Today I decided to combine several posts that were shared on our Facebook Page.
With the end of the year fast approaching, I thought I’d give you something to assist in your preparation for the Next Season in your Life….2014!
I. Preparing for the Next Season:
Preparing for the next season is necessary for healthy stimuli and growth. What are you doing to prepare you for the next season, in your life? 2014 is coming, don’t wait until it’s here to decide; advance planning is necessary!
So, if you’ve been hurt, broken, suffered lose, thrown off balance by something that has happened in your life, etc.; sit down and make a note of those areas, go down the list and ask the question…”What will it take for me to get over this?” If you need outside help, seek it! If you need to spend time with yourself, spend it! If you need any kind of help, cry out to God and allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you with guidance from above.
The time of preparation is here, the next phase of your life is on the horizon. Rise Up!
II. Preparing for the Next Season – Making Note of Areas:
Now, concerning making note of the areas of hurt, pain, etc…this task can be one of the hardest things to do. Why? Because you will have to admit it happened, in order to deal with it. Hiding from it will only prolong your attachment to it and never bring closure. Unbolting that door and allowing you to deal with those areas, is the beginning of healing. Take the time necessary to work through each area. Some areas may require extra time; just remember each area is unique within itself. What it took for you to get closure for one, may not work for the other. Prayer and patience is vital. If you find that an area is more difficult to work through, don’t close the door again and move on; seek outside help (i.e. a professional counselor, etc.). If there is no one you can reach out to for help, contact us; we will extend our reach to help you. The road ahead will be hard. Press On! Work through it! Fight the Fight of Faith! Healing will come! A healthy you will arise out of the ashes and Wholeness will manifest!
III. Preparing for the Next Season – Don’t Skip the Hard Work:
So you think you can skip the hard work and be okay?
Jesus said in Matthew 9:17 (KJV) – “Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.”
The Message Bible says it like this…“And you don’t put your wine in cracked bottles.
Your past hurts and pains put cracks inside of you. That’s why every now and then you feel those old emotions seeping out. God wants to repair the cracks, so that when his healing comes, it won’t seep out, through the cracks. The Holy Spirit comes to seal us and He doesn’t want to seal us with the old stuff still inside, he has the New Wine and He wants a New Vessel.
Moving to the next season, requires an inward change first and people who refuse to deal with their inner hurts; but move on instead, will subconsciously continue to hurt until something happens that picks the scab off that area and then…Explosion! The reactions, the mindset, the emotions, the fears that were a part of your past, will manifest in your next season and if they caused you to hurt others then, you will continue to hurt others. Why go through all of that? You left to past, so that you wouldn’t have to deal with it again. Why would you want to deal with it in your next season, when you can deal with it now and free yourself and future of all those painful ties? Do the hard work now! Get free! Get Healed! Get Whole!
IV. Preparing for the Next Season – You Decided:
You decided to do the hard work…!
You are working hard at becoming healthy; dealing with those hidden areas of hurt and pain. You are preparing for your Next Season! You don’t plan on visiting those areas again, unless it is to help someone else, with their healing. You are finding that the more you deal with those areas, the more their power over your life is diminished.
I want to tell you of two vital steps that will contribute to your success and healing: PRAYER and FORGIVENESS. PRAYER that God will provide you the healing you need to fully be healed and completely made whole. PRAYER for the power and courage to FORGIVE those who caused you the hurt, even though you may never hear them say…”I’m Sorry” or “Please Forgive Me”…PRAYER for the power and the courage to forgive yourself.
God desires to see you healthy and whole. I remember when I was going through my transition to the Next Season. There was one specific prayer, I prayed; knowing the enemy jobs was to always bring back the memories, to paralyze me and keep me from moving forward. I prayed that God would remove the sting out of the hurt (i.e. the power of it, the lure of it); so that whenever the enemy would bring it up or I was triggered by something; it would not affect me or at least affect me the way it previously did. God answered my prayer and as time went on, I realized the sting was gone, the power of it, gone. Nobody but God could have done it and I tell you this, NOBODY but God can do it for you. Press On! Get Healed! Embrace your Next Season!
“Failing to prepare is preparing to Fail”… by Benjamin Franklin