Deuteronomy 30:9-10 (NLT)
“The LORD your God will then make you successful in everything you do. He will give you many children and numerous livestock, and he will cause your fields to produce abundant harvests, for the LORD will again delight in being good to you as he was to your ancestors. The LORD your God will delight in you if you obey his voice and keep the commands and decrees written in this Book of Instruction, and if you turn to the LORD your God with all your heart and soul.”
It was apparent as he walked through the office that my co-worker was in obvious pain, he had been shifting uncomfortably in his chair and now slowly made his way past my desk. I inquired as he walked by if he was okay or if there was anything that I could do. He just shook his head and explained that he had thrown his back out over the weekend just coming to work from the doctor. I was surprised that the doctor did not offer some relief for his discomfort. “Oh no, he did” he said, “It is right here in my pocket.” He went on to reveal that per physician’s instructions that he was to return home and rest to recover. “Why didn’t you take the medicine and do what he suggested?” I asked. He informed me that he did not like to take medicine and had things that needed to be done at work and lumbered away continuing in his suffering. Before you judge this man for stupidity as I was inclined to do, there are many times that the Lord gives us a solution to our problem and we choose to tuck it away for safekeeping rather than doing what He says. Walking in the oppression of bondage and uncertainty of fate, we abandon the confident hope and resolute faith that allows us to walk from glory to glory and victory to victory. The Lord YOUR God will make you successful in everything you do! But you have to do what the Lord says and keep His Commandments to achieve such success. Like the man who continued to walk in brokenness rather than following doctor’s orders, we too often neglect the Word of the Lord choosing to walk in depression, defeat, and despair.
Isaiah 55:9-11 (NLT)
For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to and it will prosper everywhere I send it.
God’s Word is filled with careful instructions that lead to prosperity in life. The primary goal is His Commands are to produce righteousness that will grant us eternal life. Eternal life is secured by following the Way who is Jesus Christ. (John 14:6) Jesus Christ gave His Life to offer salvation to all mankind. (John 3:16) God’s Word is not some list of do’s and don’ts designed to limit our life but to offer insight to securing righteousness by obtaining more faith and producing confident hope in the Lord. By doing this we access the Presence of God and experience the supernatural blessing of God in our life. God increases us through by the concept of “seedtime and harvest” which was established in the days of Noah. We must elevate our thinking in the Word and by His Spirit invested in us to see beyond this world into Heaven. Our inheritance is there as Children of God and supersedes anything we could ever produce in this life. But without planting, there will be no harvest. What should we plant? Faith is the field in which one plants the Word of God and waits for it to grow. Without faith, it is impossible to please God. (Hebrews 11:6) It is God who gives increase! (I Corinthians 3:6)
Genesis 8:21-22 (NLT)
“And the LORD was pleased with the aroma of the sacrifice and said to himself, “I will never again curse the ground because of the human race, even though everything they think or imagine is bent toward evil from childhood. I will never again destroy all living things. As long as the earth remains, there will be planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night.”
As long as the earth remains, there will be planting and harvest. This does not only apply in the natural but spiritual realm as well. When Noah left the ark, he did not have an increase to give from so his offering to the Lord was a sacrifice by faith. Noah gave what he had in faith that God would produce more. This offering pleased the Lord not because of what he gave but the faith by which it was offered. Even though God knew that humanity would continue to turn their backs on Him and worship other gods, He still chose to make a way for those who loved Him to access His Blessing and Prosperity. Thank you Lord for your grace and mercy! But looking more closely at the obvious, God did not say that He would continually produce a harvest without sacrifice. He said that there would be seasons of planting AND harvest. If there is no harvest in your life, it is time to check our pockets for the seed!
Matthew 17:20 (NLT)
“You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.”
Could your famine be from a lack of faith? Faith is the fertile ground that produces all of God’s Great Harvests in our life. It is the seed that makes big things happen in our life. It is the hardest thing to sow although it yields the greatest benefit. Though small in the beginning, it has difficult to carry through life that is filled with distractions. The world wants you to carry every burden by yourself rather than living the simplistic life of a farmer who always expects a harvest so continues to sow his seeds by faith. Nothing is impossible with God but nothing is possible without faith. The world wants you to look at your neighbor, co-worker and even enemies desiring what they have and struggling to produce it rather than keeping your eyes fixed on Jesus Christ the author and finisher of faith who can produce every promise that your heart desires in your life without this world’s intervention. Have you been struggling with the weeds so much that you have interrupted your harvest? (Matthew 13:24-29)
Deuteronomy 11:9-12 (NLT)
If you obey, you will enjoy a long life in the land the LORD swore to give to your ancestors and to you, their descendants—a land flowing with milk and honey! For the land you are about to enter and take over is not like the land of Egypt from which you came, where you planted your seed and made irrigation ditches with your foot as in a vegetable garden. Rather, the land you will soon take over is a land of hills and valleys with plenty of rain—a land that the LORD your God cares for. He watches over it through each season of the year!
Obedience leads to harvest every single time. You must live in the land the Lord has given you rather than wanting what everyone else has. You cannot experience satisfaction without encountering Jesus Christ so if you want what others have rather than enjoying what you have then maybe it is time to chart your course once more. What are you after in life? Prosperity comes from the Lord anything else is subject to rot and decay. It is not enough to plant one seed and wait for something to come up. “Plant your seed in the morning and keep busy all afternoon, for you don’t know if profit will come from one activity or another—or maybe both.” (Ecclesiastes 11:6) God wants to prosper your life… all of it – mind, soul and body. His Word guides us what to plant, faith tells us where to plant, but only God can give the increase. He will do it His Way in His Timing so what should you do while you wait. Keep on planting. The more you plant the more you will harvest – this is not high level intellectual thinking but a simple logical assumption. If the Word of God is true…which I believe it is. If my faith is fertile…which I strive for it to be. If I plant, God will increase it because His Word says that He will and I believe it. I just have to be willing to plant some seeds.
Deuteronomy 11:13-17 (NLT)
“If you carefully obey all the commands I am giving you today, and if you love the LORD your God and serve him with all your heart and soul, then he will send the rains in their proper seasons—the early and late rains—so you can bring in your harvests of grain, new wine, and olive oil. He will give you lush pastureland for your livestock, and you yourselves will have all you want to eat. But be careful. Don’t let your heart be deceived so that you turn away from the LORD and serve and worship other gods. If you do, the LORD’s anger will burn against you. He will shut up the sky and hold back the rain, and the ground will fail to produce its harvests. Then you will quickly die in that good land the LORD is giving you.”
Okay, I get it…I get it…I have to be obedient to experience God’s Harvest in this life. Obedience to God is not following every single commandment because you want the end result. It is loving the Lord your God and serving Him with all your heart and soul and obeying Him because we do. Tithing in order to receive greater finances is not the motive of giving that blesses God’s Heart. If all that we are after is God’s Hand, it will produce a harvest in our daily life but we will experience famine in our spiritual life which is much more detrimental. As the blessings of God make their way into our life, it is possible to become enamored more with what God is doing than who He is. Planting and harvesting does not only work for the righteous but the wicked. We must plant seeds of righteousness and holiness based on our love for God in order to bear fruit in our relationship with the Father, Son and Spirit. That is why the attitude of our giving is so important – God sees not only what you are giving but why you are giving it. It matters to Him. He is looking for His Children not manipulators.
Restore our fortunes, LORD, as streams renew the desert. Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy. They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest.
Farmers do not weep while they sow unless their planting is sacrificial. As believers, the tears shed in giving should not be because we fear lack. These tears are repentance as we sow seeds of righteousness in thankfulness for renewal of our life, restoration of our fortune which is treasure in Heaven and as He renews the desert that once was our dry and broken heart. My daughter was walking through the house with her “beloved” IPod which slipped from her hands crashing to the tile. I knew when I heard it that the glass had probably broken. Her wails only confirmed my suspicion. My attempts to comfort her were not working and I became agitated growing sterner, I told her that we do not cry over “things” but save our tears for important things like people and Jesus. I ate my own words on the spot when I remembered all the times I have had a bad attitude because I cannot get what I want when I want it. I had to repent. The harvest of our heart far outweighs anything material that the Lord will ever give us, but I believe that He will withhold certain things until they gain proper perspective in our life. Where is your harvest? I don’t know but you may!
James 3:17-18 (NLT)
But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.
Where is your harvest? Your neighbor does not have it as it is just for you. Check your pockets for the seeds you have not had enough faith to put in the ground. If you do not plant something, you will never harvest. The two go hand in hand. Check your heart for hard unplowed ground. The Lord will send rain to melt it away beginning with tears of repentance that make righteousness possible all over again. (Psalm 65:10) Begin to plant the Word of God into a firm foundation of faith and watch it grow, though it may seem slow in coming God is increasing it day by day. The harvest is for those who choose to plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness. Then all those other little things will begin to grow, too. The Lord calls those who work for peace to be Children of God. (Matthew 5:9) We are to plant seeds of righteousness and harvest crops of love. (Hosea 10:12) Love is expressed in many ways but always begins with trust and respect. Do you love the Lord today? Does your life express it? Finally, if you limit your planting – you will limit your harvest every single time! (2 Corinthians 9:6-7) We serve a Mighty God who is an awesome Provider. To hang on to His Gifts in fear that He has nothing left implies one of two things: a lack of faith or that you have chosen another god. Repentance will always lead you back to the right field to continue to harvest in this life. God will always provide seed to the sower and bread while you wait. (2 Corinthians 9:10-11) It is time to start planting again. If you never have, don’t worry I can testify with those who have that He always provides exactly what I need and way more than I deserve. “Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread.” (Psalm 37:25)
Isaiah 32:19-20 (NLT)
Even if the forest should be destroyed and the city torn down, the LORD will greatly bless his people. Wherever they plant seed, bountiful crops will spring up. Their cattle and donkeys will graze freely.