The Season of the Strong Finish by Prophetess Delisa Lindsey
Matt.. 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
Ecc. 9:11 – I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.
2013 has been a year and a half. We have battled, praised, been beaten, worshipped, and have battled even more. It seems as if the enemy crouched beside us and waited for the golden opportunity to attack everything that he thought was not nailed to the coffin of our lives. He looked out for areas of our lives that should have been dead, areas that we thought we had overcome and he pounced on it like the dreaded crafty cat that he is.
We were picked at, picked on, laughed at, talked about, ridiculed, and tormented but somehow through the grace of our God and the power in the name of Jesus, we stand. We are not just standing but we are standing strong. Yes, we have bruises, lost some hair, gained some weight and lost some, but we are still clothed in our right minds. We have lived to tell the story.
To be a finisher means to complete every task assigned to the point that it never has to be repeated again. When you have finished, you have overcome. You have won. And you have persevered.
My message to you is one of empowerment. Take the lessons and hard knocks of 2013 and let them build you into an invincible creature for the Lord. Let it mold you, shape you, and conform you into the image of Almighty God. Let what the enemy used for your harm, be converted into your favor.
Many of you lost friends but what you failed to realize is that they were never your friends to begin with. You started out this year with fake folk. People who used you and mistreated you. People who needed what you have but did not necessarily care for who you are. They needed your money, your material stuff, and your name but they didn’t want you. God used a variety of circumstances to expose them and He allowed your heart to be bruised in the process so that you learn to discern better next time.
Some of you thought you had family members who for sure had your backs. You thought they would rejoice with you, stand with you, and support your visions, your books, your ministries, your stores, and your hopes, but what you found out was that within they were teeming with jealousy because they found out that you were the Joseph in the family. You were the priest of the family and the deliverer for your generation and like Miriam and Aaron, they conspired against you. But you survived because God fought for you.
Some of you had traps set up on your job to overthrow you. People wanted your positions. People wanted your favor and they despised how well you performed so they started rumors. God put a stop to it though because he allowed their dark deeds to be manifested so that even when they tried to tell a lie about you, no one would believe it.
If you had your fill of nonsense in your personal life then you had to come to church and deal with devils. You struggled all week to make it to a Sunday morning and then when you get through the front doors, you have devils waiting for you in the parking lot and on the pew seated beside you. You were confronted with gossip, backbiting, jealousy and accusations that if you weren’t as rooted in Christ as you are, when God gave the word for the House to be cleaned, you would have been taken out with the trash too. Your head was spinning. You started questioning whether you really heard God, are you in the right place, and are your leaders who you thought you were and it took the power of the Holy Spirit to deliver your mind to show you how the enemy was playing peek a boo, I got you with your own mind. Jezebel came in and washed your mind in so much confusion and turmoil that you became depressed, loss the zeal to pray, teach, preach, or even show up. The devourers came in once you let your guard down and started beating against your finances so hard that you even struggled with returning the tithe to the Lord. You were a mess but somehow, someway, God delivered. You stand here today as a testament that the power of God is real. The power to restore your mind is real and you have finished that season of testing so strong that you won’t ever have to face it again.
“The wicked man flees though no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.” Proverbs 28:1
In this season, we found out who the righteous were. God made it plain as the nose of your face. You can’t miss it because all you have to do is look around. Who is still standing? Who resisted the enemy and made him flee? Who still has a praise? Who still has their flag of un-defeat? Who still has the dance in their feet? The righteous are as bold as a lion.
Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control.” Proverbs 25:28
What the Lord required of us in this season past is un-moveablity. You may not have control over others or the circumstances that are presented to you but when you are in control of your life and your spirit man is guarded, you are not easily moved. Anything not planted or rooted is moveable. This desk is moveable, this table is moveable. It can be handled by anybody at anytime. But when someone a devil or a human devil whispers in your ear and you have no walls to hold you still, you are a person who is controlled by others. You are not like the tree in Psalm 1. Your leaf will wither, you will not bring forth fruit in your due season because you are easily moved. Anybody has access to you and can control your movements.
Some of are you in season of athletics. You have been in a losing season for awhile but you failed to realize that the times of loss were in actuality preparing you for your winning season. Case in point, Panthers – 2012 season 6-9 this season 11-4. They were losing so miserably in their last season that people picked on them. Even life time fans refused to go the games. People were ridiculed for wearing the jerseys after their loss but the Panthers kept practicing and changed their game plan. In this current season, because the pains of last season were so evident and still fresh, when they lost their first three games, they were ready to send Coach Rivera packing. They were not about to start a brand new season with losses. After losing their first three games of this season, Coach Ron Rivera’s head was on the hot seat. And people will treat you like that too. When the church is filled and service is anointed which takes us all collectively, the people are in love with their leaders and their church but the moment things take a downward turn, they abandon ship and seek replacements. Abandonment in time of peril is not unusual. The same thing occurred to Jesus, when the going gets tough, the tough gets going, and the cowards get gone.
But just like you, with a seasoned and well trained quarterback, you can make it. You can pull yourself out of the slump and make it to the playoffs. You can even go all the way if you are willing to push yourself. Now, Coach Rivera is hailed as a winning coach because he has a team who believes that they can win. They are not placing the blame on one person, they are all working collectively together for a win-win. It is the team approach that God the Father believes in when He formed the world with the Three Persons of the God-head. Jesus started His public ministry with a team of twelve. And you and I need much more than that. Team players have endured in this season and it is they who will succeed in the next. We cannot live our lives as if we don’t need anyone. Only satan likes for you to be solitarily confined so that he can divide and conquer. But if you plan on being on successful in God in this next season to come, you must learn to participate, cooperate, and celebrate. 2014 is not for the one man bands, 2014 is for team players with Heavenly Kingdom mentalities and mandates.
As I close, in the words of our dear elder and brother, Apostle Paul, I encourage you. In 2013, you have been poured out as a drink offering. You have fought the good fight, you have finished the race of 2013, and you have kept the faith. May you receive the crown of finishing well and may it manifest in your relationships and circumstances in Jesus name. Onward.
The Season of the Strong Finish, © 2013. Delisa Lindsey, PDL Ministries