Ecclesiastes 3:1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
Several words have come to me in the spirit that didn't seem to be related at all. I asked the Lord, what is the meaning here? I see the words compassion,persistence, perseverance and then I received several confirmations on the word "season" . The Lord showed me that this is the unifying measure, a season for everything. Just like the minutes in an hour, they are all necessary to complete that 60 minute unit, you can not skip over one and jump ahead to the end, they all have to unfold in the order and manner in which God has pre-ordained. There is a lesson and a blessing contained in each one; the hard minutes, the easy minutes, the wandering minutes. Some find us weeping, others find us laughing. We have some to share with friends, others to devote to work but all of these minutes (are a GIFT) from above.
We only have a certain amount of them, it is within this prescribed time that we live our lives. Often, we are awoken by the alarm clock going off, the bell alerting us that something or someone has arrived or the ring of a phone as one reaches out to contact us. God is quickening our time, especially now. He is calling out to us, signs, tones, sounds, alerts. Pay attention, He is saying. Look here, He wants us to be aware. Be ready, get prepared by being prepared. "Stay calm and carry on", a popular phrase which has come into my experience recently & Oh so fitting.
Persistence and perseverance are required to face life, the choices we make and challenges that come. One of the largest lessons of life is that of compassion. It's a bi product of LOVE, born from experience, forgiveness and grace. As we learn what life holds and have walked those similar paths we can relate to someone in pain, in need, someone who may be naive, misguided or even downright stupid. Compassion is something that is like a walking stick, it will help you cope with life as you stake your claim at every step. It is an investment in comfort for when you might need it to boomerang back upon your life.
Live and enjoy each minute to its fullest, let it have its place. You will find the greatest peace in accepting what God has for you in every situation. Naturally, we all have schedules, deadlines & appointments. For sure, we must honour all that we set out to do. I am talking about the content of those minutes. Learning to experience and look for the season that it holds. Every minute of Christmas morning is enjoyed by children awaiting the presents they have come to expect. Every minute of a woman's pregnancy is met with anticipation and plans for that special first moment and the millions of special firsts that will be born with that child. Our Father wants us to be aware that we are in a season very similar. There are new moments that await, new lessons, new blessings. The Season of Harvest is coming and the Kingdom of heaven is at hand.
LET US PRAY: Daddy God, help us to have more time in your presence, as You guide and direct us toward your perfect plan for our lives. Keep us ever vigilant in preparation for those things You have told us to be ready for. Let us not wander away from those things which are there to help guide us, keep us in ear shot of every reminder. Let our ears be attuned to Your words, let our eyes stay focused on Your Truth and let our hearts remain fixed on the promises, for none of them shall fail. We ask for special blessings of perseverance and persistence to keep us on track to receive every message, lesson and blessing. In Jesus Mighty name AMEN
Proverbs 15:23 – A man has joy by the answer of his mouth. And a word spoken in due season, how good it is!
Ephesians 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. Romans 5:3 Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces 4 perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.2 Thessalonians 1:4 Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.2 Thessalonians 3:4-54 We have confidence in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we command. 5 May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.James 1:2-42 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.2 Peter 1:5-75 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.1 Timothy 4:15 Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. ‘ Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.
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