Four Seasons Found in the Bible

Four Seasons Found in the Bible – Part 4

By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;”                (Hebrews 11:24-25)

It might come as a surprise to some, but the Bible never denies that physical pleasure comes along with many sins. Instead, the Bible says that sin’s pleasure lasts only for a season.

In other words, the pleasures of sin can and will leave as fast as they showed up!

The high, the sex, the satisfaction, the popularity, the power, the benefit, the financial gain, the retribution, the friends and the pride only lasts so long.

One day these pleasure filled things will be exchanged for the low, the STD, the emptiness, the fickleness, the fall, the drawback, the loss, the vengeance, the loneliness and the humiliation that comes with sin.

It may not happen today or tomorrow but like every other season that comes and goes, a delay does not do away with the inevitable!

That’s why God’s word uses the wisdom of Moses to remind us about the devil’s, the world’s and the flesh’s empty promises. EA

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.” (1 John 2:15-17)

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Four Seasons Found in the Bible – Part 3

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. (Galatians 6:7-10)

As sure as the rains from heaven above and the labors of the farmer who lives below eventually lead to a harvest to be enjoyed, the same can be said spiritually speaking.

It’s important to remember that every spiritual season of sowing isn’t going to lead to a “bumper crop.” Nor will every season bring agreeable weather with it, but the work of sowing the seed must go on (2 Timothy 4:2). But the season is worth it even if the seed only bears fruit in the heart of a single individual (Luke 8:11,15). The goal is about quality as much as it is quantity, because at the end of the day a spiritual harvest will be reaped in its own way – whether here on earth or with God in heaven. Good labor will not be forgotten:

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 15:58)

When it comes to the biblical seasons of sowing and reaping, eternal life isn’t only meant to be promoted to others through the Gospel; it’s meant to be enjoyed by those who sow to the Spirit. And when this aspect is realized it can lead to a greater bringing in of the sheaves for multiple reasons.

Remember, if we don’t base the reaping of next year’s garden off of the results of this year’s, then why should we lose heart because we have one bad spiritual season, or become prideful because we have one good season?

So the spiritual harvest will eventually come in its own season, but only after the sowing gets going because we can only reap what we sow! EA

Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor.” (1 Corinthians 3:5-8)

Four Seasons Found in the Bible – Part 2

Some seasons aren’t enjoyable, but they are necessary.

For example, in my neck of the words, the trees need the Fall and Winter because they’re not designed to bear leaves year round. Spring wouldn’t be spring to them if it wasn’t for the Winter. Spiritually speaking, we may not like the Winter seasons that come our way but the Winter seasons make way for the Spring…a time of renewed strength, growth and faithfulness. So it goes with the seasons of trials and temptations that we thought about last week. They are not always pleasant, but they are necessary for various reasons! (James 1:2-4)

Today I want us to consider another spiritual season that can be found in the Bible and also in the lives of people today. This season is the season of procrastination.

Procrastination is a spiritual season altogether different from trials in that it always brings great danger with it. Trials can produce good things, procrastination produces a mess (Proverbs 24:30-34).

One of the “best” examples of spiritual procrastination found in the Bible comes from a man named Felix. This man once heard a sermon from the apostle Paul about his spiritual responsibilities to God and the judgment to come that made him tremble! But unfortunately he responded to the word that he had heard by telling Paul to:

“…Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.” (Acts 24:25)

I don’t know if Felix ever quit procrastinating back then, he did do it for at least two years (Acts 24:27), but the more pressing issue at hand is are we procrastinating today with whatever needs to be done spiritually speaking?

Are we ever going to teach that class, invite that friend, kick that habit, study more diligently, speak more kindly, give more freely or hug more often? I can’t speak for what needs to be done in your life, but you can. And it might be time to start listening!

Some seasons of life come and go by themselves, but some, like procrastination, will stay as long as we are willing to let them! EA

But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 1:5-11)

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Four Seasons Found in the Bible – Part 1

When I say a season found in the Bible, I’m not talking about salt, pepper, sugar or any herb. And although we’re going to look at a total of four separate seasons by the time we’re finished, I’m not talking about the seasons of Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter either.

The seasons that I’m talking about are the temporary moments of time that will come our way and go away, then come our way and go away again throughout our Christian life (think Ecclesiastes 3:1-8). They are the experiences of the experienced! They are always ending, but they are always around the corner. So let’s briefly consider the first of these four particular seasons found in God’s word that our spiritual life will see sooner or later.

The first season is the season of trials and temptations as Luke described with Jesus and Satan out in the wilderness in Luke 4:13:

And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from [Jesus] for a season.

Trials and temptations don’t hang around forever, but they, like the meteorological seasons, do come back from time to time. We are tried and we triumph, and then we are tried again; thus it goes with trials. A victory may temporarily end the battle, but there’s still a war to fight!

It’s important to keep in mind that each time we are tried it may be a little different, but the root is usually the same; and when the season of trial and temptation comes our way it may not be easy to bear due to a particular weakness, but we need to remember a couple of things as we are going through it:

1) God won’t allow a temptation to be more than we can bear without a way of relief (1 Corinthians 10:13).

2) Trials and temptations produce useful spiritual characteristics that only come from enduring through them (James 1:2-4).

Just like the changing weather outside, every season of life isn’t enjoyable as others, but they’re necessary for several reasons, and such is the condition of the seasonable trials and temptations that we face spiritually speaking. EA

Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: that the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:” (1 Peter 1:6-7 – KJV)

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