Welcome to 2017. I pray that this year will be a year filled with wonder, awe and surprise. I pray that you be blessed and that all the plans and purposes that God wrote in your book (scroll) of blessing, (hope and a good, prosperous and successful future) manifest in glory and honour to Him.
Have you ever sat down and considered what your harvests looks like? This was not really something I had ever considered until those words came out of my mouth while fellowshipping with some friends over the Christmas season. Everyone just looked at me and they were just as taken by those words as I was.
As I sat and thought about harvests, I thought about how seeds reproduce themselves and multiply. This is a physical/natural law. When you sow corn, you reap corn. When you sow grass seeds you get grass and so on. Over and over the same principal is observed in this world. Dog seed produces dogs and cat seed produces cats and human seed produces humans.
However, if you sow peace do you reap peace? If you sow meekness do you reap meekness? If you sow kindness do you reap kindness? These are not natural seeds, they are seeds that come from another realm or dimension. Jesus said that if you sow to the flesh you will of the flesh reap (harvest) destruction but if you sow to the spirit you will of the spirit reap life.
The Bible says the fruit, another word for seed, of the spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, meekness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control. When you sow these attitudes or behaviors in your thoughts, your words, and your actions, you are going to reap a harvest filled with life and good things. This harvest will prosper you and cause you to be successful in all you do. These are the seeds of the kingdom of God and they come with great rewards or harvest.
Take meekness for example. In Matthew Jesus said that the meek are blessed because they will inherit the earth. Meekness does not harvest or produce more meekness in the kingdom of God it produces an inheritance called the earth. In other words, when you meditate on, and take to heart, and do the things that God instructs you to do you end up reaping or harvesting all that the earth has to give you. I think that’s a pretty great harvest.
When your thoughts, words, and actions are filled with the seeds of the spirit realm you will reap the things from the kingdom of heaven – health, wealth, wisdom, freedom, understanding and a life that is filled with the glory of God, in spite of the problems that arise. Every problem is the soil in which to plant your seed. I dare you to sow to the spirit and see what wonders they will produce in your life.
May 2017 be the year in which you not only plant but also water and reap abundant harvests from the kingdom of your Father.
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