I call this 'Due Season/Proper Alignment because we are currently in a season where Father is maturing His children. That is He is in the process of helping us walk closer with Him than ever before. Drawing (those of us who will) into a relationship like what He had with Adam and Eve when He walked with them in the garden (Gen. 3:8)
The Hebrew (OT) word used for due is 'choq' (choke) and the Greek (NT) word is 'ideos'. both words carry the connotation of 'due, appointed, accustomed or set'. 'nuff said?
The Hebrew has four words used for season but 'mowed' and 'zeman' cover the other two and carry the meaning of season, year, time or appointed (time).
two words are used in the Greek 'kairos' and 'kronos' both which are similar as they designate season, fixed time, convenient or particular (time).
The passages where each word is used clarifies why which word was chosen by the writers.
I have the privilege of presenting this word at church on Sunday and what I am presenting here is the basic gist of what will be said at that time
The key verse is Ecclesiastes 3:1(-8) "To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven…" Interesting that back in the '60's, the protest rock group the Byrds recorded a song based on this passage from the bible and it did well for them and I'll be using this recording with which to open the word on Sunday.
In talking about "Due Season/Proper Alignment" we need to keep six things in mind:
1 Who knows what God is going to do? Romans 11:33-34 … For who has known the mind of the Lord? Who has been His counsellor?...
2 The Lord gives us understanding 2 Timothy 2:7 Consider what I say and the Lord give you understanding in all things. And Acts 17:10-12 ... and they searched (the Bereans) the scriptures daily to see of those things were so.
3 The Holy Ghost reveals things to us. 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 … But God has revealed them (all things) to us through His Spirit, for the Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God
4 Jesus doesn’t lie to us. John 14:2 … If it were not so, I would have told you …
5 Jesus didn’t reveal everything before the resurrection. John 16:12-15 I have things to tell you but you can’t bear them right now
However when the Spirit of truth is come He will guide you into all truth …
He shall glorify Me … He shall receive what I have and show it to you
Everything the Father has is mine and He shall take from what I have and show it to you.
6 Jesus did share more things before the ascension. Acts 1:3 He showed Himself alive with proof for forty days speaking about the kingdom of God.
And a seventh thing: Ecclesiastes 3:1 To everything there is a season
5 ½ years remain of a 7 year season which started 1/1/2015 according to many modern day prophets.
This is a time of growth and change for individuals and the church.
A time set aside as we learn how to walk closer to our heavenly Father
And for the church as that individual growth impacts the life of the body of Christ (the church). I might add that I am experiencing personal growth in my own life like never before and that growth is accelerating.
Now is the season when Father is preparing His children to be ready for the next season.
Spiritual growth for His children
This is the time Father has set apart for all His children to draw closer to Him. (John 17:20-21 – one with the Father thru Jesus)
Not just ‘knowing’ who He is but
Closer means to discover who God truly is,
What our relationship with Him should become and
not just 'learn' but then do it! Because the Holy Ghost is alive and well within our hearts and we now live for Him.
He is the one leading us down the pathways we need to go (Matt. 6:33 – seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness …)
(Matt. 7:14 – straight is the gate and narrow is the way to life …)
He is using new or various methods to accomplish this so individual approaches will be unique and inspiring (hopefully). (1 Corinth. 12:1-31 – we are all member of the body with different gifts and different talents). Even though those talents may overlap, God has given each of us a unique of expressing that gift so no one is exactly alike. We can expect new, different and exciting ways in which to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ, not just to the lost, but to re-establish the church (in His love and in His will) as well.
Father gave me a word on the Watchman 9/24,26 & 30, 2014. Unfortunately the posts only go back to 1/15, but in that word from 9/24 the 24th represents the Priesthood. We are a royal priesthood before God Almighty designated to bring God’s redemption to the world, at His timing through creative works. We will experience a break with tradition and Father will provide new methods of reaching the ‘lost’.
This is a season for growth and change as Father brings His children into proper alignment.
That means ‘living in His love’ by keeping His commandments (John 14:15).
Coming to grips with the fact that He (Jesus) is the vine and we are His branches (John 15:1-12). We are an extension of Jesus and as He could do nothing without the Father, we an do nothing without Him.
This is the time which He has appointed, the DUE SEASON, for these things to be so. (Jer. 5:24 – former and latter rain appointed for harvest) (James 5:7 – husbandman waits patiently for early and latter rain). Father is preparing for the harvest and we are a part of the latter rain (outpouring of the Holy Ghost).
The early or former rain prepares the ground for planting providing water for germination and growth. The latter rain gives the fruit a greater fullness ripening it for harvest (This is where we are today-ripening, not ripened but ripening). Father is preparing to 'harvest' us as products of this season so we can go out and plant and harvest for Him in the next.
Spiritual growth corresponds to our maturing to our fullest (potential) becoming ready to serve or ‘live for’ our Lord.
We are reading our bible thereby enriching our minds. Studying to show ourselves approved (2 Timothy 2:15) and continually renewing our minds (Roman 12:2)
We are seeking a more potent and effective prayer life whereby we enhance our relationship with Father and our impact on man. We build ourselves in faith, praying in the Holy Ghost (Jude 20) remembering that the effectual, fervent prayers of a righteous man avails much (James 5:16)
We become bolder to share what Father gives us so others may come to know the saving grace of Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 6:19)
And in so doing we find ourselves coming into “proper alignment’ in a relationship which Father desires to have with us, as He walked in the garden with Adam & Eve in the cool of the evening (Gen. 3:8)
Father’s desire for us to realize who He really is, beyond a shadow of any doubt and what our relationship with Him should become. (Jer. 24:7 – I will give them a heart to know Me, they shall be My People and I shall be their God and they shall come back to Me with their whole heart)
He desires children who love Him and do not doubt and believe that He is (Hebrews 11:6) and who obey His voice, we tell the Lord to speak for we are listening . (1 Samuel 3:9-10)
This is the time appointed for preparation of what may be the most exciting time mankind has ever known. ( to everything there is a season)
This is our DUE SEASON to come back into PROPER ALIGNMENT into His will so He can accomplish His will in and through our lives here on planet earth.
Will we conquer the world? Not according to the book of Revelation
Can we impact that part of the world Father gives each one of us? Most assuredly and that’s what He expects us to do. We each have a realm or sphere of influence, small or great, and Father expects us to be the best witness for Jesus within that realm, obedient in actions and speaking boldly the things of God to those whom the Lord sets before us.
Father said to share one parting thought here and that is a quote from the 'Beatitudes' in Matthew 5 particularly verse 8 "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God!" (The exclamation point is my addition)
Again this is our DUE SEASON, now is the time to act and come into PROPER ALIGNMENT with the Father. It is our time to truly come to know Him and live for Him. That He is our God and there is no doubt in our hearts or our minds that He is our Lord. He is bringing us into a deeper, fuller relationship with Him as He prepares us this season so we can be ready to minister in the next season.Amen.