Summary: Defines and talks about how to properly deal with seasons in our lives.

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The book of Ecclesiastes points out that there is a time (or season) for everything . This morning let’s look at this scripture and examine the importance of what it’s saying about our lives.

Today our subject for discussion is ... “seasons of our lives“.

What’s the purpose of today’s topic? our purpose today is three fold.

1. to define what a season is and how it is

significant to our lives.

2. to examine what happens when we miss a

season in our lives .

3. to examine what happens when we get ahead

of a season for our lives.

Our foundational scripture is Ecclesiastes 3:1 - 4. (it refers to times, which are seasons) .it reads..”to everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up (harvest) that which is planted; “

Let’s look at seasons in nature to get a general idea of how seasons work.. in nature, things come forth, grow and fulfill their purpose and die. Notice that winter and spring are times of preparation. In the winter the ground gets very cold or freezes, which kills germs or bacteria that could be harmful to crops. Plants that have died, during the previous season, decay and help replenish nourishment the soil. Then as the late winter and early spring comes, the soil is plowed and made ready, seeds are planted, nurtured and grow... then in summer and fall, crops mature and are harvested. the farmers then sell the crops for money and use the money to support their families and enjoy the good things of life.

So, what is a season? For our purposes, a season in our life is a time frame that has been allotted for something to happen.

Again let me point out that God has so arranged it that things here in the earth and in our lives operate in seasons. We can depend on this because He tells us so in Genesis 8:22. The scripture reads...”While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest (seasons) and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” this scripture also gives us a basic description of seasons. We can gather from this scripture that seasons are basically divided into two types... seasons of seedtime (preparation) and seasons of harvest (reaping from what has been sewn during the season of seed time).

From our example we also know that during a season, things around us are orchestrated in such a manner that our efforts are supported.

Back to our example of the farmer.... his goal is to produce a large crop of something, sell it, and receive a lot of money for it. We see that he cannot however; get to the money until he properly goes through the seasons required to produce a crop to harvest. also , as he goes through each season, he must do the right things... (cultivate the soil , fertilize etc.) otherwise, he won’t successfully produce a crop that will bring him the money he desires.

So it is in our lives. when we desire to be successful, we must observe the seasons that we are to go through and perform properly (do the right thing) as we pass through each.

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Audrey Wise

commented on Dec 29, 2014

i really enjoyed ready this. i know that this is the time that i really need to pour myself into God and his word more than ever. i know that God has a plan for my life to encourage others and minister to them in such a way that they will know it's God but honestly i still dont know how to tell what season im in. i lost my husband suddenly to a heart attack oct 7, 2012. this has been a very hard time for me. ive struggled with believing, trusting, and having faith in God because i prayed for so long for my marriage and my husband and at times i feel God let me down. now lonlieness is very evident in my life. i know i have the holy spirit but physically its tough. my mother lives with me now and wow its that difficult. i thank God for leading me to this topic because i truly want to know what season im in.

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