UNDERSTANDING THE TIMES

The Word: 1 Chronicles 12: 32(KJV)

32 And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment.

Dig Deeper: Genesis 41: 38 – 40(KJV)

38 And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is? 39 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art: 40 Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou.

Think about it

UNDERSTANDING OF TIMES
There is nothing more permanent than change. We go through different changes in our lives. An understanding of the times we are going through will help in knowing how to deal with things that comes our way. Our first text talks about the children of Issachar, men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do;

So understanding usually helps to know what to do. In other words, frustration on what to do may be an indication that we don’t fully understand what is happening. Men who know what to do are usually leaders because not everyone knows what to do

In our 2nd reading, we find Joseph being elevated overnight to become the prime minister of Egypt. Why was this so? Because he understood Pharaoh’s dream, the interpretation and what those seasons would mean. He was able to proffer a solution. In our places of work or school by the wisdom of God we can demonstrate Divine wisdom that will proffer effective, mind blowing solutions.

Understanding the times gives us the extra edge. It makes us automatic leaders because only someone who knows the way can lead.

Nuggets: 
Men who understand the times are sought after

Our memory verse for April 2018
Ecclesaistes 3: 1

1. To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

Let’s take a few moment to learn our memory verse for this month by heart. It can be memorised in 2 lines:
Line 1:  To every thing there is a season,
Line 2: and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

Once you say it a few times it will stick.

Prayer focus: Our next level prayers: 
Lord open my eyes to the times and seasons of my life….

On the word: Recommended book
The Bible Study Methods – Rick Warren 

The Word: Deuteronomy 2: 2 – 3(KJV)

2 And the Lord spake unto me, saying,

3 Ye have compassed this mountain long enough: turn you northward.

Dig Deeper: Daniel 43: 18-19(KJV)

18 Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.

19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

Think about it

REVISTING THE PROMISES FOR THIS YEAR
As we have come to a weekend of seeking God and in a month of focus on God’s word, it is important to appreciate that God’s prophecy or promises are equally as powerful or potent as the scriptures. 
The bible is documented promises or words inspired by the Holy Spirit. A direct word to the house is a Rhema (word in real time) which is equally as powerful and relevant for our year. 

Our father said this year is our year of NEXT LEVEL and we said NEXT LEVEL is changing position upwards, moving to the next stage spiritually, physically, maritally as a Church and in every spect of our lives. But for many of us and the church does it look like next level right now? Perhaps many will answer: NO

For some people it might even look like a lower level. But we must not forget that God said we should be expectant of four things.
– New things. He will do New things
– Restructuring. Our lives will need to be restructured and reorganised
– It’s OK to take a step back in order to leap forward
– He will take away all reproach.

Remember Haggai 2:9 The glory of the latter shall be greater than the former. It may not yet look like NEXT LEVEL but God’s word is settled forever. That is what he said. Let’s key in and align ourselves to this. 

Nuggets: 
God’s word is like the rain and the snow. It will accomplish what’s it’s been sent to do

Our memory verse for April 2018
Psalm 119: 130

130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.

Let’s take a few moment to learn our memory verse for this month by heart. It can be memorised in 2 lines:
Line 1:  The entrance of thy words giveth light;
Line 2: It giveth understanding unto the simple.

Once you say it a few times it will stick.

Prayer focus: Our next level prayers: 
Lord help me to align myself to your word of prophecy

On the word: Recommended book
The Bible Study Methods – Rick Warren

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