It’s Our Time
Psalm 126:1–6 (KJV) When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, We were like them that dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, And our tongue with singing: Then said they among the heathen, The Lord hath done great things for them. The Lord hath done great things for us; Whereof we are glad. Turn again our captivity, O Lord, As the streams in the south. They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.
One of the greatest things about this time of year is the reminder of our identity, both before Christ and after. The reinforcement of the cost of our freedom and the promise of our future. This is the time of year when so many biblical prophecies were being fulfilled: The last supper, the garden arrest, the beating of Jesus, the trial, the crucifixion and the resurrection.
A time for everything- Ecclesiastes 3:1 (KJV) To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
In a world that has so much uncertainty it can even spill over into our view as Christians. If you match that to the unrealized expectations we can lose sight of the love of God altogether, getting stuck in the mud of routine.
But…, Trouble doesn’t last always. Weeping is only in the night, light afflictions are just momentarily and thorns in the flesh are imparting greater grace.
Psalm 30:5 (KJV) For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
2 Corinthians 4:17–18 (KJV) For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
2 Corinthians 12:7–9 (KJV) And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
You’ve Been Growing- Exodus 1:12 (KJV) But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel.
Acts 8:3–4 (KJV) As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison. 4 Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.
As a Pastor my first responsibility is to discern Gods voice and direction for which I’m called to serve. Secondly it is to teach and direct those who are on the journey with me.
There are many differing types of presentations that we communicate.
It’s Our Time: Take the Lead from the Inside Out- Micah 2:13 (NLT) Your leader will break out and lead you out of exile, out through the gates of the enemy cities, back to your own land. Your king will lead you; the Lord himself will guide you.”
Position Vs. Positional: Shunem- Double resting place, from the root fortunate. Elisha- God is salvation.
- A Time to Build- 2 Kings 4:8–10 (KJV) And it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem, where was a great woman; and she constrained him to eat bread. And so it was, that as oft as he passed by, he turned in thither to eat bread. 9 And she said unto her husband, Behold now, I perceive that this is an holy man of God, which passeth by us continually. 10 Let us make a little chamber, I pray thee, on the wall; and let us set for him there a bed, and a table, and a stool, and a candlestick: and it shall be, when he cometh to us, that he shall turn in thither.
Isaiah 54:2–3 (KJV) Enlarge the place of thy tent, And let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: Spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes; 3 For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; And thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, And make the desolate cities to be inhabited.
- A Time to Believe– 2 Kings 4:14–16 (KJV) And he said, What then is to be done for her? And Gehazi answered, Verily she hath no child, and her husband is old. 15 And he said, Call her. And when he had called her, she stood in the door. 16 And he said, About this season, according to the time of life, thou shalt embrace a son. And she said, Nay, my lord, thou man of God, do not lie unto thine handmaid.
Joel 2:23 (KJV) Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God: For he hath given you the former rain moderately, And he will cause to come down for you the rain, The former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.
- A Time to Receive- 2 Kings 8:1–2 (KJV) Then spake Elisha unto the woman, whose son he had restored to life, saying, Arise, and go thou and thine household, and sojourn wheresoever thou canst sojourn: for the Lord hath called for a famine; and it shall also come upon the land seven years. 2 And the woman arose, and did after the saying of the man of God: and she went with her household, and sojourned in the land of the Philistines seven years.
2 Kings 8:4–5 (KJV) And the king talked with Gehazi the servant of the man of God, saying, Tell me, I pray thee, all the great things that Elisha hath done. 5 And it came to pass, as he was telling the king how he had restored a dead body to life, that, behold, the woman, whose son he had restored to life, cried to the king for her house and for her land. And Gehazi said, My lord, O king, this is the woman, and this is her son, whom Elisha restored to life.
Joel 2:25 (KJV) And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, The cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, My great army which I sent among you.
It’s Raining- Deuteronomy 11:13–14 (KJV) And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love the Lord your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul, 14 That I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil.
Amos 9:13 (KJV) Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, That the plowman shall overtake the reaper, And the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; And the mountains shall drop sweet wine, And all the hills shall melt.