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This is from the blog Daily Meditation:

Job 24:6: They reap every one his corn in the field: and they gather the vintage of the wicked. (KJV)

The harvest is the culmination of all efforts in a planting season. Every farmer looks to the harvest. His labour is informed by the hope of harvest. Therefore, whatever time, resources or effort you put into your relationship with God will yield the harvest of increased expression of God through you, and stronger and better relationship with him.

Paul said that he plants and Apollos waters but it is God who gives the increase, bringing forth the harvest. His and Apollos’ efforts as fellow workers with God are based on the hope of harvest in the lives of the people, in the needed changes in their lives (1Corinthians 3:6-9).

Jesus described his life as a seed; saying except a corn of wheat falls to the ground and dies it abides alone; after it is sown, it brings forth much fruit (John 12:24). His life as a seed sown in the death on the cross brings the harvest of harvests of souls into the kingdom of God.

The psalmist says he plants the word of God in his life so that he will bring the harvest of righteousness. The sowing in the word starts a process, and the change within us is the harvest.

It will be a sad situation when there is the scarcity of the seed of Word of God. It happened in the time of Eli, when the bible says that the word of God was scarce and there was no open vision (1Samuel 3:1). There was spiritual starvation, since the word of God which was scarce is seed. If the seed is scarce, there will be not much planting going on and there will be starvation.

We need the word as we need food, with Job saying that he loves the word of God more than his necessary meal (Job 23:12). In the same way, we should recognise our intense need for spiritual sustenance from the word of God (Matthew 4:4).

The bible says that as the earth remains seedtime and harvest will not cease. So if we do not sow the word there will be no harvest of enhances spiritual blossoming.

There is more labour and time involved in the sowing and the processes leading up to the harvest than the harvest itself. Therefore between sowing and harvest we need endurance and patience. The bible says that we should follow those who through faith (the initial response to the promise) and patience (continued response to the promise) obtained the promise (Hebrews 6:12). When the promise (the word of God) was made that was the seedtime, when the realisation came, that was the harvest. The harvest does not immediately follow the sowing; there is a time lag involved. Nevertheless, harvest is inevitable as we continue being hopeful (Hebrews 6:17-19). (Both faith and patience emanates from hope [Hebrews 11:1, Romans 8:25, 1Thessalonians 1:3]). That will keep us on the path of doing what is needed to have a good harvest. Without hope, even after the sowing, there will be no harvest.

In another place we read: do not be weary in well-doing because in due season you will reap if you faint not (Galatians 6:9). Therefore good deeds are seeds sown in which there will be harvest. It is the same with hospitality; the bible says that we should take hospitality serious because some have entertained angels unawares (Hebrews 13:2). That was how Abraham got the harvest of a son he had been looking for decades. He sowed the seed of hospitality, entertaining God and two angels, and had the harvest of a son from his aged wife Sarah, against the natural course of things (Genesis 18:2-10).

Harvest speaks of return on investment. We invest out time, our resources and our actions; because these three are common to all humanity, everyone has something to sow for a desired harvest. You can change the pattern of your life by changing the pattern of your sowing. The meritorious, circumspective and judicious investment of those three, will count for better harvest of in our lives. We can either invest them by effort or by default, either way the harvest is inevitable; for better or worse.

Time

Jesus said I must do the work of him who sent me while it is day because the night comes when no man can work (John 9:4). There is time for everything, the time to sow and the time to reap (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2). But if we don’t use the time to sow well, then there will be nothing to reap. We need to sow into having rich relationships with those closest to us. We need to sow into developing ourselves. It is recorded that those with better education have better lives. So the time put in studies (or developing skills) is sowing time and the harvest will definitely come in the future, when the time of sowing would have past and we have come to the time of reaping. There is the time when we have the opportunity to make certain investments; afterwards such opportunities will not be there again and you are left with regrets, and a shallow feeling from missed opportunities.

Resources

Everyone have resources to sow. For example, there are mental resources. Jesus said that everyone should be careful about what you listen to, how effectively you hear will determine the harvest it brings into your life (Mark 4:24). Your capacity for something grows by the attention you give it and the depth of attention you give to what you hear will determine the resultant effect in your life. Jesus would say: let him that has ears let him hear what the Spirit says to the church (Revelation 2-3).  The capacity to give attention to something is one of our human resources.

The bible says: guard your heart with all diligence because out of it flow the issues of life (Proverbs 4:23). The heart is the centre of desire, and desire is a seed that will bring in the harvest either of sin or of righteousness. That is why we are told to beware what sort of desire start growing in our hearts, and focus on guarding hearts so that the wrong desire seed will not be planted there (as we avoid wrong associations [1Corinthians 15:33, 2Corinthians 6:13-18]), while we should actively cultivate the right desire-seed (through right associations [Hebrews 10:24-25]).

Sin, we are told is merely wrong desire (to please self) that has grown and developed to the point of harvest, while the harvest of righteousness comes from the desire to please God (James 1:13-16).

What about finances? That is a resource that we have, and the measure of the money-seed we sow is linked with the level of the harvest of financial abundance (2Corinthians 9:6). When the church in Philippi sowed their resources into the life of Paul, in turn he prayed for them: my God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:15-20). By meeting his needs he told them of the inevitable harvest of God meeting their every need. What they did was sowing, and the harvest was coming.

Action

Every action is a seed. That is the sense behind the phrase: practice makes perfect. Every action is a seed for the harvest for a better performance. Every piece of writing is a seed for better writing, every seed of a musical performance is for an harvest of a greater performance. Every journey of a thousand miles starts with a step, every writing of a thousand words stated with a letter, those steps and those words count towards an end- the harvest.

What you say is a seed that can bring an harvest; that is why Paul said that we should let our words be seasoned with salt, ministering grace to the hearers (Ephesians 4:29), the effect in the life of the hearer is the harvest.

 

Posted February 3, 2014 by Tim Shey in Uncategorized

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I Will Seek God   1 comment

I Will Seek God

“Head knowledge does not bother the devil; it is spiritual knowledge that irks him. That is why he expends a lot of effort to blind the eyes of people so that the light of the gospel will not shine in them, to give them the true knowledge of salvation in Jesus Christ, of the deliverance and life that is in him. The devil knows that spiritual knowledge makes you liberated within (John 8:32). So he’ll rather have you chase shadows even as a Christian than embrace real spiritual truth, which you get from seeking God with all your heart. Therefore the devil wants to keep you from seeking God.”

—Kayode Crown

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This is from the blog Daily Meditation:

1Kings 8:11: so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled the house of the LORD.

The cloud being described is the cloud of the glory of God. A clod carries the potential for rain. And what the cloud of the glory of God rain down are healing and prosperity. In the wilderness the children of Israel were constantly under the cloud of God’s glory, by day they were under the pillar of cloud and by night, under the pillar of fire, tangible manifestations of the presence of God (Exodus 13:21).

The result was felt in their body. They were able to make the journey through the wilderness without anyone among them in need of medical attention (Deuteronomy 29:1-6, Nehemiah 9:21, Psalm 105:37), God rained down manna for them which they ate for forty years. They were under God’s provision and physical preservation; even their cloths did not wear out all the years under the cloud of God’s glory.

When the glory comes in the tangible expression of God, it comes to change the order of things. In the focus verse an order got changed. Priests were unable to carry out their routine work in the temple. They were overwhelmed by the glory of God, because “flesh” can neither adequately serve God nor stand in his presence (Acts 17:24-25).

The prevalence of the glory of God in a special way in the church (also called the house of God) makes a major difference between the reality of the believers in the Old Testament and the new. In the old, the glory can only be viewed outside of man, while in the new the glory through Jesus is inside of us.

What we have in the focus verse was a foretaste of the New Testament where the glory of God resides in man (as the temple of God) and God will be doing his own work in us and through us. Paul said that he is an earthen vessel, but has in him the treasure of the glory of God (2Corinthians 4:6-7). We are the house of God and the glory of God is in us.

Jesus said that he has bestowed on us the glory that he has with the father at the beginning (John 17:22-23). The glory is the concentration of the presence and power of God in full essence. Moses asked God to show him his glory (Exodus 33:18-23), he wanted to experience his presence and power, but in the human condition such was impossible, that was why God said to him “no, you can’t see my full glory, it will kill you.”

It is said that no one can see God and live, but you ask: “what about those who say they are taken to heaven and see God. Are they all lairs?”

Not necessarily.

People can see God in his full glory (in this life) if that experience was not a bodily revelation, i.e. the experience is not physically (i.e. bodily) taken to heaven. But a revelation that involved their spirit being taken to the presence of God, you are see God, because your spirit has the perfection of God. But the body is still mortal.

Paul said that he had a revelation, in which he was taken to heaven, but he does not know whether it was in the body or out of it (2Corinthians 12:1-4), showing the two ways we can be taken to heaven. If he went to heaven and he could stand glory of God, then he went there in his spirit, otherwise he went there in his body and will need some form of protection from the full blaze of God’s glory there, as covered Moses with his hand.

But people can see Jesus either in body or out of body revelation experience, because after he became man, he had the eternal capacity to disguise his glory in the garb of human body, just like he did on earth. So don’t be quick to dismiss those who said they have seen Jesus in whatever form it is.

The cloud of glory brings the active presence of God to the people. Though we know that God is everywhere, his expression has been restricted since the sin of Adam in the Garden of Eden. But there is restoration in Jesus Christ.  Jesus said that where two or three of us are gathered together in his name, there he is in our midst, to manifest his glory (Matthew 18:20).

When Philip told Jesus: “show us the father,” he wanted to experience Him, but Jesus was disappointed, saying: “don’t you know that if you see me you have seen the father, I am in the father and the father is in me (John 14:6-11).”

The writer of the book of Hebrews says that Jesus is the full expression of the father (Hebrews 1:1-3); Paul said that Jesus is the fullness of the Godhead bodily (Colossians 2:9); there is no greater experience of God and his glory than the experience of Jesus.

He brought the way of God to us, communicating his truth and introducing us to his life. Christ in us is the hope of the glory of God, i.e. He brings to us all the possibilities of the glory of God (Colossians 1:27). When we take him (Christ) in, he releases the glory of God in doses in us, transforming us from inside out. That is what Paul described as moving from glory to glory (2Corinthians 3:17-18). That is the empowerment within, which is the “treasure earthen vessels (2Corinthians 4:6-7).”

We are vessels of his glory, which he communicates through our lives as we shine as light in this world (Matthew 5:13-16). Jesus said that we are the light of the world; a city set on a hill cannot be hid. He said that we should let our light so shine before men so that when they see our good work, works that show forth the glory of God, they will give glory to God, they will be drawn to Him.

The focus verse shows that the ideal situation is for the house of God to be filled with the glory of God. That also means that sometimes the house of God is filled with some other things other than the glory of God.

In the time of Jesus, he complained that the house of God which was supposed to be the house of prayer for all nations has been turned to the den of robbers (Luke 19:46).  It therefore seems that to get the house of God full of the glory of God, we need to take the route of prayer. This is because the house of God is to be both full of the glory of God and also be a house of prayer. Prayer is what we can do as humans and we can expect the glory of God to manifest as a result of that.

In the book of Acts, when the disciples were threatened by those who wanted them to stop preaching Jesus (Acts 4:1-33), they prayed, the power of the Holy Spirit shook the place where they were staying and they preached with more boldness in the name of Jesus, manifesting his glory. That means there is a relationship between prayer, the operation of the Holy Spirit and the manifestation of the power and presence of God, being the reality that the Holy Spirit brings, in the expression of the glory of God.

Jesus was not diplomatic when he made the whip and chased away those who do not have any business in the house of God. Jesus came with the mandate of heaven to clean the house of God; many are being called in the same way today, to restore the house of God to its glory.

 

Posted December 12, 2013 by Tim Shey in Uncategorized

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The name of the Lord   13 comments

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This is from the blog Daily Meditation:

Proverbs 18:10: The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.

How you see God is very important. He takes his time to introduce himself to those he deals with, because he does not want the issue of mistaken identity. That is why if the devil wants to fight you, his aim is to cause a misrepresentation of God in your heart.

With Eve, what happened was exactly that (Genesis 3:1-8). The devil started by asking her a question about what God said, but by the end of the day, he had convinced her that God is a liar, that God does not have their best in mind, that they would be better off, if they look out for themselves. You know where that got her!

In his relationship with Abraham, he takes the time to tell him who he is. There was a time he told him I am God almighty (Genesis 17:1-19). At that time he wanted Abraham to start seeing him as the one who does the impossible, like having a child with your wife who is 90 years of age when.

When revealing himself to Moses when he was about to send him on the errand of setting the children of Israel free from bondage, he said he was the I am that I am (Exodus 3:13-22), which describes his eternal commitment to his promises and in that particular case, the promise he gave to their fathers to hand over the land of the Canaanites to them.

From the focus verse, we see the value in knowing and understanding the name of God, the psalmist says the name is a strong tower and through the name, salvation, is released (we are safe) (Proverbs 18:10). The names of God reveal the benefit that we derive from him. Since we cannot see him, we are introduced to him through his name and we get the right concepts about him from there. Without knowing his name we cannot relate with him but would merely grope in the dark.

The manifestation of the second person of the trinity, God the Word, is as the Lord Jesus Christ. The “Lord” describes his government; “Jesus” describes his sacrifice while “Christ” describes the power in his anointing.

He has said that no one comes to the father except through him (John 14:6); no one is saved except through his name- Jesus Christ (Acts 4:8-12), which stands for his act of sacrifice to save us and his position and power. What God can do is revealed in his name.  The name of God makes him distinct and establishes him as having no equal.

The name of the Lord is full of blessings for his people. It is the anchor for faith. And in the book of John we see Jesus referring to himself in a series of “I am”s

I am the bread of life (John 6:35)

As the bread of life he is the source of life. He is the Lord of life, so when he died it was the ultimate contradiction, how can you kill the Lord of life? Answer:  “It is to realise another seeming impossibility: how can the spiritually dead (you and me) come alive?” Actually what John reported was that, “in him was life (John 1:4),” outside of him there is death and decay, there is rust. A focus on him is a focus of life.

Everything was made by him (John 1:1-5), and he sustained everything with the Word of his power (Hebrews 1:3), even the atheist who does not believe in him has his physical life so sustained. Without his life you are spiritually dead, no matter the garb of religion or non-religious that you put on.

I am the light of the world (John 8:12)

Apart from him everyone is in spiritual darkness (regardless of how efficient the utility sector of your country is). His mission on earth was as light (John 9:1-5), without the light you are bound to not find your way. To move about without light is to soon fall into the pit.

I am the door of the sheep (John 10:7)

He is the access to God. No one come to the father except through him. His name is the means for getting anything from God. While Peter and John were at the temple and they healed a man who was lame from birth, they announced that it was through the name of Jesus that he was healed (Acts 3:1-10). The name is the door of healing, of salvation, of deliverance, to freedom and anything that holds us bound.

I am the good shepherd (John 10:14)

As a shepherd he is our guide. Without him we don’t know our way to God, for pasture and we are exposed to all manner of marauding animals in the journey of life. As the good shepherd he laid his life down for the sheep revealing how much he values us, more than  his own life (John 10:1-30). As the good shepherd we are able to recognise his voice, as he trains us to hear his voice.

I am the Son of God (John 10:36)

As the Son of God, through him we are able to enter into that same level of closeness and relationship with God (John 1:12), we become members of the household of God (Ephesians 2:12-19), we are no longer aliens but partakers of the promises of God in Jesus Christ.

I am the resurrection and life (John 11:25)

As the resurrection and life we have the promise of our own resurrection. It may not look like that now but the miracle of transformation will still happen to the believers in Jesus and that means the grave is not the  end of the story, there is time called rapture where though not all believers will die but all will be changed, our death-limited body to spiritual body (1Corinthians 15:35-57). John said it this way, “though we don’t know how we would look like when he appears (in his second coming) but we know we will be as he is, like him with his resurrected body, with all its supernatural features (1John 3:2).”

I am the way (John 14:6)

It needs reiterating that Jesus is the way. Because in the midst of very “good” people that we live with, we may get the idea that maybe God cannot be that “wicked” to throw everyone to hell. Don’t be deceived, the reason we are supposed to take evangelism serious is because of the wrath of God that is coming on those who do not obey Jesus Christ (Romans 2:8, 1Peter 4:17, 2Thessalonians 1:6-12) (not their own version of him, but the bible version of him).

There is no two ways about it, it’s either the Way, or no way, it’s either the Way or the pit.  It doesn’t have anything to do with human sentiment at all; Jesus did not die on the cross for you to get away with ignoring his sacrifice and get all sentimental about issue (if God wanted to be sentimental, he would not have allowed his Son to die in the pain of the cross and be just watch). The writer to the Hebrews said that how can we escape if we neglect so great a salvation (Hebrews 2:1-3) how would we dodge the consequences? There is no other way and there is nothing you can do about that. You cannot get to God on your own terms; it has to be on his own terms.

I am the truth

It is written that the Law came through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ (John 1:14-17). Many are seeking for truth in all manner of places, but only through Jesus do we have the authentic truth from God. The alternatives are deception, no matter how it is coined, how it is presented, how appealing it is (remember that the devil made the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil appeal to Eve).

I am the life 

As the life we owe him everything. We are to live for him, since he is the life. It is written those who believe in him we have eternal life (John 3:16), before he made that provision, we were all by nature children of wrath, but through him we made the transition from death into life, we become changed in a fundamental way, we became new creatures (2Corinthians 5:17).

I am the true vine (John 15:1)

He is the vine, we are the branches. We derive our sustenance, our identity and our productivity from him, all within the context of our unity with him. We experience his flow in us, the flow of his thought (1Corinthians 2:16), the flow of his life, the flow of his divine energy.

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Posted January 27, 2013 by Tim Shey in Uncategorized

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