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Spiritual Seasons

Spiritual Seasons

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My 2 CentsSpiritual Seasons
By Bob & Donna Benson
Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall are the seasons God has placed to govern the changes of weather,growing seasons, and birth and renewal. Everyone has a favorite season. Some seasons seem to last avery long time while others seem to fly by very quickly. I would like to look at seasons with a differenttwist…spiritual seasons.
Winter
: All who are born in this fallen world begin in the darkness of sin. We are born with a fallennature. We are selfish and self-centered. Our wants and needs are more important than the needs of others. Our lives center on our wants, our desires, our families, our hopes and our dreams. The centraltheme is me and mine. “What can you do for me is more important than what I can do for you.” We areour own God. We worship at the altar of self. What we do not understand in this season is that we lackGod and fulfillment he can bring.The spiritual season of winter is the time before we know, understand, and accept Jesus as Savior. It is atime of spiritual darkness and emptiness. This is not to say life is bad. Life can be very good, only we arewithout God. God is around us and we can see the evidence of his work everywhere. God’s goodnessand mercy does affect us during the winter of our lives, however; this is a dormant time of our liveswhen our spirits are asleep. We are alive to the world and pursue the things of this world. Our familiesand jobs fill our lives. Again, we can have a nice life. We can love and receive loved because even whenwe do not know or accept the Creator, God is still alive and surrounds us with his creation, his love andhis goodness. Our spirits recognize God even if our carnal minds do not.The god of this world, Satan, is present in this time of our life in a way he is not after we accept Jesusand we are saved. Satan and his demons are doing what they can to tie us to this season of darkness.We do not have the weapons to fight him nor do we care much to fight him. He sets up as manyroadblocks to faith in Jesus as he can. He uses deceit and twisted truth to hold us in this spiritualdarkness. Many of his lies sound reasonable and right. He has many false religions, counterfeits thatsound good and can mislead those who are seeking more in their lives. It is only after we are exposed tothe truth and light can we see the darkness we have lived in.
Spring
: Upon acceptance of Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we are born again. We receive a new nature.The Son shines upon us with his love, kindness, forgiveness, mercy and grace. The seed of the GoodNews sprouts within our hearts and faith takes root. We learn a new way of living…God’s way. We learnto be a child of God: to give, to be a servant, to be grateful and thankful. We learn to put aside ourwants and desires and put God first in our lives. Suddenly it is not all about me; rather it is all aboutJesus. Color comes into our lives through giving of ourselves. Spring is here. Our life is covered in theblossoms of a new life in Christ.
 
The spiritual season of Spring is one of the newness of life. During this season, the seeds of love, faith,and hope take hold in our life and springs forth with new life. As we feed on the Word of God and walkin the newness of faith, God becomes real and alive in our lives. We receive a new focus, desire andambition for our lives and those we love. Excitement in the Lord fills our heart and bubbles over intoeverything we do. We are the branches Jesus is the vine. We get our nourishment from him, from theblossoms of new faith comes the beginning of fruit.This is the time to learn obedience to God and his word. To learn what is right in God’s eyes and what iswrong. We learn that God’s ways are not our way or the world’s ways. We must unlearn our old waysand the world’s ways. We must now learn God’s ways.We learn how to use spiritual weapons to defeat Satan in our daily lives. We learn how to removeSatan’s strongholds and past victories against us. We learn that God/Jesus is our strength and we arevictorious in him alone. We learn to use the gifts God has given us for his glory. We learn to share thosesame gifts with others for their edification and encouragement. We learn it is all about living a lifepleasing to God. To sum it up…Spring is the early growing years of our life in Jesus.
Summer
: This is the continuation of the season of growth. We read our Bible, hear the Word of God inour church, and apply the Word to our life. We step out in faith and do the will of God our Father. Wepray asking God to direct and lead us. We minister to others and allow Jesus to live in and through us.We pray for others and share our faith with them. We are active. The more we give of ourselves, themore we grow. We bear much fruit for the work of the Kingdom of God. God’s harvest is great becauseof our diligent work in caring of the fields. We accept that it is all for God’s glory and not our own.
 
 John 15:5 (AMP)
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 I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing 
.We are hands and feet of God/Jesus and need to be about his work. We are his representatives inthis world. We are the only Jesus many people will see. So I ask, when people of the world look at you, do they see Jesus in you? Do they see a giving, caring, unselfish person? That should bewhat they see. (If they do not see Jesus in you, I challenge you to make a change in your life andallow Jesus to flow through you to others in love.)
Autumn
: The harvest is here. We continue to share the faith with others. We take the time to examineour growing season and look for ways of improvement. There is no time for regret. Now is the time toteach others, to share the learned insights about the previous seasons and help prepare others who are just beginning. Prayer is still an active part of our lives and ministering to others may change some. Weneed to disciple others. This is the time to use your experiences to counsel young believers. Helpingthem to avoid some the pitfalls you stumbled in and sharing with them the good and bad along the way.
 Matthew 28:19-20 (LT)
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Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

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