One of the greatest obstacles Christians face is when they do not recognize the season they are in.
If it is a spiritual winter do not expect the summer harvest. Do not be anxious or concerned when there fruit is not appearing, don't commit to this and that to try to make it happen, or try to forcethe fruit to bear because it just CANNOT BE FORCED. No matter how hard you try, you won't produce fruit until the right seson and conditions are around or more so within. And it is God who produces the climate and the seasons we have not the power to command immediacy of fruit. But what is worse is that we play the blamegame and point the finger AT GOD for the lack of fruit! How many times have you heard whinging and complaining to the effect of "BUT I did everything right and this and that and me and me and I and I .....BUT God did not come through."
Really........... this is your your faith ?
God does not fail; we fail.
We fail to to recognize what the seasons are we are in and we fail to work with God through those seasons REMEMBER a time for this.....and a time for that ....SEASONS
It not about what we do or say or pray or give or dont do or say or pray or give , and its not about what we think we are sacrificing either.......... IT is about what He is doing in our life.
So in a pruning season , be pruned, it a blossoming season, blossom, in a season where you are dormant, rest and in the fruiting season Be the best possible fruit around. Seize thae day people.
I dont know much about fruit trees and flowers and vegies and the lkike my thumb is not gree but this I do know.............Just like the natural seasons and planting and harvestings, we as the kids God loves and is always for, go through spiritual seasons and plantings and harvestings and OUCH prunings too.
In Spring we can be aware and observant and se ethe leading of God into new adventures into new opportunities. A season of preparation and the planting if you will .... a season to enrich and airate the soil....Sound good to me .
In Summer we need to take the time for learning and development and plumping up our fruits maturing if you like is a good analogy
During Autumn we may be feeling a need to return to the basics of our relationship or maybe its a new level of commitment to new or revisited disciplines; or a time for reflection and out with the old things A time for seeking and prayer and planning, which in themselves seem to the naked eye to produce little fruit but are in essence the fertiliser spurring on and norishing the fruit to come .
Lastly, there is winter - AHHH Winter is it not the most uncomfortable time for manyof us , Yeah and Christians too. In our society we tend to value people based on how much they produce. This "work equals value" culture is not godly and it is wrong to commend such people who are over committed as much as it is wrong tojudge those who are under committed, or complacent or blind or this or that
God does not in the first instance value your works HE values YOU....people - and we should adopt this too to value first the person not the status of the things or the works.
Spiritual winter is like alot of sundays.Reating Realxing Soaking in the Rain......Warming yourself and God instructed people to keep thier rest special and to Him..... To spend time reflecting on the things of God, to be thankful for all things, for His son for this life for who not what you are .
As you work speading and shaking out His God Salt (you are the salt of the Earth) and go about promoting His Kingdom come and His will be done, remember to work, or rest, to restore and refresh, according to the season you are in.
This will be the underlying development of the best fruit in your life that will be so ready for the harvest.
So Season are you in right now? and what season are you acting and operating as if your in .....
Gal 5:22 Msg ...........But what happens when we live God's way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.
Colossians 1:5 Msg ......The Message is as true among you today as when you first heard it. It doesn't diminish or weaken over time. It's the same all over the world. The Message bears fruit and gets larger and stronger, just as it has in you.