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Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
James 1:4

Perseverance in trouble times doesn’t come easy, especially when you feel like you are beating the air.  When the world says, “Give up,”Hope whispers, “Try it one more time.” ~Author Unknown  Perseverance is not giving up!

How many of us have felt that we’ve reached the end?  You feel like God can’t take you any further in your prayer life.  Your so weary it’s not even funny.  You feel like your prayers are repetitious and meaningless.

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                                                                               Oh you know how to put on a fake smile for everyone.

You’ve fasted and prayed to no avail (so you think).  Then you question yourselves, “I’m I really saved?”  “Our my prayers even being heard by God?”

First off if you have Jesus as Lord and Savior of your life the answer to those two questions is a big YES!!!!

But nevertheless you still feel deader than a doorknob. 🙂

The apostle Paul knew very well we would be in seasons of despair and emptiness when he wrote:

Galatians 6:9

 

And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.

 

Seasons are one of four periods of the year that we deal with in different dates in different climates, characterized by particular conditions of weather.

Four Season

 

  • Winter

Winter for you, might be a time that you feel spiritual coldness for the things of God?  No matter how hard you try you feel your heart getting cold towards the things you once felt so passionate for but now that passion has slowly faded away.  Your emotions now feel like weights on your shoulders when at one time you felt so different.

  • Summer

 

And for some you might be in the heat of summer where trials and hardships facing dead on in the face. Having a feeling of being out in the desert without water insight.  You feel things getting so hot in your life that you can’t breath.  The sun is surging waves of fire down your face that you think you rather die than go through this.

These are the seasons where prayer is the last thing on your mind.  Prayer is like a chore rather than a blessing.  How can I pray when I feel like this?  In Galatians says, not to relax but rather let our courage kick in.

  • Autumn

Autumn is the season between summer and winter, fall.

I like to put it this way.  Fall is when we allow God to let the things that need to fall off of us take place, like our bad attitudes, our bitterness, our hate towards others.  Letting these things go is a sign of maturity in our life.  How do we let go?  We lay it on the altar of God.

Some good words of advice for those who are struggling in letting these negative emotions go are, LAY IT DOWN AND F O R G E T  A B O U T IT!!!!!!!!

Autumn is time of full maturity, especially in the late stage of full maturity.

I believe it comes from the trails of winter and summer that develop us into the person God wants us to be.  He wants us to mature in the things of God through these hardships.

Ephesians 1:10

He Planned for the maturity of the times and climax of the ages to unity all things and had them up and consummate them in Christ, both things in heaven and things on the earth.

Matthew 5:48

You, therefore, must be perfect growing into complete maturity of godliness in mind and character, having reached the proper height of virtue and integrity, as you’re heavenly Father is perfect.

  • Spring

Spring means to come into being by growth, as from a seed or bulb, as plants by the river of life.

I want to blossom and grow in the things of God don’t you?

Psalms 1:3

 

And he shall be like a tree firmly planted and tended by the streams of water, ready to bring forth its fruit in it’s season; its leaf also shall not fade or wither; and everything he does shall prosper and come to maturity.

 

Those verses sum it all up.  So be encouraged your season is coming and the year of harvest is at hand.  Cheer up and press in and allow God to develop you in whatever season you find yourself in today.  There is a quote that says “And this too it shall pass”

 

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