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5. If we are in a terrible season, that season will eventually end. I realized that I have been trying so hard to figure out what God is doing from the beginning to the end. Isaiah 46:9-10 says "Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the END from the BEGINNING from ancient times, what is still to COME. I say; my purpose will stand, and I will do what I please."
God makes known the END from the BEGINNING!
-He is after the process of how this ends. He knows how it will turn out. "I see where this goes, and Girl, are you ever going to be beautiful when this is done!"
-When we get to the end, we will bring glory to God.
-Do we trust God to be good to us?
-If the enemy can't take away our salvation, he can try taking away our trust. Our God cannot do us wrong. He CAN be trusted. -Psalm 31:15-15a "But I say, "You are my God." My times are in your hands..." When we are faced with a trial or a crossroad, Beth encouraged us to commit this verse to memory and speak it out loud to God.
6. God calls us to redeem the time. Ephesians 5:15-17 and Colossians 4:5-6. The enemy is coming for our season. We have to take it all for Christ. Redeem it and buy it back. We can let the enemy have it, or We can buy it back. We can also end up being a slave to our "time". Not allowing ourselves to rest. She encouraged us to fire ourselves from all our activities and let God hire us back. Then we are doing only what God wants us to be doing.
Galatians 6:9 says "Let us not grow weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." If we hang in there, sew, believe and trust during this season, we will have a harvest that is guaranteed!!!
7. "There is a time to kill and a time to heal." She made a very good point about killing sinful behavior. Aggressively getting rid of things that tempt us. Killing pornography, affairs, all manner of immoral behavior. Getting rid of old lovers' momentos, things we have held on to from the past. She said after it is dead, cut it's head off. I take that to mean to aggressively taking impure thoughts and making them captive to Christ.
8. "A time to tear and a time to mend (or sew)". I never put this one into the context of the ancient Hebrew world. They tore their garments in grief, but they didn't have a huge wardrobe to choose from so they eventually had to go through the process of sewing or mending the cloth back up. Beth said we are not meant to stay torn. Grieve, but grieve with hope. He is Jehovah Rapha (the Lord is our Healer). He will heal us back together, stitch by beautiful stitch.
9. I was convicted on this next point. She said "Time does not heal, time only tells." What am I saying about my season right now? If someone asks me how I am doing, I sometimes reply in a sad tone and an exasperated sigh, "I'm in a season of craziness and medical appointments right now (Josh, Marcus and I are all seeing orthopedic specialists about different problems we have, plus Marcus has allergy shots and we have various counseling appointments). I feel overwhelmed with it all. But how can I change how I speak about it? She encouraged us to speak light into our season, not dark. God told me no more grumbling! On the way home, I processed this with my friend, Kathi, and asked her how I could rephrase my season when someone asks (because I'm not a good liar) and she said to say that "You are in a season of RECONTRUCTION". Perfect!
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