And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose (Rom.8:28)
There are always issues we need to face and there are always problems that we need to solve and overcome in this journey. Life is as the saying goes “a never ending problem.” I guess it’s a reality and God has build us with the ability and capacity to face these challenges and be an overcomer in this world we live in.
God’s love is a powerful force, one that will take us through, even in the most difficult trials into victory. When we realize the love of God in our lives, we no longer have to live in fear, insecurity and uncertainty in our lives. The key is to flow in the seasons of God.
The men of Issachar…understood the seasons.” (1 Chronicles 12:32)
We need to understand that our God is a relevant God! Our God is a Living God!. He moves and manifests relevantly in different time-frames and seasons. He is a God in season and out of season.
King Solomon said there are seasons in our lives (Eccl 3:1). A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest, a time to weep and a time to laugh.
You know what? Unfortunately, many of us fail to recognize our seasons God brings into our lives. That is indeed a tragedy. Therefore, we miss out, on a lot of things that God wants to bring about in our lives (blessings, miracles, favor,breakthroughs etc).
The men of Issacher were considered wise because they understood the seasons
(1 Chronicles 12:32). Seasons are “growth opportunities” that keep you progressing towards the ultimate fulfillment of God’s plan and purpose for your life.
You need to understand, God wants to move you from one level to another in order to fulfill His destiny in your life. But you know what? You cannot come into that season unless you go through the things that God has already set for you to go through. As we go through life we mature through life. This is what you call “A process of transformation.”
A PROCESS IN OUR JOURNEY
As a believer we face trials and sometimes things can be painful and disappointing. But as long as we are established and rooted in the Lord and as we walk in union with Him, God will continue to work His goodness in us.
Life is a journey and in a journey there is a process that we need to go through before we can reach our destination. Often a lack of wisdom and understanding will lead us into great confusion and hurts in ministry. God works in ways that are so different and far deeper than from the way we have often been comprehending Him.
Isaiah 55:8 – “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.
THE CRUSHING AND BREAKING IS PART OF THE PROCESS
A valley experience is an absolute requirement in ministry before you can go to the mountain top. There can be no compromise in this area. People who have tried a shot-cut have paid a heavy price in the end.
But have you ever realized that no matter whom we are, there is a weakness in humans? We always seek to reach the mountain top but we refuse the valley experience. The fact of the matter is that, by doing so we miss out on the most significant things that God wants to teach us in our lives. We don’t want the pain but we want the gain. But in God’s purposes and plan He requires us to go through the crushing and the breaking process before He can promote us to stand on the mountain top.
You know what? There will be no wine to make the heart glad unless the grape is crushed. There will be no bread to feed the hungry until the wheat is crushed and broken. There will be no oil to heal the sick unless the olive is crushed and broken.
Why does the crushing and the breaking takes place? The crushing and breaking is allowed to take place not to destroy you! The crushing and the breaking takes place so that you may grow to become a person with a greater wisdom and a stronger character. God forms His character in you through the process so that in time to come you will be able to withstand greater challenges in life. You will never go off balance when greater blessings are poured out into your life in time to come.
THERE IS A SEASON WHEN PEOPLE WILL LEAVE YOU
Ministry is so different from the corporate world. In the corporate sector you can hire and fire people. In ministry it’s painful when people leave you. In ministry it’s a different relationship that you build and establish between people. People will stick to you like a glue in certain seasons especially when their need is desperate. They will chase you for prayers and even direct you how to pray for them. You pray for them, you feed them, you spend tremendous time and effort to fix them up and finally put them on the right track.
Suddenly there comes a season when the atmosphere changes for them and they leave you. And if you are not built on God’s strong character you are going to be disappointed and hurt and may perceive things negatively.
BLESS THEM AND LET THEM GO
Certain people will leave your life at some point in time. Because firstly certain people may not have the humility to continue under your mentorship because of an unteachable and rebellious spirit. Secondly, certain people may want to run faster than you because of a “I know it all syndrome.”
However when they do leave you, whatever might be the reason please let them go! Don’t try to talk them into staying. You need to understand something; your destiny is not tied up to those who walk away. You would be surprised a lot of unkind and ungrateful people are found in God’s kingdom than you would find in the world.
The problem is that many of us strive in vain trying to change someone else’s opinion of us. We go to great lengths sometimes to prove to them that we are not what they think we are in their minds.
DOES IT REALLY MATTER?
You know what? Never allow someone else’s approval to become your goal! Because at the end of the day, sadly many people will yet never be able to see your good qualities in view of their bad judgments.
The scripture says:
“They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us” (1 John 2:19)
Some people don’t belong to your boat. Some people don’t belong to your journey. Remember there is always a season in your life and ministry. People come and people go. You know what? When people don’t belong to your journey anymore, even a bucket of ‘super glue’ can’t make them stay!
Here is something we need to understand. When something is over and finished, you have to let go and shake it off. You need to accept God’s will in this matter. Listen! All you have to do is get up take a shower, change your clothes, start moving and living again!!
GOD HAS A GREATER PLAN FOR YOU
Never beg anyone to stay with you against their will. Please try to understand that when people have to leave you, it is not an accident! It is indeed in the plan and will of God. Your current circumstances will not determine your future. God has a greater plan for you. He has got something better in store for you in the future.
The problem is we refuse to face reality. So often we refuse to let go of what we currently have in order to receive what God is waiting to give us. But God is saying unless you let it go, I can never work with you and move you forward in my plan and purpose for your destiny to be fulfilled.
Psalms 18:2 – The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
Note: Rev Dr Jai Kumar is an ordained & licensed minister of Covenant Ministries International N.J. USA. He is a mission minded pastor who carries an apostolic anointing who preaches and teaches an uncompromising gospel with boldness. A member of ECCM (Malaysia) Spiritual Adviser & overseer to various ministries and churches. An itinerant speaker. He is also the author of a book entitled, ‘God’s Time Clock.’ Currently he worships at C3 Subang.
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