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What Season Are You In?

October 6, 2017

 

Hello and welcome to the new Journey Center blog page! Here you'll find edifying and encouraging words brought weekly from Journey Center leaders and members. 

 

We'd like to kick off our first post by recapping the types of seasons we face our Senior Leader Scott Lowmaster discussed on Sunday. Keep these points in mind in the coming weeks! 

 

 

RUN SEASON

The Run Season is a time of favor and stretching faith. It's an opportunity to take more ground than you usually could in other seasons. "All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing." 1 Corinthians 9:25-26 NLT. The Run Season is where we see kingdom multiplication work in us and around us.

 

How to respond in a Run Season:

  • Get focused

  • Make hay

  • Run with patient endurance

  • Do great things

  • Bear much fruit

  • Make up for lost time

Temptations to avoid in a Run Season:

  • Sitting on the couch

  • Loosening your grip

  • Becoming complacent

  • Becoming too comfortable or at ease

  • Wasting time on insignificant things

  • Resting when you're meant to be running

Tips during a Run Season:

  • Do not neglect private prayer times

  • Make yourself available to GOd

  • Keep your ear tuned to His voice

  • Open your hand and heart regularly to receive from Him

  • Rest only when He tells you to rest

  • Understand this pace is only a season

 

REST SEASON

The Rest Season is a time of refinement and replenishment. Many don't always receive this season easily, and often view it as dismissal rather than a divine appointment. You can enter this season by accident or intentionally. Sometimes, the rest season can begin painfully. Don't wrestle, just nestle! "For since the world began no ear has heard and no eye has seen a God like you, who works for those who wait for Him!" Isaiah 64:4 NLT.

 

Rest Season opportunities:

  • God reveals your motivations

  • God heals your wounds

  • God restores your perspective

  • God refines your dreams

  • God strengthens your identity in Him

  • Learn to rest, trust, lean, give and be

Temptations to avoid in a Rest Season:

  • To run ahead of God and make something happen

  • To think you know better than God

  • To think God has looked away or lost interest

  • To get restless in your season of rest

  • To get offended by and impatient with God

  • To view this as wasted time or as though you are useless

Tips during a Rest Season:

  • Delight in the Lord

  • See this season as God's protection over you

  • Lay down your agenda

  • Be humble and teachable

  • Cultivate a new level of intimacy with Him and others

  • Start writing

 

STAND SEASON

The Stand Season is a time of purifying and testing. "My suffering was good for me, for it taught me to pay attention to Your decrees. Your instructions are more valuable to me than millions in gold and silver. You made me; You created me. Now give me the sense to follow Your commands. May all who fear You find in me a cause for joy, for I have put my hope in Your word." Psalm 119:71-74 NLT. To gain ground in this season is simply to hold your ground.

 

Temptations to avoid in a Stand Season:

  • To look down and forget the promises of God

  • To doubt much of what you know to be true

  • To lose ground because you loosen your grip

  • To look for shortcuts through the storm

  • To develop a cynical attitude toward God

  • To listen to the wrong voices, especially if God seems silent

Tips during a Stand Season:

  • Remember in the darkness what He told you in the light

  • Guard your heart and mind against negative thoughts

  • Don't let your heart close up, stay tender to relationships

  • Deal with issues that surface during this time

  • Know that in due time, breakthrough will come

  • Don't lose sight of the truth that God loves you

 

ACTIVE WAITING SEASON

This season is a time of inward depth and forward movement. "Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen." Ephesians 3:20-21 NKJV.

 

Temptations to avoid in a Active Waiting Season:

  • To get distracted by your daily duties

  • To get so focused on your unfulfilled desire that you mismanage your current assignment

  • To emotionally leave your current assignment before God physically moves you to the next place He has for you

  • To get bitter over the delayed fulfillment of your desires

  • To miss opportunities to forgive and remain pure in heart, which hinders your forward-moving progress

  • To minimize your time with God and in His Word and spend most of Your time dreaming about your desires

  • To adopt a bored, tired-of-waiting, non-expectant mind-set

  • To believe wrongly that God does not want to bless you

  • To blame others or yourself for lack of forward momentum

  • To overwork to the point of exhaustion, trying to accomplish God's dream in your strength resulting in burnout

  • To go on autopilot and coast, fall back in a rut, or to run ahead

  • To strive on your own and forget all of His promises

Tips during a Rest Season:

  • Spend intentional consistent time with the Lord individually and corporately

  • Remind yourself of His promises to you

  • Ask for strength and grace to be faithful in the now

  • Allow God to refine your desires while on this part of your journey

  • Care for and nurture the promise of God within you

  • Trust His timing for its fulfillment 

  • Stay in community and be honest about your up-and-down emotions and perspectives

  • Sometimes you will need friends to loan you their faith when yours wavers or you have none

  • Get into good encouraging, life giving environments, build friendships, depend on each other, building each other up

  • Lean in, listen, learn, receive, ask for help, get in community and stay in community-you are not meant to do this alone

 

 

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