2019 OPERATION 18-18 (DAY 26) – PREPARING FOR A NEW SEASON 2(II)
Every phase of life comes with opportunities, challenges and threats. Those who don’t take cognizance of this, fail to actually capitalize on the opportunities that every phase of life presents. Anybody who is born into this world is born into warfare and that is why the first thing that happens when a baby is born is that the baby cries. Medical science has explanation for this but the truth is that the baby is crying because there is a change of phase; the struggles of life begin.
Time is the length of days given to man to live. It takes wisdom to recognize that time is an asset, if you don’t take cognizance of this, you may fritter it; you may not give the attention required. Time does not wait for anyone. Time flies. The Psalmist captures it succinctly in Psa. 90:12, “So, teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” You do well to number your days but that is not the best you can do because there are 24 hours in a day, how do you measure your hours. I still remember what my French teacher taught us back in the days: ‘give to every passing moment something to keep in store’. In other words, make your every moment count otherwise days will become weeks, weeks will become months and months will become years with nothing or very little to keep in store.
A season is a certain period of time marked by special events. So time is generic but a season is a subset of time. Jesus’ time on earth was thirty-three and half years but his season was three and half years. It was within that three and half years that he fulfilled his purpose. When God sees that you know your purpose, he gives you a season. God is very purposive; everything God created is for a purpose. He is generous but not wasteful and he doesn’t expect you to be wasteful.
- God, make it impossible for me to be wasteful this year, make it impossible for me to waste the opportunities you bring my way. Help me to be purposive; help me to discover my purpose and to begin to fulfill it in the name of Jesus.
- Schedule seasons of your supernatural moves in my life this year and establish me in them; thank you faithful God, in Jesus name.
Preparing for a new season begins with a change of heart. In the Bible, the heart is used interchangeably with the mind. Your mind is your thinking self. The Bible says, “For as a he thinketh in his heart, so he is” Prov. 23:7. In other words, you use your heart to think. The heart is the engine room; the garden of your heart is a special garden that you must guard jealously and align aright with God in order for God to schedule seasons of supernatural manifestations in your life.
You need self evaluation. Psa. 139:23-24, “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” One of the ways to identify people who are not mature is that their focus when they face any challenge is always outward; they hardly focus on themselves! Someone else is always the source of their problems. In the course of my interaction with people in ministry spanning over twenty years, I have come to realize that the greatest problem of man is man himself. If you can get it right in the garden of your heart, no power can stop you. Daniel purposed in his own heart. One of the greatest decisions you can take this year is to purpose in your heart that you will not be defiled.
TO BE CONTINUED….