I love the fall or autumn season with its changing leaves and temperatures.  Autumn marks the transition from summer into winter, when the arrival of night becomes noticeably earlier while the arrival of day becomes noticeably later, and the temperature cools down considerably.

For several months I have been sensing that many are in a season of transition.

I recently sensed the Holy Spirit leading me to leave my local church….very painful…it can be extremely hard to depart from the familiar…you feel a lot of mixed emotions…and wonder if you are truly hearing from God. 

There is grace in your season of transition.          

I'm a sentimental person who gets attached to people and places. Yet I found grace for this transition because I knew I was following the Holy Spirit's leading.  What I have learned over the years is that when God is directing you to make a change He will confirm by two or three witnesses.  It may not come as a verbal confirmation, yet He may reveal it through others that are either sensing or experiencing the same thing.

The final confirmation came when I felt the Holy Spirit saying, “You have to leave the familiar place completely.” Meaning you can’t have one foot in and the other foot out.  You have to be all in or all out.  Why? Spiritual blessings often are not realized until someone moves out in the direction God shows them!

Abraham, the father of our faith, began his spiritual journey when the Lord said: "…, Go for yourself [for your own advantage] away from your country, from your relatives and your father’s house, to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you [with abundant increase of favors] and make your name famous and distinguished, and you will be a blessing [dispensing good to others]." Genesis 12:1-2 Amplified

When you read the above Scripture you would have to have great faith to even comprehend what God was asking Abraham to do. God told him to leave his native country, his relatives and his father’s family… Why would God ask him to do such a thing….family is important.  I can imagine God saying to Abraham, “Leave everything behind that you know to be familiar.  Everything that feels comfortable.  Everything that feels ‘like home'…..and follow me to a new place.”  Abraham was told to leave everything behind and with no idea where God was asking him to go.

“Let’s not forfeit the promises of God because we are too busy being comfortable.”

“So Abraham departed and did as the Lord instructed.” Genesis 12:4 So I stepped out, just as Abraham and did what the Lord directed.

I recently established Beyond Church Walls Ministries and Sisters Helping Sisters Get Connected in obedience to the Spirit to share the gospel message beyond church walls.  I have truly witnessed God’s hand as a part of doing so. Although this has been a long time coming, and I’ve served in various ministry capacities over the past 21 years, it’s still unfamiliar territory for me.  This is the first time I have established a work for the Kingdom of God!

During seasons of transition it is important to trust in the Lord. "Trust in the Lord, with all your heart and don't depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do and He will show you which path to take." ..:::.. Proverbs 3:5-6

There will be things that you may not understand with your natural mind…. I realize this new ministry marks the new season that God is entering me into.  The season where I will be taken out of my comfort zone in order to further follow God’s plan for my life.  See Abraham may not have had many details on where God was taking him, but by faith Abraham knew that there were things that God had for him in this new, unknown, unfamiliar place.

There is so much I’m learning from this giant of faith.  No doubt, Abraham had some fears about this unknown territory that God taking him to, but his level of trust and reliance on God outweighed his doubt. I must admit, I do have some fears and hesitations about entering this new, unknown, unfamiliar season of my life……but I’m determined to have faith like Abraham that follows the word of God.

I believe it is important that we understand there are times and seasons of change.  We have to be able to interpret those times and seasons. There are some things that God can only give us by stepping outside of our “familiar” places.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “To everything there is a season, and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven:”

I will talk more about seasons of transition in future posts.

 

 

Published by Dr. A. Francine Green