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The SeedPlot for bountiful harvests (4) - Taiwo Akinola

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God In The Dynamics of Our Bountiful Harvests

I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase ~ 1Corinthians 3:6-7.

Introduction:

The Bible is replete with great promises of supernatural abundance, both for us and our loved ones (Psalm 112:1-3). Not only does God graciously supply our needs, He also supernaturally provides abundant seeds for us beyond our needs (Philippians 4:19). There can be no shortage of goodness where He is involved.

Meanwhile, it is very crucial at this point to note that the “supernatural” occasionally impinges upon the “natural”, directly causing visible manifestations beyond natural laws (John 3:8).

When such “spiritual interruptions” happen to natural things, principles and laws to create new natural states and processes, we call that “supernatural intervention”. This can happen in any facet of life, even in our harvest field. Thus, we all occasionally dance to the tune of “time and chance” (Ecclesiastes 9:11).

Examples of supernatural intervention abound in the Bible! For instance, in the space of a day, God provided abundant provisions for a turn-around miracle to a whole nation that had been utterly devastated by a terrible famine (2Kings 7:1-20).

Again, Sarah became pregnant at 90years, and gave birth to Isaac (Genesis 17:15-19; 21:1-3). Joshua also spoke to the sun and the moon, and they both heeded his instructions to give a decisive victory to God’s covenant people (Joshua 10:12-14). All these and many more are undeniable acts of supernatural intervention!

Meanwhile, there are two broad categories of the supernatural: divine and demonic! Both are mutually exclusive. Whatever is supernatural and not of God is demonic.  

Excitingly, there is a supernatural power available to all true children of God in Christ Jesus (1Corinthians 4:20). God always wants us to draw from the deep wells of His presence and power in the Holy Spirit to bring the natural world around us under His divine order.

We have the unique privilege of releasing God’s kingdom power on earth to subdue the demonic powers wherever they’re found in our harvest fields: in our minds, emotions, thoughts, bodies, finances, families, communities, churches and nations.

Yes indeed, it’s our season for bountiful harvest! Together, by the touch of God’s supernatural power, we will see the unbelievable, experience the unthinkable and witness unprecedented harvests of souls, favour and diverse miracles.

Understanding The Dynamics of Supernatural Harvests

Basically, every anticipated harvest is inside the seed (Genesis 1:11-12; 8:22). For the umpteenth time, your seeds include your treasure, time, talents, money, efforts, deeds, and positional influences sown in kingdom principles. The more you sow, the more harvest you reap!

The sowers are responsible for the seed. Albeit, having sowed the seeds, God still has to pour out His abundant grace and blessings upon them to occasion our harvests and meet our needs (2Corinthians 9:8-10). He is the God of the harvest!

In natural farming, man works laboriously to till the ground, plant the seed and manage the fields. Yet, unless God gives the sunshine, the rain, the oxygen, etcetera, there can be no harvest. This is equally true in spiritual matters.

In Zechariah 10:1, we are commanded to ask the Lord for rain and bright clouds for our fields to be fitted for the harvests. The rain here talks of the Holy Spirit. There is an awesome Holy Spirit power available to enable the believers in all our fruit-bearing ventures (2Corinthians 3:17).

Engaging The Power of God for Our Bountiful Harvests

Our loving Father-God has built a supernatural relationship between Himself and His children in Christ Jesus, for our essential supernatural engagements in the spirit realm (John 1:12). Nevertheless, it’s our responsibility to activate these spiritual facilities, and make room for the operations of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

First of all, we must train to seek God and trust Him (Matthew 6:28-33). We need God to give form to our lives; hence, if we must see new levels of supernatural engagements occasioning harvests, we must get God first (Genesis 1:1).

God is the foundation, the builder and the keeper of every good thing (Psalm 127:1). Jesus said, “without me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). The Apostle Paul internalized this, saying, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me” (Philippians 4:13).

In-between your seed and the harvest is God. Without Him, no man can see or enjoy the glory of any form of increase (1Corinthians 3:6-7). Please train yourself to trust Him and embrace His righteousness, implicitly (Psalm 1:1-3, 92:12; Hebrews 1:8-9).

Secondly, if we want to walk in God’s supernatural power and gracefully access our bounteous harvests, we must become extravagant worshipers of the Almighty God (Psalm 67:3-7). We must give our lives and our most prized possessions to Him.

This was the path chosen by the woman with the beautiful alabaster jar of expensive perfume, who broke it and poured out its content, just to honour Jesus (Mark 14:3-9). Her status soared immediately to the everlasting bound!

To worship the Lord acceptably and experience an out-flow of God’s supernatural power to excite our bountiful harvests, we must stop considering what others will think about us, or what’s in it for us. We must be focused on pleasing God, giving our entire being to Him.

Thirdly, we must keep in mind also that the seed that will bear fruits must die first (John 12:24). No seed turns to harvest until it is sown and dies. To be useful and fruitful in God’s kingdom, your life-seed must die first.

No doubt, God is raising up a generation of people for Himself! Godly people who will be used to provide leadership in spiritual matters, as well as in business, education, media,  music, medicine, technology and governments in the world.

Inside every true incorruptible seed is an invincible and indestructible heritage of power. But, that seed must fall down and die first before its fruitfulness can be unleashed. The “flesh” must perish first.

We must die to self, to sin, to man’s opinion, strange mindset, fear, etcetera. Until that happens, the unknown, invisible and imperishable heritage within us cannot be manifested!

When you’re dead to self, you’ll be humble enough to cry out for more of God’s help and mercy, regularly (Luke 5:12-13). You will be hungry and willing to go beyond what’s happening around you and seek God for more of His power in your world.

Friends and brethren, we’re in for a long-span season of miraculous harvests! Harvests of souls, desires and accomplishment!! Give it all it takes to gather your lion share of harvests in the fields.

Stay relevant to the divine agenda. Be willing to grow in the grace of God, and be humble enough to learn from other believers who know how to engage God’s power to reap abundant harvests.

Choose to be counted among men and women after God’s own heart that will fulfill God’s purposes in your generation. Determine to be an abiding and an incorruptible seed. Be ready to obey and follow the Master all the way through. Your seed shall soon produce bumper harvests!

God is here for you! Choose Him again and again: little can become much when He is in it (2Corinthians 8:9). Be hungry and thirsty for Him! Be very eager to put a perpetual end to the reign of drought and shame in your life this season (Proverbs 10:5). You won’t miss it, in Jesus name. Amen. Happy Sunday!

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Bishop Taiwo Akinola,

Rhema Christian Church,

Otta, Ogun State, Nigeria.

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