“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-
and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God”
– Ephesians 2:8

SOWING AND REAPING PART 4 – 6PM SERMON – June 12th, 1988

Pastor John says that once the Holy Spirit opens a subject up to you, you begin to see it all throughout the pages of the Bible where as before you maybe didn’t see it quit as much.   By going through this series on sowing and reaping Pastor John is beginning to see the seed actions that release things in the Lord. Pastor John had been doing a simultaneous study on binding and loosing, and finding what it is actually that the Lord was saying when He said:

19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed[d] in heaven.”

Matthew 16:19 NKJV

In part four in this series Pastor John wanted to share some of the interesting things that were coming out of this study on binding and loosing because it is a same type of study as they were currently going through with sowing and reaping. This was because a key action is like a seed action. A key is a very small lever that opens a great big door. It is something small that we do that brings a great big action on the part of God and seed actions are like this. Pastor John will be picking up where he left off and talks about some of the attitudes that are seed attitudes that bring tremendous results and the way Jesus taught these to his disciples.

Pastor John says that we can plant for revival, but along with our prayers and our calling out to God there must be acts of righteousness that accompany the ways of God. If we want the windows of heaven open this is the seed we plant.

One of the problems we have with our finances is every time we get an increase it isn’t our seed that gets increased we increase our bread. For that reason there isn’t more harvesting because when we get the increase we don’t plant it back, we eat it. God not only provides seeds for us to sow, but also bread for us to eat. Pastor John believes that one of the keys to bringing a church into revival is when the church begins to sacrificially give of their finances.

This is where the sowing to the Spirit and the sowing to the natural cross over. You take natural things that you do and they become spiritual benefits. Tithing releases the windows of heaven and rebukes the devourer in the spirit.”

Pastor John challenges those attending to think about the issues of their lives that need a harvest. Take a note someplace and take the things in your life that you think that God would have you improve and call yourself a sower and say how am I going to reap an improvement in this area of my life.

I’ve found that the way to ministry is faithfulness. I found in my life that many of the giftings that come from God surprise you.”


Scriptures

Matthew 5:1-10 NKJV

And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
For they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
For they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
For they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
For they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
For they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
For they shall be called sons of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.


Luke 16:10 NKJV

10 He who isfaithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.


2 Corinthians 8:1-7 NIV

The Collection for the Lord’s People

And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people. And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us. So we urged Titus, just as he had earlier made a beginning, to bring also to completion this act of grace on your part. But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you[a]—see that you also excel in this grace of giving.


2 Corinthians 9:6-8 NIV

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

As it is written:

“They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor;
their righteousness endures forever.”[a]

10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.


Isaiah 28:23-29 NIV

Listen and hear my voice;
pay attention and hear what I say.
24 When a farmer plows for planting, does he plow continually?
Does he keep on breaking up and working the soil?
25 When he has leveled the surface,
does he not sow caraway and scatter cumin?
Does he not plant wheat in its place,[c]
barley in its plot,[d]
and spelt in its field?
26 His God instructs him
and teaches him the right way.

27 Caraway is not threshed with a sledge,
nor is the wheel of a cart rolled over cumin;
caraway is beaten out with a rod,
and cumin with a stick.
28 Grain must be ground to make bread;
so one does not go on threshing it forever.
The wheels of a threshing cart may be rolled over it,
but one does not use horses to grind grain.
29 All this also comes from the Lord Almighty,
whose plan is wonderful,
whose wisdom is magnificent.

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