I heard a neat teaching on difficult seasons (trials) the other day given by Mike Hayes. Only God can change a difficult season in our lives and He can do it in a Kairos moment and our breakthrough comes. Kairos is Greek for the “opportune” moment!
But what can we do while we wait for our breakthrough? Two things are pertinent: 1) protect our head and 2) protect our heart. We need the helmet of salvation to keep our mind pure and the breastplate to protect our heart. You know how the enemy likes to poison our thoughts and hit us in the vital areas.
Acts 3:19 is the key that moves the hand of God to turn things around for us. Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before.
Metanoia is Greek for repentance. It means to change your mind and turn around. I love to think of the refreshing that follows the obedience of repentance. The metamorphism of the butterfly was the illustration I liked.
Notice this life cycle: In April, butterflies lay eggs on leaves that change to larvae. The caterpillar or worm attaches to a limb and a cocoon is formed. The worm hangs upside down in darkness for about a week and a half. In this stage, the worm melts and a liquid is formed from what was the worm. After this stage the mass stretches out of the cocoon and spreads its wings and a butterfly flies off. It was noted that a butterfly is not a worm with wings, but a whole new creation.
Here’s the lesson for those of us that are hanging upside down in the dark. God is, indeed, changing us. His Spirit is leading us, and cleaning us up and times of refreshing are on the way. The bottom line is “change your mind; God will change your season!”
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