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!