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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Transitions

by Jay Burns

Note: Jay Burns is a Relevant Ministry Board member.  He shared a devotion about transitions with the RM Staff at their Christmas gathering.  In his devotion, Jay shared seven steps for transition that we wanted to pass on to our RM Blog audience. 

Transitions can bring feelings of anxiety, fear, apprehension, or uncertainty.  During a time of transition, we need to remember that God is all knowing.  He knows what He is doing!  Isaiah 46:10, "I made known the end from the beginning from ancient times, what is still to come I say my purpose will stand."  


What’s important is that we cooperate with God when He has a transition in mind for us.  We need to realize that often what causes feelings of anxiety, etc., is our inability to see the future like God does.  Isaiah 43:18-19, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.  See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?  I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

A key element when we are in a transition is cooperating with God!


Here are the seven steps that Jay shared that we need to take in a time of transition:

1.  Be open and flexible to God's plans and purposes 

  • Isaiah 55:9, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

2.  Surround yourself with Godly counsel as you move forward into new things

  • Proverbs 15:22, “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.”

3.  Speak less and listen more with each new step 

  • James 1:19, “Take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak.”

4.  Depend on relationships that are Christ-centered, Bible-believing, and Spirit filled 

  • Hebrews 10:25, “Not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another.”

5.  Learn from any past mistakes and start fresh as you transition into new opportunities

  • Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

6.  Do not get frozen with feelings of fear or uncertainty 

  • Isaiah 41:10, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

7.  Share your vision and what God has put on your heart to achieve with others 

  • Habakkuk 2:2-3, “Then the Lord replied: Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.  For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false.  Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.”

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