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Look to the Future at Easter

Published:Monday | April 6, 2015 | 4:00 AM
Steve Lyston
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Times and seasons are critical in terms of God's blessings and deliverance of His people. Time is not just a period of religious observance, but a time set apart to bring deliverance.

There are three specific feasts that humans are required to observe for blessing to take place within their lives. Deuteronomy 16 and Exodus 23 specifically speak about the Passover period.

This season goes beyond what we call the Easter weekend. This time is set apart for the blessing, resurrection and restoration of God's people. Fifty days after Passover takes us into Pentecost. That, for us this year, is about May 24. So, now is not the time to be quibbling about whether the term Easter is pagan or not. The focus must remain on the hope that comes from this season, for us to look to the future, and to regain what we have lost through oppression, injustice, failures, defeats and every hard cycle that we have been through!

 

blood moons

 

Now, this Easter season coincides with the Tetrad - which is the series of the four blood moons. We will be seeing the final two on April 4 and September 28, respectively. Blood moons, or lunar eclipses, occur when the moon is fully in the earth's shadow, and light from the sun is bent toward the moon through the earth's atmosphere, resulting in a burnt orange or red colour - from which it gets its name - blood moon. This is what is alluded to in Joel 2:31, Acts 2:19-20, and Luke 21:28.

Scripturally, colours are significant and symbolise different things. This is the season to wear bright colorus, including gold and white. This is also the season to fast, give your best offering to your place of worship unto the Lord as a sign of your faith in Him for a better future, and give up or stay away from a few things for the period, such as sweets, soda, coffee or tea, eating out, fast food, going to the salon or barbershop, online shopping, social media, Netflix, your favourite sport, retail shopping radio, your favourite TV shows, listening to music on your cell phone, texting apps, video games, movies, social scenes, cable TV, fiction or non-fiction magazines, lunch hours, and books.

Always remember that with God's help, your future is bright. Always embrace the future. Your future is in God's hands, not man's (Philippians 3:13-14). In order to have a bright future, you also need to forget the things of the past: past failures, mistakes, losses and hurts. Move forward with the lessons you have learnt from the experiences, but don't hold on to the past things. You cannot put a vehicle in drive and reverse at the same time; neither can you move forward in a vehicle that is in reverse.

Let us double all our efforts for what is ahead. Your present circumstances do not determine your future. You can be broke today and be a millionaire tomorrow. You may be a regular Joe today and a prime minister or president tomorrow. You can be sick and distressed today and be healed tomorrow (Psalm 118:5).

 

god is your source

 

When God is your source, fear no man or circumstances. Your future is in God, and in God we trust. Faith in God is our currency, not man or princes. Confidence in man brings more problems and deception.

The measure of people's physical wealth does not determine their willingness to help. In fact, oftentimes they will not. If they do help, it is still God who has touched their hearts and they are wise enough to obey.

Many politicians make the mistake of putting their trust in other sources to give them political points and victory, while they ignore God, when He is the one who controls the future.

Many persons fear that they are going to die without fulfilling certain familial obligations - seeing their children through school and so on - because of the state of the economy or because they may not have a job. But hold on to Psalm 118: 16-7: "The right hand of the Lord is exalted; the right hand of the Lord does valiantly. I shall not die, but live and declare the works of the Lord."

I encourage all, in this season, to stop looking back on the things from which you have already been delivered. Don't be like the children of Israel who looked back to their place of slavery and bondage wishing to go back because of the food or feasts. They were being led to a brighter and better place, and so are you. Hold on to John 3:16 - Jesus died to give us a future.

- Apostle Steve Lyston is a biblical economics consultant and author of several books including 'End Time Finance' and 'The New Millionaire'.