Learning to Adjust to The Changes in Life
By Taylor Duckett
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, He is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17
“I’m not going back, moving ahead, here to declare to You, my past is over in You. Things are made new. Surrendered my life to Christ, I’m moving, moving Forward! You make all things new! Yes, You make all things new! And I will follow You forward!”
–Moving Forward, Israel Houghton
Our lives are marked by transitions, and every new season brings with it a new level. Some transitions are gradual, such as growing older, while others are dramatic such as relocating or losing a loved one. Regardless of whether they are gradual or dramatic, transitions are necessary, and it is the will of God for us to be constantly moving forward.
Moving forward in order to allow all things to become new can be a frightening process, because it’s not something that can be done in our own strength. We are not able to have total control…and that lack of control can at times scare us. Instead of allowing the idea of moving forward to stagnate us, we should place our faith in Him because during times of transition is when we will be able to accurately see what our faith is founded on.
Additionally, moving forward is uncomfortable because it requires change, and change at times brings pain. When we were going through puberty, there was also growing pain but it only lasted for a season, until the end of our growth spurt. During puberty, there were times you may have felt awkward or uncomfortable, but that too passed as you began to fully mature. Spiritual seasons are very similar, in that there may be pain and awkwardness initially, but it will end as you mature, and the purpose has been fulfilled.
“I am the vine and My Father the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes that it may bear more fruit.”- John 15:1-2
Moving forward requires pruning and there is no way around it. When we get ready to step into our new seasons, many times we want to take the remains of our old seasons with us going forward. While we may be allowed to carry some things forward, other things will need to be left behind. In the natural, when the seasons change we respond accordingly. When it’s winter we are not going to go outside in shorts and a tank top. Similarly, we are not going to wear a winter coat in the summer. When people are not dressed correctly for a season, they are uncomfortable and they try to fix the problem as quickly as possible.
Just as we respond to seasonal changes in the natural, we have to respond to the spiritual seasonal changes. We are sometimes uncomfortable in our new seasons because we are doing the equivalent of wearing a heavy coat in 90 degree weather. We are holding on to things that are not right for that time, and we cannot do that because the higher you climb, the less you can take with you. The pruning process helps us remove the winter coat and store it away until it’s the proper time. Pruning also helps to mature us and prepare us for what God wants to give us or how he wants to use us going forward. He is not going to move us until He can see that we are trustworthy. When you’re pruning, the piece that gets cut off may die, but something new comes in its place that is better than what was there previously. In order for the old things to pass away and for all things to become new, you have to be willing to allow God to cut them away, piece by piece.
How long we stay in the pruning process is entirely up to us. Many times we declare and pray for God to move us forward, but when He is trying to take us to the next level, we resist Him. The more we resist God, the longer it’s going to take. We don’t always realize that it’s God who is doing the pruning and so we blame the devil, and try and rebuke him. If what’s going on in your life is unpleasant but scriptural, or you keep trying to cast it out and it will not budge, check and see if it is in fact God trying to do a work in your life.
Indications That You Are in a New Season
Just as we are able to recognize natural seasons changing, there are indications in the spirit of when you are approaching a new season.
- One indication is that you are content with where you are in life when God suddenly calls you out of your comfort zone, and you feel as though you are not ready. God isn’t going to move you when you feel that you are ready because in that state, there is still too much of you in the way for Him to work through you.
- God brings new relationships into your life. The Kingdom of God works from the basis of relationships, and God brings you the people that you need for that season.
- You see God doing an overhaul of every area in your life. It is not unusual, before stepping into the new things God has planned for you, to see what seems like everything in your life change instantly.
How to Step Into Your New Season
- Learn to yield to God and allow Him to lead you. He will never lead you astray and will only lead you forward into your purpose.
- Stay prayerful. Do not allow what the present circumstances may look like to cause you to doubt the will of God in your life.
- Do not curse your new season just because you may not fully understand it and get rid of the mindsets of previous seasons. Murmuring can delay you stepping into the new things that God has for you and you cannot step into something new until your mind has been renewed. For example, the Israelites left with the wealth of Egypt yet they still had a slave mentality. Their murmuring caused that entire generation to be disqualified from entering into the Promised Land.
The kingdom of God is in continuous forward motion. Believers have two options; we can go forward or go backwards, but we cannot stay where we are. If you are living life in maintenance mode, you are regressing gradually without realizing it. If we truly want to move forward, we have to be willing to yield to God without protest, so that He can remove the old things that are slowing us down, and make us into new creations!
Contributing Writer, B.L.O.G. Magazine
Taylor Duckett is a student at the University of Miami majoring in Economics and Legal Studies with a minor in Accounting. She is also a student at the University of the Supernatural Ministry with a concentration on Youth Ministry. She enjoys writing creatively in her spare time and writes for her college newspaper. Taylor is a woman who strives to glorify God in all that she does.