Seasons of Faith
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”(Hebrews 11:6)
Faith is a critical ingredient in the journey towards seeking God. It’s not only necessary to those who are seeking Him, it is necessary for those who are serving Him. Faith makes life a great adventure. How many of you would like to have a stronger faith? I would too.
Faith is like a muscle -- it develops. It can be strengthened. It can be weak or it can be strong. It depends on how much you use it. We are going to look at how God uses life to build our faith. If you understand it, you can co-operate with it and grow in it.
Many of us have asked the question, “Why is this happening to me?” Sometimes we struggle and think that God is abandoning us. But, when we understand the seasons of faith that believers go through, we can cooperate with God in those seasons and grow in them and through them. These seasons are experienced over and over again in the life of a believer. So if we understand them, we can know where we are on the journey.
What are the Seasons of Faith?
1. The Season of Vision. A season of vision is when we encounter God in fresh and dynamic ways.
God always starts with a vision. Nothing happens until somebody has a vision. You've got to get an idea, a dream, a goal, an ambition. This is when we have a divine appointment, an encounter with God. When God wants to work in your life He always gives you a dream -- about yourself, about what He wants you to do, about the impact He's going to use your life in the world.
Nothing happens until you have a vision.
2. The Season of Values. This is the season where you get rooted and grounded. You determine your priorities and actions based on your encounter with God.
Nothing is going to happen to God’s vision in your life until you put it into action. You've got to make it work. You've got to make the decision: "I'm going to go for it!" For every ten dreamers in the world there is only one decision maker.
Faith is a verb -- it's active and not passive. It's something you do. Determining your values is a faith building activity. You use your muscles of faith.
3. The Season of Vortex. This is the season of faith testing. When circumstances, difficulty, doubt, and danger get thrown your way.
Moses had difficulty. He led the children of Israel out of Egypt into the desert to the Promised Land. He had one problem after another.They were doing what God wanted but they still had problems.
David was anointed king and then for the next several years he is hunted down by Saul and forced to hide in caves.
Joseph has a dream of becoming a ruler. He's sold into slavery. He's falsely accused of rape. He languishes there and nobody knows he's there. Difficulties on top of delay.
The Bible tells us that trials prove our faith and refine it so that we can learn to trust God, even when the bottom drops out. God often lets problems become impossibilities. The disciples planned to follow Jesus. They thought He'd be the Messiah. And then the next thing they know He's hanging on the cross and dies. Dead end for the disciples. For three days they went through a real dead end.
At this stage you start asking, "What's going on, God? Did I miss your will? Your plan? Have I missed God's vision? Is it really something I just thought up?"
4. The Season of Victory. This is the season where we see God’s deliverance in the midst of our mess. When our faith gets rewarded by God’s hand in our lives and we see God’s increase.
God loves to turn crucifixions into resurrections. Dead ends into deliverance. The best response to a dead end is to expect God to act. What are you expecting God to do in your life? He's doing what you expect Him to do. The Bible says "According to your faith it will be done unto you." When you wait for deliverance then God gets the credit.