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The nations are in times of transition. It is a time of great uncertainty where we don’t even know what we are transitioning too, but what we do know is that the world will not go back to the way it was before.

This year we have experienced a global pandemic, economic shutdown, isolation, riots, unrest and high level cyber attacks against Australia. If you’re in our part of the world, Gippsland, you may have also experienced the hellish bushfires of the 2019-2020 summer.

For the first time in the lives of mainstream Australians, the future of this great nation has become uncertain. For the vast majority of people who rely on their businesses or jobs to provide for their family and pay the mortgage, you may feel that your provision and security is being shaken. Many may feel that they are not in control of their lives. My heart goes out to those people who are going through their trials and losing hope.

I want to say that there is a better day that will emerge for you. There is a God in heaven who knew this day would come in your life and He is watching over you. He knew you before you were formed in your mother’s womb (Jer 1:5) and the thoughts He has towards you are of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. When you seek Him you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart (Jer 29:11-13).

 

“There is a God in heaven who knew this day would come in your life. He knew you before you were formed in your mother’s womb and the thoughts He has towards you are of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

 

If you continue to walk with God, or choose this moment to turn your heart and begin your journey with Him, I know that when you look back in years to come you will see what God has done and how He has used this season to transform you.

The reason I have such confidence is because I have seen the goodness of God faithfully lead me during the worst times of my life. Through grief, loss, bankruptcy, burnout, betrayal and many other personal crises, God has had me in the palm of His hand and given me a future and a hope. I have an unshakeable belief that all things work together for good if we love God and follow His purpose for our lives (Rom 8:28). I can see how the very things that were designed to destroy me ended up working for my benefit, but I had to trust God and go through times of transition.

The Bible is a source of great hope. Over millennia, generations, kingdoms and empires, highs and lows, we see the journey of nations, individuals and tribes in transition. It holds the keys to moving through times of uncertainty, learning the lessons of the season and coming into the new with incredible breakthrough and victory.

Daniel

Look at Daniel. This Old Testament hero was raised up to be a counter-cultural leader in a hostile empire where he stood against the flow of Babylon with unwavering conviction. His leadership caused the world’s most powerful kings to acknowledge the sovereignty and power of God. But it wasn’t without its struggles. Daniel was only a teenager when he was severed from his family, taken from Jerusalem and led into captivity to serve in the Babylonian king’s courts in 605 B.C. Many times Daniel was forced to choose between pleasing the king or remaining faithful to God at the risk of death. He determined not to defile himself with food from the king’s table (Dan 1:8). He was the subject of a political ambush that saw him thrown into the lion’s den for his faithfulness to God (Dan 6:13). At every turn, Daniel’s life was miraculously protected by God and he was restored to his position. But he would be forgiven for thinking things had gone drastically wrong multiple times through his life.

The wisdom Daniel received from God gave him an excellent spirit that saw him stand head and shoulders above the best magicians and enchanters of Babylon. He alone interpreted dreams and visions of the kings and their successors with courage and precision, even when it spelt the end of that dynasty’s reign. Daniel prophetically saw the future stages of transition for the nation of Israel from bondage to freedom, and the end of times when God’s kingdom would be established on earth. His writings guided future generations through transition and continue to do so to this day.

Joseph

Joseph was the youngest of 10 brothers, who later became the 12 tribes of Israel. He had a powerful dream of rulership at age 17, which got him into trouble. He was sold into slavery by his own brothers, then he was imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit, but the whole time God was testing him and processing him to make him ready for his assignment. Joseph ended up ruling Egypt, second only in power to Pharaoh himself. He preserved the entire nation from famine, reconciled with his family and brought them to Egypt where they were protected and provided for. This was the beginning of Israel transitioning from a family to a nation.

Moses

In Egypt, the children of Israel multiplied and grew exceedingly mighty (Ex 1:7). Over time, Joseph and all he had done for Egypt was forgotten. A new king arose who saw the might of Israel as a threat and decided to oppress and afflict the people into slavery (Ex 1:9-11). The Israelites cried out to God in their affliction (Ex 3:9) and God raised up Moses to lead the people out of Egypt and toward their destiny.

The Israelites were delivered from slavery with incredible signs and wonders and led through the wilderness with miraculous provision, but not everybody who left Egypt entered into the Promised Land. Not everybody survived the transition. God had to raise up a new generation with a spirit of faith who could see beyond the problems and limitations in order to possess the land and come into nationhood.

“The Israelites were delivered from slavery with incredible signs and wonders, but not everybody who left Egypt entered the Promised Land.”

 

God is more than able to promote us, protect us, elevate us and release us into our destiny, in spite of difficulty and challenge. In fact, He often uses hardship to reposition us for the new thing He is leading us into. When you encounter crises, don’t give in to the temptation of believing something has gone wrong. It hasn’t. It is all part of God’s plan to make and mould you into a person who can transition from your current state into your destiny.

Don’t fear the season. Fear doesn’t come from God. The scripture says God hasn’t given us a spirit of fear but of power, love and sound mind (2 Tim 1:7). One of the best ways to guard your heart against fear is to be careful what you listen to. Much of the news, commentaries and social media chatter is fear-based. Filter what is coming in because during this season, God is actually doing a deep work in the heart of man. If we focus on the wrong thing, we lose sight of what is most important – what God is doing.

”God often uses hardship to reposition us for the new thing He is leading us into…it is all part of His plan to make and mould you into a person who can transition from your current state into your destiny.”

 

Below are three scriptures to hold onto during times of transition

Proverbs 29:18 “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”

Other versions say “Where there is no revelation people cast off restraint” and “Without the progressive revelation people dwell carelessly.” (Amp)

When we become connected with God, He puts vision on the inside of us so that we have some understanding and insight into the future. It gives us the ability to see beyond what we are going through and feeling today and connect with His greater purpose. We must see through the eyes of faith and the vision He has given us. Without this revelation and vision, people lose hope, become lawless and careless. During times of transition hold onto the glimpse of the future He has put inside your heart and believe and confess there are better days ahead.

Psalm 37:23 “The steps of the good man are ordered by the Lord.”

In all our doing and all our forward movement, even though sometimes things seem to go dramatically wrong, the Lord is still ordering our steps and is guiding us.

This scripture goes on to say, “Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the Lord upholds him with His hand.”

This shows us that, even when we fall it is not over for us. If you allow God to guide your steps, He will always pick you up and uphold you with His own hand.

Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”

For those wondering how they can allow God to guide their steps, as described in the previous scripture, this is how. We trust Him. Everything in our heart must learn to trust Him. In every area of our lives – our career, business, family, relationships, provision, children – learn to give up control and fear and put your trust in Him.

Secondly, we stop depending on our own understanding. God’s ways and His thoughts are higher than ours. God explained this very concept to the prophet Isaiah by illustrating that just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are His ways and His thoughts higher than ours (Is 55:8-9). He lives on a different plain, sees things on a different level and operates in a different sphere. Human understanding and wisdom, even among the best and brightest of us, is minute compared with the wisdom and ways of God.

Thirdly, in all our ways and in every area of our lives we acknowledge Him. This means we consider what we are about to do and whether it is in line with His Word, then we look for His direction in prayer.

Transition is the process of crossing over from our current state into the new. The journey is often marked with difficulty and challenge. One of the most powerful Biblical illustrations of transition is in Mark 4:35-41 when Jesus and His disciples get into a boat on the mighty Sea of Galilee. Jesus says, “Let us cross over to the other side.” During the voyage a great storm arose, waves beat the boat and the vessel began filling with water. The whole time Jesus was asleep in the stern of the boat.

His disciples woke Him and said, “don’t you care that we are perishing?”

Jesus’ response was, “Why are you so fearful? Where is your faith?”

Jesus rebuked the wind and the waves and the storm turned to calm.

The disciples’ reaction mirrors our own human response to God during times of crisis. Often it is one of fear and wondering why God doesn’t care. But Jesus’ challenge shows us how to respond differently. Assess where you have put your faith. Is it in your career, your business, friends, family or pastor? Or is it in the Lord Jesus Christ? We all have a measure of faith, and if we put it in Jesus Christ, our faith can overcome fear and we will come through every storm we encounter and cross over to the other side.

If you would like to make the decision to put your faith in Jesus Christ, I would encourage you to pray the following prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, I come to you in prayer asking for the forgiveness of my sins. I confess with my mouth and believe with my heart that Jesus is your Son, and that He died on the cross of Calvary that I might be forgiven and have eternal life in the kingdom of heaven. 

Father, I believe that Jesus rose from the dead and I ask you right now to come into my life and be my personal Lord and Saviour. I repent of my sins and will worship you all the days of my life. Because Your word is truth I confess with my mouth that I am born again and cleansed by the blood of Jesus. 

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

THIS BLOG IS BASED ON PASTOR BRIAN’S MESSAGE ‘TIMES OF TRANSITION’

Pastors Brian and Lynne Heath have been married for 40 years and served as the senior leaders of City Builders Church (formerly COC) at Sale, in the heart of Gippsland, for the past 27 years.

Brian is one of the longest serving pastors in the Gippsland region and has become a true father to many spiritual sons and daughters and a valued mentor to younger ministers and community leaders.

Brian has a strong prophetic dimension to his life and carries the apostolic grace to build strong churches and to teach, train, impart and prepare the Church for the last day’s harvest. Brian believes the church of the future will not only carry the grace to win souls, but to impact and influence every domain of society.

Brian is also part of an apostolic team that travels regionally and throughout the Pacific. He is also working with ministry partners to build an alliance of like-minded ministries, churches, individuals and organisations that desire to rediscover and rebuild the Christian foundations that this great nation was built upon.