7 Things To Do While Waiting For Your Harvest

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I’m often asked what a person should do between the time they sow their precious seed and they receive their awaited harvest.

As I’ve reflected on that question over the years. . .I feel led to share seven things you should do from the moment your seed goes into the offering envelope as you wait for the manifestation of your harvest. 

1.     Find Seed-Faith Scriptures that Reflect Your Expected Harvest and Read Them Every Day.

I encourage you to compile a list of the scriptures that stirs your faith during the offering or that were included in the letter you received from a good ground ministry.

You can compile your list on index cards, a journal or in your Smart Phone or other electronic toy.  It’s important you have easy access to this list of scriptures during the day like regardless of the instrument you use.

If God used a particular scripture to stir your faith to sow a seed. . .that seed-faith scripture should be on your list.

Here are two scriptures that confirm my faith in sowing and reaping, giving and receiving and planting and harvesting.  There are other scriptures but these verses ought to stir up the fire of your belief in seed-faith sowing.

Genesis 8:22 says:

“While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.”

This one verse should settle the issue about the scriptural significance of seedtime and harvest.  If you don’t doubt night follows day. . . winter follows summer . . . how can you doubt that harvest will always follow seedtime? 

Simply said: if you don’t sow, you won’t reap.  How much clearer can it be?

Galatians 6:7 in the Amplified Bible confirms the laws of the harvest when it says:

“Do not be deceived and deluded and misled; God will not allow Himself to be sneered at (scorned, disdained, or mocked by mere pretensions or professions, or by His precepts being set aside.) [He inevitably deludes himself who attempts to delude God.] For whatever a man sows, that and that only is what he will reap.”

What you sow. . .that and that only is what you will reapThe principle works the same whether you are sowing corn, money, blessings or rude behavior.  You will receive a harvest of your own making.

2.     Personalize And Memorize One Seed-Faith Scripture Every Day.

Now that you’re carrying your list of scriptures . . . get them down deeply in your spirit.

Memorize one of the scriptures listed below. . .every day for the next seven days.  If you want to spend seven days memorizing one scripture. . .that’s okay. . .at least you’re heading in the right spiritual direction.

Here are seven scriptures I encourage you to personalize and memorize.

First, Deuteronomy 8:18 says:

“But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth <<YourName>>  power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.” 

Second, Isaiah 48:17 says:

“I am the Lord thy God which teacheth <<YourName>>  to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that <<YourName>> shouldest go.”  

Third, Psalm 35:27 says:

“Let them shout for joy and be glad, who favor my righteous cause. Ye, let them say continually, “The Lord be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant, <<YourName>>.”  

Fourth, 3 John 1:2 says:

“I pray that <<YourName>> may prosper in all things and be in good health, even as <<YourName>>‘s soul prospers.” 

Fifth, 2 Corinthians 9:8 in the Amplified Bible says:

And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to <<Your Namel>>, in abundance, so that <<Your Name>>, may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation].” 

Sixth, Proverbs 10:22 says:

“The Lord’s blessings brings wealth to <<Your Name>>, And He adds no trouble to it.” 

Seventh, Psalm 112:3 says:

“Wealth and riches shall be in <<YourName>>‘s house: and <<his, her, their>> righteousness endureth for ever.”  

Please remember. . .we strongly suggest you focus on one scripture at a time. . .until you have it completely memorized . . . then go to the next.

There are lots of other scriptures you could add to this list . . . but I’m just giving you seven of my favorite.

3.     Confess the Scriptures On A Regular Basis.

From the first moment you confess a scripture, you’re loosing a spiritual dynamic that can energize not only your seed but your life as well.

Psalm 103:20 says:

“Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.”

Child of God, when you speak the Word of God. . .you are summoning the strongest. . .most elite. . .angels to work on your behalf.  The scripture says they are called to carry out the Word.

When you speak the Word of God, angels are commanded to bring it about.  Hallelujah.

Hebrews 1:14 says angels have a divine assignment and Christians are the recipients.  :

“Are they [angels (vs 13)] not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?”

In the Strong’s Concordance ministering is the Greek word leitourgikos (G3010) and it means:  “relating to the performance of service, employed in ministering.”

However, G3010 is from the same root word leitourgeō (G3008) and it means:

“to assume an office which must be administered at one's own expense.”

Now get ready for this: the word ministering also means:

“to do a service, perform a work of those who aid others with their resources, and relieve their poverty.”

As I read the word resources, the Lord brought Ephesians 3:16 in the New Living Translation to my attention:

“I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit.”

Angels have unlimited resources in ministering to you. . .and it all begins with you confessing the Word so they’ll be sent out.

4.     Read Books and Listen To CDs That Feed Your Faith.

If you’re serious about your future success, then minimize sports or political talk radio or the music stations . . . listen to teaching CDs instead.

Listen to your pastor’s sermon from last Sunday, or a professional development teaching series or any of the absolutely fantastic teaching CDs from the Harold Herring website.  Educate and empower yourself while you drive.

If you commute more than 30 minutes a day. . .five days a week. . .whether it’s to work or on errands. . .that’s 150 minutes a week. . .7,800 minutes a year or a total of 130 hours per year in your daily drive. . .which equals over 16 work days a year.  Think of your future when you are feeding that much new and exciting knowledge into your mind each year.

Now let’s look at this from a little different perspectiveIf you take 130 hours a year. . .that would translate into three college courses with three credit hours each.  Consider the fact that the average person spends 500 hours in the car…that would equal two semesters with a full load.

In other words, in four years based on the average time a person spends in a car, you would have the equivalent learning experience of two semesters or one year of a university educationYou don’t necessarily have to have the degree if you are putting the knowledge to work for you.

5.     When The Enemy Or Your Circumstances Create Doubt --Remember Who’s Working In Your Behalf.

2 Corinthians 4:16 in the Message Bible offers some pretty good advice when it says:

“So we're not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There's far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can't see now will last forever.”

As believers. . .we must not look at our circumstances with a natural eye but with the eye of the spirit. . .regardless of how badly things appear to be.

In 2 Kings 6:15-17 there is a powerful interchange between Elisha, the prophet, and Gehazi, his servant. . .this passage should be a witness and encouragement to every believer about how to respond in seemingly impossible circumstances.

The scripture says one morning when Gehazi got up early to pick up Krispy Kreme doughnuts and a copy of the USA Today newspaper for the prophet he saw with a natural eye what he perceived to be real trouble.

“15 And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do?

16 And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.

17 And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.”

No matter what you’re facing. . .no matter how bleak things may look. . .you’re not alone or outnumbered. . .the host of heaven is ready to intercede on your behalf.

Just remember. . .God is doing more for you right now that you can’t see so He can bring into manifestation the things you can see.

6.     Get Your Eyes Off Your Seed And Focus On Your Harvest.

At the very moment that you drop your seed into the offering bucket or place it in the ministry envelope . . . you need to shift your focus from the seed you’ve sown to the harvest you’re about to receive.

2 Corinthians 4:18 in the Amplified Bible translation says:

Since we consider and look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are visible are temporal (brief and fleeting), but the things that are invisible are deathless and everlasting.”

When a farmer sows seed into the ground. . .he is no longer looking for the seed but rather his focus is in anticipating the harvest which is soon coming up in the field.

It’s very important that you begin to visualize and verbalize what you’re expecting to receive in your harvest.  You never hear a farmer say he sure hopes his seed will come up or that he’s mighty concerned about it producing

Hebrews 11:3 in the Amplified Bible says:

“Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”

Vision, wisdom and knowledge are the keys to developing an attitude and lifestyle of positive expectation while you’re waiting for the manifestation of your harvest.

Proverbs 23:18 says:

“For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off.”

Proverbs 23:18 in the New Living Translation says:

“You will be rewarded for this; your hope will not be disappointed.”

Expectation brings manifestation and His rewards.

Proverbs 24:14 in the Amplified Bible says:

“So shall you know skillful and godly Wisdom to be thus to your life; if you find it, then shall there be a future and a reward, and your hope and expectation shall not be cut off."

No matter what your circumstances look like. . .your expectation creates manifestation.

The Message Bible translation of Proverbs 24:14 says:

“Likewise knowledge, and wisdom for your soul—Get that and your future's secured, your hope is on solid rock.”

Child of God, are you getting this?  Your expectation secures your future and gives you a hope that immoveable.

Your future is secured when you expect to receive the manifestation of His best . . . all that He has to offer you.

7.     Don’t Stop Sowing While Waiting For Your Harvest

One of the absolute worst things you could do while waiting for the manifestation of your harvest. . .is to stop sowing and just wait.

Stopping breaks His blessing flow.  Tithing keeps the windows of heaven open … while sowing seed offerings gives God the measurement by which He can measure abundance back to you

Let me make it clearer:

You either tithe or you don’t.  Tithing is not a sometimes thing.

Tithing is not something you do when you feel like it or when you’re not under financial pressure.

If you stop tithing you have effectively closed the windows of heaven over your life.  You block the blessing flow.  Tithing is the principle God gives us to guarantee we have a continual flow of blessings but we must choose to keep the windows open to receive.   Malachi chapter 3 explains the benefits of an open heaven in more detail.

A failure to tithe will create an inability to thrive financially.

I have found over the years that when a person is consistent in their offerings there is an accompanying expectation of a continual harvest.

The scripture is also clear about how offerings are determined

Luke 6:38 in the New International Version says:

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."

The amount you receive is determined by what you give.   The last part of Luke 6:30 in New Living Translation says:

“The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.”

At the Debt Free Army we say it this way.  If you give in thimbles, you may receive a hundred thimbles-full.  If you give in buckets, you may receive a hundred buckets-full.  The measurement you use determines what is measured back to you.

One of the enemy’s greatest weapons is to create doubt in your mind about the inevitability of your harvestHe wants you to think that’s it’s never going to happen.   Our inconsistency in giving just feeds the doubts the enemy is creating

As my fine wife Bev says. . .seed left in the barn will never produce a harvest in the field.

Here’s what you do. . . sow for a continual harvest.  That way you never have to experience a dry spell.

Proverbs 23:17-19 in the New Living Translation says:

“Don’t envy sinners, but always continue to fear the Lord.  You will be rewarded for this; your hope will not be disappointed.  My child, listen and be wise: Keep your heart on the right course.”

The scripture doesn’t say “you might be,” or “you could be” or “you should be.”  it says you WILL BE REWARDED. 

But you have a part to play: BE EXPECTANT!  BE FOCUSED ON YOUR HARVEST.

One final thought on this teaching and it’s found in Romans 8:25 in the New Living Translation:

“But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.”

It’s not if your harvest is coming. . .it’s only a question of when.

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