- Many people would like to be a blessing to others, but find it difficult because they are not walking in their own financial blessing.
Understanding the simple principle of sowing and reaping may be the key that you need to open the door of abundant, financial provision.
Jim Elliott, martyred for the cause of Christ in an attempt to reach the Auca Indians of Ecuador with the Gospel, wrote in his diary: “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” After Jim Elliott’s death, his own wife and many others stepped forward to take his place and win this tribe to the Lord. Through Jim Elliott’s death, salvation came to the Auca Indians.
In John 12:24, Jesus said:
Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.
A seed cannot produce anything until it is first sown into the ground and dies. The potential is within each seed to produce a harvest, but it is dormant until it is sown in the soil. Jesus taught the principle of gaining through loss and receiving through giving (Matthew 10:39, Luke 18:29-30).
This harvest principle relates to the economy of God’s Kingdom—sowing and reaping, and eating the good of the land. Here is another principle to think about:
You must sow regardless of your circumstances! Those who regard circumstances will never enter into the divine cycle of financial harvest. Negative financial circumstances will defeat them, just as a farmer who neglects his field because of the cold, wind, and clouds.
He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.
The Word also says:
Blessed (happy, fortunate) are you who cast your seed upon all waters [when the river overflows its banks and irrigates the land] …
Isaiah 32:20, AMP
“All waters” refers to sowing your seed in all circumstances. You must sow in good times and in bad times. Even when the rivers of financial difficulties threaten to overflow the banks of your life, you must continue sowing. God has promised it will yield an abundant harvest.
… Isaac sowed his seed and reaped a harvest in a time of famine.
… Jesus commended the widow lady who did not have much to give, but gave sacrificially anyway.
… The widow with only a little oil and meal used it to minister to God’s prophet, and received an overflow of financial abundance.
Say this faith declaration out loud: Lord, I will be obedient to Your principle of sowing and reaping, even when I don’t have much seed to sow. I trust You, and know that my act of faith will produce the financial victory that I need. Amen.
Cast your bread on the surface of the waters, [be diligently active, make thoughtful decisions], for you will find it after many days.
Ecclesiastes 11:1, AMP
Honor the Lord with your wealth And with the first fruits of all your crops (income); Then your barns will be abundantly filled And your vats will overflow with new wine.
Proverbs 3:9-10, AMP
The first of all the first fruits of every kind, and every contribution and offering of every kind, from all your contributions and offerings, shall belong to the priests. You shall also give to the priest the first of your coarse meal and bread dough, so that a blessing may rest on your house.
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