Ecclesiastes 3:1 “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven”
There are seasons in nature, with corresponding changes in the weather, and seasons in our bodies. There are seasons in our personal lives, in our spiritual lives and seasons in the world around us. The Lord has been speaking to me a lot about “change”. Profound changes are about to take place in His people and in the world that will shake and test everyone’s foundation to its core.
2 Corinthians 3:18 “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord”
Change that happens within us affects who we are spiritually. To grow and mature in the Lord means I am changing constantly. What was once Gods plan and direction for my life changes, and I must release the previous word to move in the new direction that the Lord has for me. Change transports me into a future that God has carefully prepared for me, but it demands a response of faithfulness and obedience.
Romans 12:2 “Do not be shaped by this world. Instead be changed within by a new way of thinking. Then you will be able to decide what God wants for you. And you will be able to know what is good and pleasing to God and what is perfect”
The average person doesn’t respond to change but reacts to it. Reacting means having a negative attitude toward change that involves anxiety, fear, desperation, anger and depression. The Lord is going to move sovereignly in world events and in the lives of His people and He wants us to move with Him in those new directions and respond in faith rather than reacting in fear to the changes that are happening within us and also in the world around us. We can be tempted to withdraw from active participation in God’s new directions for us as a way of expressing our dissatisfaction with His will. This only extends our time in the wilderness and delays our entering the land of promise. Some people end up sacrificing their lives to their lost pasts. They miss the opportunities God has planned for them by attempting to hold on to the past. It will require divine courage to explore the uncharted territories of our true potential in Christ. If we react to change, we become a victim of our new reality. If we respond with faith, we become the victor and ride the waves of change into our spiritual destiny.
1 Corinthians 15:51 “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,”