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The season springs hope anew

Published:Monday | April 9, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Page Brown, a member of the Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church in east Kingston, re-enacts the crucifixion of Jesus as he carries the cross up Gibbs Avenue in April 2010. The Christian tradition says Jesus was crucified and buried on Good Friday before his resurrection on Easter Sunday.- FILE

Steve Lyston, Contributor

At this time, particularly in this season, everyone wants solutions. But oftentimes our solutions will be found in places where it seems foolish to man. The cross is one such place.

In every situation we undergo, the cross brings victory. By giving during the resurrection season, we can partake in the victory which was won for us many years ago.

In days of old, during the first passover, each house had to sacrifice a lamb to cover every person within their household. Our passover lamb was Jesus Christ and when we partake, we are receiving the benefits of Him shedding His blood as our sacrificial lamb. Hence, all in our household will be protected.

Resurrection is a time of thanksgiving, a season when every dead thing in our lives can spring back again.

Resurrection is the Christian's passover, and this is the first of the seven feasts God instructed His people to execute. This feast is called the feast of the unleavened bread, and it is required that His people come before Him with an offering at all times and never empty-handed. Deuteronomy 16: 16-17, and Exodus 23:15 which says:

"You shall keep the feast of unleavened bread (you shall eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded you, at the time appointed in the month of Abib, for in it you came out of Egypt; none shall appear before Me empty)."

To walk in prosperity and to understand times and seasons for breakthrough, there are three specific times that God requires us to come before him and give as He has prospered us: the months of April, June and October.

Resurrection/passover brings a first-fruit blessing when we honour him. (Proverbs 3:9-10). By observing, partaking and giving during this time, the dead things in your life - your broken family relationships, your health, the lack of the presence of the Lord and the things you gave up on - can be restored.

Overcoming obstacles

Obstacles will roll away - fear, doubt, sorrow and the cares of life. It is spring time so new hope will spring alive again in you. This season carries with it the potential to break you out of your tomb, and break the cycles in your life that lead to fruitlessness.

Most importantly, it means that during this time, especially, you can resurrect a stronger connection between you and the Heavenly Father.

For those in business, giving during this season carries with it the potential to revive sales and clientele/customers, and cause you to experience debt forgiveness. King Hezekiah partook of the passover season and it resurrected the entire nation's economy.

Paul was saved from shipwreck by doing the same; and Peter was released from prison during this season. (Acts 12; Acts 27; II Chronicles 30) David's observation of the passover season caused the plagues and death during his reign to cease.

Can you imagine if our leaders gave and celebrated this resurrection season what positive effects it would have on the nation - particularly in the areas of crime and the economy?

What are the benefits of giving?

God will assign an angel to you. (Exodus 23: 20 & 23)

God will be an enemy to your enemies. (Exodus 23: 22)

God will give you prosperity. (Exodus 23: 25)

God will take sickness away from you. (Exodus 23: 25)

God will give you a long life. (Exodus 23: 26)

God will bring increase and inheritance. (Exodus 23: 30)

God will give a special year of blessing, and what the enemy stole will be returned to you and protected by God from being overtaken. (Exodus 23: 29)

If you are desperate for change, give during this season and experience the major, positive changes that will take place in your life.

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