Plant Your Seed
Nurture Your Seed
Expect Your Harvest
“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” (3 John 1:2)
Prosper – have good success; be profitable; succeed in reaching
It is clear that God wants us to be profitable and have good success. Success is not gained by having many material things such as a big house, 3 cars, and 3 closets full of clothes.
Success is using your God-given talents for the glory of God.
No, I’m not just listing nouns, but qualities, needed for achievement of success.
Success, that achievement that everyone desires and wishes to experience. While traveling the road of success, one
experiences many mountains, which must be climbed.
Although it seems impossible at times, it can be accomplished only if one possesses:
And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to me in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances, and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation]. (I Corinthians 9:8)
According to the Word of God in II Corinthians 9:8, God is the source for all your blessings, and He will abundantly provide all that you need to do what He has called you to do.
Joyce Meyer wrote a book entitled “Prepare to Prosper”. In this book, she indicated that it is important to plant seeds in the Kingdom of God. Once you plant seeds then a harvest will result. If you never plant seeds, you will never reap a harvest. In Galatians 6:7, the Word of God says whatever you sow, you shall reap. For example, if you sow love and kindness in the lives of others, people will love you and be kind to you. On the other hand, if you sow jealousy and strife, you will experience this in your life. When you sow your time and talents by serving others through ministry, you reap the benefits that come from helping others, such as encouragement and joy.
If you sow (give) financially into a ministry, then you will receive an increase in your personal finances. However, when you sow financially, it is important for you to make sure that the ministry you are sowing into teaches sound doctrine (the true and whole Word of God). In this way, you insure that you are sowing in good fertile ground that will reap a harvest.
Give and it shall be given unto you, good measure pressed down and shaken together, and running over, shall men give unto your bosom. (Luke 6:38)
When you give, this sets in motion the process of receiving. If you never give, you will never receive.
. . . It is more blessed to give than to receive. (Acts 20:35)
God makes us prosperous not only physically, but also spiritually (increased revelation and understanding of the Word of God) and materially (land and goods).
Many Christians have a “Poverty” mentality. However, each and everyone of us must make a decision to allow our spirit, mind, and mouth to line up in agreement
with God. His thoughts are not our thoughts, and His ways are not our ways. When we believe and trust in the Word of God, WE ARE UNDEFEATABLE. We must develop a “Prosperous Mentality” and maintain an expectant attitude; then we will reap a constant abundant harvest.
Nurture – to make sure that the seed gets the proper nourishment it needs to grow.
It is important to nurture your seed through faith in the Word of God so it will grow. If you don’t nurture you seed, it will not grow and eventually wither and die.
In Hebrews 10:38, it says “the just shall live by faith.”
“Just” refers to God’s children, and “faith” refers to believing, trusting, and depending on God’s Word.
It is important to confess the Word of God over your seed because there is power in the Word of God. When you exercise faith in the Word of God, you are availing yourself to power contained in the Word of God. The power contained in the Word of God will cause your seed to grow and flourish.
“Those who are planted in the house of God shall flourish like the palm tree”. (Psalm 92:12)
So shall my Word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that, which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. (Isaiah 55:11)
Expect – to look forward to
After you have planted your seed and nurture it, you will reap a Harvest.
The Greek word for harvest is “therismos”, which means reaping. The more you nurture the seed you have sown through trusting, believing, and relying on the Word of God, the greater the harvest you will receive. This is analogous to the process of sowing:
Seed = Word of God
Ground = Heart
Harvest = Revelation of Truth, Understanding, and Wisdom
Once you sow the (Seed = Word of God) it will be prosperous, but the (Ground = heart) must be constantly nurtured by faith and hope in the Word of God in order to yield fruit that constantly increases (yields more and more fruit).
Karmen A. Booker has been called by God to exhort and teach others the Word of God. She is the founder of Wings of Love Women’s Ministry (WLWM), which creates an atmosphere and forum where women can realize healing and spiritual growth, while cultivating their God-given gifts and ministering in their local churches and their communities and the world.
WLWM’s desire is to connect with other women who have battled abuse in their lives, and who have been held back from moving forward for whatever reason. We seek to encourage victims of abuse to go forth and grow in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ with more commitment & boldness, knowing that through healing and restoration “the good work God has began in them He will complete.’’
WLWM offers ministry resources such as “Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts”, which is designed to encourage you to discover your God-given spiritual gifts so you can use them to help and bless others, while growing in your personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Go to https://womendestinedforgreatness.wordpress.com/2013/02/12/discovering-your-god-given-gifts/