Times And Seasons
We should not be surprised at what is happening in this world, or say to people: "you don't understand, the church is being persecuted!"
Jesus himself said that in this world you will have trouble, but take heart for I have overcome the world. And does scripture not also say there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens? (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
We truly are living in what some may say are scary times, but we should see them as exciting times.I guess my question is what are you focusing on today? Is your focus on getting closer to God? Is it on other people?What comes to mind is 2 Chronicles 7:13-14 (NKJV):13 “When I shut up heavenand there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, 14 if My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, andwill forgive their sin and will heal their land.
What stands out form these verses?
1. Humble themselves - when was the last time you humbled yourself.Submitted to the authorities who rule over you. (1 Peter 2: 13-17)
2. Pray - positive prayers, prayers of blessing, of thanksgiving. (Phil 4: 6). If you’re not sure what to pray, follow Jesus' teaching on prayer in Matt. 6:7-13.
3. Seek God's face - when was the last time you sought God's face, not his hands because you wanted something from him? Focus on just being in his presence because you want to return some of the affection, He has given to you. (1 John 3: 1)
4. Turn from your wicked ways - Wait! What?
I have wicked ways?Wow, just think about this for a moment. God is saying to us (His people) that we need to turn from our wicked ways. This is not “way” as in singular, but “ways” in the plural. Me! Sweet, innocent, little old me, wicked ways?
We have entered into a time and a season that God is allowing us to examine ourselves, our way of thinking, our ways. He encourages us to bring correction to ourselves through the 4 points above. To make ourselves right with God, to become better people, better neighbors, better co-workers, better bosses.
Let us grab hold of the things of God, and rise up to be the people He has called us to be. The people the world needs us to be. The answer the lost and dying are looking for.We can do this. With God ALL things are possible!
Lord we humble ourselves before you, show us what needs to change in us, show us what you want removed from our lives. We give you all the praise, and all the glory, and all the honor, in Jesus Name, Amen.