In Your Bible Read This Out Loud:
Memorise This Verse: Galatians 6:7
'For at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up'
Afterwards Talk About This: In
what ways does God bless us.
Something To Do Before Next Time:
List all the ways that God has blesses you since becoming a Christian.
Written Diploma Work: List all
the benefits described in Psalm 103.
Meditate Word By Word On This Verse:
Having seen then that the bible draws the
illustration of sowing and reaping and applies it to how a Christian
should deal with their finances, consideration will be given in the pages
that follow to both giving and receiving (i.e. sowing and reaping / seed
time and harvest). The two scriptures below are the foremost New Testament
scriptures which apply the illustration of sowing and reaping to a
Christian's finances, and the context in which they are written is a
financial one. Consequently, when reference is made in this book to the
laws of sowing and reaping / giving and receiving / seed time and harvest,
it is done based on the scriptures.
Gal 6:7 'Do not be
deceived:God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows'
2 Corinthians 9:6
'Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and
whoever sows generously will also reap generously'
A further clarification of terms as
consideration is given to the idea of sowing and reaping in a financial
context, needs to be applied to the idea of receiving / reaping a harvest
having previously given / sown financially. Sadly, people can think that
if they give a few pounds in the church offering they automatically expect
to have a large cash sum given to them within 2 months or else they will
conclude that they have been cheated out of their money! Clearly this is
not the case, and set out below are some qualifications as to what is
meant in regard to receiving / reaping a financial harvest and seeing the
laws of sowing and reaping working in our favor, as they are mentioned in
1) God sends the harvest
Ultimately it is God who releases his
blessings into the lives of Christians and since he knows all the thoughts
and hidden motives of everyone, he alone will determine if someone is
eligible to receive his blessing.
2) The harvest is not guaranteed
Leading on, as will be dealt with in later
sections, it is possible to give financially and then lose your harvest
and as such the harvest is not guaranteed and automatic once we have given
financially. Such things as bad stewardship, lack of faith, financial
unrighteousness, wrong motives and ungratefulness can either block or
cause us to loose our harvest.
3) The timing of the harvest
There are no time limits that we can expect
to receive a financial harvest within once we have given financially as
the bible says, 'For at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do
not give up'. For example, if a child gives from an early age it could be
that they reap their harvest much later in life when they land the dream
job that God has given to them once again the timing of any harvest is in
4) The form of the harvest
The harvest can come in many different
forms and under no circumstances must we expect it to be hard cash in our
hand / bank account. For example, it could be in the form of a promotion
at work, the rise in the value of a house or piece of land. God might send
a buyer to buy something that one of his children wants to sell, a job
nearer to home meaning less traveling, someone's business landing a big
order and being given an item of value such as a car.
5) The method of the harvest
The harvest isn't always receiving
something good in our life but it could be the prevention of something
bad. For example, a farmer may reap his harvest through the blessing of
God being on his animals who do not suffer any disease whatsoever when
other farmer's are suffering sickness in their herds, such as the recent
outbreak of foot and mouth disease in Britain.
6) The quantity of the harvest
Finally, since the bible never limits God
to the method of the harvest, there are no guarantees as to the quantity
of the harvest – God may release different sizes of harvest for the same
amount of money sown to different people, as we are all at different
levels of our stewardship. For example, if you have given £100.00 cash
you simply cannot expect £200.00 in cash to be given you in the next 2
months as there is no biblical basis for this.
So as we look more deeply at the area of
sowing and reaping the above qualifications have to be borne in mind when
reference is made in this book to receiving / reaping a harvest,
blessings, and seeing the laws of sowing and reaping work in our favor.
Since the bible gives no firm promises or guarantees as to the timing,
form, method and quantity of any financial harvest that can be expected
once someone has given financially, then neither does this book. The
reader's attention is draw once again to the above scriptures from
Galatians 6:7 and 2 Corinthians 9:6 and the words of Jesus in Acts 20:35
who said 'It is more blessed to give than receive'.
If someone starts to be a giver the bible never says they can demand or
expect the timing, form, method and quantity of blessing, as God alone
will decide what is best for someone and it is possible to loose a
For example, Job 42:12 shows that Job was
blessed God with camels, however, if God wanted to bless someone today who
lives in the middle of New York, camels may not be his chosen method of
blessing someone. When reference is made in this book to receiving /
raising a financial harvest, and activating the laws of sowing and reaping
in our favor, having previously given financially etc etc, it is done so
with the 6 qualifications above and with fact that the blessing of God can
take many different timings, forms, methods and quantities. Listed below
are just some of the things that God blesses in the bible
Seed, Vines, Crops
Proverbs 3:9 New wine
Deuteronomy 28:1-14 Children, Livestock,
Sufficient rain to water the ground, All the work of your hand,
Malachi 3:11 Pests prevented from
Exodus 23:25 Food, Water, Prevention of sickness, Extension of life span.
Leviticus 26:4-5 Fruit, Grapes.
Joel 2:24 Grain
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