Last month I wrote about It’s a New Season. We talked about the four seasons Christians go through throughout their lives. I am going to talk about each season and how to live through them. Just a recap, the four seasons are: the dry season, the waiting season, the busy season, and the happy season. Keep in mind this is not an exhaustive list but my prayer is that this series should get you through most things. I want to start with what I think is the hardest of

all – The Dry Season.

 

If you have ever experienced this season, you know how difficult it is. You will have feelings such as: 

  1. God doesn’t Love me 
  2. I made God mad 
  3. I’ve sinned too much 
  4. If I hadn’t done ____________,things would not be like this. 

Let me tell you that most of those feelings are lies from the adversary. 

 

1 Peter 5:8 (amp) “Be sober {well balanced and self-disciplined}, be alert and cautious at all times. That enemy of yours, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion {fiercely hungry}, seeking someone to devour.” 

 

Your feelings tend to lie to you and often make you do things that you would not normally do. We can combat this by staying grounded in the Word of God. Let’s look at what Jesus did when He was tempted. 

 

We will lay the groundwork of this story starting in Matthew 3. 

Matthew 3:11-17 (msg) “I’m baptizing you here in the river, turning your old life in for a kingdom life. The real action comes next: The main character in this drama—compared to him I’m a mere stagehand—will ignite the kingdom life within you, a fire within you, the Holy Spirit within you, changing you from the inside out. He’s going to clean house—make a clean sweep of your lives. He’ll place everything true in its proper place before God; everything false he’ll put out with the trash to be burned.” Jesus then appeared, arriving at the Jordan River from Galilee. He wanted John to baptize him. John objected, “I’m the one who needs to be baptized, not you!” But Jesus insisted. “Do it. God’s work, putting things right all these centuries, is coming together right now in this baptism.” So John did it. The moment Jesus came up out of the baptismal waters, the skies opened up and he saw God’s Spirit—it looked like a dove—descending and landing on him. And along with the Spirit, a voice: “This is my Son, chosen and marked by my love, delight of my life.” 

 

Jesus asked John the Baptist, His cousin, to baptize Him. We see in Matthew 4 that Jesus heads into the wilderness. While in His 40 day fast, the devil came to Him three different times. 

The first time the devil tempted Him is in vs. 3. In vs. 4 we read a powerful response from Jesus. 

Matthew 4:3 (msg) Jesus answered by quoting Deuteronomy “It takes more than bread to stay alive. It takes a steady stream of words from God’s mouth.” 

The second time He was tempted was in vs. 7. 

Matthew 4:7 (msg) “Jesus countered with another citation from Deuteronomy: “Don’t you dare test the Lord your God.” 

The third and final time He was tempted in this chapter we find Jesus’ response in vs 10. 

Matthew 4:10 Jesus’ refusal was curt: “Beat it, Satan!” He backed His rebuke with a third quotation from Deuteronomy: “Worship the Lord your God, and only Him. Serve Him with absolute single-heartedness.” 

There is a common theme in how Jesus responded to temptation: He quoted Scripture. If Jesus did it, we should as well. 

 

Dry Seasons can be caused by SIN in your LIFE. The Bible talks about some ways this happens. Unforgiveness can cause dry seasons in your life. 

Matthew 6:15 (msg) “In prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do. You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others. If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God’s part.” 

 

Judging others can also cause dry seasons. 

James 4:11-12 (msg) “Don’t bad-mouth each other, friends. It’s God’s word, His MESSAGE, His ROYAL RULE, that takes a beating in that kind of talk. You’re supposed to be honoring the Message, not writing graffiti all over it. God is in charge of deciding human destiny. Who do you think you are to meddle in the destiny of others?” 

 

Disobeying God can lead to dry seasons as well. 

Deuteronomy 28:23-24 (msg) 

“The sky over your head will become an iron roof, the ground under your feet, a slab of concrete. From out of the skies God will rain ash and dust down on you until you suffocate.” 

 

I do, however, have GOOD NEWS as I end this post today: 

Your Dry Season Is NOT the End-all-Game! 

You need to Remember Who God says You ARE! 

 

You are the head not the tail! 

Deuteronomy 28:13 (amp) “The Lord will make you the head (leader) and not the tail (follower); and you will be above only, and you will not be beneath, if you listen and pay attention to the commandments of the Lord your God, which I am commanding you today, to observe them carefully”. 

 

You are Royalty 

1 Peter 2:9-10 (tpt) “But you are God’s chosen treasure- priests who are kings, a spiritual “nation” set apart as God’s devoted ones. He called you out of darkness to experience His marvelous light, and now he claims you as his very own. He did this so that you would broadcast His Glorious wonders throughout the world. For at one time you were not God’s people, but now you are. At one time you knew nothing of God’s mercy, because you hadn’t received it yet, but now you are drenched with it! “

 

You need to continually praise God, even when you do not feel like it or feel like He isn’t listening! 

Psalm 113:3 (msg) “Hallelujah! You who serve God, praise God! Just to speak his name is praise! Just to remember God is a blessing now,  and tomorrow, and always. From east to West, from dawn to dusk, keep lifting all your praises to God!” 

 

You need to keep coming to church even when you do not feel like it! 

Hebrews 10:25 (nlt) “And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of His returning is drawing near.”

 

Please contact me as I’d love to hear from you:

Pastor Jeremy Empie Jeremy@TheBethesdaHouse.org (641) 569-7024 Ext. 101 

Bethesda House 201 High Avenue East Oskaloosa, Iowa 52577-2838 

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