Tis The Season
Yeah, Hello everyone and thank you so much for joining me today. My name is Roderick caesar the third on the lead pastor of Bethel Gospel Tabernacle in Jamaica queens new york. And I’m so excited that you decided to join me for the full Gospel hour. Right here on Global Seven. My prayers that you will be blessed. You’ll be encouraged and inspired by this message. Thank you so much for joining and God bless praise the Lord everyone. Thank you so much for joining us on this sunday here at Bethel Gospel Tabernacle. I’m so grateful that you’re able to tune in with us today. Uh, let’s turn our attention to the word. I’m so excited for what God is doing in this house and in this season of, of thanksgiving. Uh, I think it’s important to just turn our attention and fix our focus on the Lord, the Book of Ecclesiastes, chapter three versus one through eight. Ecclesiastes chapter three uh versus one through eight. And it says for everything, there’s a season and a time for every matter under Heaven, A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to pluck up what is planted, A time to kill and a time to heal, a time to break down and a time to build up a time to weep, A time to laugh, A time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to cast away stones and a time to gather stones together, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing a time to seek and a time to lose a time to keep, and a time to cast away. A time to tear a time to sow a time to keep silent, and a time to speak. A time to love. A time to hate. A time for war, at a time for peace. Turn with me as well in your bibles to the book of lamentations, lamentations. Chapter three verses 19 through 26 lamentations. Chapter three verses 19 through 26. The text says, Remember my affliction and my wanderings, the wormwood and the gall. My soul continually remembers it and is bowed down within me. But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope. The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases his mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning. Great is your faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, says my soul. Therefore I will hope in him. The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. The title of this message today is called, Tis the season. Tis the season. Dear God, I thank you so much for this time. I thank you for your people. I thank you God for everything that you’ve shown us for the fact that you have been with us. God, even up until now, and you don’t plan on leaving anytime soon, Father. I pray Lord that as this word goes forth, you would be seen heard and felt do what only you can do in the lives of your people. We thank you, we praise you. We give you glory. We ask these things in jesus name, Amen, Amen and Amen, the writer of lamentations. I was in a, in a difficult time because we realized that lamentations was written after the exile of Israel. They were exiled by, by Babylon due to Sin. Babylon came and and oppress them. And uh, they were exiled from Babylon And now, uh, Israel exile from Israel, Excuse me, taken into captivity in Babylon. And now what we realize is they’re recounting this author is recounting and retelling the suffering the agony that took place limitations is often a book that we skip over that we don’t just sit down and read or maybe preach from. But it is one that lets us know that trouble comes to us all, even in the kingdom of God. That trouble comes to us all. And if you’ve been through this year, you know that that that couldn’t be more true. We all walked into 2020, I’m sure with high expectations. But as 2020 continues to unfold, we realized that this would be a year unlike any other from the deaths of notable celebrities to coronavirus coming and literally shutting down everything and changing the way that we live from our economic struggles to uh, the racial and political tensions that we’ve seen so peaceful protest store or violent riots in the streets and a new president on the horizon from deaths of, of individuals that we know or us feeling the effects of sickness within our body. All of these difficulties have Taking place all within one year. And it’s safe to say that we’re not the same nation. We were before 2020 came along. We’re not the same people we were before 2020 came along. And that is what suffering will do. That is what pain will do. That is what difficulty will do. The author of lamentations is writing and he’s saying remember my affliction and my wanderings, the wormwood and my gall. My soul continuously remembers it and is bowed down within me. Now wormwood is the source of bitterness or grief and gall is bitterness and the author is remembering his affliction. His soul remembers it regularly and he’s grieved. He’s oppressed in a storm, but he realizes he’s not without hope Many of us. 2020 Delta, some difficult punches. 2020 landed some difficult punches where we were reeling in our seat. We had to take a seat and knocked the wind out of us. We had to uh, take a breather for a second because 2020 came out of so difficult In our, in our bodies. We were dealing with the effects of COVID-19 in our, in our emotions, we were dealing with perhaps the loss of a, of a loved one. We were grieved and pained at this our convenience. Our mental state is now being weighed upon because of the stay at home orders or the the curfew or having to wear a mask. All of these difficulties have come upon us. And and and the author is saying, remember my affliction, remember my wandering for us? We can remember. Yes, it’s it’s difficult because we’re still living in it. But what we have to understand is, as the author said, we are not without hope. In the midst of our difficulty, Saints of God, we must remember that we are not without hope. We are not without hope, He says. But this I call to mind verse 21. But this I call to mind therefore I have hope. What this shows me is that you’ve got to do it. You’ve got to do it. It’s not going to happen to you, but it will happen through you. But this I have hope. Hope isn’t just gonna come and knock, knock yourself on your head and you say, oh, I have hope today. No, no, no. You’re not just gonna wake up with a sudden burst of inspiration to live a miraculous day. No, no, no. This is something you’ve got to do. You’ve got to take responsibility. You’ve got to take ownership. But this I call to mind what is it that you’re calling to mind in the difficult season. You’re in. What is it you’re calling to mind over this thanksgiving holiday. This holiday season, where depression is rising, especially because of the year that we’ve just endured this holiday season, where people are sad and despondent and not really knowing what the what next steps are or how to see clearer. Everything is looking hazy and foggy. But what is it that you’re calling to mind and your pain? What is it you call to mind in your agony? What is it you call to mind and your discomfort? What is it you call to mind? In your anger? What is it that you’re calling to mind? What is it that you’re choosing to dwell on choosing to think on choosing to let marinate in your thoughts and in your mind. But this I call to mind, therefore I have hope it’s not going to happen to you, It’s going to happen through you. You’ve got to do it, David writes in psalm 43. Why are you downcast o my soul, and why are you at turmoil within me? Hope in God, for I shall again, praise him my salvation and my God. In the midst of turmoil, we have to make a conscious decision, a conscious effort to fix our mind on jesus. Turn your eyes upon jesus. You’ve got to seek his face and push past your circumstances, push past your difficulty, push past your emotions, push past your feelings, push past all of these things, not to say that these things are real. But these things should not determine your next steps. You have to push past them and seek the true and living God. Your feelings are true. You’re angry. Yes, fine. That’s that’s that’s valid. Your you’re sad. Yes, that’s that’s fine. That that’s valid. But you have to not let these things define your next chapter. You have to be able to see God in the midst of difficulty and dwell on God. But this I call to mind therefore I have hope. What is it? The author is calling to mind. What is it that is giving the author hope. In verse 22 he says, the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases his mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning. Great is your faithfulness in the midst of difficulty, in the midst of pain. In the midst of heartache, He’s calling to mind the fact that the Lord still loves him. He’s calling to mind the fact that the love of the Lord does not cease. He’s calling the fact of mine. He’s calling to his mind the fact that in his difficulty the Lord is still looking at him with care. The Lord is still looking at you in your season and saying, I am with you to comfort you. I am with you to uphold you with my righteous right hand. I am with you to hold back the flames of the enemy. I am with you to protect you from the arrows and the darts that the enemy is trying to throw at you! I am with you to comfort you. In the midst of difficulty, I am with you to give you an embrace. In the midst of your sorrow. I am with you and all that You’re going through to let you know that you are not alone. My love does not cease. My love does not end. My love does not have a comma. My love does not have a period. My love is continuing to go on and on. It’s a run on sentence. It just keeps on going and keeps on going and keeps on going. My love never ceases. And my mercies do not come to an end. I am merciful. Morning by morning! New Mercy! You see new mercies, new mercies each and every morning from Our Lord Great is your faithfulness. God’s love does not cease. Are God’s mercies do not end. Great is thy faithfulness. He’s not a man that he should lie. He’s all knowing he’s all powerful. He gives good gifts to his Children. And in him we are made new in him. We are redeemed in him. We are cleansed from past sin in him. We are made whole. So I’m 100 says the Lord is good. His steadfast love endures forever. His faithfulness endures to all generations. So that means the generations born in 2020 and beyond to all generations. We can’t say, oh God’s given up on us. Look at the year, we had, God has given up on us. Look at the difficulties we faced. God has given us giving up on us. Look at the economy right now, God’s given up on us. Look at the pain that we’re dealing with. God’s given up on us. Look at the sickness that’s ravaging the world. God’s given up. No, not so God’s love does not cease. He is not given up. He has continued to give Mursi continued to give grace even in the most difficult of circumstances. Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil because God is with me, God is with us, He is with us. In our difficulty, he is a consistent God. He is faithful when we are faithless. We must depend and rely on this fact. Let’s give God praise because of his character. Give God praise because of his goodness give God praise because because of his mercy, give God praise because of the fact that he continues to love in the midst of every and any single situation he loves. I don’t know about you but that’s good news. I don’t know about you but I think that is good, good, good news, especially with the year we’ve had, especially with the difficulties that we faced, especially with the tears that we’ve shed This year has not been an easy one. But it does not mean God has removed his love. This year has not been an easy one. But it does not mean that God is not present in our storms. This year has not been an easy one. But it does not mean that we can’t look to the Lord for our help. The 24th verse of of lamentation says the Lord is my portion says my soul. Therefore I will hope in him. Therefore I will hope in him. The Lord is my portion, says my soul. We all had a thanksgiving meals. Hopefully had something to eat on thanksgiving day. And I think it’s important for us to realize all right like you get this and you come back for seconds or you get you know some turkey with some mac and cheese, whatever you got going on. And you know, I’ll come back for this for seconds or I’ll come back for this this time or come back for this this time. But each time you get it, it’s a portion you get a portion. No one’s taking the whole turkey. All the turkeys. Just mine. It’s just me. I’m the one eating this whole and I don’t know, we’ll get a little portion. But the beautiful thing is the text says the Lord is my portion. Like this is this is mine right here, nobody’s sharing off my plate, right, this is this is mine right here the Lord is my portion says my soul. Therefore I will hope in him. God is the great I am. He is what we need. He is our strength. He is our inheritance. He is our portion. He is our peace. He is our joy. He is our love. He is our ever present help. He is the great I am. He is what we need, and he is ours. The Lord is my portion as a result of him being our portion and him being what we need. Therefore, we can hope in him. The text says my flesh and my heart may fail. But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. So I’m 73 verse 26. My flesh and my heart may fail. But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. That lets us know that, look, this life is a temporary thing and the flesh that were covered in and the heart that beats it may fail, but know that we have a hope beyond the grave. Know that in the midst of difficulty we have a hope that that that takes us from this life into eternity. God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Not for a limited time only, but forever. That means forever. That doesn’t mean for only five minutes. That doesn’t mean For only 10 minutes. That means God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever drivers a long time forever is a long, long, long time. And it’s good to know that God is your portion doesn’t run out. Doesn’t grow stale. You don’t get tired of him. God is is consistently what we need are portion forever. We need to understand that we are in relationship God is in us and we are in christ What a wonderful portion he is. The Lord is good for those who wait on him to the soul who seeks him. My soul waits for the Lord. This has been a trying year and many of us have been praying for things that perhaps didn’t happen. Maybe healing maybe uh that you kept your job, Maybe the healing of a loved one. Um, you know, maybe uh the economic struggles that hit your doorstep, You were praying for things to happen that did not happen. In fact, the opposite happened. And it’s interesting because the text says, the Lord is good for those who wait on him to the soul who seeks him. What happens when you’re waiting on the Lord to come through and and the door you’re waiting on opening, slam shut the door, you’re waiting on opening is is you’re unable to open it. It’s difficult when your your plan or you want to see isn’t what the Lord ends up doing. And it says the Lord is good to those who wait for him waiting for. The Lord doesn’t necessarily mean that God’s going to do exactly what you’re waiting on him for. He may show up with a completely different agenda. He may show up with a completely different schedule. He may show up on a completely different timetable. But are we willing to still seek him and wait for him and wait for his presence so that when he shows up and gives us comfort in our grief, when he shows up and builds us up in the midst of our disappointment, when he shows up and holds our hand and walks with us, when we can’t seem like we can’t walk alone, he picks us up when he shows up to be the God that we need in the situation, not the God that we want. Are we okay with that? Can we say, look God, I’m grateful because you showed up and I waited for you. The Lord is good to those who wait for him to the soul who seeks him. We have to understand that God’s ways are not our ways. His thoughts are not our thoughts Isaiah chapter 55 says, seek the lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way the unrighteous man. His thoughts let him return to the Lord. That he may have compassion on him to our God because our God will abundantly pardon from my thoughts are not your thoughts. Neither are your ways. My ways declares the Lord as the heavens are higher than the earth. So are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. Mhm. So interesting to to realize because so many times we put God into this box that we understand, No one saw 2020 coming and now that we’re in it, we still can’t understand it. I still can’t understand that. God. Why you, why is this happening? Why has the event? Have the events of this year unfolded the way they have unfolded? But it’s interesting because we still have to seek him. We still have to draw near to him. We still have to give him glory, give him honor and give him praise regardless of how we’re feeling regardless of the situation. And understand that his timetable is different. His timetable for us to understand is different. We’ll understand it by and by. Right. You think about the songs like that uh when you realize that God’s ways are so different than ours, we’re not gonna understand them right now, but maybe later Hindsight’s 2020. And even if we don’t understand God God’s ways, do we still trust God? Do we still trust? Okay God, I don’t understand but you’re going to make this work out for your good for my good and for your glory. The text says turn your eyes of him says turn your eyes upon jesus look full in his wonderful face in the things of this world will grow strangely dim in the light of his glory and Grace in the midst of our seasons. In the midst of difficulty, we must learn to seek God. We must learn to give God thanks. We must learn to give God praise. You say when when tis the season. Now, whatever you’re seeing, whatever season you’re in, whether it’s a thanksgiving season, whether you’re looking for forward to a christmas season, or whether you’re in a depressed season, or whether you’re in a angry season, whether you’re in a joyful season, whether you’re in a happy season, whether you’re in a sad season, whatever season you’re in, that’s the season to give God thanks, that’s the season to give God praise. We must learn to seek God in the midst of our suffering and in our joy we must learn to to reach out to God and give him praise in the midst of our suffering and in our joy in the midst of our pain and in our progress we must seek him in every season. Seek him while you’re in lac if you’re in some difficult times in your finances, seek after the Lord and give him praise, Isaiah. Chapter three Excuse me, Her back in chapter three, verses 17 through 19. Though the fig should not blossom nor fruit beyond the vines. The produce of the olive fail in the fields yield no food. The flock be cut off from the fold, and there would be no herd in the stalls. Yet I will rejoice in the Lord. I will take joy in the God of my salvation God the Lord he is my strength. He makes my feet like the deers and he makes me to tread on my high places. Beautiful. This text is because it realizes that even though your financial situation is cut off the fig tree, no blossom, no fruit on the vines, the olive fails, the fields yield no food. The flocks are cut off. Yet you can still rejoice in the Lord. You can still take joy in the God of your salvation, even though your your wallet maybe empty, even though your account may be struggling, even though you may be going through some difficult times right now, you can still trust, you can still hope you can still pray, you can still seek, you can still worship the Lord. Even in your lack though I’m in this season of lack and despair, I can still reach out to the true and living God. So I’m 34 when the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of their troubles, the Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those that are crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but say this with me, but the Lord delivers him out of them are oh, we may be afflicted Saints of God, but our God is a great deliverer, even when things are going well, we must continue to seek after God. Even when things are going alright. That’s when we forget the goodness of God. That’s when we forget how great God has been. That’s when we forget. But let us be introduced to some difficulty. There we go, hitting our knees, praying to God. There we go, giving God glory and praise. But when things are going well, can you still praise him? Can you still give him glory? Can you still uh give him the praise that is due his name? We have to give God praise and worship in every single season because we have to be thankful this this season. Right now, this holiday season, we’re thinking of thanksgiving. We have to be thankful for what God has blessed us with Deuteronomy. Chapter eight says, Take care lest you forget the Lord your God by not keeping his commandments and his rules and his statutes which I command you today lest you have eaten and are full and have built good houses and live in them. And when your herds and flocks multiply and your silver and gold is multiplied and all that you have is multiply. Then then your heart be lifted up and you forget the Lord, your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt out of the house of slavery, who lead you through the great and terrifying wilderness with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water, who brought you out water out of the flinty rock, who fed you wilderness! In the who fed you in the wilderness with mana that your fathers did not know that he might humble you and test you and do good to you in the end. Beware lest you say in your heart my power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth. This is the thanksgiving season. Saints of God and I don’t want us. We would be re missed if we went through this season. And number one not give, not give God praise through the difficulty, but number two, uh for those that maybe have not been as afflicted or affected as others to rest on your laurels and say yeah, I’ve got this. Yeah, I’m good look, I came to uh the worst of it seeming so seemingly unscathed. We have to remember that it is God that gives them that provides it is God that upholds it is God that opens the door. Do not say to yourself in a prideful way. It’s me. I’ve done this. I’m the one. No, no, no, it is the Lord that we rely on. Let us continuously remember this fact. We have to understand that we have to seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near in every single season. Not just the seasons where things are going good and not just the seasons where things are going bad. This has been a difficult and trying year. Do not let the hardness of your heart stop you from seeking the things of God. Do not let the hardness of your heart stop you from giving God praise and glory Because of your circumstance. Because of the difficulty because of the pain. Because it’s not fair because you’re in mourning, because you’re still grieve because there’s an empty seat where somebody used to sit because there are difficulties happening in our lives. Do not let that rob you of your praise. Do not let that rob you of the fact that God is still good and his mercy still endures forever. Even though you’re situation changed, our God still remains the same. Think about me, think about this with me for a moment, paul and Silas locked in a jail cell for for doing the will of God. They’re doing the will of God, doing what God instructed them to do by liberating someone of of demonic oppression. And there wrongly beaten up wrongly accused, thrown into prison, put in stocks, put in bonds, put in chains and beaten again and left in the jail cell and in this jail cell, with every single reason to be angry. Every single reason to say woe is me, God. Every single reason to say uh we didn’t deserve this. God. We were just doing what you told us to do. We were just walking out in obedience and then these people came. They beat us up. They put us in chains. They threw us in prison and here we are with every single reason to feel entitled in their anger, entitled in their depression, entitled in their misery. They instead sought the Lord. They instead said, why are we down? Cast our soul? Let us take hope in the true and living God. And they sang praises to the Lord. They worshiped him. They prayed and this song, they sung hymns and what a beautiful thing The text says that as a result of this, the earth, the earth began to shake the prison began to open up. The chains began to fall, began to fall off and paul and Silas walked out of the jail cell free. And now for us this year has been an extremely difficult one. We’ve taken some hits, we’ve taken some losses. We felt the pain, we felt uh, perhaps abandoned, perhaps confused. And maybe we have every reason to say, you know what God, I just don’t understand why this happened. And hold on to anger. Say, you know what God, I just don’t understand how could you be God and x, y and Z and hold on to sadness or stay wallowing in our sorrow. But my encouragement to you today is to, to look at what happened with paul and Silas, Look what happened in the text as they began to praise, things began to shake. Things began to shift. The chains begin to fall off and in the same way the change that this year may have put on us will fall off when we change our perspective and give praise where it’s due and seek God in every single season. When is the season tis the season right now? It’s the season to seek God right now. It’s the season to give him praise right now. It’s the season to give him glory right now. Is the season to say thank you God right now, is the season to to drop to your knees and pray right now, is the season to say God you’re worthy? Even though it’s been difficult, even though it’s not easy, even though I feel a way about it and I can’t lie, I’m still going to give you praise. I’m still going to give you honor. I’m still going to give you glory. I’m going to seek you and give you thanks. In each and every season. Give God some glory, give God some praise and know that he is worth seeking. He is worth seeking. Because when you seek him, you find him when you draw near to him, he draws near to you and if you want God to be close, you seek God during this time. If you want God to draw near, you draw near during this time so important Saints of God that we don’t let the tricks of the enemy or the tricks of our flesh. Stop us from pursuing the presence of God. It’s what we need. Saints of God. So what we need as I close, it’s important for us to know The writer of Ecclesiastes as he said in Ecclesiastes, Ecclesiastes three. For everything there is a season and every for every time there is a matter under Heaven, Time to be born and a time to die. Time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted. A time to kill, and a time to heal. A time to break down. And it’s time to build up a time to weep, and a time to laugh, A time to mourn, and a time to dance. A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together, or time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing. A time to seek and a time to lose a time to keep and a time to cast away a time to tear and a time to shoot together a time to keep in silence and a time to speak. A time to love, and a time to hate. A time for war, and a time for peace. And in all of those times, God needs to be God needs to be first and all of those times we need to see God and all of those times. We need to give God glory, and all of those times we need to give God thanks and all of those times we need to understand that it is God who should reign supreme on the throne of our hearts. So don’t let this holiday season. Don’t let this season of whatever has transpired in your home, in your, in your life, in your finances and your family and your heart don’t let that rob you of the fact that God is still worthy, that God is still good, that God is still deserving, that God is still worth seeking, that God is still merciful. Morning by morning, that God is still faithful when we are faithless, that God is still pure holy and righteous, that God is still worthy of all of our praise, that God is still alone and it is he alone that is worthy. Don’t let your situation rob you of the ability to seek God. So in the midst of it all sense of God, let’s be encouraged and let’s understand that even in the midst of difficulty in the midst of success, in the midst of pain in the midst of maybe good things coming our way, God is first and now is the season to seek him and give him glory. God bless you and thank you so much. Yeah, if you’re here listening and you’ve heard this message of tuning in and you realize, hey, I don’t have a relationship with God, I don’t know this jesus and I want to come to know him, I want to have a relationship with him. If that’s you, if you don’t have a relationship with jesus and you want one. Uh, I’m going to ask you just to pray this prayer with me. We have a text saved this number across the screen. Uh, and we’ll have someone that will be in touch with you. You’re gonna thank you so much for those that are watching for those that maybe don’t know you. I pray Lord that they would come to know you have a relationship with you and realize that they have to live changed and transformed life. I thank you for the power of your son jesus. I thank you God that he died and and lived died and resurrected father so that we could have hope and life and life more abundantly. I pray God that during this holiday season you would be a comfort to those that are lost, a comfort to those that are grieving and I pray Lord for those that don’t know you, they would come to know you and come to repentance. We thank you, we praise you, we give you glory and for those that do know you were for those that are maybe even just struggling going through difficult times in this season, I pray that you would be a solid rock on which we can stand. I pray father that you would be the hope on which we place everything Father. I thank you and I praise you that even in the midst of difficulty, you are worth it. We thank you God to give you glory. We ask these things in jesus name. And everyone said Amen. Amen and amen. God bless you. Thank you. Hello again and thank you so much for tuning in to the message at Global seven. Once again, my name is Roderick caesar the third, the lead pastor of Bethel Gospel Tabernacle. My prayer is that you were blessed and encouraged by the message. And if you want to contribute and give to the ministry, you can text B g T F I 277977. Again, you can text GT 50 277977. We’re so thankful for you and my prayer is that God will continue to strengthen and empower and encourage you as you listen to this message, we hope you tune again later and God bless you. Thank you so much.