A Season of Steadfastness

We all go through seasons and it’s important for us to recognize these seasons so we can cooperate with God’s instructions for that time. If you don’t, you can be in the right season and operate in the wrong way. Then, you’ll miss out on a rich and growing season for your life.

There is one season that every single one of us will go through. It’s called “a season of steadfastness” — a season of just staying steady and constant.

The greatest test is not challenge; if it often the absence of it. When you find yourself feeling like you’re stuck in a dead-end job, marriage, relationship or season, that’s when you know you’re going through a season of steadfastness.

You see, there are certain qualities that are taking place within you during this season. In seasons of steadfastness, there are so many things going on beneath the still surface. And these are character qualities that can be developed in no other season, including steadfastness, perseverance, loyalty, faithfulness, longsuffering and patience. All of those qualities can only be built in seasons of steadfastness.

It’s a time when we develop the character qualities God designed us to possess. Once we understand that remaining steady during these seasons will help build these character qualities, we can then transfer them to other areas of our lives.

In a season of steadfastness, focus on and practice a …

  1. Personal Relationship with God

It’s so easy during a season of steadfastness to get bored. Then we start looking for greener pastures — at another person or another job, other things to satisfy our hunger for something new and exciting. However, first and foremost, we must be sure our personal relationship with God is solid.

This translates to having enough of an identity that if it were just you and Jesus, you would be all right. It’s all you need—just you and Jesus—to be satisfied, content and secure.

God wants our devotion to be pure and simple; otherwise, we’ll get into trouble. He has to wean us off from all the other things we think we’re getting life from.

  1. Personal Life Disciplines

“Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen; but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are [temporary], but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Cor. 4:16-18).

Remember, God is working within us even though we can’t see or feel it. That’s why, as we go through a season of steadfastness, we must daily practice three key life disciplines.

Daily Devotions

Why are your daily devotions so important? Everything that is required is released to us through knowing Him in daily devotions:

“Seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence” (2 Pet. 1:3).

Everything you’ll need to stay steady will be found in getting to know Jesus. And there is no better way than through the Bible, just reading His Word and hearing His heart.

Exercise and Diet

Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. You are a temple of God’s own Spirit, so one of our life disciplines is to steward that well. That means maintaining your temple through exercise and diet. Now, I’m not talking about being buff or being skinny. It’s about being healthy! Do you feel good about yourself?

The Bible says, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If you don’t love yourself, how are you going to love one another?

Your primary service of worship is you! It’s who you are.

Margins

Margins are rest moments. This means resting and just taking time to get away. Jesus was very busy during His time on earth, but He still took time to rest, even if He had to slip away:

“But Jesus, Himself, would often slip away to the wilderness and pray” (Luke 5:16).

I’ve come to realize that the Lord orders us to take a Sabbath to remind us that we are not in charge. I understand that when I rest and refresh my soul. And it expresses great trust in the Lord because we recognize that He is in control of our lives.

  1. Personal Stewardship

How do you steward the things God has given to you?

Your Finances

The way we steward our finances is like a boot camp of how we will steward true riches.

“Therefore if you have not been faithful in the use of unrighteous wealth, who will entrust the true riches to you?” (Luke 16:11).

The riches of this earth are temporal but God has true riches. These are what is truly fulfilling and satisfying. They last forever and change people’s lives eternally.

It’s not about how much you have; it’s how well you steward what you have.

Orderliness

Get your life in order. Whether it’s your office, your home or your garage — in seasons of steadiness, start bringing things in order. This is the perfects seasons—when nothing seems to be going on to distract you—to take care of maintaining what you do have.

Planning

Learn to plan and think ahead because the more you plan, the more you are like God. Remember, before the foundation of the world, God already planned out salvation and the cross. So take some time to make plans for your own short life so that you’ll be able to maximize the time you have.

  1. Personal Relationships

Are you genuine in your relationship with others? A lot of times, we fake it! Too often, we may not like or get along with someone, yet we pretend that everything is fine.

When you have a run-in with someone, you only have two options: you should choose to completely forgive and then love and support that person, or schedule a time to talk to the person so you can work through issues and be reconciled.

When you start making peace in your heart, it’s like a thousand pounds of pressure is lifted off of you. There is such a rest that comes in your life.

Reaping in a Season of Steadfastness

We don’t have that much time and in the season of steadfastness, start to apply all of the basics that you’ve learned and just stay steady. Instead of weeping when nothing seems to be happening, begin reaping what this season has to offer you.

The benefits? You’ll reap character qualities that can’t be developed in any other season. It will also give you a strong base from which you’ll be able to have true riches of eternally influencing other people. And in that, eternal victories will be won!

Stay steady and cooperate with the season of steadiness and you’ll find this next season will be one of the most fruitful seasons you’ll ever experience.

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