Rashieda Timpson

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Reaping a Harvest

Introduction
Have you ever wondered if all of the good things you have done in life will pay off one day? Have you ever invested in something and did not get a return on what you have invested? Well I‘m here to let you know that when you invest in God you will always reap a harvest!

Sometimes we get weary when we have made steps toward success and have not seen the fruits of our labor yet. I say yet because many times we work hard, set goals, help others, follow the Word of God but we still do not see the break that we have been looking for. Even though many of us have experienced this but it is important to stay the course because it doesn’t mean that our breakthrough is not on the way. One day when I was in prayer I heard the Lord say thisunto me;
Continue to plant and take care of what was planted. For your harvest will soon come.

As the Lord spoke this unto me, I believe the same for you! When you think about one who plants, you have to consider all the effort that goes into planting something. You need to consider the seed that you are planting; if it has special instruction to help it grow. Is it in the right soil? Does it have the right temperature? Is the dose of sunlight right for this particular seed? Does it need a large amount ofwater? Does it need a minimal amount of water? The bottom line is the seed is not going to grow over night, it’s going to take some time and it’s going to take some effort to care for what was planted. When you take care of what was planted, that seed starts to grow but when it grows, you have to continue to take care of the seed until it makes its full transformation into its purpose. I am going to read to you Galatians 6:9, from the NLT version.

“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up”
The King James Version says,
“Let us not be weary in doing well for in due season, we shall reap if we faint not”

What is the Lord trying to tell us? He is saying, “You have been planting the seed. You have been taking care of what was planted, “You will reap a harvest if you don’t give up”. We cannot give up on those seeds that God has put in our lives, those seeds that He has given us to manifest at a later date. You cannot give up in this season; you have to continue to take care of the seed. You have to continue to plant, you have to continue to water, you have to continue to take care of what God has given you because just like the Word said, you will reap a harvest if you faint not. It’s always astipulation when it comes to His word, so what are you going to do? Are you going to faint? If so then you will not see the harvest if youdo. Then the Word of God tells us, do not be weary in well doing. That means that what God has given you to do don’t get tired, don’t get frustrated because those frustrations will cause you to faint. God is also telling us that He has given us the strength to go through what we need to go through so don’t stop sowing seeds of faith, joy, happiness, graciousness unto others, and sowing seeds of lovebecause those seeds will manifest into something great if you faint not. When you are trying to walk in your purpose, when you are trying to rediscover your passion, guess what? It’s going to take some time. When you look at the farmer, when he plants a seed, it’s not going to grow over night but he is going to continue to take care of what was planted and wait in expectation for a harvest. If you do not continue to water or nurture a seed, it will not grow. God has given us seeds in our lives to grow and manifest into something great. You might be someone who has had your seeds in the soil for a long time but be encouraged your harvest will come because the Word of God says so and we hold on to that promise. Also, you need to be careful when you are planting that seed you have to make sure you have it in good soil. That means it does not matter how good the seed is if you do not have it in the right soil it will not grow, so watch who and where you invest in, people, places and things, make sure you are led by God. Also you should be careful who you share your seeds with because that seed is not meant to be shared with everybody, what does that mean? It means some people are going to carry or support your vision; some may want to see your vision fail. But guess what? We serve a God that knows all and sees all so we pray to God for protection, we pray to God for guidance, we pray to God to protect the seed, protect the gift that is in our lives.

Protect your seed, check the soil. Is the soil good? Because if the soil is not good where you are planting, you better remove it and plant it somewhere else because the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy and the enemy wants to destroy that seeds that God hasgiven you. When a farmer plants they have to make sure the ground is tilted first. When someone is tilting the ground, it is dirty, it is messy, it takes a lot of hard work. But guess what? It is getting ready for that seed to be planted and bloom into a harvest that will shock the world. In this season, regardless of what we see around us, when we look at situations and it seems like things are not moving, I trust in Gods’ Word that in due season, you will reap a harvest. I have been planting a seed over my kids for a long time. I pray this prayer over them because I know if I pray this one prayer, everything else will line up. I say, Lord let them come to have a personal relationship with you, because if they have a personal relationship with you they will know you and they will have everlasting life. So I continue to water the seed of salvation in their life until I see the manifestation come to pass.

In due season, you are going to reap a harvest, you are going to see the fruit of your labor. If you continue to complain, murmur, and doubt God, then you are going to delay your harvest. Things will try to come to knock you on your back, but guess what? We serve a God who says, “I have made you more than a conqueror”. We have to believe what His word says. If I am more than a conqueror, then that means I can conquer any situation that comes my way. I am going to continue to plant the seeds, I am going to continue to take care of the seeds, I am going to continue to wait for the seeds to manifest in my life, in my family life, in my city, in this country until I see a transformation. I am not going to be worried about what is going on because I serve a God that sits high and looks low. It might sound cliché but that is so true. God is high above the heavens and He is looking down at us, He has made us a little lower than angels and crowned us with glory! He has given us dominion; He has given us power, He has given us authority to trample over scorpions and snakes so we walk in reassurance that we will see thepromises of Gods’ Word come into our lives.

We don’t always know what avenue God is going to come into our lives, but we stand on the promises of God. When we stand on the promises of God, it reduces our anxiety and frustration. We might not understand all what God is doing in our lives but we hold on to the fact that all things work together for the good of those who love the Lord and is called according to His purpose – Romans 8:28. Everything that God does is good because He knows what is best for us when we don’t even know ourselves. We often say, “Lord direct my steps” and when we say Lord direct my steps and when He takes us in the direction we should go we then ask God, “Why am I here?”and He has to remind us, “You told me to direct your steps. So I am going to direct you the best way I know for your life and for your benefit”. This means that just because it’s not the path of least resistance do not mean it’s not the path that God has given us to take. Listen, the lord is telling us today, “Do not be weary in this process. There is no time to get weary; you are going to reap a harvest”. It might be tomorrow, what if you give up today and your harvest is the very next day, just around the corner. You missed it because you fainted. God is telling us, He has given us specific instructions in his Word for us to follow. He says, Do not be weary, for in due season those seeds that have been planted in our lives. Those seeds that he has given us and we want them to manifest, they will. He didn’t say maybe, he didn’t say sometimes, he said, “You will reap a harvest if you faint not”. So hold on until your promise come.