Summary: The seed principle tells us that sowing and harvesting are both our jobs.
August 21, 2016
Text: Genesis 8:22
Subject: Sowing and Reaping
Title: Setting Your Heart on the Things of God; The Seed Principle Part 2
We began last week on a new series on the biblical principle of sowing and reaping – the seed principle. It is a principle that God established from the very beginning and will continue till there is a new heaven and a new earth.
We saw last week that in the natural a farmer plants a seed and it is watered and cultivated and it comes up and produces a harvest. One kernel of corn, when planted, produces a stalk that will typically have two and sometimes three ears on it. And on each ear there will be from 400 to 600 kernels. That could be an increase of up to 1800%. Now when a farmer plants that corn by faith he expects that it is going to come up and produce a crop. By faith he watches it grow and by faith he sees the increase. In the process he does what he needs to do in order to see to it that the crop matures. He keeps the weeds out that will choke the plants. He keeps the insects away that will devour the plants…
Now if this applies to the natural realm, doesn’t the same thing apply to the spiritual realm? Jesus said that it does apply. In Mark chapter 4 in explaining the parable of the sower to His disciples he said this,
13 "Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables?
The principle of sowing and reaping is the foundation of faith. Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV)
6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Oh can you see this? By faith you seek Him and He rewards you!
And this principle will continue until the old world has passed away and the new comes.
Genesis 8:22 (NKJV)
22 "While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease."
I believe this is God’s word…
I believe it is for me…
I accept it as mine…
I will appropriate it to my life today…
Can you see that the patterns or cycles that God has established on the earth will continue until the time when He creates all things new?
Genesis 8:22 (ETRV)
22 As long as the earth continues, there will always be a time for planting and a time for harvest. There will always be cold and hot, summer and winter, day and night on earth."
Genesis 8:22 (GW)
22 As long as the earth exists, planting and harvesting, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never stop.”
This seed principle is the very foundation of the creation. Everything produces from a seed it own kind. Every tree, every plant, every animal… even you and me… are here because there was a seed planted.
And spiritually the same truth is seen. Jesus was called the seed and it was written that if that seed does not die it remains alone, but if it dies it will produce a great harvest. And Jesus did die and was placed into the ground and went down into the depths of the earth but He was raised alive. He was God’s best seed planted with the sole purpose of producing a great harvest of more sons and daughters. Is that spiritual or not? And did it happen or not? Right now, as we speak there are millions upon millions of believers in the world worshiping the Lord and millions in heaven and when we all get together someday you will never have seen the like. All of those that one Seed being planted in the ground now harvested and gathered together by the Lord! So now, if that is true for our salvation must it not also be true for our healing and provision and deliverance?
The unsaved man, one who has not been regenerated by the Spirit of God, plants a different kind of seed than those who are born again. Their seed is born of the sinful nature – those who are saved from the spirit man! And yet, it seems the sinful man will pursue the harvest of what has been sown until he gets it. People lust for others, for wealth, greed, power… and it seems they will not stop at anything until they get.
Now again, we have to stop and ask ourselves the question, “Are we, the church supposed to be able to harvest with the same success as the world”?
Galatians 6:7-9 (NKJV)