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THE CONSEQUENCE OF THE DUE SEASON

Last week I posted a blog titled, “YOUR DUE SEASON IS CONDITIONAL,” and this week, I am going to share information on what to expect when you follow God’s instruction on receiving your due season.

Let me start by reminding you that God’s ways are not our ways, and He definitely does not think like us. As seen in my blog last week, I believe many of His actions are to foster our dependence on Him. He puts us in highs and lows and in a land where we must trust and rely on Him for our well-being and productivity.

From the two scriptures given in last week’s blog, we learned the prerequisite for the due season is walking, keeping, doing, listening, loving, and serving. All of these actions cause the rain to come to water the land; however, there must be clouds for the rain to come, and here lies our dilemma.

To help you understand what I am saying, let me share some of the definitions of a cloud:

  1. A visible collection of particles of water or ice suspended in the air, usually at an elevation above the earth’s surface.
  2. Anything that obscures or darkens something or causes gloom, trouble, suspicion, disgrace, etc.

When I read the second definition, I thought of the things Paul described in Romans 8:35, 38-39: tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril, sword, death, principalities, powers, things present, things to come, heights, and depths. To me, these things could be included in the second definition. So, while I welcome the clouds that will produce the rain for my due season, I will also experience hardships.

To help me endure the hardships, God gives benefits, as seen throughout the Bible. First, in the cloud direction was received (Exodus 13:21; Deuteronomy 1:32- 33). Second, in the cloud, the glory of God was revealed (Exodus 16:10; Exodus 24:16 -17), and in the cloud, God communicated with His people (Exodus 19:9; Numbers 11:25; Psalms 99:7; Luke 9:34 -35). Thus, God does not exempt us from the issues of life, but as we trust in Him, He gives us benefits to help us successfully navigate the terrain.

Knowing these things in our mind and heart should provide comfort and assurance that God is for us, He is with us, and He won’t leave us alone as we wait on our due season and eventually experience it.

YOUR DUE SEASON IS CONDITIONAL

Most of us want our due season to manifest in our lives without understanding the implications of due seasons. Many of us recite the scripture found in Galatians 6:9, “And let us not be weary in well doing; for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not” believing if we endure, the due season will eventually come to us. What we fail to understand is the “well-doing” in which we must participate. So, to increase your understanding of due season in this blog, I will exegesis the following two scripture passages.

Leviticus 26:3-5 If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them; Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit. And your threshing shall reach unto the vintage, and the vintage shall reach unto the sowing time: and ye shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely.

Deuteronomy11:10-15 For the land, whither thou goest in to possess it, is not as the land of Egypt, from whence ye came out, where thou sowedst thy seed, and wateredst it with thy foot, as a garden of herbs: But the land, whither ye go to possess it, is a land of hills and valleys, and drinketh water of the rain of heaven: A land which the Lord thy God careth for: the eyes of the Lord thy God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year even unto the end of the year. 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, 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. And I will send grass in thy fields for thy cattle, that thou mayest eat and be full.

In both of these passages, God speaks to Israel and informs them what He expects from them and what He will do if they meet His expectations. He gives them the conditions that will open the door to productivity, but he lets them know first some requirements must be fulfilled.

In Leviticus 26, there are three conditions: walking in God’s statutes, keeping His commandments, and doing them. God did not allow Israel to make up their own statues and commandments. Instead, he spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai and gave him specific instructions to give to Israel. In the future, the leader was to rehearse these ordinances periodically with the people.  

In both of these passages, the due season of rain was the first rain that happened in September and October when the farmers were planting their crop, and the latter rain in March and April to make the harvest bountiful. Furthermore, God told them He would cause the crop to last for several seasons; Israel would not experience food insecurities.

Additionally, in Deuteronomy11:10-15, God told Israel the promise land was different than Egypt. For three months, the fields in Egypt were underwater, and the farmers knew how to irrigate their properties. The promise land was depended on God’s benevolence. The promise land was made up of hills and valleys. In other words, Israel would experience highs and lows. And as previously stated in Leviticus 26:3-5, God’s intervention depended on Israel meeting certain conditions. Listening earnestly to God’s commandments, loving Him, and serving him with all of their heart and soul were the conditions given in Deuteronomy11:10-15.

Knowing God does not change His principles, I believe that just as He gave Israel conditions for their due season, those principles remain the same. Therefore, the reward of a due season will be contingent on our positive actions and not on disobedience.

For now, I hope this blog has given some answers and direction for those of you praying about your due season, but I must warn you there will be some unwanted experiences that company it. I will share that information in another blog. Until then, don’t get weary nor faint.

I WAS OF NO USE

                                        

I recently heard a teaching on “Agape Love,” and Romans 5:6-8 using the Message Bible was quoted in the presentation. It said, “Christ arrives right on time to make this happen. He didn’t, and doesn’t, wait for us to get ready. He presented himself for this sacrificial death when we were far too weak and rebellious to do anything to get ourselves ready. And even if we hadn’t been so weak, we wouldn’t have known what to do anyway. We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice. But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him.”

Of all of the words in those verses, the terms “we were of no use whatsoever to him” penetrated my spirit. It really hit home to me that when I had no value or worth, God loved me enough to send His Son to ransom me. He knew I would fail Him, and my actions would grieve His spirit at times, but He chose me to be part of His royal family.

God allowed my parents to hear the gospel and receive salvation. Growing up in a God-fearing household, I too came to accept Jesus, and with His continuous, gracious, merciful help, I yet stand. I can shout it from the rooftops, “Christ died for me. He paid my penalty when I had nothing to offer Him in return.”

Additionally, in accepting Jesus as my Savior, I became useful for God allowed me to partner with Him as His ambassador in the earth. He gave me dominion, blessed me, and told me in Genesis 1:28, “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”

So, I end this blog rejoicing in the fact I who was of no use has become useful, a vessel of honor, sanctified and meet for the master’s use.

THE WORKS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

On this coming Sunday, May 23, 2021, the Christian world celebrates Pentecost Sunday. As recorded in Acts 2, this is the day 120 followers of Jesus received the infilling of the Holy Spirit while waiting in an upper room in Jerusalem. The scripture said in Acts 2:1-4, “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Speaking in an unknown language was a new sign to the believers that they were infilled. This sign was also experienced ten years later in the household of Cornelius as read in Acts 8:44-46 and twenty years later when Paul ministered to the disciples of John as read in Acts 19:1-5.

When new converts were questioned about what they received when I was young, their response would be, “I received speaking in tongues.” Now that I am older and have become a student of the Word, I know the correct response to the question would be, “I received the Holy Spirit.” The reason I say this because the Holy Spirit infilling does more than that one thing. The Holy Spirit working in the life of a believer gives us dunamis to be all that God planned and purpose us to be.

Knowing God has no limitations, failures, or faults, believers can be confident that we can also function at our maximum capacity with the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God within us. With all of this in mind in this blog, I want to remind you of the many works of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer. Additionally, I am including the scripture reference for your personal study.

  • Empowerment – Acts 1:8
  • Teacher and Reminder – John 14:26; 1 Corinthians 2:13
  • Guide and Revealer- John 16:13; 1 Corinthians 2:10 -12
  • Testifier – John 15:26
  • Adoption into the family of God – Romans 8:14 -15
  • Imparter of spiritual gifts – 1 Corinthians 12:4, 11
  • Regenerates and quickens – Romans 8:10 -11
  • Convicts of Sin – John 16:8 -11
  • Constrainer – Acts 16:6 – 7
  • Keeper of good things – 2 Timothy 1:13 -14
  • Imparter of love – Romans 5:5
  • Giver of life – John 6:63
  • Anoints – Luke 4:18 -19
  • Moves men – 2 Peter 1:21
  • Sanctifies – 1 Corinthians 6:11
  • Produces fruit – Galatians 5:22 – 23
  • Generates supernatural praying – Romans 8:26; 1 Corinthians 14:2
  • Edifies – 1 Corinthians 14:4  

With the workings of the Holy Spirit in your life, God has called you to be powerful. I pray this list encouraged and inspired you to be all that God has chosen you to be, not just on this Pentecost Sunday but every day of the rest of your life.

YOUR SECRET WEAPON

For the past two weeks, I had the privilege of doing a two-part seminar on the Holy Spirit. After teaching it, I was surprised by some of the responses. I was surprised to find out there were believers that did not realize their God-given ability to speak in an unknown language should be utilized in their daily walk with God.

Some people call speaking in unknown tongues the prayer language of a believer; however, I have labeled it our “secret weapon,” and here is why I have done so. I Corinthians 14:2 states, “For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries,” and Acts 2:4 states, “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” When individuals speak in an unknown tongue, they are doing the speaking; however, God gives them the words to say. Additionally, when that person speaks in an unknown language, they speak mysteries that only God knows unless He chooses to reveal it to others. It is heaven talking to man through man and man talking back to heaven. It is intimacy with the Lover of our soul. Most importantly, we can do this for a short time or a long time. We can do this anywhere and everywhere. We don’t need permission for access; the door of heaven is open and waiting for us to enter.

Because we are not ignorant of Satan’s devises, believers need to understand the enemy of our soul does not want us to pray in tongues. He would rather we speak in our native language so he and his demonic force can understand what we are saying and strategize their evil plans against us. Plus, the enemy of our soul does not want us to speak in our unknown tongues because, according to 1 Corinthians 14:4a, “He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself. For sure, Satan does not want believers to be built up nor strengthened. Satan prefers believers to be weak, confused, and unstable.

So, in closing, with the information, I have shared in this blog if you have not been building yourself up in the Holy Ghost and if you have not been speaking in your unknown language, I encourage you to do so. For that matter, don’t wait to start that intimate conversation with God, do it now.

RECIPROCAL BLESSINGS

The dictionary meaning of the word reciprocal is an action or arrangement that involves two people or groups of people who behave in the same way or agree to help each other and give each other advantages. This is one of the ways God blesses those that praise and worship Him

Earlier this year, I did a seminar in which I taught praise and worship in action. I taught in our praise and worship specific movements we do such as clapping, dancing, waving, leaping, bowing, singing, and running have a spiritual meaning,

Unfortunately, many do not understand that these movements are declaring victory over the enemy in the spirit realm. For example, these movements are telling Satan he is defeated, the movements are saying, “I am coming out of my problems,” the movements are saying, “You can’t keep me down,” the movements are saying, ‘I am arresting you,” the movements are saying, “Things are turning in my favor.” The movements are saying, “I will no longer be restrained.” Don’t be fooled; we are not just doing these things out of routine, for they have significant meanings.

What I love is I found there are numerous health benefits from doing these things. These actions were good for my heart, circulatory system, digestive tract, respiratory system, muscular system, and skeletal system. Who but God would construct our bodies that when we bless Him, He causes us to be blessed?

So, I encourage you to follow the many instructions found throughout the Bible, particularly in the Psalms. Please, “Bless the Lord,” “Clap your hands,” Bow down before the Lord, “Shout unto the Lord,” “Sing a new song,” “Rejoice in His presence,” ”Run through troops and leap over walls,” and “Praise Him with the timbrel and dance.” Believe me, as you do these things, you will receive a reciprocal blessing.

THE SPIRIT OF DECEPTION

I had to do this particular blog this week because of what the world is presently experiencing. What is that, you might ask? My response would be, “The Spirit of Deception.” The Spirit of Deception has been around for a long time, for it originated with Lucifer, who we now call Satan. Before this earth was formed, he deceived himself with his five “I will,” which you can read in Isaiah 12:13-14. Consequently, God saw the iniquity in Satan’s heart because of his beauty, and God cast him to the ground (Ezekiel 28:14-17). Unfortunately, the Bible reveals Satan was able to deceive one-third of the angels who were also cast out of heaven (Revelation 12:3-4).

When the earth was created and Adam and Eve were placed in the perfect home, Satan came in and deceived Eve by making her question God’s instructions. Genesis 3:1-5 shares their encounter. It says, “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” Eve chose to believe Satan, ate the fruit, and gave it to Adam, who also consumed it.

From Satan’s invasion into the perfect home to our homes, he continues with his deceptions. This Spirit of Deception is running rampant throughout the world in every area of our lives. Important matters and decisions that could unite us and be beneficial for our peaceful existence are rejected because of this spirit. This spirit has caused world wars, family feuds, national crises, death, and destruction. Many people wonder who they can believe and are questioning whether to believe those they previously trusted. Additionally, it appears the closer we get to the rapture of believers, people are deceived the more.

Furthermore, closely examine this Spirit of Deception. After experiencing a peaceful time on earth during the millennial reign of Jesus, Satan, the deceiver, is let loose from the bottomless pit. He deceives nations into aligning with him to wage war against the believers located in Jerusalem (Revelation 20:7- 8). On the one hand, I can’t even begin to fathom how Satan will be able to do this, but as I watch the deception going on in our world, I can see how easily people will be tricked into believing lies.

We genuinely need God; we need His divine intervention to guide us. So, in closing, please join me in this crucial prayer request to God, “Father, don’t allow the Spirit of Deception to fool us but allow the Spirit of Truth to rest, rule, and abide in our lives.”

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU RECEIVE BAD NEWS

What do you do when you receive bad news? Do you panic, do you become anxious, or do you attempt to intervene and change things? After reading Nehemiah chapter one I realized his actions revealed a good template to follow. So, let’s examine what happened to Nehemiah and see how he responded to bad news.

While living in captivity in Shushan Nehemiah was a high-ranking official in King Artaxerxes’s household. Proven to be trustworthy he became the cup-bearer and it was his duty to serve the drinks at the king’s table. While carrying out his duty he met with one of his countrymen named Hanani who told him the following. “The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire.”

This news had an emotional effect on Nehemiah for he wept, mourned, fasted and prayed. Notably, Nehemiah did not ask his countryman what he should do, instead he took the matter to God in prayer.

His prayer first acknowledged the supremacy of God, and then he acknowledged that he was a consistent prayer. He continued his prayer by confessing Israel’s sins, the consequence of their sinning, and the results of their repentance. Nehemiah concluded his prayer with these words, “O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who desire to fear thy name: and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. For I was the king’s cupbearer.” Nehemiah sought God for Divine intervention; he needed God to touch the heart of King Artaxerxes, and chapter two revealed God answered his prayer.

Following Nehemiah’s example, we should take our problematic situations to God and not to man. In that prayer, first, acknowledge God’s greatness, confess any sin that would hinder the prayer from being heard and answered, and then make the request. This is a simple formula, and I can attest to the fact it works when you work it.

THE END OF THE WORLD

In Matthew 24:3, Jesus’ disciple asked Him these three important questions, “Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” Jesus responded by giving them signs for which to watch. Notably, these signs merely told people the end was near, and they signaled the beginning of a painful period. Jesus also shared that believers would experience persecution and betrayal from within their families, sin would abound, but only those that endured would remain standing.

Many believers have interpreted the last question posed by the disciples in the wrong way. They believe until the gospel is preached everywhere, the rapture will not occur. The key factor to remember is at the end of the world, Revelation 21:1-3 occurs, “I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.” I like The Message Bible translation of these verses. It read, “I saw Heaven and earth new-created. Gone the first Heaven, gone the first earth, gone the sea. I saw Holy Jerusalem, new-created, descending resplendent out of Heaven, as ready for God as a bride for her husband. I heard a voice thunder from the Throne: Look! Look! God has moved into the neighborhood, making his home with men and women! They’re his people, he’s their God. He’ll wipe every tear from their eyes. Death is gone for good—tears gone, crying gone, pain gone—all the first order of things gone. The Enthroned continued, Look! I’m making everything new. Write it all down—each word dependable and accurate.”

Between now and Revelation 21 happening, several events will occur. Our next major event is the rapture, followed by the tribulation. The Bible reveals during the tribulation, there will be a hundred forty-four thousand sealed servants of God and two witnesses spreading the kingdom message (Revelation 7, 8). Additionally, I believe some people who rejected serving God before the tribulation, realizing they were in error, will also become ministers of the Word. The tribulation ends with the Battle of Armageddon.

After this, the Millennial reign of Christ happens. People will have the ability to choose what belief system they will follow, for not only will they hear the kingdom message, but they will experience the rule of the righteous king. Hence, there will be those that will accept Jesus as their Sovereign Lord and King, and there will be those that reject Him. This can be seen in the scriptures that talk about Satan being loosed from the bottomless pit. It states in Revelation 20:7- 9, “And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.” This event is the Battle of Gog and Magog, followed by the White Throne Judgment, and then Revelation 21 occurs.

Though the information that I have shared with you reveals there is a while before the world ends, it does not mean you have time to waste for tomorrow is not promised to us. So, I conclude with an invitation to those who are yet in the valley of decision. Surrender your life to God, for your world may end before the end of the world.

WHAT WE NEED

Jesus’ earthly ministry lasted three years. During His last supper with His disciples, as His time of death drew near, Jesus took time to speak words of comfort and assurance to them. He knew they would miss Him greatly, miss His teachings and their time of fellowship. Though He would no longer be with them in the flesh, He promised them a Comforter that would be with them for the rest of their lives.

The Greek word for Comforter is parakletos, and it is used by John five times in the following scriptures: John 14:15, 26; 15:26; 16:7 and 1 John 2:1. Literally, the meaning of parakletos is “called besides to assist,” “to aid another,” or “an advocate.” Additionally, He informed the disciples that the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, would be called the Spirit of Truth, and He would dwell with them and be in them. He would not control them, but He would guide them in all truth.

The scripture revealed the Comforter or the Holy Spirit was coming from the Father per request of Jesus. Just like the Father gave Jesus to the world, Jesus requested the Father give the Holy Spirit to believers, and we saw this come to fruition on the day of Pentecost when one hundred and twenty believers in an upper room receive the infilling of the Holy Spirit. Before this event in the Old Testament, the Spirit of God was with men, for men, and upon men to accomplish their earthly assignments, but from now onward, He would be in them.

From all the turmoil in our present world, I am sure everyone realizes that the world is in direr need of answers. People are pressured on every side, and many feel the solution to their situation is death. People have no hope, and they do not know who to trust. There answer is the parakletos.

Throughout the New Testament, the Bible shares the Holy Spirit’s many works, for he is not limited to a few things. He is a comforter, a teacher, a guide, a revealer, an imparter of spiritual gifts, an intercessor, a refresher, a regenerator, a constrainer, a keeper, a lover, a mover, a sanctifier, and a producer of fruit. Knowing all that the Holy Spirit provides, who would not want Him active in their lives?

If you have not received the Holy Spirit, I am inviting you to do so. Luke 11:13 states. “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?” So, ask the Father now. When the Holy Spirit fills you, the sign that He is in you, as seen in Acts 2:4; 10:44 – 46 and 19:6, is the ability to speak in a language unknown to you. The bible states in 1 Corinthians 14:2, “For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.” So, don’t expect to understand what you are saying. Just know by faith as you speak in the unknown language, God has fulfilled the request of His Son in your life.

Moreover, for those of you that already received the Holy Spirit but have not completely surrendered to Him, I implore you to do so, for you are missing out on God’s best for your life. I pray we all remember the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, the Holy Spirit, and allow Him full access to every area of our life, for He is what we need.