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“‘But now I will not treat the remnant of this people as in the former days,’ says the Lord of hosts. 12 ‘For the seed shall be prosperous, The vine shall give its fruit, The ground shall give her increase, And the heavens shall give their dew—I will cause the remnant of this people To possess all these.’”
About two weeks ago, I put out a prayer request for a dear brother in the LORD; we call him Bill. He was in the hospital with COVID, and though it was not supposed to be fatal due to his age, his lungs were not responding to treatment. In fact, as of Sunday, October 3, his lungs were getting worse, his oxygen saturation was at 80, and he was on 15 liters of oxygen with no signs of improvement.
I received a frantic text from him requesting prayer, and I joined family and friends in the battle for his life.
That Sunday night, I set my alarm to wake up at midnight to pray for him. I would add the sacrifice of sleep to the sacrifice of fasting already being offered up. Before I went to bed, I heard the HOLY SPIRIT remind me of something I had forgotten. I have seeds in the ground that are ripe for harvest. I can request harvest in this area. HE sang a song to me by Pastor William McDowell and I understood immediately.
The song says: “I’m expecting a harvest now; I have seed in the ground.”
Simple, but powerful.
At midnight, when I arose to pray, I began reminding GOD, like Hezekiah did (2 Kings 20:1-5), that I had seeds in the ground and I wanted a harvest in the form of giving Bill back his health. I wanted health fruit. There were many tears shed in that prayer closet of mine that night.
By morning, October 4, Bill texted with good news. The doctors said that he was doing much better, he seemed stronger, and they would consider weaning him off of oxygen.
On Friday, October 8, as I was washing dishes, the HOLY SPIRIT spoke again.
I heard HIM tell me about Seed + Time = Testimony (Harvest) and that harvest-fruit from the seeds planted are transferable. Abraham transferred blessing to Isaac, and Isaac transferred it to Jacob, who then became Israel (Exodus 3:1-10).
HE explained that I had seeds in the ground and it was harvest season for me. So, I could request what area of my life I wanted the harvest-fruit in. I requested the fruit of health for Bill, and HE gave it to me. I could use the results of my seeds, my harvest, to benefit someone else. I could give him the gift that came from my seeds in the ground (Revelation 22:1-2; Ezekiel 47:1-12).
This does not negate the prayers of others. I simply brought my fruit to add to their fruit, and we are all eating it together. It’s like CHRISTmas. Who wants just one gift, when you can get many?!
When I got upstairs after OUR (HIM + me) conversation, I saw a text from Bill.
That Friday, October 8, Bill was completely off of oxygen and breathing on his own.
On Saturday, October 9, Bill drove himself home from the hospital after a two week stay! Hallelujah!
Since we are all growing together in CHRIST, I want to share my lessons learned.
There is a time to plant seed and there is a time to harvest fruit. As spirits inside a physical body, we do not know when harvest will come, nor do we know what flavor the fruit will be. However, we are given the opportunity to plant seeds everyday. For example, when asked to volunteer, to lead prayer, to serve others, to care for the widow (single mom), or to care for the orphan (child with no father) according to James 1:27, take it. It’s an opportunity to plant seeds in your own garden.
There is a blessing commanded by GOD in the place of unity (Psalm 133). I am learning the details with every life experience. In this situation, the blessing is because everyone is in different stages of their seed – time – harvest journey. So, if we are linked with the right people who have seed in the ground, there is a higher probability that one of those fruits will be a health fruit, or a financial breakthrough fruit, or whatever else we need. This is why a true Ecclesia, house of prayer, community of believers, is vital.
Finally, I learned, the time for planting seed is not when you need the harvest. You plant before you need it. Also, don’t come to me and ask me for fruit from my harvest if you are not willing to plant seeds of your own. Because when I need harvest-fruit, I need to know you have something to offer. No freeloading in the spirit.
Looking forward to your victory testimony. Amen.
*All Scriptures are in the New King James Version of the Bible.
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