“While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest…shall not cease”(Genesis 8:22 NKJV).


From the Beginning, God established as a law that there would be sowing and reaping. He put the seed in the grass, the herb and the tree to produce after it’s kind. What is in the tree is in the seed, and what is in the seed will become the tree. To activate this law there must be a sowing of the seed, whatever kind it may be, if the desired harvest is to be manifest.


Someone asked Smith Wigglesworth, who was recognized for having great faith, “How they could have such great faith to see the type of miracles which he experienced. This was his reply, “First the blade, then the ear, then the full corn in the ear”(Mark 4:28). What is the principle? Great faith does not come over night. It is a process of development over time, as is the law of the harvest. This means that among other things, if you want to grow anything from the seed, it must be placed in the right environment.


In Luke’s Gospel, chapter 8, Jesus tells “The parable of the sower”. The sower knows that the seed will produce what it is intended to produce (30,60,100-fold) if placed in the right condition. The soil is the proper environment in which the seed can grow.

The prophet Isaiah makes a striking parallel of this fact: “For as the earth brings its bud, as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth, so the LORD GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations”(NKJV). If you want a harvest of righteousness in your life you must plant in faith in the right environment. God is our environment. David declares, “In Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forever more”(Ps. 16:11 NKJV).


We can’t expect the fruit of righteousness to spring forth out of uncultivated soil. Hosea calls God’s people to “Break up the fallow ground” by turning (repentance) or returning to the Lord.

Pursuing God honoring relationships will bring forth a righteous harvest. Paul wrote to the Corinthian believers who lived in a cultural environment much like today where “anything goes”(Except of course the Name of Jesus, prayer and separation from evil!). He wrote, “Don’t be deceived: Bad company corrupts good character”(1 Co 15:33). What was it that made the Early Church in the Book of Acts so attractive?  Those who were true followers of Jesus, the Messiah, “Continued steadfastly in the apostles’ teaching, in fellowship, in meal sharing and in prayer”(Acts 2:42). They didn’t do this once a week but as a daily habit. It takes at least 21 days for a habit or a lifestyle change to take place. When constantly practiced, a habit, as someone observed, “is a stubborn thing”. Show me where anyone constantly spends their time, energy, and money, and I will tell you what that person is becoming.

Jesus gives us the secret to a harvest of righteousness in our life. “Abide in me, and let my words abide in you…Apart from me you can do nothing”(Jn 15:3-4). It’s the time that we spend with Jesus in solitude, prayer, worship and fellowshipping in His Word that really determines our harvest. Nothing else will do.


I end on a practical note. I was recently asked, “How can I sow to reap in the area of health?” I give my basic answer here in hopes that it will be a blessing to others as well.

“I believe that you can sow toward health in three ways: (1) Make sure that there is no ground or cause for any sickness in life. There may be sins, personal or from the past in family lines, that can provide an opening for the enemy to bring sickness into our lives. We must ask God to reveal any areas where that may apply and go before Him, confess them, and repent of them. This closes the door to  any “legal” right the enemy may have to torment with sickness or disease.(See Prov. 28:13; 1 Jn. 1:9) (2) We can sow in faith by maintaining a proper diet. What we take into our body (which is the Temple of God) is very important. We see in the scriptures how God gave Israel special instruction in dietary laws to keep them both holy and healthy. (3) Come before God, in faith, “sowing His promises” for healing. “He sent His Word and healed them”(Ps. 107:20a).

Read and claim Psalm 103:1-5; Matthew 8:1-17; 1 Peter 2:24. All of these passages tell us that we serve a God Who DOES want to heal us; He DESIRES to heal us, and He DID heal us on Calvary’s Cross! Healing is part of His Atonement. Just as we reached out for our salvation by faith and have grown both in our understanding, so too, we can reach out in faith for our healing. Peter reminds us that “By His stripes we WERE healed”. Claim this promise without wavering, believing for it’s manifest reality. Delays are not denials. Sometimes the wait makes us stronger in Him before we SEE what we have BELIEVED. Sow in faith; reap with joy!

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