Contributor: Alex Alajiki
Last week, we considered how to make deposits and withdrawals from our heavenly accounts. Phil.4:14-19 gave us insight into how the Philippian Church consciously made deposits into their heavenly account. We saw the various ways of making deposits into these accounts.
This week, we are progressing into the understanding of how to call in our harvest after sowing or making deposits into our heavenly accounts.
1) Harvesting Is Our Responsibility; Ecc. 3:1-2 (NLT), Prov.10:5
“For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest.”
“He that gathers in summer is a wise son: but he that sleeps in harvest is a son that causes shame.”
Any farmer that will put in the work to sow and will not bother to bring in the harvest will be considered a fool, so also, everyone that sows and never believe nor demand for harvest.
Believers are deceived in their thinking that they can just wait on God to bring in their harvest. Some are disillusioned and aggravated with God. Don’t think reaping is automatic. Don’t think once you put the money in, it’s all up to Him. You just sit back and relax and think it’s all going to just come on you. That is ignorance and confusion. We can’t sleep through our harvest or allow our harvest to stand in the field.
In Mark 4:26-29, the man did the sowing, God gave the increase and the man did the reaping.
2) How to Reap Your Harvest; Heb.11:6
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
A preacher was struggling financially. Physically, he was well and strong. He had powerful demonstrations of the spirit. The ministry was growing. The only area of trouble he had was in the financial realm. He took time to fast and pray, seeking the Lord to find out why. The Lord told him that he was not in faith where his finances were concerned. He told him that he had to receive his finances the same way he received his healing—by faith.
We must use our faith to call and bring in our harvest. The mouth is a powerful instrument of harvest. Mouth harvest whatever they speak. Our words of faith bring in the harvest.
We must expectantly command the angels to go bring in our harvest. Hebrews 1:14: “Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?”
The reapers are the angels. Matt.13:39 “ ….and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.”
3) Not Subject to this world; John 17:14-17
“I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. 15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.”
We are not subject to, nor do we live under, the dominion, rule, control or influence of whichever way the economy and the world’s system are going at the moment. Our times are subject to the authority of the Word, the blood and the Name of Jesus spoken and acted upon by the believer. The times are subject to us. We are subject to and governed by another economy and another system—the kingdom of God.
We are to thrive, not just survive.
a. Survive—barely get by, merely exist
b. Thrive—flourish, succeed, advance, prosper
1 John 5:18 “ We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them.”
We thrive and prosper in tough times. We are not subject to the economy of this world. We are to flourish in spite of what is happening around us in the world. We are untouched and unaffected.
Conclusion (Jer. 17:5-8)
The cursed man trusts himself, his heart is not toward God. The result: no fruit, no hope, no future The blessed man trusts God with his whole heart. The result: thriving tree, roots deep, no fear, produces fruit 5. Verse 8 (MSG): “They’re like trees replanted in Eden, putting down roots near the rivers—never a worry through the hottest of summers, never dropping a leaf, serene and calm through droughts, bearing fresh fruit every season.”
Most parts of this outline are culled from “40 DAYS OF PROSPERITY” by Pastor George Pearsons