Just after this morning’s Rich Thoughts For Breakfast call. . .my fine wife and I were taking communion and praying for partners. . .when I received a text from an amazing Pastor, gifted writer of over 100 books for well-known ministry leaders. . .and most of all, a close friend of ours.
“Morning, I hope you’re off to a good start.
“Can you give me a Bible illustration for targeting our seed?”
After Bev and I finished our prayer and communion time. . .I Googled “aiming your seed for a specific need.”
Imagine my surprise when the first item that popped up was a teaching entitled “7 Keys To Aiming Your Seed At Your Need” written by. . .me.
So I sent my dear friend the Rich Thoughts For Breakfast teaching. . .I would share his response back to me but it would be embarrassing because he was more than kind.
But more importantly, while I was reading the teaching. . .the Lord directed me to expand the teaching because there was more to be said. So here we go. . .
A seed is a supernatural blessing.
Genesis 1:11 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:
“And God said, Let the earth put forth [tender] vegetation: plants yielding seed and fruit trees yielding fruit whose seed is in itself, each according to its kind, upon the earth. And it was so.”
Every seed carries a specific genetic instruction on what it will produce.
We don’t have to tell a watermelon seed to produce watermelons because that invisible instruction is hard-coded in each seed by the Hand of God.
Everyone knows apple seeds bring forth an apple harvest and peach seeds bring forth a harvest of peaches. Seeds produce a harvest after their own kind.
It has always been this way, and it will never change. The seed you plant always determines the kind of harvest you reap.
I cannot stress this point too strongly. It is not the kind of harvest you need that determines the kind of harvest you will receive. It is the kind of seed you plant.
Luke 6:38 says:
“Give, and it [that which you have given] shall be given unto you”
Notice the word it in this verse. It is a powerful word. Let me paraphrase verse 38 to show just how big this word. . .it. . .really is.
Give apples, and it (apples) will be given to you.
Give clothing, and it (clothing) will be given to you.
Give money, and it (money) will be given to you.
Now read verse 38 this way:
“Give money, and it (money) will be given unto you, good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men pour money into your bosom. For with the same measure that you give money, it (money) will be given back to you!”
Personalize the verse.
“Give money, and it (money) will be given unto <<Your Name>>, good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men pour money into <<his/her>> bosom. For with the same measure that <<Your Name>> gives money, it (money) will be given back to <<him/her>>!”
We don’t need to fool ourselves. If we expect to receive a financial harvest from God, we must plant some money seeds into the work of God.
Galatians 6:7 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:
“For whatever a man sows, that and that only is what he will reap.”
Personalize this last sentence in Galatians 6:7.
“For whatever <<Your Name>> sows, that and that only is what <<he/she>> will reap.”
The kind of seed you plant is the kind of seed you will reap
Now let’s go a little further by looking at specific seeds sown by King David in the midst of a crisis when nothing else seemed to work.
2 Samuel 24:25 in the Classic Amplified Bible says;
“David built there an altar to the Lord and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. So the Lord heeded the prayers for the land, and Israel’s plague was stayed.”
First, David made a deliberate decision to honor God before making his request.
Do we make a deliberate decision to honor God before making our requests known to Him? How?
What’s the first thing you do each morning? I’m not talking about making your cup of coffee. . .some people read, meditate and pray better. . .while having their first cup of Java.
We have a sign in the bookstore that says:
“All I need today is a little bit of coffee and a whole lot of Jesus.”
I’m not a coffee drinker but when I wake up in the morning … no matter what the time … I want to eat so I can fire up my mental engine.
However, since November 28, 2017, the first thing I do each morning is walk into my home office. . .sit down in one of the two chairs that are facing each other. . .and begin my conversation with God. It’s been a life-changing experience. Sometime in the next few weeks I will be teaching about the concept of 2 Chairs from a book written by Bob Beaudine.
We honor God. . .by putting Him first.
Proverbs 8:17 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:
“I love those who love me, and those who seek me early and diligently shall find me.”
Second, when David built his altar. . .he had a specific purpose in mind.
When you pray are you specific in your request or do you offer a LGD (lead, guide and direct) prayer.
Our God is one of specificity. . .when we get specific in our request. . .He gets specific in His answer.
One of our primary requests should be to ask God to finish what He’s started in us.
Philippians 1:6 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:
“And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.”
“Brother Harold, what good work has God begun in me?”
Well, consider Genesis 1:26 in the Classic Amplified Bible which says:
“God said, Let Us [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness. . .”
That’s a pretty good work to finish.
Third, his seed. . .his prayer. . .his offering brought the desire result.
My fine wife Bev says:
“A prayer not prayed will always go unanswered.”
1 John 5:14-15 in the New Living Translation says:
“And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. 15 And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.”
Fourth, David’s specific offering solved a problem when nothing else would.
David aimed his seed to meet a specific need.
Let’s consider the specific seed of deliverance Job sowed for his friends in Job 42:10 in the Classic Amplified Bible which says:
“And the Lord turned the captivity of Job and restored his fortunes, when he prayed for his friends; also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.”
First, things turn around for Job when he offered a specific seed.
Second, Job’s seed was a prayer of deliverance for his friends.
Third, God gave Job twice as much as he had before the enemy’s attacks on his family and fortune.
Fourth, Job aimed his seed at a specific need.
Fifth, Job’s specific seed not only brought a return from God. . .but he was also blessed by the people he prayed for.
Job 42:11 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:
“Every man also gave him a piece of money, and every man an earring of gold.”
Next, in Isaiah 55:10-11 we discover how the seeds we send out. . .bring a harvest. The two verses say:
“For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: 11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
First, when we sow a seed we need to do so with specific instructions.
Second, when we send out the word (a seed) it will never return to us void.
Third, a money seed has the same potential as the Word when it comes to sowing.
Fourth, our seed. . .our Word will not return to us void.
Fifth, Isaiah 55:11 says the seed you send out “. . .shall accomplish that which I please and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” Send your seed with instructions.
Sixth, pray the Word. . .and pray over your seed.
Seventh, name your seed for whatever purpose you intend it. Your seed will obey because it has supernatural abilities in its financial DNA.
Next, let’s look at the precious specific seed sowed by the widow at Zarephath.
1 Kings 17:9-14 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:
“Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. Behold, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you. 10 So he arose and went to Zarephath. When he came to the gate of the city, behold, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her, Bring me a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.
11 As she was going to get it, he called to her and said, Bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.
12 And she said, As the Lord your God lives, I have not a loaf baked but only a handful of meal in the jar and a little oil in the bottle. See, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and bake it for me and my son, that we may eat it—and die.
13 Elijah said to her, Fear not; go and do as you have said. But make me a little cake of [it] first and bring it to me, and afterward prepare some for yourself and your son.
14 For thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: The jar of meal shall not waste away or the bottle of oil fail until the day that the Lord sends rain on the earth.”
First, God commanded the widow to provide for the prophet. The New Living Translation says God instructed the womanto provide for the prophet.
Second, the prophet gave the widow a specific instruction about what she was to sow.
“Bring me a morsel of cake [bread] in your hand.”
Third, the widow understood and shared the severity of her situation with the prophet.
In sowing seeds you don’t ignore your problem but you put your focus on the solution.
Fourth, when sowing specific seeds. . .take authority over fear. Elijah said “Fear not; go and do as you have said.”
Fifth, the prophet told her to make his cake [bread] first and then she could make what was left for her and her son.
In aiming our seed we must not base the amount of the seed on what we have but rather. . .what God instructs us to give.
Sixth, the widow woman was about to receive a mega harvest of meal and oil.
Seventh, the widow received a perpetual harvest until the rains came again.
Which leads me to our last point. . .the seven keys for aiming our seed whatever our specific need.
First, talk with God about the specific purpose for your seed.
Notice I didn’t say tell God your specific request. . .I said talk to Him about it.
Make sure your purpose for your request lines up with His Word.
As a child, one of my favorite stories was about blind Bartimaeus found in Mark 10:46-52.
As Jesus went out from Jericho, with his disciples and a great multitude, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the road. When he heard that it was Jesus he began to cry out, and say, "Jesus, you son of David, have mercy on me!" Many rebuked him, that he should be quiet, but he cried out much more, "You son of David, have mercy on me!"
Jesus stood still, and said, "Call him."
They called the blind man, saying to him, "Cheer up! Get up. He is calling you!"
He, casting away his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus.
Mark 10:51-52 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:
“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked.
“My Rabbi,” the blind man said, “I want to see!”
52 And Jesus said to him, “Go, for your faith has healed you.” Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus down the road.”
Bartimaeus got specific with Jesus and his prayer was answered.
Second, what do you believe God will accomplish through your seed?
When we name our seed. . .we are giving it a specific assignment.
What do we want from our harvest?
Healing, finances, peace, a spouse, deliverance for children, a job or a better job, more customers for your business or direction on fulfilling your vision? Whatever it is you want, name your seed.
By the way, don’t try to figure out how God is going get your harvest to you . . .that’s His job. Our job is to sow the seed and expect a harvest.
Galatians 6:7 in The Living Bible says:
“Don’t be misled; remember that you can’t ignore God and get away with it: a man will always reap just the kind of crop he sows!”
Third, is the purpose of your seed in line with the Word of God?
Two scriptures confirm this key.
First, Job 36:11 in God’s Word Translation says:
"If righteous people listen and serve [him], they will live out their days in prosperity and their years in comfort.”
Isaiah 1:19 in The Living Bible says:
“If you will only let me help you, if you will only obey, then I will make you rich!”
Can somebody say “Hallelujah!”
Fourth, speak out loud to your seed. Command it where to go and what to do.
Confess the Word over the seeds that you’ve sown. Here are three great scriptures to confess.
Psalm 1:1-3 in The Living Bible says:
“Oh, the joys of those who do not follow evil men’s advice, who do not hang around with sinners, scoffing at the things of God. 2 But they delight in doing everything God wants them to, and day and night are always meditating on his laws and thinking about ways to follow him more closely.
3 They are like trees along a riverbank bearing luscious fruit each season without fail. Their leaves shall never wither, and all they do shall prosper.”
Psalm 35:27 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:
“Let those who favor my righteous cause and have pleasure in my uprightness shout for joy and be glad and say continually, Let the Lord be magnified, Who takes pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”
Philippians 4:19 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:
“And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
Fifth, continue confessing the Word over your seed.
There are two main reasons why you should keep confessing the Word over your seed every day.
First, positive, scripturally-based confession chase the demon hoard away from your harvest. . .and yes, even out of your life.
Second, when you’re confessing the Word you’re bringing in reinforcements.
Psalm 103:20 in the King James Version says:
“Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.”
When we confess the Word of God. . .the host of heaven is loosed to work on our behalf.
Sixth, recognize that aiming your seed can help you release your faith for miracle manifestation in your life.
Aiming your seed. . .allows you to visualize your harvest.
If you feel led to sow a seed to have your mortgage paid in full. . .name your seed. As you confess the Word. . .begin to see yourself sitting at your banker’s desk as you write out a check to completely paid off your mortgage.
Ephesians 1:3 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:
“May blessing (praise, laudation, and eulogy) be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) Who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual (given by the Holy Spirit) blessing in the heavenly realm!”
Naming and aiming your seed speeds up your harvest.
Seventh, continually look to God as your source.
Your spouse is not your source. . .your pastor is not your source. . .a rich relative is not your source. . .anything the world has to offer. . .is not your source.
God is your source.
Nehemiah 8:10 in the King James Version says:
“. . .for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
Psalm 34:9-10 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:
“O fear the Lord, you His saints [revere and worship Him]! For there is no want to those who truly revere and worship Him with godly fear. . .but they who seek (inquire of and require) the Lord [by right of their need and on the authority of His Word], none of them shall lack any beneficial thing.”
One final scripture. Psalm 84:11 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:
“For the Lord God is a Sun and Shield; the Lord bestows [present] grace and favor and [future] glory (honor, splendor, and heavenly bliss)! No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.”
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