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Summary: JOHN MAXWELL DECLARES THAT SO MUCH WHICH HAPPENS IN LIFE, HAS LITTLE TO DO WHICH FORTUNE, AS IT DOES WITH PREPARATION AND TIMING. HEAR WHAT SOLOMON ALSO HAS TO SAY . . .

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ECCLESIASTES 3:1-8

THE LAW OF TIMING

JOHN MAXWELL – 21 IRREFUTABLE LAWS OF LEADERSHIP BORROWS FROM SOLOMON WHO DECLARED IN ECCLESIASTES 3 THAT THERE IS A TIME FOR EVERYTHING AND A SEASON FOR EVERY ACTIVITY UNDER HEAVEN, WHEN ESTABLISHING WHAT HE REFERS TO AS THE LAW OF TIMING. IN MAXWELL’S LAW OF TIMING HE CONCURS WITH SOLOMON IN SAYING THAT THERE IS A TIME/SEASON FOR EVERYTHING (PLANT, REAP, LAUGH, DANCE, GAIN, LOSE, BE SILENT, SPEAK UP) AND THAT IT IS IMPORTANT TO DO THE RIGHT THING AT THE RIGHT TIME IF YOU WANT TO BE SUCCESSFUL (2X). THIS MORNING, I’VE COME TO TALK TO PEOPLE THAT WANT TO BE SUCCESSFUL NOT JUST IN THE NEW YEAR, BUT BEGINNING NOW! – NOW!.

WINSTON CHURCHILL ONCE REMARKED “THERE COMES A SPECIAL MOMENT IN EVERYONE’S LIFE, A MOMEMT FOR WHICH THAT PERSON WAS BORN. THAT SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY, WHEN THEY SEIZE IT, WILL

FULFILL THEIR MISSION – A MISSION FOR WHICH THEY ARE UNIQUELY QUALIFIED. IN THAT MOMENT THEY FIND GREATNESS. IT IS THEIR FINEST HOUR.”

IT’S NOT JUST ENOUGH TO HAVE A SPECIAL MOMENT, YOU MUST SEIZE THAT MOMENT BY UNDERSTANDING/OPERATING WITHIN THE LAW OR TIMING.

THE LAW OF TIMING PREACHES “THERE ARE CERTAIN WINDOWS OF OPPORTUNITY WHEN – IF YOU DON’T TAKE A RISK AND MOVE FORWARD – YOUR EFFECTIVENESS COULD COME TO A STANDSTILL . . . TREADMILL.”

KNOW THAT THE GREATER THE RISK YOU TAKE, THE MORE CRITICAL IT IS THAT YOU HAVE THE PROPER TIMING.

NEW TESTAMANT – BLIND BEGGAR BARTIMAEUS – UNDERSTOOD THE LAW OF TIMING AND MADE UP HIS MIND TO SEIZE HIS SEASON.

STORY – JESUS/DISCIPLES – LEAVING JERICHO – JERUSALEM – CROWD FOLLOWING JESUS . . .

SOMETIMES TO GET – WANT, GOD- GOT FOR YOU, YOU CANNOT BE CONTENT WITH BEING PART OF THE CROWD, SET YOURSELF APART, BE SEPARATED, SANCTIFIED. BARTIMAEUS GOT HEALED BECAUSE HE MADE THE BOLD/DARING DECISION TO SET HIMSELF APART FROM THE CROWD. STORY CONTINUES . . .

BARTIMAEUS – BLIND – RECOGNIZED THE PRESENCE OF GOD, RECOGNIZED THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING AT THE RIGHT PLACE – RIGHT TIME – CRY OUT . . . I CAN’T LET MY SEASON . . . MY WINDOW . . .

BARTIMAEUS PERFECTED WHAT SOLOMON WROTE ABOUT, THAT IS . . .

I. RECOGNIZING GOD’S TIMING – MANY TIMES, A PERSON’S FAILURE TO SEIZE AN OPPORTUNITY HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH LACK OF DETERMINATION OR WILLINGNESS, BUT EVERYTHING TO DO WITH AN EFFORT THAT WAS OUT OF SEQUENCE – TOO EARLY OR TOO LATE.

LORD, HELP ME RECOGNIZE AND RESPOND TO YOUR TIMING. DON’T LET ME GET AHEAD OF YOU (ABRAHAM & SARAH). . .

LORD, DON’T LET ME LAG TOO FAR BEHIND YOU (LOT) . . .

LORD, JUST LET ME WALK CLOSE TO/WITH YOU

LET ME RECOGNIZE THAT WINTER – PLANNING, HELP ME ENVISION WHAT’S IN STORE, BRAINSTORM, WEB, REVISIT DREAMS, SET NEW GOALS, STIR UP DESIRE . . .

LET ME RECOGNIZE THAT SPRING – PLANTING, PLANTING THE IDEAS THAT YOU PLANTED WITHIN ME DURING THE WINTER SEASON OF MY LIFE. FOR SOWING SEEDS FOR A FUTURE HARVEST.

LET ME RECOGNIZE THAT SUMMER – PERSPIRING (WORKING THE VISION YOU’VE GIVEN ME).

LET ME RECOGNIZE THAT FALL – PRODUCTIVITY – PREPARE FOR THE PRODUCE, PRODUCT, FRUIT OF MY LABOR.

II. ACCEPT GOD’S TIMING


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