• Season of Harvest

    Posted by Ricky Vidal

    Bible Question:

    What does the Bible say about seed time and harvest?

    Bible Answer:

    From a spiritual perspective, seed time and harvest can refer both to people coming to Jesus Christ and to the spiritual growth of Christians.

    Harvest Time. In Matthew 9 we are told that Jesus had just finished teaching and healing many people. He did this because He loved and cared for the people. Not only did Jesus teach spiritual truth, He met the physical needs of His listeners. He did this in cities, villages, and in the country. Most of them did not come for spiritual reasons, but to have their physical needs met. The blind, lame, lepers, deaf, demon possessed, came looking for healing. People came for help for the dead. He healed the sick and raised the dead. The historical records of Pontius Pilate affirmed that these events did occur. He cared for the people’s emotional distress and their depression . But His greatest concern and passion was for the spiritual needs of people. Therefore, He encouraged His disciples that many were ready to be “harvested” – to seek spiritual peace with God – but there were few workers who were willing to help.

    And Jesus was going about all the cities and the villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness. And seeing the multitudes, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and downcast like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.” (NASB) Matt. 9:35-38

    Jesus encouraged His disciples on another occasion. He started with a farming illustration.

    Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes, and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest. Already he who reaps is receiving wages, and is gathering fruit for life eternal; that he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. For in this case the saying is true, ‘One sows, and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.” (NASB) John 4:35-38

    Jesus’ point is simple. People are spiritually ready to have their sins forgiven by Him. To encourage them, He says there is a reward for helping people see their spiritual need. Then He adds an important point that some Christians miss. Some may “sow spiritual seed” and not harvest while others may harvest and not sow. There are sowers and harvesters. It is exciting for harvesters to see people discover their spiritual need for God and respond. We often forget about the sower. Notice that Jesus says the harvester enters into the work of the sower. There will be many sowers who will be surprised when they reach heaven and God reveals the wonderful results of their faithful sowing.

    Growing The Harvest. Sowing and harvesting includes more than just helping people become Christians; it includes helping them grow as Christians.

    I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth. Now he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building. (NASB) 1 Cor. 3:6-9

    Some of us plant seed or share the truth about Jesus. It may include teaching or preaching the Bible. It can be as simple as telling someone how you came to God. Some of us plant or sow seed. Paul is talking about helping a person become a Christian and then continue to grow. He calls Christians “God’s field.” But the one who really does the planting and watering is God because it is the Holy Spirit Who helps us to see our need for Jesus and Who helps us to spiritually grow.

    . . . not in words taught by human wisdom, but . . . taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words. (NASB) 1 Cor. 2:13

    Yet, God wants to use us and has chosen to spread the gospel through us.

    How then shall they call upon Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? (NASB) Romans 10:14

    Conclusion:

    God seeks men and women who desire to be involved in sowing, watering, and harvesting. There are no special qualifications – only that you believe Him and depend on Him with all your soul, mind, and will.

     

    Taken from NeverThirsty.org  http://www.neverthirsty.org/bible-qa/qa-archives/question/what-does-the-bible-say-about-seed-time-and-harvest/

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  • War Room

    Posted by Ricky Vidal

    WAR ROOM STRATEGY

    Doodle101/BattleStrategy/Sue Carrol

     

    I’ve had the opportunity to watch the movie “War Room” for a second time, and I find myself, once again, deeply impacted by the important and powerful message the Kendrick brothers have delivered to a world in need.

    If you walk away from the movie with anything less than a desire to stand up and fight for the life God designed us to have, you have missed the heart of the story.

    Below are a few quotes from the movie:

    “War has been part of humanity in every age…There always seems to be something to fight for. Very few of us know how to fight the right way or understand who we are really fighting against. We need to have the right [plan] and resources because victories don’t come by accident.”

    “Good Intentions Without A Good Strategy Leads To Poor Results”

    We MUST have a plan! Without one, we will loose the fight…& the fight is not against man.

    Put on the Whole Armor of God…
    10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak. -Ephesians 6

    We can hear the Word of God and gain knowledge, but until we actually treat it like a VERB (through obedience) we will  not see the fruit we desire in our lives.

    I pray that the “plan” outlined above, might be an encouragement to you.

    Don’t start your day without a strategy… your enemy has one.

    Get out your sword (which is the Word of God) and fight for LIFE.

    Elizabeth: I don’t have time to pray that much every day.
    Miss Clara: But you apparently have time to fight losing battles with your husband?

    “Pray and ask God to do what only He can do and then get out of the way so He can do it.”

    -Miss Clara

    We are all Warriors:)

    (From the website: https://1arthouse.wordpress.com/)

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  • God is Greater Than Any Evil

    Posted by Ricky Vidal

    Unbelievable evil is rampant in our world. It's seems unending, more headline news, more innocent lives lost, but in it all, this truth still holds fast, that it will not win in the end. It will not. God is greater. He is Victor. Christ is King.
    Like so many of you, my heart is burdened and grieved for all that France is experiencing right now. For whether it's right here in our country or across the sea, most all of us can relate to the evil of terrorism, we know how the enemy can use it to try to instill deep fear and dread. But God's power reigns strong. Greater than any darkness that surrounds.

    May He be with these dear people and give huge strength and mercy to the injured, the rescuers, and those who are experiencing such turmoil. Praying with you, that His Powerful Presence would be close to all those who are hurting, for the many who are brokenhearted and have suffered tragic loss, that His great peace and comfort would surround...

    "The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit." Ps. 34:18

    "Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, yes, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand." Is. 41:10

    "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33

    (Posted by Debbie McDaniel at www.crosswalk.com)

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