Preparing For New Seasons
Ephesians 3:17-19 (Amplified)
17 May Christ through your faith [actually] dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in your hearts! May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love, 18 That you may have the power and be strong to apprehend and grasp with all the saints [God’s devoted people, the experience of that love] what is the breadth and length and height and depth [of it]; 19 [That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]!
After many years of being in the Lord, I have a deep understanding of the fact that God takes us through seasons in life. When I look back over the years, I see times and seasons-before I got saved, after I got saved, before I got married, after I got married, before the children started coming, when the first child came, then all the others, when I was in paid employment and when I left etc etc. So many times and seasons, and all so different.
Each season came with its trials, blessings and lots of learnings. Usually, I would know what was about to happen in advance. Not by any special revelation but the next thing was obvious. When I finished my MBA, my next thing was to get a job. But within the fulfillment of getting a job, there were all kinds of experiences-lots of tests and interviews, lots of disappointments, I joined the evangelism team of my church, before I finally got that first job. What are some of the lessons from that season? Patience, perseverance, diligence and so on.
However, there is another type of season, the kind God has to prepare you for-primarily because you cannot fathom these seasons by yourself. Your mind cannot by itself conjure them. They require a complete overhaul of your mind and brain settings for you to receive or even begin to understand them. They come as flashes or as a direct word to you. They would normally scare the life out of you. Bible examples are Moses when God told him about rescuing the Israelites from bondage or Gideon when God told him he would rescue the people from the wicked hands of the Midianites. It was like a joke and both men struggled with what God was telling them for a while before they could come to terms with it.
I am about to enter one such season and when the Lord began to expound it, I became really scared. But I knew it was something I needed to embrace fully to be able to apprehend it. So I began to read the word and pray a lot about it. I finally narrowed down on the Prayers Paul prayed for the early church in Ephesus and Colosse called the Pauline Prayers. I have prayed them for many years in my life. I believe they are the bedrock of my growth and prosperity in Christ. So I was back with them when the last part of today’s text leapt out of my Bible at me. I have read the part about knowing and experiencing the love of God in all it’s ramifications for a long time but it seemed like I was reading that last part for the first time. It caught my attention. ‘that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]!’ That was my Eureka or as Oprah Winfrey would say, my AHA moment. Whatever my fears were began to melt away before this Word from God. In summary, the knowledge, understanding and experience of the love of God would fill me with the fullness of God.
I asked myself a few questions. These were questions I was too scared to ask myself before. Does God love me? Yes He does. How do I know that? First, by the fact that Jesus Christ died for me. John 3:16 God so loved me that He gave His only begotten Son, that if I should believe in Him I will not perish but have everlasting life. He actually died in my place to pay for my sin. How much more love can He have for me? I know He loves me by the things He does for me-He provides, protects, heals and leads me. It’s a whole package. I know He loves me because He chastises me. That is not a very comfortable part of His love for me but love can be tough. I know He loves me because of the transformation that has taken place in my life over the last 24 years. I got born again about this time in 1989. I cannot begin to tell you of all the transformation that has taken place. But what you see today is far, far better than what it was when this journey began. So, I am so sure He loves me. He could not love me more. Have I discovered the entire depth, width and height of His love? Of course not- that is a lifetime discovery. However I have experienced enough of it to know for sure that He loves me.
By reason of this great love He has been dispensing towards me, Paul says I am filled [through all my being] unto all the fullness of God [I have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and have become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself. In other words, I am filled with the fullness of God Himself.
Another question, what does Paul mean by the fullness of God? I had to ponder on that for a while. I think, His attributes, His character, His power, His personality. I am filled with all that as He loves me. So I began to break it down. It means, I am filled with the gifts of the Spirit. I am full of the power which raised Christ from the dead. That means I am filled with His compassion, His glory, His thoughts, His everything. I am fearless, bold and courageous. I am filled with His creative ability to create from nothing. I can bring to life things that are unseen, things in my imagination. I am filled with Him. In other words, I am a little piece of God here on earth.
What does all this mean? What does all this mean as I try to grasp what God has in store for me? It means that I have no need to be intimidated by His plan for my next season. It is attainable because He has filled me with Himself. It is the Him on my inside that will accomplish that which He counsels for my life. He will not leave me to myself. He has equipped me with Himself. That is exactly what He did for Moses, Joshua, Gideon, Joseph. He drew from Himself in them when they accomplished for Him. He knows we cannot do it by ourselves and has given us assurance that He is with us. He actually delights in our success because every time we succeed, He succeeds.
I have come to rest in my heart about it all. I have accepted my next season as His perfect will for my life. It will surely unfold. I have seen Him do this for me before and I had a great season then. He who did it before will do it again. Maybe you are reading this piece and are on the precipice of your next season but it terrifies you. Just read this again and again and enter rest because He is faithful to His own. He has filled you with Himself. He does not fail, so you cannot fail. Ck
NB: You may want to pray the Pauline Prayers; Ephesians 1:17-23, 3:14-19, Phillipians 1:9-11 Colossians 1: 9-12, They are life changing prayers. Meditate and pray them for yourself. Ck