UNDERSTANDING YOUR TIMES AND SEASON (ECCL 3:1-8).

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By Pastor Favour Abu Onoja

 

God said “I will return to you according to the time of life”. The question here is, do you know your time of life? Few years ago I asked The Lord in the place of prayer “When do I know it is my time?” That is after I have been to the United Kingdom for three consecutive times and have not been able to preach in any Church. I initially sought the consent of my friend to give me his contacts in the United Kingdom so I can speak in their Churches, but none worked out. It was then I sought The Lord in the place of prayer and asked God that question. I was glad at the answer He gave to me. He said “When it is your time, the things you are looking for will be looking for you”.

Anything you birth and produce outside His season does not last. It can be bitter and easily be destroyed.  Moses did not understand the times and season of God for his assignments, so he struck before the time and that made him to run away in obscurity for forty (40) years, from what he was anointed, ordained to confront and handle at that time. Thank God he later recovered and fulfilled his assignment in life.  Some other persons cases were different. They got wounded in the process, died and never fulfilled the call of God upon their lives. When you operate outside His time for you in life, you will automatically experience delay, rejection and hatred.  Another example can also be seen in the life of Joseph, how his brethren hated him because he revealed his dreams before the time.

Understanding your season in life, produces boldness and courage to confront every spirit of intimidation and the giants that has stood and confronted your destiny. Understanding this season requires waiting.  Job speaking in Job 14:14 said “I will wait until my change comes”.  You must also know when the waiting season is over. The Lord is good unto them that wait on Him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord (Lamentation 3:25-26). Blessed is he that waited (Daniel 12:12). Wait on thy God continually (Hosea 12:6). I will look unto God my salvation. I will wait for the God of my salvation: My God will hear me (Micah 7:7). And, behold, I send the promise of my father upon you; but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high (Luke 24:49). No waiting, no endument. No power, no manifestation. You need power to reign. David waited for Seventeen (17) years to ascend the throne that was promised him, with all the arsenals that Saul threw at him. When you understand your time, you are at peace and God will also preserve you from the hands of your enemies.

Jerusalem is your place of waiting and development (Acts 1:8). Judea and Samaria is your place of reigning and manifestation. You may manifest in Jerusalem, but much more your manifestation is in Judea, Samaria and the utter most parts of the World. By the time Moses had undergone Forty (40) years of training and development, he now came back to confront what he initially ran away from, Forty (40) years ago. This can be seen when he was used of God to confront the gods of the Egyptians and judged their land with Twelve (12) major plagues/miracles. And by the time he was through with them, even Pharaoh himself, begged them to leave in a hurry (Exdous 12:1-36).

Immaturity can cause Ministry to be destroyed. It brings about delayed prophecies and stagnation. It is the same reason why God have not entrusted some persons with resources because they will not know what to do with it.

A testimony was given of a Pastor who waited on God for a long time for breakthrough to come. And when it eventually came, he went and lodged in a Five Star Hotel for Ten (10) Days, and squandered all the money like the prodigal son. Until we are mature and come out of prodigality, certain things would be denied us. The prophecy was delayed for additional Thirty (30) years because of immaturity.

Joseph waited for Thirteen (13) years. Jesus our Mentor waited for Thirty (30) years before His endorsement by heaven (Luke1:80). Hear the commendation: “This is my beloved son, hear him”. The reason why people are not hearing you and why we witness opposition sometimes, is a clue that we are not in our season. No wonder, He experienced such a weight of glory and high level of impact. He passed through the earth like a wild fire, with such a terrific anointing, that we are still reaping from till today. He witnessed such stupendous speed. He finished His assignment in Three years & Six months. Jesus told His disciples to tarry (wait) in Jerusalem until they be endued with power (unction) from on high. Don’t be in a hurry. Don’t seek for alternatives (shortcuts).

I was preaching several years ago and these words leaped out of my Spirit, “don’t seek for alternatives, for Rachael carried babies of destiny”. Be mindful of what you give birth to. What you give birth to is your ticket to the next generation.

The Bible said, “They are like arrows shut forth (Psalm 127:4-5). At the time God opened her womb in Genesis 30:22-25 and she gave birth to Joseph, Leah had already gotten Six Sons and a daughter. But when the genealogy of Jacob was to be mentioned in the Scriptures, God bypassed all the sons of Leah and picked Joseph because he was born in due time. His name came, on the front line.

PROPHESY:
Brethren, I prophecy into your life now, that your Joseph has come. For some of you, it will come in the form of a job, a wife, a husband, children, contracts, business opportunities and open doors, in the Name of Jesus. I decree and declare that God will remember you for good, in Jesus name (Genesis 8:1-6).

WORDS OF WISDOM
When you wait:

1. You will not waste.

2. Your output, productivity, impact and influence will outweigh those who had gone ahead of you.

3. The weight of glory and speed is stupendous (Luke 24:49).

4. Secrets are revealed to you.

5. Your character is developed, tested and proven.

6. You are announced and released to your generation.

7. Assignments and things worthy of note are committed into your hands.

8. Your resources and inheritances are given to you.

9. The process is hastened.

PROPHESY:
–  The waiting period is over.

–  Your influence will be noised abroad (Mark 2:1,2).

–  You will be noticed from henceforth.

–  You are loosed (Matthew 21:1-10).

–  Every garment of rejection, hatred, opposition that you have been identified with, catches fire, right now (Zechariah 3:1-8).

–  A new anointing is coming upon you, now.

The Bible said “….. he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised abroad that he was in the house…”. Previously, I have been reading “when he entered into Capernaum”, but now, God opened my eyes and I saw “Again” (Mark 2:1). This means that He had been entering into the city before, without being noticed. But on that particular day, His Heaven opened. In Revelation 4:1-2, John said: “I looked and a door was opened”. Someone’s heaven has just been opened right now, in Jesusname.

Elijah told his Servant to go “Again” (1 Kings 18:41-46). That is, “Go Again”, even if you have been denied before. Another Scriptural Examples can be seen in the case of the woman before the Unjust Judge in Luke 18:1-8. See again. Re-open the wells that had been closed by your enemies. And Isaac dug another well (Genesis 26:15-33). See again that opportunity that had been closed. Go again until you see the breakthrough. Elijah’s servant went Six (6) times and Elijah said, “go again” inspite of the negatives reports. Persistence wears of Resistance. He went the Seventh (7th) time and the number Seven is the number of completion, finality, the number of the anointing (The Seven Spirits of The Lord in Isaiah 11:2), the blessing and the rain.

For some of you now, the door has just been opened, but we have not noticed it because we are so blinded with our past experiences and hurts, that we can’t see. Like Hagar in Genesis 21:14-19, who was so blinded by her past, she sat by the provision, but never saw it, until God opened her eyes.

While for some others, they have seen it, but refuse to step out in in faith and take their inheritance, on the premise of excuses, like the man by the pool of Bethesda for Thirty- eight(38) years.

You have to look: Look here talks about your sight, your spirit man. If you can see it in your spirit, it is takable. God told Abram (Genesis 13:14-18), “And The Lord said unto Abram after Lot was separated from him, lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and westward. For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed forever. In Mark 16:1-8, when Jesus was to resurrect, the cry of Mary Magdalene was “who shall roll away the stone?” Meanwhile, the stone had already been rolled away by the Angel.

What you are crying after had already been taken care of. Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s greatest pleasure to give you the Kingdom (Luke 12:33). But when she looked, she saw that the stone had been rolled away. Note that what can stop your tears and crying is your sight. It is therefore time for you to look away from the setbacks, emotional pains, delays, devastation, destruction, nothingness, unemployment, lack of Favour, and lack upon the nations of the earth (Economics Recession) and look unto Him, as your source.

When you look unto Him, strength and direction comes. Look away from whatever had been done to you and praise your way through the wilderness. Don’t be like the children of Israel who hanged their Harps. Their very instrument of victory was hanged. Look away from the bitterness, pain, unforgiveness and love again ( Psalm137:1-3). Don’t hang your Harps, for it is an instrument for your breakthrough. In the midst of this, God will use you and I to usher in abundance to the Nations. The cure for Economics Recession lies in our hands (Isaiah 60:1-22).

Pastor Favour Abu Onoja
Global Impact Revival Assembly International
P. O. Box 16504
Zone 3, Wuse-Abuja,
FCT – Nigeria.

E-mail: onojaaf@yahoo.com
Tel No: +234(0)8055842594
+234(0)7034893375

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