Cultivate & Harvest

Whoever watches the wind will never plant. Whoever looks at the clouds will never harvest.

Ecclesiastes 11:4 GW

If you wait for perfect conditions, you’ll accomplish nothing. If you don’t step out of the boat, you’ll never walk on water. Just be sure it’s Jesus that’s calling you to act in faith.

Satan wants you to live in fear. Fear of discomfort. Fear of failure. Fear of condemnation. Fear of man. Fear of being known. Fear of being vulnerable. Fear of being yourself. He wants to keep you imprisoned in your mind, stuck in inactivity and worry.

Jesus wants to set you free.

And the freedom He gives is absolute. Once and for all. If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

The greatest barrier to walking in freedom is our rational mind. We can’t conceive of this amazing grace. It’s beyond human wisdom. God’s plan seems too good to be true. But it is true. Freely available to me and to you.

Grab a hold of grace. Hold fast to faith. The steadfast love of God will never wane. His love is not dependent on our performance. He loves us in spite of our behavior. That’s where the healing comes from. His love overcomes our sin. Receive it and walk in it.

God is faithful even when we are not. His Light always shines to lead us home when we wander off into the darkness. There is no judgment. There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Faith is sufficient to set us free. Never stop believing.

Run home to the Father. Fall on His grace. Let the mercy, peace and forgiveness that is found in Jesus wash over your soul. Quit striving and surrender to the Holy Spirit’s control.

His leading isn’t a heavy burden. And He never forces our allegiance. We have a will. Use it to choose God’s will instead of your own. It sounds radical to our self-centered, independent and rebellious nation. But it’s the path to abundant life. A sweet surrender to something greater, something wiser, something all-powerful. Join the winning team. Victory is guaranteed. You have nothing to lose except your burdens and chains.

Do you want to be effective in ministry? Cultivate the relationships in your life. Provide the conditions that yield the fruit that only God can make grow. Walk together. Talk together. Pray together. Serve together. Put Christ at the center of everything you do and say. You don’t always have to preach. But you do have to love at all times.

Love is the answer to all our problems. First, receive the love of God. Then, love God back. Be an echo of His nature. Finally, love others. Be an amplifier of God’s love. Take what He gives you and multiply it by giving it away freely, indiscriminately.

Be ready in season and out. Sow the seed of the Gospel everywhere. Don’t worry about the results, that’s in God’s hands. Continue to speak the truth in love. A harvest of righteousness is sown in peace.

Peace be with you. To the glory of God the Father in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

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