“Whoever keeps a command will know no evil thing, and the wise heart will know the proper time and the just way.”
Ecclesiastes 8:5 (ESV)
One of the key benefits of the prophetic is that it allows us to know a sense of divine timing and purpose. What God and the prophets saw coming through the Spirit is happening today. We need that same ability to see in the Spirit what’s taking place so that we will know what to do. (1 Chronicles 12:32) This will require an understanding of the times we are living in to be able to move forward in sync with God’s timing.
Amos 3:7 says, “Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.”
Jesus knew and understood by the timing of the Spirit that He was ready to fulfill the greatest work to ever be done— the redemption for all mankind at Calvary. The Bible says, “After praying for the third time, he returned to his disciples and awoke them again, saying, “Do you plan on sleeping and resting indefinitely? That’s enough sleep! The end has come and the hour has arrived for the Son of Man to be handed over to the authority of sinful men.” (Mark 14:41 TPT)
“Throughout our history God has spoken to our ancestors by his prophets in many different ways. The revelation he gave them was only a fragment at a time, building one truth upon another. But to us living in these last days, God now speaks to us openly in the language of a Son, the appointed Heir of everything, for through him God created the panorama of all things and all time.” (Hebrews 1:1-2 TPT)
One of the greatest needs we seem to have today is how to understand and operate with spiritual timing. People who live in the Spirit know how to work and walk with time. We must be able, as the Body of Christ, to know when to go and when to stay; when to tear down and when to build; when to mourn and when to dance; when to speak and when to remain silent. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 NIV)
In Daniel 2:21, the Bible says God “changes times and seasons.” We must become mature enough in the spirit so that when God changes the times and seasons to which we are accustomed, we do not get angry or upset. We must get to the place where we can see the hand of God moving and move with what He is doing, not against it.
All through the Old Testament days, God gave information to the people concerning Himself, through the prophets, and He still does this today. He provided them with the ability to know Him and serve Him. The understanding of spiritual times, even in those days, came from being obedient and ommitted to God.
Life in the spirit realm has a timing to it just as life in the natural. If you stay close to the Lord, you will be able to move according to His seasons. When you live in the spirit, time is a blessing. Walking securely in the timing of God alleviates fear. There is no fear or doubt in the proper timing of God. God’s timing produces courage, boldness, security and strength.
As believers, we need to hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church or we’ll miss God’s timing and season for today. Reformation, restoration and revival is coming to the Church. We must be in tune to the Spirit to recognize this time of visitation.
“So live the rest of your earthly life no longer concerned with human desires but consumed with what brings pleasure to God.” (1 Peter 4:2 TPT)
“So be very careful how you live, not being like those with no understanding, but live honorably with true wisdom, for we are living in evil times. Take full advantage of every day as you spend your life for his purposes. And don’t live foolishly for then you will have discernment to fully understand God’s will. And don’t get drunk with wine, which is rebellion;[a] instead be filled with the fullness of the Holy Spirit.” (Ephesians 5:16 TPT)
Interestingly, both of these passages uses the word “so.” My grandson, whose 5 years old, uses the word so to get his point across when he’s teaching me something. He makes sure I understand what I’m supposed to do.
So: in a manner or way indicated or suggested
The Apostle Paul in 1 Peter 4 teaches the saints how to live in the grace of God. He encourages the Church to live the rest of our earthly lives no longer concerned with human desires but consumed with what brings pleasure to God. In this manner we will live out the rest our lives pleasing God.
In Ephesians, Paul teaches believers how to live in God’s love and light. To be imitators of God in everything we do representing Him as His beloved sons and daughters. Paul encourages every believer to continue to walk surrendered to the extravagant love of Christ, for He surrendered His life as a sacrifice for us. His great love for us was pleasing to God, like an aroma of adoration—a sweet healing fragrance. Don’t be fooled by those who speak empty words and deceptive teachings telling us we can live contrary to God’s Word. Paul encourages us not to live according to the world’s standards or culture, but to instead be filled with the fullness of the Holy Spirit.
I encourage you today to live lives worthy of the high calling of Christ. Understanding the will and timing of God. The coming of Jesus is imminent!