Seedtime & Harvest

Then Isaac sowed in that land [in the time of famine], and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the Lord blessed him. The man began to prosper, and continued prospering until he became very prosperous (Genesis 26:12-13, NKJV)

Throughout life and throughout Christianity we see the relentless principle of sowing and reaping. There are many scriptures that reference the power of seedtime and harvest; here are two:

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. (Galatians 6:7, NKJV)

Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness (2 Corinthians 9:10, NKJV)

Isaac found himself living in a time of famine. Famine describes a season of lack, pestilence, illness, starvation, dehydration, economic downfall, financial hardship, among other things. Famine is not a term we like to hear, and we certainly do not want to experience.

In Genesis, Isaac demonstrates for us the two separate economic systems the believer experiences: 1.) The world’s system which is under the curse of the law (that we have been redeemed from) and 2.) God’s system that is heavenly in origin.

Isaac chose to live according to God’s system of economics in the time of lack. Faith sows seed when in the natural you want to stockpile. God’s economy has never operated on the stockpile method, but has always operated in generosity.

The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself. (Proverbs 11:25, NKJV)

Because Isaac trusted the Lord, he became very prosperous. He was so prosperous that the Philistines envied him. Is it possible that God desires to prosper your life in such a way that the unbelieving see the goodness of God overflowing in your life? Is your time of lack keeping you from sowing seed generously? Our God is not a stingy God, and He desires to abundantly bless His children.

We know that unfaithfulness in our tithe invites a curse on our finances. We understand that unless the seed is sown, no harvest can be produced. However, many times out of fear, forgetfulness, or pride with do not sow, and miss out on the harvest that follows. Many people want the blessing of the Lord on their finances, and yet do not sow their seed.

Here’s a some thoughts regarding your financial seeds and God’s promised harvest:

 

  1. All finances God places into your hands contain SEED for sowing and BREAD for eating. Be careful not to eat your seed, or there will be no future harvest. (2 Corinthians 9:10)
  1. Every seed contains a miracle, but the miracle only happens when the seed is sown. (Proverbs 3:9-10)
  1. Only God can produce the harvest. We are responsible for sowing and receiving. (1 Corinthians 3:6)
  1. The righteous live under the blessing of God, and have been redeemed from the curse of law. Righteous living brings the blessing. (Galatians 3:13; Deuteronomy 28:1-14)
  1. Your source of income is about more than putting food on the table; it is an opportunity for the Kingdom to advance in the earth. “I make a living to be a giver.” Every seed sown into God’s Kingdom affects someone’s life. (Philippians 1:1-8)
  1. Financial deposits are accredited to your heavenly account as you sow your seed. God takes notice of every seed sown, and His accounting is perfect. (Philippians 4:17; Luke 21:1-4)
  1. Know the difference between seed and need. If He’s not meeting a need, there must be seed. (Matthew 6:31-33)
  1. Your harvest is in proportion to the seed sown. (2 Corinthians 9:6)
  1. Be willing to give away what is of temporary value to gain something of eternal value (Matthew 6:19-21)
  1. Faith in God to protect, provide, and preserve you releases you from fear of lack and the control of poverty. (Philippians 4:19; Psalm 122:7)

 

Unlocking the Commanded Blessing

Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Ephesians 4:1-3, NASB

I don’t know about you, but I am completely incapacitated after reading this. Paul has issued a challenge that in human efforts is hard to achieve.

Walk worthy of the calling, humility, gentleness, patience, tolerance in love, unity, peace–Does Paul know who he’s talking to? Does he realize he’s writing to a church congregation? Could it actually be possible for a group of people to actually preserve the unity of the Spirit?

Later in Ephesians 5:18, Paul gives us the insight to doing exactly this:

“And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord: always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father; and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ. (Eph 5:18-21)”

The Holy Spirit enables us to live in unity, in love, to walk worthy of the calling, live in humility and gentleness. When consumed by worldly pleasures, our delight is in gratification of self. When we are consumed by the Holy Spirit, our pleasure is in Christ. Where man receives his pleasure, this is the path that man will journey.

If you find pleasure and motivation in money, you will make every effort to become richer. If you desire to walk in love and preserve the unity of the Spirit, you will make every effort to be consumed by the Holy Spirit.

How can you encourage those around you to find their motivation in the Holy Spirit? Help others find their pleasure in God! How can we dive deeper as a church into the plans and purposes of God? We must be filled with the Holy Spirit.

We must make every effort to experience God and go deeper in Him individually and corporately. I believe, one of the greatest moments for a body of believers to unlock the commanded blessings of God through unity is in corporate saturation in God’s presence through prayer and worship.

Psalm 133 describes this corporate anointing that unlocks spiritual blessings:

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, coming down upon the beard, even aaron’s beard, coming down upon the edge of his robes. It is like the dew of Hermon coming down upon the mountains of Zion: For there the Lord commanded the blessing–life forever.

There is an eternal supply of supernatural anointing oil. This oil described in Psalm 133 is a picture of the person of the Holy Spirit. He will cover us–our mouths, our hands, our feet to speak, to work, and to walk in the commanded blessing of God that comes from supernatural unity.

Enjoy the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace today. Step in a little deeper to this River of Life!