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Archive for April 9th, 2018

from JO’s sermon tonight:

there are times when you can feel you’re on the verge of a new level; things are falling into place, you can sense it’s your season, God’s about to do something new. it’s important to live with expectancy, believe for good things, but what about the times when it’s just the opposite: things aren’t going our way, business is slow, the medical report’s not good, it’s been years and we still haven’t met the right person? all the circumstances say we’re stuck, just endure it, it’s not our season.

the good news is, God specializes in doing things out of season. He doesn’t wait for the conditions to be perfect, the circumstances to line up, for you to have the training, the right people to believe in you; He does things unexpectedly, that you didn’t see coming. you didn’t have the experience, but suddenly you were promoted. the report said you wouldn’t get well, but suddenly your health turned around. you were told you couldn’t have children, but against all odds you conceived, and now you have that baby. what happened? God blessed you out of season.

we’ve been taught to be faithful in the slow periods, endure when things aren’t going our way, and that’s important, we have to pass the test, but sometimes we’re being faithful without releasing our faith, enduring without expecting, waiting for the conditions to change and then we’ll get our hopes up. “when I get through this slow season, my child starts making better decisions, I see more progress in my season, then I’ll believe again.” you don’t have to wait until it’s your season; God does things out of season. not on a normal timetable, not in a traditional way. He’ll do things that don’t make sense; there’s no explanation, it’s just the goodness of God.

when you look around, every circumstance may say, “you’re not in season, there’s no sign of things getting better, your health improving, being promoted.” maybe it’s just the opposite; things are going down, thoughts will tell you, “be discouraged, it’s never going to change, the conditions are not favorable.” don’t believe those lies; God is about to bless you out of season, do something you didn’t see coming, surprise you with His favor. it’s going to be bigger than you thought, better than you imagined, more rewarding than you’ve dreamed. don’t complain because you’re out of season; you’re in prime position for God to show out in your life.

in the scripture, Sarah gave birth to a son at 90 years of age. she’d already gone through the change of life, passed the childbearing years, her womb was closed, no way to have a baby, it’s too late… but God does things out of season.

David was a teenager taking care of his father’s sheep. he had no formal training, military experience, he was a shepherd, yet the prophet Samuel showed up at his house and anointed him the next king of Israel; he was promoted out of season, when he didn’t have the qualifications, didn’t see it coming. it was boring out in the shepherd’s fields, lonely, but you don’t know what God is up to, when He’s about to show up and do something unusual. you may feel overlooked, nobody’s giving you credit, you’re not in season; don’t worry, God knows how to promote you out of season.

the Israelites were in the desert, headed toward the promised land, and they complained to Moses that they didn’t have any meat to eat; they were tired of eating the same manna every day. God told Moses that He was going to give them meat, not just for a day, but for a whole month. Moses said, “God, what do you mean? if we butchered all of our flocks and herds, we wouldn’t have enough meat for these two million people.” Moses was looking at it from a practical point of view, thinking, “we’re in the desert, not in season, this is no time to find any meat.” God said, “Moses, is there any limit to My power?” He was saying, “do you think you not being in season can stop Me from doing what I want to do, that because the conditions are not favorable, somehow that can limit My power? don’t you know I created the universe, spoke worlds into existence, flung stars into space, nothing is too difficult for Me?”

the next morning, God shifted the winds, and caused a huge flock of quail to come into their camp. there were so many quail, they were flying three feet off the ground. the scripture says, “no one gathered less than 50 bushels of quail.” what’s interesting is, quail don’t usually fly that far away from the sea, way out into the desert, but God controls the winds and the quail.

you may not see how your situation could work out, you’re not in season, none of the conditions look favorable, but God knows how to shift the winds, bring the quail, right people, good breaks, healing, restoration. He’s not limited because you’re out of season.

the odds may be against you, every voice says, “you’ll never have the baby, get well, break the addiction”; God is about to show up out of season, and make things happen that looked impossible. there is no limit to His power. when you believe, all things are possible.

John 5:2-4 (NKJV)
2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. 3 In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. 4 For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had.

the people knew when the season for the angel to come was; they’d seen that happen again and again. they would be especially on guard; they knew that was their window of opportunity to be healed. any moment, the angel could show up.

one day, Jesus came to the pool, and said to the man, “do you want to get well?” the problem was, it wasn’t the right season; this wasn’t the normal time when the waters would be stirred. he said, “sir, when the angel comes, I have no one to help me get in the pool.” he knew he couldn’t get healed then; he was out of season. Jesus said to him, “get up, pick up your bed, and walk”; instantly, the man was healed. he stood up and walked out of there. God was showing us how He can do things out of season. it doesn’t have to be the right time. you may not see any sign of it, all the circumstances say you’re stuck, just endure it, it’s not your season. no, get ready for an out-of-season blessing, an I didn’t see it coming healing, a that doesn’t make sense promotion. God is going to show up at what you think is the wrong time. it looks like the angel is months and months away, but God doesn’t have to wait for the angel, the treatment, the training, for the boss to like you, for the medical report to improve, for the economy to get better. God controls the universe; He’s not limited by seasons.

Isaiah said, “God will make rivers in the desert, streams in the barren places.” God can cause you to blossom out of season. when the circumstances say, “it’s not going to happen, it’s not the right time, you have too many disadvantages”; God is not waiting for the conditions to be favorable. He’s going to make rivers in the desert, bless you out of season.

we all face seasons of difficulties, times where it’s one thing after another coming against us. just because you don’t feel favored doesn’t mean that you’re not; sometimes, God will even wait till you’re out of season, then do something amazing just to remind you that He’s in control, and He being for you is more than the world being against you.

do you feel out of season, stuck in some area? stay encouraged; God has you in the palm of His hand, sees what’s happening, hasn’t brought you this far to leave you, is about to do something out of the ordinary, greater than what you’ve imagined, where you’re going to say, “wow God, I didn’t see that coming!”

when Jesus healed the crippled man, it was not only the wrong season, when the angel normally didn’t come, but it was the Sabbath; the religious leaders complained that he healed the man on the wrong day, you weren’t supposed to work on the Sabbath. but I’ve found, God likes to break the rules, do things out of the ordinary, that don’t make sense, where there is no logical explanation.

where are the people that will say, “God, I believe You can bless me out-of-season: the report doesn’t look good, but I know You can heal me. I’ve had the addiction for years, but I know You can free me. my family is off course, but I know, as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” when you’re not just enduring a slow season, but releasing your faith, expecting God’s goodness, He’ll make things happen that you couldn’t make happen.

in some area of life, we’re all out of season; something’s slow, not changing. it’s easy to accept it, think that’s the way it’s always going to be. you have to stir your faith up. any moment, God could turn it around; it could happen this month, this week, today. God is not waiting for the conditions to be more favorable, somebody to give you a break, the medical report to improve, you to have more faith. you have the faith you need right now; if you’ll start releasing it, expecting His goodness, thanking Him for His favor, God will show up out of season, do things unexpectedly, that you didn’t see coming.

God is working behind the scenes. being addicted is not your destiny. constantly struggling in your health, finances, relationships, is not how your story is going to end. it’s not permanent, it’s temporary.

when you speak negative words over your life, they get down into your spirit, and you start to live negative. you may not see how your situation can change, it’s been that way a long time, but God has not forgotten about you; something is about to happen out-of-season. you can’t see it coming, feel like you’re stuck, but suddenly you’re going to break the addiction, meet the right person, God’s going to catapult you to the next level.

Jesus asked the crippled man if he wanted to be well. in one sense, he was saying, “I need your permission to help you; if you’re not in agreement with me, I can’t turn this around.” will you give God permission to free, heal, bless you? you have to get in agreement with God. as long as you’re thinking of all the reasons why it’s not going to happen, talking about how impossible it is, then you’ll get stuck where you are. you may not see how it can work out; that’s because you’re looking at it in the natural. we serve a supernatural God; He can heal you without the treatment, promote you like David, without the qualifications. the conditions may not look favorable, may not look like it’ll ever change; this is what faith is all about. turn it around; “Lord, I don’t see a way, but I know You’re still on the throne, bigger than what I’m facing. You’ve done it for me in the past, I want to thank You, You’ll do it for me again in the future.”

Jesus healed a man, not only when he was out of season, but he didn’t do it the normal way, the way they were expecting; he didn’t have him go look for the stirring of the waters, dip in the pool, he did it an unusual way. God is not only going to do things for you out of season, not at the normal time, He’s going to do them a non-traditional way; it’s not going to be the way you thought, with the people you thought, how you were expecting it. don’t put God in a box, and tell Him how, when to do it, who to use.

sometimes, we think God needs our help, doesn’t know all the details, so we have to fill Him in. no, let God do it His way. He has it all figured out. His ways are better than our ways. as long as you’re set in your thinking; here’s how it’s going to happen, who He’s going to use, when it’s going to happen, then you’ll be frustrated. God has ways you’ve never thought of. He’s not waiting for the angel.

you may think you have to work your way up gradually in that company, if you can convince the supervisor to like you, in three years you’ll get a promotion, maybe in five years you’ll be an assistant manager; one touch of God’s favor will put you 50 years down the road. we think natural; God thinks supernatural. He’s going to do it a non-traditional way; you didn’t see it coming, weren’t expecting it, but it’s going to be better than you imagined. God knows how to do more than you can ask or think. He’s not only going to bring you out a non-traditional way, He’s going to exceed your expectations.

are you out of season? have you gone through disappointments, closed doors? stay encouraged; God is up to something, working behind the scenes, about to do something unusual, out of the ordinary, that you weren’t expecting. He has one of those, “I didn’t see it coming” blessings headed your way.

in Luke 5, Jesus was by the Sea of Galilee one morning. he noticed Peter’s empty boat over on the shore; Peter was off cleaning his nets, tired after a long night of fishing. there were so many people gathered around Jesus, he’d never met Peter, but he asked to borrow his boat; Peter agreed. Jesus pushed out from the shore and taught the people. when he was finished, he wanted to do something to thank Peter; he told him to go back out into the water, and he would catch a great haul of fish. Peter was a professional fisherman; he had done this for years. he knew when to fish; this type of fishing, you didn’t do in the morning. everything in Peter said, “don’t go back out, it’s going to be a waste of time, this is not when the fish normally bite.” Peter said, “sir, we worked hard all last night and caught nothing, yet if you say so, I’ll go back out.” he went out and caught so many fish that his nets began to break.

what’s interesting is, there were no fish there the night before, but God controls the fish; He doesn’t have to wait for the right time, season, the way it normally happens. God can break the rules, do it at an inopportune time, when you didn’t have the finances, the property was sold out from under you, you’ve struggled with the addiction for years. it shouldn’t have happened, you weren’t next in line, but God blessed you out of season, turned it around a non-traditional way.

Luke 5:9 (TLB)
9 For he was awestruck by the size of their catch

God has some blessings for you that are going to leave you awestruck. you can’t explain it, it’s just the goodness of God. it’s going to happen when you’re out of season, the conditions aren’t favorable, doesn’t look like the right time. just when you thought it would never work out, God’s going to surprise you, bring you a great haul, something that you’ve never seen.

Paul told Timothy:

2 Timothy 4:2 (NIV)
2 Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season

he was talking about ministering, but the principal is still true; stay prepared in your mind, in season, when things are going your way, and out of season, when the medical report’s not good, business slows down. don’t start complaining; get ready for God to show up out of season. the fish may not have been there last time; that doesn’t mean they’re not going to be there next time. God knows how to bring what you need.

the odds may be against you, you don’t see any sign of it happening; God is asking you what He asked Moses, “is there any limit to My power? do you think the conditions can hold Me back, that the seasons can stop Me from doing what I want to do in your life?” take the limits off of God. get your hopes back up. start expecting. if you’ll do this, God is about to bless you out of season, do something unusual, out of the ordinary, that you didn’t see coming. it’s going to catapult you to the next level. you’re going to suddenly come into healing, breakthroughs, promotion, favor. like Peter, you’re going to look back and be awestruck at the goodness of our God.

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