There is a season turn, turn, turn…

In the 1960’s a rock group called “The Birds” had a hit song called “Turn, Turn, Turn”.

Turn! Turn! Turn!

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This song was a tremendous hit about our lives, families, careers, and even our homes.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-2Ecclesiastes 3:1-2
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3 1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; to be...: Heb. to bear  

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  says “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: a time to be born, a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;”

In our lives we have always been taught to stay on the same job, don’t move around, live in your first home, never get a divorce regardless of the situation, and what ever you do, God will not change your ministry!

Oh, how so untrue!

In these verses we read that everything has a season.  That means as we step out to do God’s work, there are time we must be open to change.  He moves us to new locations, new churches, new focus on ministry or where ever He desires.

If we desire to become fish vomit, then we can resist like Jonah.  That’s what he didn’t understand.  When God calls, there is no refusal.

In the first 8 verses of Ecclesiastes chapter three, there are many examples of change.  If God gives us a season in our ministry and lives then why is it we are so against change?

Changes will only be for our good when God is involved.  I know for Beth and I, we were evangelists for many years.  One day, we decided to become funeral directors and were very successful at it, paid our tithes which blessed the small church we attend, and many lives were touched.

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Then it happened.  I became sick, spent 2 months in the Lubbock Heart Hospital and found I was desperately ill.

They found things wrong with me I never dreamed would be a problem for me.  Why did this happen you ask?  Because I was running to material things, money and not serving God.

Yes, I was a good church member, but not what God wanted me to be.  I feel He permitted the devil to come against me with decease and other problems to bring me back to Him.  I feel a lot like Job must have felt.

You see, we observe many ministers who are against change.  They won’t leave a church when they KNOW it’s time.  Other times it is the “career” instead of a “ministry”.

What is God trying to change you for?  Is it time for you to step out into something new for God?  Is He calling you to a new focus in the work He’s called you to do?

Maybe He’s moving you from pastor to evangelist.  Or from evangelist to prison ministry.  Or pastor to nursing home and indigent ministry?

Vanity and resisting change is a death sentence for a ministry.  Consider “What is God calling you to do differently?”  Is it merely the way you ministry or your outreach?

God knows the best is yet to come for you.  In Jeremiah 29:11Jeremiah 29:11
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11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. expected...: Heb. end and expectation  

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is a verse we can all quote,

Lubbock Heart Hospital, Dec 16-17, 2005

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but do we believe it?  “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. THEN shall you call upon me, and you shall go and pray unto me, and I will listen to you.”

The next time you feel a change is coming, don’t resist but follow the Holy Spirit to a more fulfilling ministry and life.

Shall we change seasons now?

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