Summary: What do we desperately need in our world today? The peace of God that transcends human understanding. May God use this sermon to fill you heart with His peace that flows like a river.
Text: Hebrews 12:5-11
This teaching is on a type of harvest mentioned in the Bible that is A HARVEST OF PEACE.
The first place the word harvest is mentioned in the Bible is in Genesis 8:22. That verse has some important things to say about harvest which will help us better understand how God brings us into a season of harvest. I pray that after this teaching, you will experience and enjoy a bountiful harvest in Jesus mighty name, Amen!
Certainty of a harvest season:
In Genesis 8:22 God made a promise that as long as the earth endures, as long as we are still on this earth, there will be seasons of harvest. God has bound and committed Himself to ensuring that we have and enjoy seasons of harvest. This scripture basically assures us that no matter what you see or hear today, do not be discouraged, do not give up, your season of harvest will surely come. Just wait with confidence, wait in faith, and your harvest will come.
God wants us to appreciate and value seasons of harvest:
Harvest both in the natural realm and spiritual realm is not an open ended season. When you say something is open ended it means there is no limit to its duration. Something that is open ended has no boundaries restricting it. To say harvest is an open ended season, it means it is a season with no duration. There isn’t a fixed or set time for harvest, it just goes on and on; from January 1st to December 31st you are experiencing harvest. But harvest time both in the natural and spiritual realm is not a season free from boundaries and restrictions or without any limit whatsoever to its duration. There is a time to plant, there is a time to harvest your crops. There is a particular time of the year when farmers experience harvest. There is a time for yam harvest for example. It is not from January 1st to December 31st. There is a time of the year when you see certain fruits in season. It’s not all fruits that you see from January 1st to December 31st. So also in the spiritual realm, there is a set time God has earmarked for our harvest. That is why Genesis 8:22 says there is seedtime and there is harvest time, there is summer and there is winter. It is not every day of the year that is summer or winter. In other words, it’s not every day of the year that will be rosy; no problems, no difficulties, everything in every area of your life moving perfectly well. We need to understand this because a lot of discouragement and frustration Christians experience is largely due to the fact that most Christians don’t understand how God operates. We need to understand that it is not every day that will be your day of harvest. But one thing is sure – your time of harvest will come. Our time of harvest; our time when the desires of our heart are met, the prayers we have been praying for years are answered and the yokes and bondages that have held us down are broken will surely come. Our time when prosperity, favour, promotion, honour and all kinds of good things start to manifest in our lives and things change for the better in our lives will surely come. Our season when we reap the benefits and blessings of our labour will surely locate us.
If God used to give us harvest seasons every day, we wouldn’t regard it as anything. When something is common you don’t see anything special in it. It isn’t treated with regard and you easily get tired of it. If some seasonal fruits become available all year round, there’s the tendency that people will easily get tired of them. This is the principle God operates as regards harvest. If you went through a lot of pain before you got a job or a promotion, you won’t joke with that job or promotion.
Harvest time therefore is a very special season in our lives because it is not a season that occurs every day in our walk with God. It is therefore a season God wants us to value and appreciate everything He gives us during this season. How we treat what God does for us in a particular harvest season will greatly affect whether we will have another harvest season or what we will get in the next harvest season God brings our way.
Today I have good news for you. You are about to step into a very special season of your life, a season like no other. It is time for you to enjoy a harvest of peace.
THE CONCEPT OF HARVEST OF PEACE