and find out what it is that you were to learn from those events and circumstances. I promise, you won’t be disappointed.
The truth is that for many of us, we have experienced great disappointment. Many things we had hoped to see much sooner than now have not come to pass. But hold on friends! Hold on to the hope that we have in Yeshua—remembering that pain is temporary, but quitting it permanent.
“A time to kill and a time to heal; a time to tear down and a time to build up.”—Ecclesiastes 3:3
Now more than ever before it is time for us to put the past behind us. Although we may have experienced great hurts throughout this season, God’s Word commands us to forgive.
When we forgive the pain of the past, we can learn from it so that it strengthens us as we move forward into the future things to come. If we choose, instead, to hold on to the pain, we will, I fear, never be able to embrace the present.
“A time to weep and a time to laugh; time to mourn and a time to dance.”—Ecclesiastes 3:4
As I was meditating on this portion of scripture, I couldn’t help but thank the Lord for the maturing that has been happening in my life and in the lives of those around me. The stretching has been tremendous, but without it I know for a fact that I would not be ready. You see, your talent can often take you where you character cannot keep you. It is important that we remember what God has done… it is important that we walk humbly acknowledging His faithfulness to us, despite time where we may have failed.
“A time to throw away stones and a time to gather stones; a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing.”—Ecclesiastes 3:5
There is a season for every time under the sun, and as we continue to grow in the knowledge of Yeshua our Messiah, I tell you that it’s time to rebuild. It is time to welcome those in need of a Savior and embrace them as disciples in Christ.
“A time to search and a time to give up as lost; time to keep and a time to throw away.”—Ecclesiastes 3:6
Aren’t you excited to be alive! I have never seen opportunities like I am seeing in this season of time. So many ways to reach the lost, opportunities to bring help to the hurting.
“A time to tear apart and a time to sew together; a time to keep silent and a time to speak.”—Ecclesiastes 3:7
I believe that this season of time is a time to bring transformation into the marketplace and the seven mountains. As Believers in Christ, it is our duty to bring transformation, not just revival. If the Church remains in revival without working to transform the world around them, then truthfully we haven’t done our job. While revival is a part of the transformation process, it is never the final product.
“A time to love and a time to hate; a time for war and a time for peace.”—Ecclesiastes 3:8
5777 was a year to beat our swords into plowshares. It was a time to lay down the battlefield of the past to prepare for the end-time harvest that is coming. Many of us have been tested because of the choices we have made to be obedient to the Lord. Many have wondered if they have done the right thing, if justice will be served by leaving the battle to the Lord Himself…
There is a season for everything. There are times of testing to refine us for the work we are called to do in the Kingdom. But despite our weaknesses, God is faithful. Through Him we are strong. Be encouraged dear friends, for in every season He is faithful.