Do you feel as though you are in transition in relation to your spiritual gift, prophetic ministry or calling?
Transition can be a difficult time. We are uncomfortable with the status quo, and yet the new opportunity that God for us has not yet manifested.
Yet in spite of the trials, transition is powerful—it heralds the fact that a new season of fruitfulness is on its way!
4 Signs You are in a Ministry Transition
Here are four signs that you may be in a God-appointed time of transition in your gift or calling, along with some keys to help you move forward:
1. Experiencing a low time in your ministry
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.” (John 15:1-2)
During a time of transition, you may have felt as though you have been in a lull; a time of barrenness in relation to your calling. You may have experienced a wilderness season.
If you feel as though you have been cut back in some way, that does not mean you have failed. Neither does it mean that you are in the wrong place. It may simply be a sign that God is at work, preparing you for greater fruitfulness up ahead.
Transition is a time for strong hope. ‘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.’ (Jer 29:11)
2. During transition, God is at work in your heart
‘Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.’ (Prov 4:23)
Your gift and ministry flows from your heart. So when God is preparing you for a new season, you will find that His Spirit is ministering to you at a deep level.
Perhaps during this time of transition, hurts are being brought to the surface for healing. You may even feel vulnerable. By His Spirit, God is wooing you. He is calling you to intimacy with Him.
Mindsets that you have had are being tested and challenged. Father is saying, ‘You cannot take that thinking with you into your next season.’ It is a time to foster a mindset of faith.
Transition is, by nature, a time in which you have difficulty finding satisfaction in your current role or achievements. Now is the time to rediscover and rest confidently in your identity as a son or daughter of God.
3. During transition, you feel as though you don’t fit
In the past, you may have fit very well in your current ministry or role. However, during transition you find that you are no longer comfortable. You may feel as though you are like ‘a square peg in a round hole.’
Because of this tension, transition can be a test of attitude, character and faithfulness.
‘Tell Archippus: “See to it that you complete the ministry you have received in the Lord.”’ (Col 4:17)
If a season is being brought to a close in your role, make it your aim to finish well, with honour and integrity.
There may be spiritual warfare at the transition stage. Your enemy wants to rob you of your destiny.
You may be presented with a ‘shortcut’ that is not God’s best for you. Transition is a time to check options that come your way with the Holy Spirit, with others close to you and with Godly oversight.
Be assured that as you remain faithful during a time of transition, your Heavenly Father is at work in the background. He is lining up people and circumstances, and preparing the way for the new opportunities that lie ahead for you.
4. During transition you experience ‘travail’
‘Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.’ (Matt 6:10)
Travail is God’s invitation to participate with Him in birthing your new season. This will be primarily through prayer and your relationship with Him. Allow the Holy Spirit to draw on the longings of your heart, to pray and intercede for what lies ahead.
During transition, your vision for the future may be clear, or you may lack clarity.
Don’t be afraid to dream and envision the next stage. Give God your imagination; give Him something to anoint, direct and work with.
‘Travail’ may also mean that practical preparations, study, or extra work is required to position for what lies ahead. Transition is not necessarily a time to slow down—be open to hearing the Holy Spirit urge you to pick up your pace.
Transition in the Life of Elijah
When God appoints a time of transition, He has already provided you ahead of time with everything that you need.
By the end of 1 Kings 18, Elijah had experienced a great victory. And yet shortly afterwards, he was on the run, fearing for his life. He was also exhausted.
God chose this brief, painful time as a transition in Elijah’s life. He encouraged Elijah to rest and gave him supernatural nourishment. Then, He gave Elijah instructions for the next fruitful season of his ministry. (see 1 Kings 19)
Elijah’s story is a reminder of the grace and goodness of God. He gives you the time needed to grieve, rest and be replenished, when you need it.
Then, at the pivotal time, God leads you into a fresh encounter Him. There, He provides you with the guidance you need to move forward.
The time has come to stride boldly into your new season.
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