The Time is Now

Preached by Christopher Adams, September 28, 2008

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Now is the time for an incredible harvest!

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One of my favorite things in the world is to take in the Central New York trees a-blaze in their full glory of color! There’s always that one maple that decides to turn first that takes me by surprise and reminds me that summer is gone and winter is just around the corner.

Daniel 2:21 says, “He changes times and seasons; he sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.” God wants us to recognize and discern not only the changing physical times and seasons, but He wants us also to recognize the crucial spiritual seasons in our lives! (Study out 16:1-4)

In what life, mind and heart-area is God calling you to change radically?

“The Time Is Now” preached by Chris Adams
Sunday, September 28, 2008

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
Question: What does the fall season mean for you?
Question: How do you know that it is a harvest?
• Solomon had all of what man could have searched for.
• All of these things in your life point to one thing: There is a time for everything.
• God in control of your life.
Question: How are you going to understand your life if you are caught up in it?

Daniel 2:21
• God sets up kings.
• God is in control of all the times.

Matthew 16:1-4
• The Pharisees and Sadducees were the rulers of the Jewish religion of the day.
• Jesus had compassion.
• Jesus was serious.
• These were a group of people who held onto the façade of religion.
• The Pharisees were hardhearted toward people and rebellious toward God.
• Jesus in His genius wanted to help them to understand the spiritual season in their lives . . . that they were living just like Jonah . . . but that they could be saved just like Jonah!
Question: How rebellious was Jonah?
• Jonah struggled with his motivation.
• Jonah had to work through it.
• God worked it out (Luke 9:23)
• It was going to take the cross to forgive their sins.
• It would jar them out of their religious traditions.
Question: Do you understand the signs of the times?
• Sin, righteousness and repentance are important.
• A lot of times, you get so afraid of dealing with your sin.

1. It is time to believe God.
John 4:7-34
• Jesus came up to this woman.
Question: What was His real purpose?
• Jesus really got into her heart.
• She was talking to the Son of God.
Question: Is it going to be easy if you are going to have a real faith and belief in God today?
• Sometimes, you do not want to deal with the past.
Question: Have you forgiven others?
Question: Have you forgiven yourself?
• There is hope and forgiveness.
• God’s plan meets your individual needs.
Question: How much truth did the woman have in her life?
Question: How much spirit did she have left?
• You have what you need to believe.
• The four stages of faith are chaos, conformity, questioning and conviction.
• Conformity means to follow God’s way and God’s law.
• Now you start to see it in your life.
• Those convictions need to be your own.
• Questioning leads to conviction.
• Conviction is what you believe and what you apply to other people.
• People should live like this because Jesus died on the cross.

2 Corinthians 6:1-2
• If you do not question your convictions, then you will eventually fall back into chaos.
• You do not know if you will make it out of the chaos stage alive.
• The time is today.
• God expects you to make the decision.
Question: What is the area that you do not believe God in?
Question: What can’t you forgive someone in?
• You cannot ignore God.
• God cannot be mocked.
• You need to make the decision to believe.

2. It is time to deal with heart sin.
• You can conquer impurity.

Acts 3:18-20
Question: When do the times of refreshing come?
• Repentance: change of mind leads to a change of action.
Question: Have you repented?
• Sometimes, God puts you in a place where you have to repent.
• For years, the pain that the woman felt was unbelievable.
• Jesus was making fishers of men.

John 4:42
• Jesus helped her to repent and to believe.

3. It is time to reap a harvest.
• You start living your life with a purpose.

2 Timothy 4:2
• The other – you are chosen for a purpose.
• You are in the Kingdom of God.
• It is time to grow your faith.
• It is time to repent.