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THERE IS A SEASON



INTRODUCTION:
TO EVERYTHING THERE IS A SEASON
KJV Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
1.  To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
 2.  A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
 3.  A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
 4.  A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
 5.  A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
 6.  A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
 7.  A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8. A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

I. A TIME TO BE BORN

PHYSICALLY (THE WOMAN GIVES BIRTH)
KJV John 16:21
 21.  A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.

SPIRITUALLY 
KJV John 3:3-5
 3.  Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
 4.  Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?
5. Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

II. A TIME TO DIE
PHYSICALLY
DIE THEN BE JUDGED
KJV Hebrews 9:27
27.  And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

SPIRITUALLY (YOUR OLD MAN MUST DIE TO BE NEW)
KJV Romans 6:1-6
 1.  What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
 2.  God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
 3.  Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
 4.  Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
 5.  For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
6. Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

ALSO IT IS NOT APPOINTED BUT POSSIBLE TO DIE (WALK AWAY)
KJV Romans 8:12-13
 12.  Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.
13. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

III. A TIME TO PLANT AND PLUCK

SOW THE SEEDS
KJV Luke 8:5-15
 5.  A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it.
 6.  And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture.
 7.  And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it.
 8.  And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
 9.  And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be?
 10.  And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.
 11.  Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
 12.  Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.
 13.  They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.
 14.  And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.
 15.  But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

THE LORD WILL DO THE PLUCKING
KJV Matthew 13:24-31
24  Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:
25  But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
26  But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
27  So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?
28  He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?
29  But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
30  Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
31  Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field:

IV. A TIME TO KILL AND A TIME TO HEAL

FIGHT AND KILL EVIL AS PAUL SO PROPERLY DID
KJV 2 Timothy 4:7
7. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

SAVE (HEAL) THE LOST, BLIND, AND HARDENED
KJV John 12:40
 40.  He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.

V. A TIME TO BREAK DOWN AND BUILD UP

BUILD A GOOD FOUNDATION IF THE FIRST WAS NOT PROPERLY BUILT
KJV Matthew 7:24-27
 24.  Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
 25.  And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
 26.  And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
27. And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

VI. A TIME TO WEEP AND MOURN, LAUGH AND DANCE

THOSE THAT LIVE FULL AND LAUGH UNPREPARED FOR THE COMING WILL WEEP
KJV Luke 6:25
 25.  Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.

THOSE THAT SUFFER FOR CHRIST WILL BE HAPPY
KJV Luke 6:21
21. Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh.
 

VII. A TIME TO GET AND KEEP OR LOSE AND CAST AWAY

GET THE WORD AND KEEP IT
KJV Luke 11:28
28. But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.

LOSE YOUR SINS GET RID OF THEM
KJV Ezekiel 18:31
31. Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel?

VIII. A TIME TO REND (TEAR) AND SOW, SPEAK OR SILENT

DO NOT TRY TO SEW THE OLD SINFUL SELF WITH SOME NEW, THE TEAR MAY GET WORSE
KJV Mark 2:21  No man also seweth a piece of new cloth on an old garment: else the new piece that filled it up taketh away from the old, and the rent is made worse.

PREACH THE WORD IN ALL SEASONS
KJV 2 Timothy 4:2
2. Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

IX. A TIME OF LOVE AND HATE / WAR AND PEACE
FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT, FLEE UNRIGHTEOUSNESS
KJV 1 Timothy 6:10-12
10.  For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
 11.  But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
 12.  Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

LOVE GOOD AND HATE SIN
KJV Hebrews 1:9
8. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

IS TODAY YOUR DAY OF SALVATION?  IS THIS THE SEASON?
 

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