PREPARING FOR YOUR HARVEST(Pt. 1)

“Except a grain of wheat fall into the ground and die it abides alone, but if it dies it will bring forth much fruit”(John 12:24 NKJV).

“Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit from the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain”(James 5:7 NKJV).

GOD GIVES EVERYTHING IN “SEED” FORM

Someone has called the Book of Genesis “The seedbed of the Bible”, meaning that every major doctrine or teaching in the scriptures finds their origin in the first Book of the Bible. By the same token God lays down in principle form His Law of Harvest: Everything is given in “seed” form. Notice in Genesis chapter one, “Then God said, ‘Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth’; and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God said that it was good”(Genesis 1:11-12 NKJV).

In God’s creative order He established a law that He would not have to keep creating grass or herbs or trees. He put the “code” upon the grass, the herb and the tree in order that everything would produce after its kind. For example, if you plant a watermelon seed you won’t get a pumpkin. Watermelon seeds don’t yield pumpkins. They have a genetic code on the seed that only produces watermelons and so forth. You will reap a harvest according to the seed which has been sown. If you know what type of harvest you want you must plant the right SEED in order for it to yield an expected harvest. The farmer has an expectation that that which he has sown is what his harvest with look like. So this principle applies to the kingdom of God in spiritual matters.

Did you notice that The LORD God established the Law of the Harvest on the “3rd day” of creation? Hidden in a mystery on the Third day of creation is the mystery hidden, waiting to be revealed of the “Third day” resurrection! In other words, the natural principle would give way to the spiritual, which was to come through Jesus the Messiah.

LIKE THE FARMER

In John’s Gospel, Jesus used the analogy of the farmer to express the mystery of His coming death and resurrection. “Now the Greeks among those who came to worship at the feast…came to Phillip…saying, ‘Sir, we wish to see Jesus’…And Phillip told Jesus. But Jesus answered them, saying, ‘The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified. Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain”(John 12:20-24 NKJV). What the devil incited men to do in putting Jesus to death was in the Father’s plan. He knew that in Jesus Christ was the very seed of God. “God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself”(2 Co 5:19a NKJV). Further still, God wanted a greater Harvest! He wanted “MANY sons like unto His Son”(Heb 2:10). God wants us to understand that the Quality of the harvest is just as important as the Size of the harvest. This is why the Lord takes such care in our life, because He is conforming our lives to the image of His Son, Jesus Christ. And He will do so with our cooperation (Read Phil.1:6, 2:13).

PATIENT EXPECTATION

Above all, if we are preparing for our harvest it will require faith and endurance. The farmer goes to sleep, resting knowing that what he has sown will come up at the right time. And so it is true for we, His people. It is the Law of the Harvest. “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for WHATEVER a man sows, that he will also reap. For he that sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he that sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith”(Gal. 6:7-10). What are you planting in your garden? That is what will you reap.

Copyright(c) 2011, Walter Fletcher Jr., All rights are reserved.  This article may be copied free of charge provided that it is not altered in any way from it’s original content.  Send any correspondence to:Walterfletcherjr@gmail.com

Advertisements

%d bloggers like this: