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Are you prepared for a harvest?
Two farmers were waiting for their harvest season. Farmer A went out and cleared his field, planted seeds, watered and nursed the field every day. Farmer B planted some seeds, kicked back and waited. Which farmer do you think had a harvest?
We heard about preparing the field while watching the movie: Facing The Giants, And realized we can apply this same principle to our own lives.
All of us approach life with great expectations. Entertaining “New Year Resolutions” such as: eat better, get out of debt, lose weight, pray more, read our Bible more, attend church more, serve more, etc. However, whether we are content with our harvest in life all comes down to how we prepare.
Whether or not you reap a harvest, will be a direct reflection of your efforts. Whether you made God the center of your efforts and invest in preparation. While preparation will look different for each of us; there are some things we can do no matter the season we find ourselves in.
You have to know where you are in order to know where you are going.
The first step to change is recognizing something needs to change. And the only way to identify change is by taking a close look at our current status.
Be honest with where you are; there is no right or wrong answer.
Ask yourself what do I want to do, where do I want to be, and why do I want it?
Purpose to be specific. We are encouraged in Habakkuk 2:2 to write the vision and make it plain, and 1 Corinthians 14:40 tells us to do all things decently and in order. To help keep your vision in front of you, consider writing it down on what we like to call a vision board,(basically a white board and place it somewhere where you can see it all year.
“Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it.” ~ Habakkuk 2:2 (NKJV)
James 1:5 tells us if we lack wisdom ask, and it will be given to us freely. Seek God for wisdom in your plan, your goals and be flexible, allowing God to change your plans if necessary.
We serve a God who answers prayer, so don’t be afraid to ask for what you need.
While we allow the Holy Spirit to direct us, God still expects us to have a plan. Remember we are to do things decently and in order. Creating a plan is a tool that keeps you on track throughout the year. (Consider studying Proverbs 16:3, Proverbs 16:9, and Proverbs 21:5)
Allow someone to hold you accountable to your goals. We all need four crazy friends, four God-led crazy friends to hold us accountable to things of God. The Bible tells us there is safety in the multitude of counselors.
“Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors their is safety.” ~ Proverbs 11:14 (NKJV)
Nothing worth having comes easy. After you have done all to do to stand, stand (Ephesians 6:13-14). Expect challenges along the way but find personal victory scriptures to stand on.
Too many times we make resolutions that never happen because we usually try to do them in our own strength or effort.
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” ~ John 15:5 (NKJV)
You see when Christ is the center, we will bear fruit even in the process of reaching our goals. We cannot do anything in our own strength but with Him, all things are possible.
We have tried this preparation with even the smallest things in our life. There was a time, we wanted to move our study library into our bedroom. The only problem was that we had no bookcases and no extra finances to purchase any.
We applied this principle of preparing our field to our desire of a bookcase. Which prompted us to take all our books that we wanted in our room and placed them in boxes. Then, we arranged the boxes in the room where we wanted them to go for when we were able to get bookcases.
Two months later someone blessed us with a Christmas gift of $500 to be used wherever we needed it. After praising God for His provision, we went right out and purchased two bookcases to hold our books!
You see, that was our preparation, setting ourselves up to receive the harvest. When the harvest came (the bookshelves), we were prepared to use them. Not to mention, we knew exactly where they were going to go, and the books were ready to be placed on the shelves.
Sure we all want something better in life; we want a new harvest. However, the key to receiving that harvest is preparation.
This phrase preparing our field has become a household slogan for us, including our children. It blesses us to see them prepare for what they are waiting on God for!
So in closing I ask you, is your field (your life) prepared to receive a harvest?
~ André Gray
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