TEXT: Job 37:6-14; Gen.
INTRODUCTION: Are you
1. There are four seasons, not just one
or three.2. Much is said about fall harvest; some about
spring sowing; a little about summer plowing; almost
nothing about winter cold.3. There are 4 seasons in
spiritual as well as natural realm.4. Winter does not
come at same time all over world.5. Winter experiences
change one's attitudes toward others.I. THE PURPOSE OF
WINTER1. It may come for correction.Examples: Lot, Jonah,
Tower of Babel, 2. It may come for benefit of land.
(1) To kill off harmful insects, germs and
Example: Israel in Egypt and wilderness - needed
to shed some things.
David chased by Saul --5h00k
loose trust in man 5 power.
Churches need winter to get rid of dead wood.
(2) To bring about a good crop.
3. It may come for mercy.
(1) Joseph - to save family, Egypt, and get double
portion had to endure 13 years of hard winter.
(2) Elijah - to see a national revival had to be
hid for 3 years.
(3) Job - to prove to Satan and whole world that
God is worthy of trust under fire endured severe
II. THE CHARACTERISTICS OF WINTER
1. Ice and cold are not to be unexpected. They may not
come every day.
2. The days are short and the nights are long.
3. The face of the sun is often hid.
4. That which is not clothed or sheltered is often killed
(1) Clothing - Jesus
(2) Shelter -- Fire of Holy Spirit
III. THE BENEFITS OF WINTER
1. The more severe the winter, the better opportunity for
good crop next year. Song of Solomon 4:16.
2. It takes a deep freeze to open up earth for moisture
and to kill insects far down.
3. It is in winter time we have a better chance to see
God at work. v.7.4. It is in wintertime that snow comes.
Genesis 28:11-12.5. Matthew 10:27 - What is revealed to
you in winter night, can declare in day.
1. Some persons and things do not survive the winter.
Reason: Not sufficiently clothed or refused to
2. When a person comes out of winter, he is never the
same if he survives.3. What is not killed out that is
harmful may be given a more severe freeze next winter.4.
Now is time to get winterized.
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