Monthly Partner Letter – July
Harvest & Work
It was early morning, I was driving out to the country to pick green beans. It was already hot. I had on long pants and a long-sleeved shirt to avoid the mosquitoes that I knew from experience would be in the garden.
In my mind, I thought, “I don’t look forward to this.” As the thought ran though my mind, I heard the Lord speak to my heart. He said, “you can’t have a harvest without the work.”
I know this is true. Harvest is work and if you refuse to do the work, you will have no harvest. Which means you must wait an entire year to have another chance at bringing in the harvest. My daughter made that mistake one year. She decided it was too much work to put up veggies for the winter. She deeply regretted in all winter long… and now she makes sure she brings in her harvest each year.
Proverbs 10:5 says; He who gathers in summer is a wise son. He who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame.
Proverbs 20:4 says; The lazy man will not plow because of winter. He will beg during harvest and have nothing.
Without the work, there is no harvest.
I love the way The Passion Translation says Proverbs 10:5; Know the importance of the season you are in and a wise son you will be. But what a waste when an incompetent son sleeps through his day of opportunity.
I was born again for several years before I realized the importance of a season. As I stated earlier, if you miss a season, you will have to wait for that time of opportunity to come around again. I have learned to not do that.
Harvesting is hard. I do not love picking green beans in the heat. I don’t like getting eaten up by mosquitoes. I don’t like lifting the pressure cooker over and over again. It is WORK. But I look beyond the work and keep my eyes on the harvest.
It IS harvest time… I see it all around me. Not only in the gardens by I see it by the Spirit of God.
Are YOU experiencing harvest? Are you seeing the times of opportunity and leaning into them? Are you doing the work to secure the harvest?
This not only applies to gardens but it applies in all aspects of life.
Most people want a harvest, but not all are willing to do the work. I understand. The work is not easy but you can’t have one without the other.
I hear from people on a daily basis who want God to meet all their needs. It’s His promise to us. However, there are conditions. When I ask about their finances or giving, they often say they cannot afford to give. There’s the problem. No seed, no harvest.
I have said it before, I don’t care if your seed is one penny, give God something to work with.
You can’t have His benefits without doing things His way. If you want a continual harvest – sow continual seed.
I cannot give one time and expect God to pour out unlimited blessings upon me. His word says if we are FAITHFUL in little..then and only then…will He make us ruler over much. In my own life, I have found when I am faithful with what is in my hand, HE ALWAYS INCREASES IT. He will do the same for you.
Today are you being faithful with what is in your hand? I know most of you are…you are partners and I thank God for you. I just want to remind you today – it’s harvest time. Make sure your seed is in the ground. Pray over that seed. Speak the word over that seed. It will take work…but if you do it God’s way…it will produce the harvest He said it would.
If you have not sown a seed yet this year for abundant harvest as prophesied….I would if I were you. I have and will continue to sow into that word…abundant harvest is mine this year….and it is yours too. This is what I am praying for each one of our faithful partners.
God is blessing His faithful ones….I know you are one of those. I am thankful for His blessing upon your life.
May the blessing of God come upon you and overtake you. May He daily load you with all His benefits. May He pour out a blessing upon you that you don’t have enough room to contain. In Jesus name!!! Amen and So Be It…