God is doing a new thing! So, get with the programme! by Grace Gladys Famoriyo

There is something in the air. I can sense it. From the gorgeous sunrises and sunsets we have been having, to the red-streaked skies by day and the glorious visions of the moon at night. Putting nature aside, the political world has had its moments of changes (and surprises) and the UK voted to leave the EU. All this leaves you scratching your head, wondering what’s next.

A New Season For You
Whilst we may find ourselves getting caught up with what’s happening (or not, in some cases) around us, let’s not become distracted. The fact is, if Father is moving on the global scene, there is a chance He has changes to be made on a local level or closer to home, ie. in your life. Perhaps you have sensed a change or stirring, like something new is on the horizon. Well, if that’s the case, don’t ignore it, as it may be Father stirring something for you to birth.

Don’t Stifle God
You might be wondering how is it possible to stifle God, but we do so by refusing to budge, to shift into the new, staying in our comfort zones and holding on to our agendas and on to our past/present successes or failures. Yet, we are told in Isaiah 43:18-19 to

“Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history.

Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand new.

It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it?

There it is! I’m making a road through the desert,

rivers in the badlands.”

(MSG)

In short, it’s telling us not to get hung up on what we know or even think. Rather, by being poised in prayer and developing sensitivity to His Spirit, we can catch a glimpse of where He is taking us. It’s all about cutting out the ‘noise’ to get direction for the new.

New Seasons Require New Actions… And A Dose Of Faith
Every new season or thing requires a plan of action with a dollop of faith. Abraham was told to leave the familiar to go to the unknown (Genesis 12). Joseph, though sold into slavery, decided to let his gifts make room for him and bring him before great men (Genesis 37-47, Proverbs 18:16). Esther was told to ‘fix up’ and present herself to the King (Book of Esther). Ruth chose to leave her people and gods to follow the God of Naomi (Book of Ruth). Nehemiah, in spite of opposition, mobilised God’s people to rebuild the wall in just 52 days (Book of Nehemiah)! Gideon, who saw himself as a nobody, rose up to become a mighty man of valour and conquered the Midianites (Judges 6-7). David, having faced a bear and lion in the past, got the courage to step up to defeat Goliath (1 Samuel 17).

I can go on here, but I believe you get the picture. A change in seasons requires us to rise up to the new level. Take a moment to consider this: What if any one of these individuals had decided to stay put? What would have become of their lives, their families and nations? Selah. You may want to meditate on Isaiah 60.

New Seasons Require A Closer Walk With God…Lest You Miss The Way
I recently stumbled on a lovely Scripture (as you do), which was Isaiah 28:23-29, and I had a lightbulb moment: The only way to navigate through imminent change and unknown futures is to stay close enough to God so as to get the heads up on the what, how, where and when. Each season or situation we face has a particular way of handling it. Not all seasons are equal or the same. The Message version of verses 27 to 29 (of Isaiah 28) puts it splendidly:

 

“…The farmer knows how to treat each kind of grain.

He’s learned it all from God-of-the-Angel-Armies,

who knows everything about when and how and where.”

 

The New King James Version says of God: “…He is wonderful in counsel and excellent in guidance” (verse 29).

In short, the answers lie with Him, not with the news agencies nor the Media, stargazing nor endless debates with folk. Nah! It’s a private, yet regularly scheduled appointment with God, on your knees! That’s the only way! (Not Essex! Sorry, I couldn’t resist it…)

In Closing
Perhaps now is a time to book an appointment with the God of all wisdom, the One who knows your end from your beginning. Only He knows the different seasons in your life. So why not tune in to His forecast, so that you can be prepared for the journey ahead?

Written by Grace Gladys Famoriyo (Author and Speaker). Adapted from the book, Bounce Back! How To Survive, Thrive and Maximise Challenging Life Experiences by Grace Gladys Famoriyo. Other titles include: Quit Hiding, Start Living!; Healing A Discouraged Heart, and Overcoming Emotional Baggage. www.gladysf.com

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