#101: Successfully Navigating a Wilderness Season

September 24, 2022

Are you in a wilderness season right now?

When you find yourself in a “wilderness season,” what do you think that means? What does it mean about you? About God? About your circumstances or the people around you? What does experiencing a wilderness season mean to your future and your ability to reach your dreams?

According to many of the women I’ve spoken with over the last few years about experiencing a wilderness season, most have said things like — “Something must be wrong with me or how I’m doing things. I must be out of order. Or maybe it’s that I just can’t hear God. Maybe I did something wrong and that’s why I can’t hear him! Or I’m not trying hard enough? Oh, this is bad! I can’t figure this out. I keep trying to find a way out of here, but I keep finding myself right back at this same spot. Maybe I’ll never get out. Maybe this is the best it’ll ever be. Maybe I should just decide to settle right here. Yeah, it’s whatever.” Do you hear yourself anywhere in this thought progression?

Here’s the truth: God has placed purpose right in the midst of a wilderness season. And just as the Holy Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness, there are times when He will lead you into a wilderness season, just the same. But if you do not know that there is purpose and development and upgrade there for you in that seemingly dry place, you’ll start to doubt. And then you’ll try to figure out how to escape a thing that God has designed to prosper you in the end. All the while, spinning your wheels, stressing out and then burning out. But that’s not your portion.

In this episode of the Positioned to Prosper podcast, I’m going to be sharing with you the telltale signs of being “stuck” in a wilderness season for too long, what the purpose of the wilderness season is, the three phases you’ll go through in this season, the upgrades available to you in each, how to navigate each phase to get the most out of them, and — ultimately — how to trust God to lead you to the exit door at just the right time, so you can come out in power. Just like Jesus did!

Are you ready to jump into this? I truly believe this twenty minutes could change your life if you came to the table hungry. So grab your Bible, your journal and a pen, and . . . Let’s Go!

The Wilderness Study starts Monday, October 3rd. Want to join us? For more details and to register, head over to jesusgirlgang.com/WildernessStudy.

Scripture References Mentioned in This Episode:

Luke 4:1-15
And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness 2 for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing during those days. And when they were ended, he was hungry. 3 The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” 4 And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone.’” 5 And the devil took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time, 6 and said to him, “To you I will give all this authority and their glory, for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will. 7 If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.” 8 And Jesus answered him, “It is written,

“‘You shall worship the Lord your God,
and him only shall you serve.’”

9 And he took him to Jerusalem and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, 10 for it is written,

“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
to guard you,’

11 and

“‘On their hands they will bear you up,
lest you strike your foot against a stone.’”

12 And Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 13 And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time.

14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and a report about him went out through all the surrounding country. 15 And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all.

Links to Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

I’m all kinds of excited to share with you that I’m offering a special, Bible-based, online group study that starts on Monday, October 3rd. I wanted to invite you! It’s called How to Walk Out of Your Wilderness: A Study For the Girl Who Wants to Walk Out In Power.

In this study I’ll be teaching you about the purpose of the three different phases of a wilderness season (we’re using Jesus’ life as a template, so this thing is rooted in both the living and the written Word of God, okay?), what upgrades you can find in each of the phases, how to “expertly” navigate each of the phases, and then — How to find the exit door at your appointed time to come out in the power of the Spirit. Are you ready?

This could be just the thing you need right now. Are you ready to get moving again with power, purpose and confidence towards your God-designed destiny? Then jump in and join me and the other ladies of The Wilderness Study! I can tell you right now . . . there’s powerful breakthrough ahead.

Go here for more details and to register: jesusgirlgang.com/WildernessStudy.

Erica co-leads a local church alongside her husband, Doug, in Tampa, Florida called REVIVE Church of Tampa. You can visit the church’s website for more information about who we are, what we believe and how we show up as the Church in the heart of West Tampa and beyond.

REVIVE Church of Tampa

REVIVE Church of Tampa streams services live on Friday nights at 7pm ET and Sunday mornings at 11am ET. You can find those livestreams on our church Facebook page:

Live Services – Fridays at 7pm ET and Sundays at 11am ET

If you’re interested in joining the online campus of REVIVE Church of Tampa, you are welcome to join our community group on Facebook where we offer weekly discussion around the Friday and Sunday messages as well as discipleship Zoom groups and the opportunity to host others in your home as you stream services. You can find us here:

The ROCC: REVIVE Online Campus Community

About this podcast:

Positioned to Prosper is a weekly podcast that covers the ins and outs of what it means to live a lifestyle of breakthrough and victory in your relationships, health, finances and beyond. Your host, Erica Pyle, is no stranger to jumping without the proverbial parachute while maintaining a firm grip on godly wisdom. A self-described slayer of pragmatism and a “walk by faith” kind of girl, Erica is an unabashed believer in the power of God to radically transform lives. Front-footed in faith as she offers straight-up truth, strategies, and wisdom for living victoriously, and equipped with her love for the word of God, her certification as a holistic health coach, and years of experience in personal finance and taxation, Erica is ready to help you get positioned to prosper.

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