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Sowing a Radical Seed

In Genesis 26, scripture talks about a time when there was a great famine in the land. There had been a drought for many years, and the people were struggling to survive. God told Isaac to take a step of faith and plant his crops anyway. It didn't make sense. There was no way to water the crops. It looked like it would be a waste of time. Isaac could have said, "God, have You seen the conditions lately? Have You checked the weather report? Do You realize it hasn't rained in years? Nothing is going to grow." Isaac could have looked at things in the natural and talked himself right out of it; but instead, Isaac had a bold obedience. Scripture says that in the midst of the famine, he sowed a seed in the land. 

I can imagine his friends saying, "Isaac, what in the world are you doing? Do you realize nothing is going to grow in a drought?" But Isaac didn't get discouraged. He didn't listen to the naysayers; he just kept planting. What was he doing? He was sowing a radical seed. What happened? He reaped a radical harvest! The scripture says that in the same year, in the famine, he received a 100-fold return. 

Now, Isaac could have reasoned things out and held onto those seeds for years waiting for the conditions to be perfect, but nothing would have happened. Isaac understood that the power was not in the seed; the power is in the obedience. When he obeyed, that's when the miracle happened. The conditions don't have to be perfect. The economy doesn't have to be booming for you to be blessed. You don't have to have the most education, the most talent or live in a certain neighborhood. All the odds can be against you, but when God asks you to do something and you don't argue or make excuses, you just do it, that's when miracles happen. 

Like Isaac, have the attitude that says, "God, I don't understand it, but I'm going to sow a seed anyway." That's when you'll see a harvest in the midst of the famine. You'll be blessed even though others are struggling. You'll be promoted even though you weren't the most qualified. You'll see dreams come to pass even though the odds were against you. God is looking for people who will have this bold obedience. He's looking for people who will dare to sow a radical seed of faith! 

"Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold, because the Lord blessed him." (Genesis 26:12, NIV)



Your Due Season is Here

I've been saying it since the beginning of the year, but I want to remind you that we are entering into a due season year—a season where God is going to show up and show out in a new way. Maybe you've been holding on to some promises for a while, or maybe there's a dream in your heart that you've been praying about. I believe in this due season year that God is going to cause things to fall into place. He is going to make things happen that you couldn't make happen on your own. 

Maybe you've had an addiction for 20 years and tried your best to break it without success. The good news is that this is your due season! This is your year to be free! Promotion is coming. Good breaks are coming. Miracles are coming! Keep believing, keep expecting and keep honoring God because abundance is headed your way!

I believe that as you read these words, something is igniting in your spirit. If you'll let these words take root in your heart, they can help ignite your dreams, ignite your faith and ignite your hope. Your mind may try to talk you out of it because you can't figure out how it's going to happen. That's okay. That's not your job to figure it all out; your job is to believe. Your job is to say, "Yes, God. This is for me! I believe that it's my due season year."

Today, stay in agreement with God. All through the day say, "Lord, thank You that 2015 is my due season year. Lord, I believe this is my year to get healthy and whole. This is my year to meet the people who will help me fulfill my dreams. This is my year to go further in my career and step into a new level of my destiny!" 

"So let's not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't give up." (Galatians 6:9, NLT)



Keep Praying!

My nephew, Matthew, is my brother, Paul's oldest son. At the age of twelve, Matt started struggling with depression. He lost all interest in school. He wouldn't engage socially with the other students or hardly even his own family. It seemed like the more Paul and Jennifer prayed the worse things got. It got so bad that he eventually dropped out of school. Matt has always been so smart, so talented, but it didn't look like he would fulfill his destiny.

The scripture says, "If you don't get tired of doing what's right, you will reap a harvest." Paul didn't see anything changing, but he kept praying. He kept believing. He prayed, "God, You said as for me and my house we will serve the Lord. You said the seed of the righteous will be mighty in the land. You said Your plans for Matt are for good and not evil."

Year after year went by. There was no sign of anything improving. But one day, unexpectedly, out of the blue, it was like those chains of depression were broken off of Matt. He got his joy back. He got his passion back. He had a whole new outlook on life. He went back and finished high school. He went to college and got his bachelor's degree. He went on to law school and got his law degree. Today, Matt is an attorney working with us on staff in the ministry. He's married, happy and fulfilling his destiny. What happened? Matt came into his due season of harvest.

Today, get ready because when you stay faithful to what God has called you to do, He promises that you are coming into your due season. Like Matt, unexpectedly, things will change in your favor. If you have a business that's slow, God knows how to bring you customers or new clients and cause you to stand out. God can give you ideas, creativity and wisdom. He is called Jehovah Jireh, the Lord our Provider. One touch of His favor can put you years down the road!

The key is, don't stop praying! Keep believing. Keep expecting. Stay in faith. When you're tempted to get discouraged, turn it around. Say, "Lord, I want to thank You that this is my due season year. This is my year to see increase. This is my year of freedom and breakthrough! Thank you for finishing what you started in my life!"

"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." (Galatians 6:9, NIV)


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