A Daily Word from the Word for Monday, September 2, 2013
“Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” – Matthew 9:38
Have you entered into the Lord’s harvest, my brother? Are you ready to reap, my sister? Do you acknowledge God as your Lord of the harvest, family? September is the month of harvest. It is the ninth month of the year. The number ‘9’ represents “harvest, fruit, fruitfulness, promises brought to fruition (fulfilled)” (Ira Milligan, Understanding the Dreams you Dream, © 2010, Destiny Publishers).
The modern-day prophets have been abuzz with the revelation they have been receiving from the Lord, that this month will yield a harvest like God’s people have not seen in a long time. If you have been a laborer in the field, then this is your season of harvest! I, along with many others, have sensed greatly that this is the time of a great transfer, where the wealth of the wicked that has been stored up for the righteous will now be released! (Proverbs 13:22).
I encourage you to give an extra harvest offering unto the Lord, which is above and beyond your regular tithe and offering. Sow a special harvest offering for this month of the harvest. The Lord told me to sow an offering of $18, as ‘18’ is very significant spiritually, as it is associated with the Israelites’ new beginning from bondage, a complete putting off of the old self, and fruitfulness (Thompson and Beale, The Divinity Code, © 2011, Destiny Image Publishing).
In truth, in addition to my regular tithes and offering, the Lord instructed me to sow three $18 offerings: one for my personal harvest, a second to our church’s building fund, and a third to an outside ministry. And I am very excited to see how the Lord moves for me because of my obedience to Him!
I am greatly anticipating a mighty harvest, from my Lord of the harvest, to do His kingdom work in much greater measure, larger capacity, and an astoundingly-far reach! And you should too, family! Don’t sell your Daddy short! He is a BIG GOD who loves to do BIG THINGS for His children! I am getting excited all over again just talking about it! My spirit is all wound up! Praise the Lord of the harvest! Our God is an awesome God! Can I get an “AMEN?!” Ah, now that’s better :-).
And this is so strong in my spirit: for some of you, God may be telling you to sow $180, $1800, $18000, or even more. If this is you, then be obedient to the Lord and trust Him for the harvest.
Galatians 6:9 prepares the field as it proclaims “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart!”
There are some keys to obtaining your harvest. First is the word “pray,” which is used here as an action word. It is something that we must do and do continually. The Greek word for “pray” used in this verse is deomai (pr. deh-om-ahee), and means “to literally or figuratively bind” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). In order to reap the harvest, we must yoke ourselves to Jesus Christ. And we must die daily to self, as the Apostle Paul did (1 Corinthians 15:31). In order to reap the harvest, we must bind our feet to God’s paths of righteousness and do this continually. The suffix ai (pr. ahee) at the end of any Greek word means that it is progressive—it is a ‘right now’ Word that is living and active for such a time as this.
God as “Lord” is our Kurios (pr. Koo-ree-os), Who is our “Supreme Authority.” Sadly, too many of God’s children receive Jesus as Savior, but they do not make him Lord. They are unwilling to submit and bend to the authority of Jesus Christ. Has self-will got you stiff, my brother? Are you stuck in an up-right position, my sister? Then ask God for His grace and gift to bow by making Jesus not only your Savior, but also your Lord.
Our “harvest” as used both times here is therismos (pr. thre-is-mos), meaning “the crop, harvest.” Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines “crop” as “a batch or lot of something produced during a particular cycle.”
What are you believing God for during this supernatural month of harvest? A restored relationship? A new beginning, a fresh perspective? How about a more intimate relationship with your Savior and Lord? What about a fresh field of employment or new beginnings? Perhaps a financial or healing breakthrough. Maybe it’s just to feel loved by the One Whose love held Him up on that Cross, which was meant for you and me.
Whatever crop you are in need of, abide in the field of the Savior, and look to the Lord of the harvest to bless you in an amazing new way in this new season.
Father, thank You for being our Lord of the harvest. We not only call You Savior, but we call you Lord. We bow down to You. We submit our will to Your Will, our ways to Your Ways, and we surrender ourselves to You. Help us, Holy Harvester, to keep our feet bound to Your straight paths, and to bind our minds to Your Wisdom. In Jesus Name, we thank You that our harvest is found in the One Who yielded Himself up, and allowed Himself to be broken and poured out, so that we could prosper in Him. Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to sow into your season of harvest. Choose to sow your time, talents, and finances, and to do so with a cheerful heart, and not grudgingly. Choose to pour out because of the One Who poured Himself out for you and Who now lives in you, and you in Him. And continue to fight the good fight of laboring in the fields of the Father; for God, your Eternal Seed, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2013, unless otherwise noted.