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Managing the Seasons of Life

We are entering into the holiday season of the year, and I'd like to share some of what the Lord has been speaking to my heart with you as it pertains to seasons.  For the past month my husband and I have been ministering to the people of God at our church concerning the seasons of life.  We've shared on how to manage seasons of life as it pertains to our individual responsibility to sow only the kind of seeds that we want to reap during our harvest season with the understanding that what you sow in a given season will directly impact and determine what your harvest will be in the next one. In a given season you determine what you want to obtain and receive at harvest time by the seeds that you sow. Therefore, you should never sow what you don't want to grow. All sowing must be done deliberately and with intentionality. It must be done carefully, with the intent of receiving a specific kind of harvest. 

A season is defined as a division of the year that is marked by changes in the weather, ecology, and hours of daylight resulting from the yearly orbit of the Earth around the Sun and the tilt of the Earth's rotational axis relative to the plane of the orbit. In temperate and polar regions the seasons are marked by changes in the intensity of sunlight that reaches the Earth's surface, variations of which may cause animals to go into hibernation or to migrate, and plants to be dormant. It's also associated with some phase or activity of growth or harvesting.

In the book of Genesis 8:22, it states, "While the earth remains, seed time and harvest, And cold and heat, And summer and winter, And day and night Shall not cease." (NASB)

Galatians 6:7-11 (NIV) states, "Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time (due season) we will reap a harvest if we do not give up (faint not). 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers."

Seasons are incredibly important to the way in which we experience things throughout the course of our lives. One of the most important aspects of managing seasons in accordance with Galatians chapter six is what we do in reference to how we treat and relate with people, especially those who are of the household of faith.  For this reason, it is important for us to make sure that what we do in regards to people, especially the treatment of God's people, and His servants is righteous. If not, then it will be impossible to obtain the kind of harvest God truly desires for us to have.

I want to share a from a deeper level of insight with you at this time. There are two types of seasons in time. The 1st of which is described by the word chronos, where we derive the word chronological time from. It represents a calendar of time that is defined by days, weeks, months, and years. Whereas, the 2nd type of season in time is described by the word kairos, which pertains to an opportune time, a strategic point in time, a significant occasion or occurrence in time. From the time you were born until the day that you die, you are existing and living within the corridors of chronological time, and there are significant occasions, opportunities, and points in time "kairos" moments that are strategically important to the fulfillment of your destiny. If you miss those opportunities or waste them you may not be able to recover them, because time waits for no man and there are very special things that God has designed for your to glean, learn, give, receive and do during specific windows and seasons in time. An old adage says, "There are three things which come not back, the spent arrow, the spoken word, and the lost opportunity."  So, you must be able to comprehend and recognize what is happening at a given moment in time, and seize every opportunity by doing the right thing at the right time to obtain the right results. 

As you journey throughout your lifetime it is extremely important to value relationships and manage them well as a good steward. Oftentimes, within the body of Christ, people fail to hold godly relationships with high regard, and they are taken for granted, dismissed as meaningless, ignored, and disrespected. When this happens, God's original intent for His people is hindered, and the true purpose is never realized by those who don't comprehend the value of the relationship as it pertains to seed time and harvest. In order to bring what I'm about to say into proper context, it is always appropriate to begin at the top with God's view of things. For instance, the Word of God states,... 

"You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble. 6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time." (Galatians 5:5-6)

The Apostle Peter exhorts the Christians in various parts of Asia Minor to humble or abase themselves under the mighty hand of God, a phrase expressive of his omnipotence which cannot be stayed or opposed; because His mighty hand is able to cast down the proud, and dash them to pieces, as well as to exalt the humble. Therefore, the Spirit of the Lord speaking through Peter is essentially instructing the church concerning relational ethics and protocol, or the way in which God desires for His people to live.

Humility and submission go hand in hand, and work together in helping Believers to obey the Word of God. While many people tend to view humility and submission as being forms of weakness and slavery, God's view is quite different. In the kingdom of God they are the catalyst of true power and authority. Those who want to be great in the kingdom must understand the principle of humility and submission or it will be impossible to inherit the promises of God.

Submission is power under control, and when you learn to honor those above you, you are practicing how you will honor God in heaven when you see Him.  Those people who have real power and wisdom of God know how and want to submit. Those who don’t really have power never submit, because submission is power under control.  Only people of authority recognize authority, and you can never receive from whom you don’t respect.

Pride never submits and obeys those who are in authority. It only puffs up those who don’t have true authority, only to set them up for a fall.  Submission doesn't mean lack of power. To the contrary, it means that you have a lot of power, and you want somebody with a higher dimension of power than yours to control your power.  So, you become accountable. As you continue to be submitted under the authority that God has placed over your life, He will raising you up to a higher degree, and you can put a legitimate demand on the promises of God’s Word because of your obedience and faithfulness before God and the one whom He has appointed you to.

There will be an expansion of the gifts of the Spirit in the lives of God’s faithful servants who are submitted under the authority of His Spirit, and who are obedient to the voice of His servants that they have been placed under in this hour and season. Spiritual bastards and those who are disobedient will not qualify for the anointing, and many will be judged for operating in false spirits that are illegitimate in the kingdom of God!  So stay in proper alignment as you continue to sow faithfully in this season as never before, and renounce every hidden thing of dishonesty, because the time is short. God has major plans and serious kingdom business to be carried out by His servants in this season.

God will give you His Divine protection, provision, favor, grace, victory, open doors, access, possession of things, increased wealth, peace, and great joy as you continue to remain faithfully submitted to Him. You will abound with blessings, and your enemies will be made your footstool.  Set your heart on things above. Serve the kingdom of God with gladness. For the days of sorrow, crying, weeping and tears are bygones’.  Your harvest season has begun in Jesus glorious and wonderful name!!  Amen.

Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come. (Psalm 102:13, KJV)

We certainly hope and pray that you have been blessed and encouraged by this month's community blog. Please share your heartfelt comments with us, and God bless you!!

6 Comments to Managing the Seasons of Life:

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J D Smith on Saturday, November 08, 2014 3:29 PM
Great word. I am reminded of how submarine works & operates. The boat operates on either the surface or beneath it to varying depths. Which at all times the vessel has to be balanced & trimmed to maintain an even keel & positive control while maneuvering whether she is seen cruising on the surface or submerged. If the sub's crew fails in their tasks, duties & responsibilities ,the ocean which surrounds & embraces the submarine also brings pressure in the depths unseen to the eye. Every sub has a crush depth exceed this and sub will implode - collapse in upon itself. Sub= under & marine= the sea. Submission means I, as Jesus did, willfully & voluntarily place myself & keep myself under the Mission of the House, Leaders & call of God on & in my life. Since water/seas are types of the Anointing & Spirit of God, the crew of the submarine must understand & respect the Functions, Operations & Pressures present at every level. Under the water pressures & atmospheres increase at every 10 feet of depth or SEASONS. The U. S. Navy never sends a crew member aboard a sub w/o proper training ashore, feet dry, before allowing feet wet training, seasoning & experience; so it is with God! Someone had to lay hands on Christ to release Him into His destiny, calling & mission. Christ had to submit to the authority God ordained for Him, i. e. John the Baptist. Christ Jesus Himself had to be Submerged in baptism in moving depths of the Jordan in the right season. Sub= under & Merge= yield joining as one in particular venture, mission or line of travel! I have follow the design, pattern & operations manual to avoid imploding myself & others.
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Toiya Moffatt on Saturday, November 08, 2014 4:26 PM
I enjoyed the manner in which Eld.J.D. Smith used the metaphor of the submarine and boat and their possition in the great waters to describe to how the servant is to be positioned in relevance to his or her leader and how misalignment can be detrimental to oneself. Another great point is that, even Jesus Christ submitted to authority and not just the authority of God. Jesus Christ, having been the son of God, submitted to earthly authority as well. It was when both His "horizontal" relationship, His relationship with the Father, and His "vertical" relationship, that in proximity to "John the Baptist" were in alignment that the heavens opened up and the Lord announced His pleasure in Him according to (Matt.3:16-17). Jesus Christ continued throughout His life to sow the seeds of; humility, submission ,and obedience and as a result He received the greatest reward and honor,which would imply that these seeds are the keys to unlocking God's greatest reward for our lives as well. God bless you Apostles!
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P Wright on Saturday, November 08, 2014 4:52 PM
I praise God for the teachings on seasons of sowing and reaping. I know all that is being said concerning seasons is true because for the last month now God is saying watch what is being done in your personal life and business life. How I act what I'm saying and doing. Thank you for a deeper insight
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Dr. Stanley D. Williams on Saturday, November 08, 2014 9:37 PM
Once again Apostle Bethtina Williams has brought forth revelation with great clarity and insight. Seasons are very important, they are directly related to the concept of sowing and reaping as Galatians 6:7 states "Do not deceive yourselves; no one makes a fool of God. You will reap exactly what you plant." I am convinced that seasons can be managed, the type of seed cast into the ground can be controlled and that God has given each person divine opportunities. Therefore, it is important to understand the fact that each season of life has to be approached with focus, deliberate intent and great caution. As Galatians 6:7 states whatever goes into the ground produces after its own kind. If is also important to realize that we are always sowing, many times I think we fail to realize that even actions are seed. There are things we need to put away from ourselves as the scriptures say In Ephesians 4:22-32: "That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil. Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you." In other words we can manage our season's. During this season do what is right in the sight of God at all times and expect a great harvest because if you sow good seed a good crop is inevitable.
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Nikki Godbolt on Saturday, November 08, 2014 11:17 PM
I totally agree with todays blog, we as the people of God must be aware of the kind of season that we are in at all times, because seasons come an seasons go and what we do in a season matter tremendously. Whither its good or bad we will reap the fruit of what we sowed!
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Brian K Brewer on Sunday, November 09, 2014 9:20 AM
This blog it self represent a kairos moment in time where God is allowing his people an opportunity to examine their selves as it pertains to relationships, season, and the harvest you receive.God wants to bless his people, but we have to humble our-self under his mighty hand and the servants He set before us. If I could pick one key in walk in a season that is pleasing to God. It would be kill the spirit of pride everywhere you see it. Pray and ask God to reveal it and when you see it kill it dead!!! What a life changing message on season.
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