June 21 is the first day of summer this year. Ready or not, a new season will arrive – and there’s absolutely nothing you must do to make it happen.
In contrast, I’ve learned over the years that it’s usually necessary to take action of some kind – to DO something – in order to enter into a new season of God’s blessings. Four diseased and desperate men discovered this in a very unlikely way in a story told in 2 Kings 7:3-14.
These men were at their wit’s end. They were lepers…outcasts from society…sitting at the gate of a city that was under siege…and they were starving.
Hope was nearly gone, when these lepers finally got an idea. “Why do we sit here until we die?” they asked each other (v. 3 NASB). They realized that if they just sat there and did nothing, they would surely starve to death. So they decided to take the risky move of going to the camp of their enemies, the Arameans. They reasoned, “If they spare us, we will live; and if they kill us, we will but die” (v. 4 NASB).
When the four lepers reached the camp of the Arameans, they were shocked to discover that the camp had been abandoned. Their courageous step of faith – born of desperation – Reaped an unbelievable Harvest of silver, gold, clothes, and other bounty!
These men surely would have died if they had stayed at the outskirts of the city, grumbling, complaining, blaming others, and wallowing in self-pity because of their plight. But instead, they took action – bold action – and entered into an incredible new season of blessings from God.
Steps of Faith
When we want to enter into a new season of God’s abundance, often He requires us to take a step of faith of some kind: a geographical move…launching out into a new career…an act of forgiveness and reconciliation…or a season of prayer and fasting. As one preacher pointed out, “God’s doors of opportunity and blessing usually open with motion detectors!”
You see, while we’re waiting on God to deliver us from a difficult situation, He’s typically waiting on US to obey the voice of His Spirit and take action! So, as you pray for God’s intervention in your circumstances, make sure you’re also listening to His instructions on what you’re to do.
The Scriptures cite many examples of this principle:
- Abraham had to leave Ur and Haran and journey to the Promised Land in order to receive God’s abundance and fulfill his destiny (Genesis 12:1-4).
- Joshua was told to lead the Israelites across the Jordan River and into the Promised Land, but God also gave him specific instructions on how to do it (Joshua 3:7-17, Joshua 6:1-5).
- Naaman was told to dip seven times in the Jordan River in order to be healed of his leprosy (2 Kings 5:1-13).
- Job had to pray for his friends before the Lord would make him prosperous again (Job 42).
- The woman with the hemorrhage had to press through the crowd and touch Jesus’ cloak in order to receive her long-awaited healing (Mark 5:25-34).
- Jesus’ disciples had fished all night and caught nothing, but everything changed when they heeded His call to “launch out into the deep” (Luke 5:1-11). When they later needed money to pay their taxes, He instructed them to find it in a fish’s mouth (Matthew 17:27).
In each of these cases, God’s provision came after obedience to His instructions. The same will be true for us. God’s healing power and abundance are unleashed when we faithfully respond to His written Word and the specific leading of the Holy Spirit.
As you are sensitive to the voice of God’s Spirit, He will show you the steps you need to take in order to experience your breakthrough. But you must not procrastinate, make excuses, or blame others for the difficult seasons of your life. God wants to give you the turnaround you need, but you can’t lose heart (Galatians 6:9).
Not Just Hard Work
Although the Bible warns against laziness (Proverbs 19:15, Proverbs 24:30-31), hard work alone clearly doesn’t guarantee God’s abundance. You need your Heavenly Father to change the season you’re in: “He changes the times and the seasons…He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding” (Daniel 2:21).
Friend, the Lord wants to “strongly support” you today, but His promise is based on the condition that your heart must become “completely His”:
The eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His (2 Chronicles 16:9 NASB).
Just as God wants you to boldly claim promises like this, He also wants you to faithfully follow His conditions. One without the other simply won’t be effective.
Perhaps you feel as if you’ve worked hard…done your best…prayed…tried everything you know to try – and still your efforts seem fruitless.
However, remember that we serve a God who specializes in breakthroughs. In a moment of time, He can reverse your fortunes, ushering you into a new season of blessing and fruitfulness.
The Lord wants to give you His road map toward the miracle you need. No matter how dismal your current situation may seem, one word from Him can change your life forever!
God bless you,
David Cerullo is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Inspiration Ministries, located in Indian Land, South Carolina – a ministry dedicated to impacting people for Christ worldwide through media. The son of international evangelist Morris Cerullo, David took a less traditional approach to ministry, graduating from Oral Roberts University with a degree in business administration and management. He has authored over 20 books, and operates a global media ministry that powerfully impacts the world for Christ. More from David on Inspiration.org.