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New seasons are wonderful, and we all crave to enter new seasons, but in order to enter these new seasons, one must grow in their current season to be ready for the next one. One must also be willing to close the door to things that are toxic, bad, and hinder their walk with Christ, for one cannot expect to be godly in the next season if they were not godly in their current season.
This post was inspired by something I read recently,, and I instantly has to write on this subject, for it is a subject that needs more conversing. We all crave to enter new seasons, but how many of us are willing to lock the door to things that didn’t work out or are hindering God from using us? How many of us are willing to end bad habits that are not edifying to our walks with Christ, and how many of us are willing to “move” when God days “Go?”
Entering new seasons means we must grow in Christ by getting out of our comfort zone.
It is easy to become comfortable, to not want to move, and to stay stagnant, but one does not grow in stagnancy. It is easy to want to continue habits that we know are not glorifying God due to feeling the need to partake in those habits, and it can be hard to end chapters that we do not want to end, but in order for God to enter us into new seasons, we must be willing to let go and let God.
I can only speak on myself, for I am unsure of what other people want in their next season, but for me, I’d hope it would be marriage and children; however, I know that in order for me to enter that season, I must be in love with Christ, I must be willing to let go, and I must be willing to examine my heart so I am the woman God needs me to be, for if I am not in love with Christ or dedicated to Christ, it will be impossible for me to to love a future husband or children.
Therefore, I am making sure I am walking with God each day, I make sure my prayer life is strong, I am making sure I close the door to any habits that may be a hindrance to my walk with Christ, and I am continuously asking for conviction of the things in my heart that God does not like or approve of, for I cannot expect to leave the single season and move into the marriage season without being fully dedicated to Christ.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5
Thus being said, you need to be willing to step out of the comfortable state and ask God “What is in my heart that is not pleasing to you,” “What is in my soul that needs to be fixed,” and “God close the door to any habits that are not glorifying to you or reflect you.”
You cannot expect to leave our current season for another if you are unable to love Him now.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10
If you are not able to love God now in your current situation, then what makes you think you will be able to love Him in a new season? If you do not ask God to work in your heart, then you will bring old habits, traits, and problems into a new season, so new seasons do not “magically” fix your problems,for the only one who has the power to fix you is Christ.
Many people enter new seasons thinking that the old will not enter the new, but when the old does enter the new, it causes problems, strife, and a bigger divide to erupt, which is why it is crucial to stay close to Christ in all things rather than placing things above Him. Sure, new seasons are exciting, but they did not die for you, they did not give you grace, and they did not give you everlasting life, but Christ did, so instead of looking for freedom in new seasons, look for freedom in Christ, for if you look for full satisfaction in things other than Him, you will soon fill an empty void and wonder why this new season isn’t ‘working.”
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
Instead of placing all of your hope into a new season, trust God that He will direct your steps, for He thinks thoughts of hope towards your future, not of evil, and in the meantime, love Him, continue to fall in love with Jesus, and continue to grow in your relationship with Him, and then you will find yourself more ready for a new season rather than what you were before.
You cannot expect God to bless bad behavior.
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
If you have been behaving in a way that is not glorifying to God, then do not expect Him to reward that. Would a parent reward a bad child? No, for what would that teach the child? The same way is with the Lord, for those who do good according to His purpose will be blessed. Though we will all sin, it is important to ensure that habitual sin does not take root in your heart, for once you allow the seed of habitual sin into your heart, you will begin to hinder God from working in your life and your calling.
God never intended for the Israelites to wander for forty years, but due to their disloyalty, disobedience, and unfaithfulness to the Lord, God postponed their entrance into the Promised Land, and God can do the same for our next season too. If you are doing something that is against God, you may prolong the waiting period of the next season, which is not what you want. Therefore, always ensure that you are alert in your faith, for the enemy is on the hunt to devour a new victim, for Satan’s only goal is to steal, kill, and destroy.
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” Philippians 4:8
Continuously ask God for conviction, continuously place the Word before the world, and continuously seek to place Him first, and think of things that are noble and pure, for when we think of things that are good, Satan has no room to cause havoc on our minds. An idle mind is the devil’s playground; therefore do not let your mind be idle, and continuously seek Christ in all that you do, for when you think of things that pertain to Him, you will be awake and strong in Christ, which is where God needs you to be before He ever allows you into a new season.
When you do enter your next season, do not forget to worship Him
Many people forget to worship God even in the good, for many tend to cry out to God only in the bad, but Christ is worthy of the praise in the good, the bad, and the ugly. God is worthy to be praised in the storm as well as in the calm, God is worthy to be praised in this season and in the next, and God is worthy to be praised in all situations, not just in ones that fit our needs.
“There is a way that seems right to a man,
But its end is the way of death.” Proverbs 14:12
God is not a genie in a bottle, and though God does bless us, our faith should not be “transnational.” We should follow Christ because we desire to have a relationship with Him, not so we can get ‘endless wishes granted.” Though He does say to make your requests known to Him, He will only allow those things as long as they are in His will, for though a way may seem good to a man, it could end in his demise; therefore, praise God even if you receive nothing in return, for following Christ means giving up everything for something greater than this world.
In the end, new seasons are very exciting, and I pray for new seasons in my life, but in order for us to enter those new seasons, we must first be content in this one, we must seek Christ and be steadfast, and we must also realize that faith is not about receiving “goods,” but it is about giving our all to Christ. When you fall completely in love with Jesus, that is when you notice seasons changing, for when you find yourself lost in Him and His Word, He will take our faith into new territories so you can be made stronger, so before you enter a new season, make sure all is well with your soul in this current one, for if it isn’t, then your soul will not be content in the next one.