I have been listening to teaching after teaching over the weekend. I have been spending a great deal of time studying the word and talking to God about many different subjects, therefore I am excited about the things I have to share with you this week.
The first thing I want to share with you is something I heard in one of the messages I was listening to – it has caused me to think very deeply about three particular questions.
The first question is ‘In this season you are currently in, who should be speaking into your life?’ I believe there are God-given people who are to speak into your life. Those people may be the same in several seasons or it may be different people in different seasons. I know for myself there have been particular ministers I really enjoyed hearing and learned a great deal from and I expect to continually learn from them but then my season will change and it will be someone else who begins to speak into my life and teach me. It may be someone very close to you or it may be a minister whom you don’t really know but what they are teaching really impacts you. Ask God who He wants to speak into your life in this season and then be watchful for that person. Not everyone needs to speak into your life – watch for the GOD-given voices in your life this season.
The second question is ‘Who am I to lead, disciple or speak into in this season?’
There are people God will bring into your life in order for you to help them and encourage them and disciple them – watch out for those people. Ask God to show you anyone and everyone that He has sent into your life for this season and what you should do for them in this season. He will show you their heart and what to speak into their life, if you will only ask and listen.
2 Corinthians 1:4 in the Darby translation says; who encourages us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to encourage those who are in any tribulation whatever, through the encouragement with which we ourselves are encouraged of God.
We have all been through things. I am sure, you, like me, have learned many things as you walked through challenging situations in your life. Through those challenges God comforts us and speaks to us and encourages us as He brings us through those times. He expects us to then help and encourage others who find themselves in the same challenges that we have faced. He will bring the people He wants us to encourage across our path. We have to watch out for those people, we have to be prepared for them and be ready to comfort and encourage them, just as we were encouraged by God. Ask God ‘who I am to encourage and disciple and speak into in this season?’
The final question is ‘who is my Jonathan or David in this season?’ That means who is the person you have me joined with in this season. Is it the same person as last season? Is it a new person? Who is it? Who will walk with me and stand with me and fight with me and then feast with me?
2 Corinthians 6:14 in the Amplified Bible says; Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers [do not make mismated alliances with them or come under a different yoke with them, inconsistent with your faith]. For what partnership have right living and right standing with God with iniquity and lawlessness? Or how can light have fellowship with darkness?
It would be very difficult to walk through a season with someone who doesn’t believe like you or who is constantly speaking against what you believe – be careful whom you yoke your faith with – be careful whom you yoke your friendship with.
Amos 3:3 says two can’t walk together unless they agree. Yet God puts people in our life to walk with us, to be our Jonathan or our David, our covenant friend, look for that person in this season. They are vital to your assignment.
Eccl. 4 says; Two are better than one, Because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; But how can one be warm alone? Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
I hope this has given you food for thought today – ask yourself these three questions in each season you find yourself in, especially in the one you are in right now.