In recent years, there has been a lot talk about stepping into your season. With much anticipation and excitement, many await the turning of the tide when they will enter into a new season of power, blessing, influence and fulfillment. One thing I have noticed in Scripture is before any great man or woman of God entered into their season they experienced a sustained period which I will call “their time.”
Abraham and Sarah, the great patriarch and matriarch, had their time. Joseph the renowned ruler, had his time. Jesus, our conquering Messiah, even had his time.
The time I’m specifically speaking of is the period when God is taking you through your stages of development. This time of process isn’t always a pleasant period. It can encompass intervals of barrenness, loneliness, hardship, weariness, betrayal, and sacrifice. This is the period of time when it seems like God himself has forgotten you or has placed you on a shelf hidden away from sight.
During this time of development, many feel like giving up and throwing in the towel. Often times, this is the time when the enemy tries to get you off course and whispers in your ear, “What’s the use, maybe all God promised you was all a sick joke. He surely doesn’t intend to use you or bless you.”
As this post comes to your attention, I admonish you not to discount what is happening during “your time.” This is a critical time of preparation that will ensure your complete success when it comes time to step into your season. The key thing is to be conscious of where you’re at and what the Father is working in and through in you.
With that said, I want to point out three F-factors that are important to successfully making it through your “your time” of development and preparation.
- Focus – Keep your eye on the Father. He is the Author and Finisher of your faith and creator of your grand design. He knows what He fashioned you for and how He wants to use you for His divine purpose (Hebrews 12:2, Ephesians 2:10).
- Fervor – Don’t give up or out. Never let your passion and drive for God, and His will for your life to lose its fire and fervor. Be sure to fan the flames by intentionally and consistently pursuing the heart of God and His desires. Being fervent in prayer is key to (1 Corinthians 15:58, Galatians 6:9, James 5:16).
- Faith – Never lose faith in God’s promises to you. If He said it, He is God enough to bring the promises to pass. Just remember, you have to do your part because faith without works is dead (Hebrews 11:6, James 2:17).
Moving forward, you can’t disregard the three F-factors if you want to matriculate through “your time” to seasons of graduation. Like Abraham, Sarah, Joseph, and Jesus, if you keep your focus, fervor, and faith you will enter your appointed season or seasons prepared and equipped. You will also experience the release of God’s glory in your life, for Romans 8:18 (KJV) says, “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
One final thing that bears mentioning, “your time” can substantially be longer than your season. For example, Jesus’s time of development and preparation lasted THIRTY years, and his season only THREE years. In closing, I want to encourage you to keep pressing forward because it will be worth it all when you step into your season of manifestation.
Your Next Step Coaching Minute:
- What have you experienced, learned and gained during “your time”?
- Examine your life. What areas do you sense God is now taking you through a period of processing and development?
- What has been your response to the processing?