Break the Cycle – Part 9
- The first step to reaping your harvest is to rightly discern your harvest.
You need to discern:
- When your harvest is.
- Where your harvest is.
- How much your harvest is
A spiritual harvest is not discerned in the natural by looking at natural circumstances.
You will be able to tell by the witness of the Holy Spirit in your spirit. Learn to pay attention to the leading of the Holy Spirit in your spirit.
(1 John 2:20 NKJV) But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things.
You might not be able to explain it but you will have a knowing in your spirit.
- A key indicator that harvest time is near is joy in your spirit.
(Psalms 126:5-6 KJV) They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. (6) He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.
- You sow in joy, you wait in joy, and you reap in joy.
In John’s Gospel Jesus said many times, My hour is not yet come. But then in Chapter 12, Jesus said the hour has come that the Son of man should be glorified.
If you do not know that the hour is now, then it isn’t.
The Holy Spirit’s job is to reveal the timing of the harvest to your spirit.
(Luke 5:1-11 NKJV) So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, (2) and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. (3) Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. (4) When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” (5) But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” (6) And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. (7) So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. (8) When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” (9) For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; (10) and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.” (11) So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.
- Make sure your harvest is ready by your thanksgiving and praise.
(Psalms 67:5-6 NLT) May the nations praise You, O God. Yes, may all the nations praise You. (6) Then the earth will yield its harvests, and God, our God, will richly bless us.
Praise and thanksgiving help things move along, since praise and thanksgiving are the language of faith.
“The depth of your praise will determine the magnitude of your harvest.” —Jerry Savelle
Say things like:
- “Praise God, my seed always produces a bumper crop.”
- “Thank You, Lord, the hundredfold return is working for me all the time.”
- Keep the weeds out of your garden!
(Genesis 2:15 AMPC) And the Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to tend and guard and keep it.
Keep (HEB) = To put a hedge of thorns around it, to watch over it; to guard, protect and safeguard
- Weeds include unforgiveness, bitterness, strife—anything to do with walking outside of love.
- You pull up the “weeds” and cast them out with your words.
- When you sense in your spirit that it is harvest time, you begin to call in your harvest.
(Isaiah 41:15 AMPC) Behold, I will make you to be a new, sharp, threshing instrument which has teeth; you shall thresh the mountains and beat them small, and shall make the hills like chaff.
In the Hebrew, the word teeth means “double-edged”.
God says He will give us an instrument to harvest that is double-edged.
(Hebrews 4:12 NKJV) For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
(Revelation 1:16 NKJV) He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength.
(Isaiah 49:2 NKJV) And He has made My mouth like a sharp sword; In the shadow of His hand He has hidden Me, And made Me a polished shaft; In His quiver He has hidden Me.”
Make your words line up with your harvest.
(Romans 4:17 AMPC) As it is written, I have made you the father of many nations. [He was appointed our father] in the sight of God in Whom he believed, Who gives life to the dead and speaks of the nonexistent things that [He has foretold and promised] as if they [already] existed. [Gen 17:5]
- Always remember, God is your source!
God is not limited to your paycheck that you receive on your job.
(Philippians 4:19 BBE) And my God will give you all you have need of from the wealth of his glory in Christ Jesus.
(Philippians 4:19 MSG) You can be sure that God will take care of everything you need, his generosity exceeding even yours in the glory that pours from Jesus.
Don’t try and figure out how God is going to meet your needs or provide the harvest. He is not limited to just one channel or way of getting something to you.
(Matthew 17:24-27 NKJV) When they had come to Capernaum, those who received the temple tax came to Peter and said, “Does your Teacher not pay the temple tax?” (25) He said, “Yes.” And when he had come into the house, Jesus anticipated him, saying, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth take customs or taxes, from their sons or from strangers?” (26) Peter said to Him, “From strangers.” Jesus said to him, “Then the sons are free. (27) Nevertheless, lest we offend them, go to the sea, cast in a hook, and take the fish that comes up first. And when you have opened its mouth, you will find a piece of money; take that and give it to them for Me and you.”
“Piece of money” – Greek “stater” which was the exact amount to pay the tax for two people.