Acts 1:6-8 “When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
Stay focused on the work. The enemy will use our curiosity and analytical minds to have us trying to figure out the exact day and the exact hour of our restoration and the restoration of God’s chosen people, the Hebrew Israelites. When Jehovah? When will the vision manifest? When will my spouse come? When will You return? We don’t know the day or the hour. We don’t worry about the exact dates. We know what the power of the Holy Spirit reveals to us. Meanwhile, we have work to do. In every area of our lives we are charged to be witnesses. Jehovah has already empowered us with the anointing we need. He has already given us dunamis power to teach, preach, cast out demons, and heal the sick. He has already equipped us to accomplish His plan in our lives. We don’t have time to sit by and look out the window for signs of the times. Keep working. Keep building. Keep planning, “God willing.” Keep ministering. Keep witnessing. Don’t worry about the day. Don’t worry about the hour. Don’t let the enemy cause you to get stuck in a spiritual time capsule. Work while you can.
A Japanese Maple, variety Bloodgood, is a rare beauty amongst trees. In the right season, its buds blossom into rich, fruitful, productive leaves. Each right season, you can see the tree’s growth. It is broader; its limbs are more extended. But only in the right season.
In our right season, after we’ve allowed God to prune dead habits, barren thoughts, unhealthy words, unfruitful relationships; after leaves of worry, lack of faith, and sin have fallen; then, and only then do we bear the leaves and the fruit we were created to bear.
God I thank You for my pruning season! I am ready for my right season, to prosper in every area of my life and to bear fruit. Dr.J.
John 15:1-8 NIV “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”
One of my accountability partners was ministering to me and she said, “let it run its course.” The Holy Spirit kept laying it on my heart. One day I was driving home from work and I just started shouting and screaming and praising God. The phrase had been helping me to make it through all kinds of attacks. It was something about the phrase that just soothed me but the Holy Spirit didn’t give me revelation then. The Holy Spirit gave me revelation later.
See, one meaning of the phrase, “let it runs its course” is whatever “it” is will continue “naturally” until “it” has finished. The Holy Spirit said to me some things are running a “supernatural” course in our lives this season. There is nothing “natural” that we can do about it. We can’t rush it. We can’t medicate it or fix it. We can’t make it happen. All we can do is wait for God to do what He is going to do supernaturally to work “it” out, to finish it. God is working it out. When it runs its course, when God says it is finished and ready for you, it will be worth your wait. My God. Now if you’re not shouting and screaming and praising God, I’m praying for your revelation. Dr.J.