The threshing floor is a flat surface, usually smooth, which is used during the harvest of grains. Often, animals would be used to walk on and crush and break the sheaves of the grain on the threshing floor or people would use sticks to beat the grain and break the sheaves apart. As a result, the grains would be separated from the husks, which were called “chaff”. The threshing floor would often be located in a windy area, so that the final part of the process of separation would be done by tossing the grains upon the wind, thereby, finally separating the grain still in the husk from thosethat were ready to eat. The process is called winnowing.... Thank God for the winds of the Spirit, that blow away the chaff from the good things that God has planned for us.
The bible tells us that Ruth (from the book of Ruth) whose husband was the son of Naomi, had followed her mother-in -law to Israel where she was encouraged by Naomi, to go down to the threshing floor of Boaz as it is recorded in Ruth 2:20, (Speaking of Boaz, she said) “The Lord bless him! He has not stopped showing his kindness to the living and the dead. He is our close relative and he is one of our guardian-redeemers.” Ruth’s life had fallen apart. Her dreams were crushed, her husband had died, suddenly she was a single again person, and now she’s among strangers where she knows no one but her mother in law. But Naomi knows that the best place for Ruth is the threshing floor!
You see, a technician can install something, but it takes a mentor to instill something... and in between stands the threshing floor.
So Naomi encouraged Ruth to go to the threshing floor and wait for Boaz to finish tending to the barley, and then lie down for the night at Boaz’s feet. In doing this, she was demonstrating that she was choosing him to redeem her and keep her in the family. As a result of Ruth’s act of submission to Boaz, she became grafted into the lineage of Jesus Christ.
She had nothing to offer, as a stranger in the land, but in offering herself she received far more than she could possibly give. That’s what grace is all about. We who can offer so little, discover that little Is much, when we give it to our kinsman redeemer Jesus Christ and make ourselves available to Him.
Isaiah 9:6 “And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this”.
Aren’t you glad that you have a kinsman redeemer, who is waiting for you to surrender, so He can redeem you from your past and bring you into His family and give you a new life and a new future!
Look with me at Ruth 3:14 “Boaz said, “Bring me the shawl you are wearing and hold it out.” When she did so, he poured into it six measures of barley and placed the bundle on her. Then he went back to town. Now as I was studying for this message, I found out that Jewish law required, that the next of kin take the deceased relative’s wife, so that he might have an heir. I was very surprised to find out that according to the Jewish law, for Boaz to redeem Ruth, he needed to redeem Naomi’s husband’s property, and by doing so, she came with it. So, not only did he take Ruth as his wife, but Naomi as well as part of the deal. But Naomi was too old for child bearing so he redeemed the inheritance through Ruth.You probably know that Ruth’s son Obed was the grandfather of King David, which makes him of the lineage of Jesus through Mary.
Ruth 3:16-17 “When Ruth came to her mother-in-law, Naomi asked, “How did it go, my daughter?” Then she told her everything Boaz had done for her and added, “He gave me these six measures of barley, saying, ‘Don’t go back to your mother-in-law empty-handed.” What an amazing picture of God’s grace that is greater than all the hurdles we throw in front of Him!
Church, you will never fall at Jesus’ feet, and go away empty-handed! Matthew 12:20 promises... “A bruised reed He will not break, and a smoldering wick He will not quench, until he brings justice to victory, and in his name those who have been turned away will find hope.” Hallelujah, the bruised reed will be restored and made whole, and the smoldering wick, those who have lost hope, and lost their faith, will be re-fired and set ablaze!!
Threshing floors have global impact. David was instructed by the Lord to buy the threshing floor of Araunah to use as the temple site. David was to build an altar to the Lord on this threshing floor. God told David to turn the place of thrashing and winnowing, into a place of worship... When we realize all that we have been redeemed from, it causes us to build some altars and worship the Lord our restorer. Hallelujah, we need to turn some threshing floors into places of worship. When we have been tried and tested, we shall come forth as pure gold.
The threshing floor was a place of separating the worthless from that which was profitable and useful. It was a place where the chaff was gathered to be burned. But that’s exactly where our Kinsman Redeemer likes to hang around and snatch souls from judgment and give them new hope and new life! You will always find Jesus at the threshing floor.
Jesus knows how to free us from our husk, that wants to enslave us, and keep us from becoming all we were meant to be. You May remember that the mother of Boaz, was Rahab the prostitute. She is referred to as a prostitute when we first meet her at the walls of Jericho where she let down a scarlet cord from her window. She is referred to as a prostitute when she and her family are spared. She is referred to as a prostitute when she is listed in Hebrews along with all the great examples of people of faith. She is referred to as a prostitute when spoken of in James as an example of Godly action.
Was this taking place because she had a label on her that would never go away? No. This label was a reminder to those throughout history, of the redemptive work of God and his ability to make us acceptable in his sight, regardless of labels the world may place on us. The world called her a prostitute but in God’s eyes she was a rescuer, a woman of great faith, and a Godly example. She found God at her own threshing floor.
2 Chronicles 3:1 “Then Solomon began to build the house of the Lord at Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the Lord appeared to David his father, in the place that David had appointed, on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.
So, Solomon’s temple is built on the very same threshing floor where David was instructed to build an altar to the Lord! It was filled with the glory of the Lord, so that people would be overwhelmed by the shekinah.... Many want the glory, but they are not willing to come by way of the threshing floor, where the husks are separated from the good wheat.... Romans 12:1-2 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God”.
It is also significant then, that this is the same location on Mount Moriah where Abraham made the offering of Isaac, his only son. In fact, Jerusalem’s Temple Mount on Mount Moriah, known as Har Ha-Bay-it in Hebrew, has been the most disputed threshing floor in the world. And it will once again be a blessing to the whole earth when God has finished separating the wheat from the chaff....
The threshing floor is where God does His amazing work of grace. It’s where he does what He knows how to do, in threshing out righteousness from unrighteousness, carnal from spiritual, a dead end from a Godly inheritance, instant gratification from a Divine destiny!
At the threshing floor, He makes a way where there is no way, He creates something that didn’t even exist before! He turns a Saul into a Paul.... He turns Cephas into Peter the Rock.... He takes a Jacob and transforms him into an Israel who prevails with God.... He takes a red headed, freckled faced teen age shepherd boy and anoints Him as David King of Israel and When Jesus is called “Son of Joseph, son of David, he is blending both lineages in a powerful demonstration of the house hold that could only be possible by Grace!
Who have you written off at the threshing floor? But God is still threshing and winnowing.... would you please give Him a chance.... Give Him a little room here.... There’s a king in the making on the threshing floor... There’s a prophet, an apostle, an evangelist, a pastor and teacher, that’s in the works, and what a work it is!!!
Give God some room, at the threshing floor....
Matthew 25:31 “But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another....”
I believe the nations are on the threshing floor. I believe right now America is on the threshing floor.... I believe the church of Jesus is on the threshing floor.... There is a separation process going on 24/7...
Listen to me, as long as there is a threshing floor, your family is being brought into the process of God’s grace.... and the separation is happening, righteousness is raising up, your prayers are casting the good part into the air (your prayers are the winnowing fork) that’s causing the good part to be cast into the wind, so the chaff can fall away, and reveal God’s cleansing, purifying, sanctifying, work!
Don’t let up, don’t slack off, don’t lose heart.... keep using yourwinnowing fan of prayer, that is casting the good grain into the air where Holy Spirit can blow away the unrighteousness part.....
Don’t be like the guy at the wailing wall in Jerusalem, who was asked how long he had come to pray at the wall. He said “I’ve come here every day for 65 years.” He was asked how it felt to pray all those years at the wall. He said, “Well, it’s like talking to a wall.”..... Listen, know that something is happening. The winds of heaven are blowing across the threshing floor. Today is a day of visitation at the threshing floor of the Holy Spirit!
Matthew 3:12 “His fan is in his hand, and He will thoroughly purge His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the storehouse, and He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.
Notice the possessiveness: "His fan;" "his hand:" "his threshing floor;" and "his wheat." We know that Christ purchased the church with His own blood. John describes the church that Jesus bought and paid for as being His threshing floor.
This should be the place where destinies are unwrapped, and a super natural work of transformation takes place in hearts and lives.... 1 Peter 4:18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where then shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Listen friends, The church needs to feel the winnowing fan of the Holy Spirit in this hour. Separating us from the world and giving us a fresh cleansing and impartation of the Holy Spirit!
Jesus taught that the world is the field. He also told us that the primary work in the field is sowing the seed for harvest. Everyone has a job to do in the field. In our world, we sow, we water, and we reap. We witness, we testify, we pray, we invite, we help, we teach, we spread God's good news! We teach people the power of faith in God. We tell people how they can respond to the gospel through allowing the work of separation to take place as we all together, repent, surrender, and offer our lives to Christ. Our sins lose their grip as we are being filled with new life by His Spirit. Can you see this.... we sow the seed, we reap the harvest and we meet together at the threshing floor.
When the sheaves of grain were brought in from the field, they would be laid across the hard stone of the threshing floor. The grain was literally caught between a rock and a hard place. This pressure served to loosen the kernel of grain from its stalk and the husk that enshrouded it. On the threshing floor, what it had been was separated from what it would be, the future was separated from its past, old things passed away, behold all things are become new!
When folks sit under the preaching of the word of God, Holy Spirit starts applying the pressure and righteousness begins to be elevated. Choices must be made. Hearers begin to feel conviction to let go of their past and let God have His way. The power of the Word places people in a position where they must change or grow harder! The same Sun that melts butter will harden clay!
When Pentecost came to the threshing floor of the Upper Room, the disciples heard a sound like a rushing, mighty wind....Remember Ezekiel the prophet who was dropped into a valley of dry bones? As he preached, bones noisily began to reassemble. He preached some more and the winds began to blow. He preached some more and that which was dead came to life!
A weatherman in Los Angeles was once asked if the prevailing winds would clear the haze from the city. He replied that they would not. He said, "That would take a wind from somewhereelse."
That's what the Holy Ghost is. It’s the wind from somewhere else, that removes all manner of problems from our lives. While we can't see the wind, we can see the effects of it passing through, It’sa cleansing, separating, demon chasing wind!
In light of all that, let me share with you some thoughts at the threshing floor..... Strong people don’t have attitudes; they have standards and convictions. You can’t pour very much from an empty cup.... We haven’tforgotten where we came from, we just realize we shouldn’t stay there.... Stop shrinking to fit in places you’ve already outgrown.... Givers need to set limits because takers rarely do..... If it costs you your peace, it’s way too expensive..... Never wrestle with pigs. You both get dirty, and the pig likes it..... If you’re waiting for a sign from God before you start,this is it, go ahead and take it!.....
When we’ve done all we know how to do, it’s time to remember that the threshing floor is an altar where we fall down and worship and glorify the Lord of the threshing floor, who never sleeps, or grows weary. Like David and Solomon, the threshing floor is where God is telling us to partner with Him to build a temple for His glory! There is no shadow of turning with Him.....He’s willing, ready and waiting, right now!!.
Isaiah 40:28 “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even the young folks grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall. 31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint”.
We realize that perfection lies close to imperfection, wheat lies close to tares, grain lies close to chaff. We take everything and offer it to Him. The wind will perfect our praise and the fire will cleanse and purify.
For 10 days the disciples of Jesus waited in prayer for the promise. In this high place above the city of Jerusalem, work was done. Perhaps, they reminded themselves of the promises of God. Maybe they preached to one another and found that Simon Peter seemed to have a gift in that The threshing floor was now officially open for business!!
Here's a promise: The Word loosens the chaff from the wheat, the Worship lifts the chaff, and His Wind carries the chaff into the fire. And What goes into the fire is not coming out again!
I want to announce officially, that here, at Eagle’s Rest, the Threshing Floor is now open! For the saint and the sinner, for the down and outer and the up and outer, for the insider and the outsider, for the bound and the free, and for you and for me....
Closing prayer....."Heavenly Father, we come into agreement in the wonderful and powerful Name of Jesus Christ, that where two or more are gathered, there You will be in the midst of us and anything we agree upon as touching in obedience, You will surely do. Lord, in Your name, we have the power to overcome whatever difficulty we may face. It may be through it, around it, under it or over it, but we can conqueror it, through Your victory which you have given us.
The past is behind us and the future is full of hope and promise, and we speak to any hindrance and command it to bow down and yield to Jesus Name! Let Your peace flow where there was worry and fear, let Your favor now flow, where there was struggling and resistance, let Your victory overwhelm all failure and defeat! We declare that we are no longer under the problem, but it is under our feet. It tried to put us under, but we’re coming out with greater power and anointing.
Every obstacle is moving out of our way, and Your Spirit within us is greater than all that may be against us. No weapon that is formed against us shall prosper and every tongue that rises against us shall only work for good and not for evil. We declare it, believe it, and receive everything we’ve prayed, and give You glory in advance for the answer, by faith in Jesus' Name!
Now I give You praise and thank You for the answer before I see it, feel it, or enjoy the manifestation!
It’s my time to take back what the enemy has stolen from me.... It’s time to take my family back... It’s time to take my job back..... It’s time to take my joy and my strength back.... it’s time to take my vision, my promise, and my mission back... It's time to take the gifts of the spirit back......I take it back.... Satan you can’t have it anymore....In Jesus' name. Hallelujah, Praise God!!
Monday night, the Lord spoke to me in a vision, and said “Prepare Your Nets”...
This was especially attention getting, after the word I shared at the end of my message last Sunday....I don’t think I have ever repeated a word that I received, but Let me review that word with you and you’ll see why I’m excited about what the Lord said this past Monday night.....
“The seed that you have sown in the past is being called forth in this season for it is your season of crossing over.” You have been through some things that you thought would kill you and you thought you might not recover, but God said “I am going to restore the years that the locust has eaten, for My word does not come back void, but accomplishes what it is sent there to do and what you sowed in your earlier days is now going to bear fruit in these days. Many have been in a pruning season so that now in this hour you will bring forth “much fruit!” The correction that I brought into your life was not to kill you, but to heal you!! So there fore now I will bring forth the seed of the past that was sown in love and I will multiply your seed sown in this new season and it shall spring forth together! Get ready to see and know the reason for the last season is about to be made manifest to you and why you had to even become a seed that was hidden in the ground will be understood, and a great sense of loss came in your spirit and you mourned a great mourning, but I tell you unless a seed falls to the ground and dies it abides alone, but if it dies it will bring forth much fruit!! You still don’t understand many of the things you had to walk through, and you may never understand. But know that your God is faithful and He will take what was meant for harm and turn it for good. Know that God has said that ‘you would not go under but would come out with plunder.’ You have often felt you would not make it through to the other side, the loss was so great and the pain so heavy. But you are still here, still serving God, still loving God, still trusting God. Your faith is greater than it has ever been. What meant to destroy you, only made you stronger in God. You have allowed this process and yet have still gone forth after Him with all of your heart and now the time of the greater works of God is upon you!! I say to you the reaper will overtake the sower in this hour!! For this is the time of the rain, the former rain and the latter rain in the same season. This is the time of the harvest for my harvesters! This is your time for multiplication! This is the time when a small one will become a hundred and a hundred will become a thousand. For my math is not your math! My multiplication is not limited! I give you the heathen and the scoffers for your inheritance, so enlarge the place of your tent for you shall break forth on the right hand and on the left and your seed shall inherit My promises in this day! Get ready you are about to come under an open heaven. Know this and receive it for your God will accomplish it in your time!! This is the set time of favor!! Hallelujah! Come on, get your excitement back, and give God praise for the seed covenant that is even now at work in your life, in your body, in your finances, in your home, your career, your relationships, and your destiny!! Don’t let Satan muzzle your shout, your praise and your declaration!!! Some boulders that looked unmovable are being broken by the power of the seed you have sown. What looked irresistible, is having to yield to the seed covenant God made with you. The reapers are bringing your harvest, it is your season. Somebody needs to praise God for your seed covenant being activated, It’scoming forth, it’s springing up!
And He said to me again “Prepare the Nets”....
So in this vision, that I received on Monday and then it reoccurred on Tuesday night, I saw myself throwing out a net, then pulling it in full of fish. Then I saw myself going to each of my children and helping them pull their nets in. Then I went to each of my grand children and did the same. Then I went to each one in the church and helped you pull in your nets full of fishes. It seemed like hours went by, and I’ll tell you, my arms and my shoulders were getting tired and sore from pulling in nets of fishes....
The lord said to me....”My first call to the disciples, was a call to evangelism”. I looked up Matthew 4:18 “As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 19“Come, follow Me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 And at once they left their nets and followed Him.…
Then He had me turn to … Luke 5:4 “When Jesus had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Put out into deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” 5“Master,” Simon replied, “we have worked hard all night without catching anything. But because You say so, I will let down the nets.” 6 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to tear”.…And He said again “prepare the nets”
There was a guy who called his boss and told him “I can’t come to work today” The boss asks why and the guy says “it’s my eyes.” “What’s wrong with your eyes?” asks the boss. “Well, I just can’t see myself coming to work”, he said, “so I m going fishing instead…”
I wonder perhaps, if too many Christians, have eye problems, because they just can’t see themselves winning souls for the Lord even though He clearly told us that that was our mission and purpose.
I believe The Lord was telling me in this vision, that we need to start seeing ourselves involved in this last days harvest, because the time is short, and He’s saying that this harvest is going to be a supernatural harvest. We have looked at the task of harvest in the light of our own strength and ability. But the Lord is telling us that this is something supernatural. All we need to do is show up and do what we normally do, but now do it in the power, and anointing of the Holy Spirit. Miracles are not what we do, it is what He does. We need to just believe enough to show up!!
Here what the Lord is telling His church today.... Matthew 9:36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
The church without evangelism, is like, well, let me tell you what the Lord did to me to emphasize this....
He took me to a restaurant, that had a menu displayed in the front, but when I went in, no one was there to greet us so we had a seat, the waitress came over and said, “Sorry we have no food”.... So I thought “what is a restaurant, with no food”? And I went into the kitchen, and the folks in the kitchen were talking and playing cards and some were dancing and singing, and having a good time, but no one was preparing any food for the people in the restaurant, so folks were leaving without being able to eat.
Then I went down to the ocean front, where all the fishing boats had their signs up, and people were getting on the boats for the fishing trip. So I got on too, cause I love fishing. The strange thing was that there were no fishing rods and no bait on the boat. But everyone was dancing, and eating fish sandwiches which no one caught and no one was fishing. And I thought, this is weird.... And the Lord said, this is the church without evangelism. They have lost their real purpose.
Then He quoted Luke 14:23 to me....”And the lord said unto His servants, Go out into the highways and bi-ways, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled”.
The work of Evangelism is not an accident, it is done intentionally. It is not a side issue on the church program, it is the heart beat of the gospel
It was brought back to my mind, the vision that changed William Booth’s life, who was the founder of the Salvation Army. After his conversion Booth, began to preach the salvation message at 17, on the streets of London. Booth said of the Salvation Army, what should be said of every Christian organization.... "We are a salvation people - this is our speciality - getting saved and keeping saved, and then getting everybody else we can, saved as well.” In His vision, He saw I saw a dark and stormy ocean. … In that ocean he saw multitudes of people perishing in the dark waters, shouting and shrieking, cursing and struggling and drowning; and they cursed and screamed until they sank to rise no more. And he saw out of this dark angry ocean, a mighty rock that rose up with its summit towering high above the black clouds that overhung the stormy sea. And all around the base of this great rock, he saw a vast platform. Onto this platform, hesaw a large number of the poor struggling, drowning multitude who were able climb out of the angry ocean. He saw that a few of those who were already safe on the platform, were going in and helping many who were still in the angry waters to reach the place of safety …As he looked on, he saw that the occupants of that platform were quite a mixed company. But only a very few of them seemed to make it their business to get the drowning people out of the sea. … though all of them had been rescued at one time or another from the ocean themselves, nearly everyone seemed to have forgotten all about those who still needed rescuing … These people did not seem to have any deep concern to do anything about the poor perishing ones who were struggling and drowning before their eyes… They were so caught up with praying about their problems, and church fellowships, and meeting at the rescue station, and feeling good about their salvation, they were not mindful of reaching out to rescue the perishing. Because of the vision, he started the Salvation Army in 1865, which originally, went all around the various cities singing, and preaching the salvation message. They started thrift stores to provide finances for the ministry 13 years later.
Mark 1:16-20, “As He walked by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew, his brother, throwing a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 17 Jesus said to them, “Come, follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 18 Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. 19 When He had gone a little farther from there, He saw James the son of Zebedee and John, his brother, who also were in the boat mending their nets. 20 Immediately He called them also. And they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed Jesus.”
The nets spoken of here represent evangelism. And you will notice that these fishermen spent a lot of time mending their nets, so that they might effectively contain the catch of fish. If there were holes in their nets, of course the fish would escape.
I want us to look at The Enemies of Evangelism......There were many things which would damage their nets, and make them ineffective, for the fulfilling of their purpose, so let’s check outsome of the things which are the enemies of our nets, which would cause them to need mending....Again, The Lord Said “Prepare Your Nets”.....
Our next scripture deals with several of the enemies of evangelism... Matthew 9:37-38 The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few. Pray the Lord of the Harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field.”
The first enemy mentioned is PRAYERLESSNESS. How much time do we spend, praying for the harvest, The Second, enemy, is lack of workers. When we are finished praying, are we willing to say with Isaiah, “Here am I, Lord send me”... The third enemy mentioned is failing to see the harvest all around us, everywhere we are. Jesus said it is plentiful... Every day, all day long, we are surrounded with those whom God is dealing with at some level, the only thing they need is someone to show them the entrance sign to salvation and bring them in. Holy Spirit does the work, we just need to show up with our nets, and be the guides.
Another enemy of the harvest, is found in John 9:3....“As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.” This enemy is a lack of urgency, while we have the opportunities that are given unto us. The time is coming fast, when the opportunities will be over and those people will no longer have a chance. What if we defeat this enemy, by realizing we may be the last hope and chance they have...
There have been multitudes of times when I led someone to Christ and it’s the last time I saw them this side of heaven. But what a blessing to know that I will meet them someday in heaven, because of a few minutes introducing them to Christ. I usually ask if there is something I can pray with them about, and in that prayer I ask them to repeat a prayer after me, accepting Jesus as their savior....
Look at another enemy.. John 6:38-39 “For I have come down from heaven not to do my own will but to do the will of Him who sent me. And this is the will of Him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that He has given me, but raise them up on the last day.”
This enemy is “Forgetting my purpose.... I make a decision to put aside my will, when He asks me to do what He wills. Jesus on one occasion said, “Why call me Lord, if you do not do the things I ask you.” We are not just hanging out somewhere, we are sent to the place we are, for His greater purposes. I go to the grocery store and I ask, “what is your purpose for me being here Lord”.... If I’m on vacation, I ask “What is your purpose for me being here....” John says “this is the will of Him who has sent me, that I shall lose none of those He has given unto me....” This also deals with another enemy.... The fear of people.... What if we were more afraid of missing God, than we were of upsetting someone? What if we were more afraid that someone was going to spend eternity in the eternal torment of hell, thanwe were that someone may not like us! (come on now)
Woah, here’s a big enemy, that really tears up the evangelism nets..... John 4:35-36 “Do you not say, `Four months more and then the harvest'? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest..”
This is the enemy called inconvenience.” Satan loves this one. He will make sure that some emergency, some distraction, some urgent situation, or something you would just rather do or somewhere you would rather be always happens. Just when you lose your patience, when you get angry and get caught up in the thing that is frying your bacon.... OOOPs it was harvest time, but you had the gaping hole called inconvenience in your net!
Isaiah 43:7 says "Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth-- everyone who I am calling, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made."
This falls under failure to Give God the Glory.....Is there anything more important than giving God glory, or getting Him glory that He is due and deserves. We greatly Honor Him by seeking His pleasure. There is great power, effectiveness and reward in putting the Lord first. Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these. things shall be added unto you”.
The things you thought you had to do, but you obeyed Godinstead, will be added to you thru your obedience to Him. The things you put first before the Lord, will not be added.... Friend, that’s God’s promise to you.
My last scripture pretty well sums up what God is saying when He says Prepare Your Nets......It’s not only about obedience, but our motives....
Matthew 22:37 “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the greatest and first commandment. 39 And the second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” Winnie doesn’t just want me to say “I love you”.... She wants me to show her that I love her! God is no different!
Closing prayer......”Lord of the Harvest, as we live and work in our city, we see so many who are lost and afraid. And yet in our own strength, we know that there is nothing we can do unless you increase our faith and give us the boldness we need to fill this city with the hope of eternal life in Jesus. Father, we pray that as the seeds of the gospel are scattered and planted, they would land on good soil and bear much fruit. We bind and command every enemy of the harvest to leave, in Jesus name.
Lord help us to not become distracted by the many things Satan uses to keep us from the great calling of the harvest of souls. Put us where we need to be and put the words in our mouth to turn them forever to You. As we go out from this place, bring us into contact with those who have been given eyes to see and ears to hear. Direct our steps and lead us to those You have prepared.
Holy Spirit, we know that unless You build the house, our labor is in vain and yet, when You move in power and conviction, the mighty work of salvation shall be accomplished In Jesus name, and for the glory of the Father, Amen!
Now, let us lift our hands and thank Him that He has heard, and praise Him for the harvest that is coming in, for His glory!!! Hallelujah!”
Since we’re talking about seeds, it reminds me of farming, so here’s a farm humor quiz....What do you call a pig’s bath... (Hogwash).... How did the organic vegetables die? (Natural causes)..... What do you call a cow with no legs? (Ground beef).What kinds of pigs know karate? (Pork chops)...... What do you get when a chicken lays an egg on top of a barn? (An eggroll!).....What do you call a cow with no calf? (Decaffeinated)...... Why did the cow jump over the moon? (The farmer had cold hands).....
If you can’t laugh, just groan good and loud!!!
OK, Let’s look at our subject today.....”USING YOUR SEED POWER” Genesis 8:22 “As long as the earth remains, there shall be seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, these shall never cease.”
If you have bought any seeds from Home Depot, or the internet, you were part of the amazing covenant of seed time and harvest. The seeds you buy at the store, were stored in a package for months, maybe even years. But all it took for new life to take hold,were the right conditions. A little moisture, Some sunlight, and some soil to grow in. They have found seeds in the pyramids, that were dormant for thousands of years, and when they were planted under the right conditions, they grew and flourished. Think for a moment about the miracle that’s actually happening, Underground, away from all human observation or interference. But the real marvel lies in this powerful covenant process.. in spite of the fact that the seed itself falls apart and decays, losing its original characteristics, that process allows the covenant within it to be revealed, and in death, the life within it lives on when activated by the right conditions. Just as the covenant within the seed puts a demand on its environment, the covenant seed within each of us, puts a demand on the environment God has placed us in, when activated by faith and obedience. Scripture tells us Habakkuk 2:3 "Though the vision (the covenant manifestation) tarry, wait for it (have faith in it) for it shall come to pass! I’ve often seen Christians praying for more power. More faith. More wisdom, andI think that’s fine. But do we realize that we already have what we need in the power of the seed covenant! The word of God tells usthat, no matter what happens, there is indestructible seed within us that cannot be stopped, waiting for the right conditions to spring forth. The seeds of healing, of Divine joy and peace. The seeds of giftedness, and the fruit of the Spirit, the seeds of our destiny, and purpose.
You can be gone from this earth and be in heaven, in Jesuspresence, but the seed, for example, the seed that many sowed in me, who are long gone from this earth, is still growing and producing in me. (How many can say that this morning)? That seed which was planted in you is still growing, and putting a demand on your life to produce. (Are you with me, here?)
In Luke 17:5 “The disciples asked the Lord “Increase our faith.” But I want you to notice Jesus’s reply in verse 6. “And the Lord said, “If you had faith as a grain of mustard seed, you might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be planted in the sea, it should obey you.” He never specifically told them how to increase their faith. He simply showed them how to use their seed.
We live in a time where they have developed genetically altered oranges and watermelons and grapes that don’t have the inconvenience of seeds. But the tragedy of our society is that we have thought that we could have seedless actions and behaviors which would allow us to live anyway we want, without reaping the consequences of the seeds we have sown. We have convinced ourselves that we can be rude, and selfish, and disrespectful, without having a harvest of those things. But as some have said... those folks have the lights on but nobody’s home, their elevator doesn’t go all the way to the top, they’re a few cards short of a full deck, and they’re trying to dive and swim in an empty pool..
But the bible is clear, Galatians 6:7 “Be not deceived; God is not mocked for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap. 8 For he that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption, but he that sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. 9 So,let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not (don’t ever stop sowing)”.
If you were to ask me about where I see life’s greatest mysteries, I would tell you about seeds. They are probably the most fascinating part of our world that exists. Think about it. A little tiny seed is basically a treasure chest of DNA, prepared to give birth to any of a vast variety of things. Look around you. Probably the cushion of the chair you are in came from a seed, the clothes you are wearing, The rubber tires on your car, the walls or paneling of the house you live in, almost all the food you eat, and last but not least – YOU and another 6 billion people, all came from a seed.
1 Corinthians 15:37 “And what you sow is not the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or something else. 38But God gives it a body as He has designed, and to each kind of seed He gives its own body”.
For a moment, think of a computer chip. Considering that it has so much information imbedded in it, it stands on its own as quite an accomplishment, the result of hundreds of brilliant copywrites. It can be as small as the tip of a needle, but contains within it the programming data for controlling a very technical and complicated bit of knowledge. It took many years of science to design it to function properly, and it can perform many functions simultaneously in fulfilling its purpose of making available the information needed for the proper functioning of your computer.You insert it, hit the button, and it is activated!
Then, consider a single orange seed. It contains within it all the DNA information that exists about growing a tree with all the complications, photosynthesis, establishing the root system, transferring water and minerals to its body parts, responding to the proper growing and resting season, while creating oranges and seeds that will propagate future generations of oranges. And, even though the orange seed is much larger than a computer chip, it has one incredible quality that a computer chip does not have.
It is programmed with the ability to transform itself and become a perfect copy of the object it contains the information about. That would be comparable to creating a computer chip that is programmed to convert itself into an I-phone, or a golf ball, or another computer chip. Then consider that the animal or human seed, is far more complicated than an orange seed, and a small fraction of the size of the smallest computer chip, and it grows to be something much more complicated than an orange tree. It has the ability to impregnate an egg, and merge its data immediately to be able to create a completely new type of living being (with unique features unlike any other). One of a kind, with a unique set of fingerprints, eye print and voice identification. You weren't an accident. You weren't mass produced. You aren't an assembly-line product. You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted, and lovingly positioned on the earth by the Master Craftsman.
So next time you spit out a watermelon seed, do it with great respect for what that seed is. It is a physical symbol of an eternal covenant that God has entered into with every person who lives and will live. The covenant of seed time and harvest. Isaiah 40:8 The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word (seed) of our God endures forever.
Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my word(seed) will never pass away.
A single seed in the crevice of a rock will absorb nutrients from the very surface of the rock and with, sun and rain, it becomes an irresistible force that will split a boulder as it grows. Our words are like seeds. Every word has the power to produce good fruit or to break what seems unmovable and unshakable in pieces. Whether I want to acknowledge it or not, we are the planters and guardians of the seed.
2 Timothy 3:16 “All Scripture (seed) is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work”. This tells me that we are given the creative power of seeds, which will go forth and embed themselves in what we send them forth into and become that. Words of peace, words of healing, words of forgiveness, words of encouragement and instruction, that can be irresistible in the hands of God. a powerful choice: to give messages of love or hate. Jesus said, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
Each moment of each day we choose to release the force of joy or gloom, peace or discord, patience or intolerance, kindness or cruelty, goodness or corruption, faithfulness or betrayal, gentleness or harshness, self-control or instant gratification. The seeds we plant give rise to either good fruit or bad.
I’ve said it before, but we may be looking at the apples on a tree, God sees all the apples on all the trees in all the seeds of the apples we see on the tree. May God help us to never underestimate the power of every single seed we have been given stewardship of.
Isaiah 55:11 “So is my word (seed) that goes out from my mouth:It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desireand achieve the purpose for which I sent it”.
His word (seed) is referred to as.... Alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrating even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart, a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path, it endures forever, it is our shield and sword, It is a sure foundation, It is life and health, The Word was in the beginning, the Word was with God, and the Word was God, it is meat to the mature and milk to the babes, it is the truth that sets us free, it is a refuge and a strong tower, the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld the glory of the only begotten Son of God.
Author, Andy Andrews, wrote in his book, The Lost Choice, “You have been created with the ability to change the world. Every single choice you make…every single action you take…matters”. Do we always get it right, NO.... But even if just a few seeds fall on fertile soil and trees grow from those few seeds, something amazing happens. All He asks of me is to be a faithful planter who simply releases the power of the amazing, creative seed that I have been given. When Satan fell from heaven and laid the world waste so that it was without form and darkness covered the face of the deep, God planted His seed. When His kingdom was ravaged and His people had forgotten His name, God continued planting His seed. When the soil of the human heart had grown hard and cold, He planted His seed. When religion had become a ritual and the temple a trading post, He planted His seed.
Our God is constantly operating in the seed time and harvest covenant, which He made with this earth and it’s people. I quote Max Lucado..... “itwas the final stone that proved to be the supreme test of the seed. The stone of death—rolled by humans and sealed by Satan in front of the tomb. For a moment it appeared the seed would be stuck in the earth. For a moment, it looked like this rock was too big to be budged. But then, somewhere in the heart of the earth, the seed of God stirred, pushed upward, and sprouted. The ground trembled, and the rock of the tomb tumbled. And the flower of Easter blossomed. Never underestimate the power of a seed”. What is the harvest you are looking for.....? Good seed produces good fruit; it produces after it’s kind. The seed is your WORDS.
The seed is your EXAMPLE.
The seed is your SACRIFICE.
The seed is YOU!
You are the seed of God!
You can have great seed, but if it isn’t planted in the right soil, it ishindered, and handicapped. “The natural mindreceives not the things of the Spirit of God…” Your flesh doesn’t receive them, but your spirit DOES. Your flesh is screaming, “NO!” and your spirit’s crying. “YES, YES, YES!” When you start filling your heart with the good seed of the Word of God, things begin to happen differently for you. As you start believing good things, you’ll start speaking good things. Believing and speaking is what comes before receiving good things. “I believed, therefore have I spoken.” Satan wants to silence your word seeds, because He knows how powerful they are. He wants to silence your praise, your worship, and your ability to declare and decree God’s word. For example, the Bible says that you’re blessed and you might believe it, but it’s hard to get your mouth to say it. It’s hard to release it from being just in your heart and then speaking it with your mouthand releasing it into your environment. As long as your beliefs are just in your heart, they’re very limited. When you speak them out, they become unlimited. You have the seed of the Word of God in you. The seed of the Word of God inside you is programing you to prosper, to be whole and healed, and to achieve your purpose.Christ has redeemed you and He has purchased you so that you can walk in God’s favor and provision. He freed you so that the blessing of the Abraham covenant can come on you.
As you are sitting here today, God is depositing seed in you, and watering it by the Holy Spirit, as it begins depositing in the soil ofyour environment, your circumstances and challenges. Seeds of healing, Seeds of reconciliation, Seeds of giftedness, Seeds of restoration, Seeds of opportunity and new beginnings.
As I was preparing this message, I wrote down this word that the Spirit of the Lord is saying..... “The seed that you have sown in the past is being called forth in this season for it is your season ofcrossing over.” You have been through some things that you thought would kill you and you thought you might not recover, but God said “I am going to restore the years that the locust has eaten, for My word does not come back void, but accomplishes what it is sent there to do and what you sowed in your earlier days is now going to bear fruit in these days. Many have been in a pruning season so that now in this hour you will bring forth “much fruit!” The correction that I brought into your life was not to kill you, but to heal you!! So there fore now I will bring forth the seed of the past that was sown in love and I will multiply your seed sown in this new season and it shall spring forth together! Get ready to see and know the reason for the last season is about to be made manifest to you and why you had to even become a seed that was hidden in the ground will be understood, and a great sense of loss came in yourspirit and you mourned a great mourning, but I tell you unless a seed falls to the ground and dies it abides alone, but if it dies it will bring forth much fruit!! You still don’t understand many of the things you had to walk through, and you may never understand. But know that your God is faithful and He will take what was meant for harm and turn it for good. Know that God has said that ‘you would not go under but would come out with plunder.’ Youhave often felt you would not make it through to the other side, the loss was so great and the pain so heavy. But you are still here, still serving God, still loving God, still trusting God. Your faith is greater than it has ever been. What meant to destroy you, only made you stronger in God. You have allowed this process and yet have still gone forth after Him with all of your heart and now the time of the greater works of God is upon you!! I say to you the reaper will overtake the sower in this hour!! For this is the time of the rain, the former rain and the latter rain in the same season. This is the time of the harvest for my harvesters! This is your time for multiplication! This is the time when a small one will become a hundred and a hundred will become a thousand. For my math is not your math! My multiplication is not limited! I give you the heathen and the scoffers for your inheritance, so enlarge the place of your tent for you shall break forth on the right hand and on the left and your seed shall inherit My promises in this day! Get ready you are about to come under an open heaven. Know this and receive it for your God will accomplish it in your time!! This is the set time of favor!! Hallelujah!
Come on, get your excitement back, and give God praise for the seed covenant that is even now at work in your life, in your body, in your finances, in your home, your career, your relationships, and your destiny!! Don’t let Satan muzzle your shout, your praise and your declaration!!!
Some boulders that looked unmovable are being broken by the by the power of the seed you have sown what looked irresistible, is having to yield to the seed covenant God made with you. The reapers are bringing your harvest, it is your season. Somebody needs to praise God for your seed covenant being activated, It’s coming forth, it’s springing up!