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Stand for your Finances

  

  

 

Part 7

 

 

 

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Seed and Bread

 

 

We read in the letter to the Corinthians about seed and bread, but what does it mean?

2 Corinthians 9:10 "Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)

11: Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God."

  • Seed

This is money you receive in order to give out again. You are only the channel through whom God gives it to someone else. Remember we are God's stewards. We carry God's purse for Him.

  • Bread

Bread is the money you have a right to, money being owed. You can enjoy it, as it is your harvest.

Many times we receive money from an unex-pected source, and without thinking twice, we spend it. This can be a mistake, because perhaps you have just eaten up your seed. If you had sowed it, you would in time get it back. What's more: You could have also received a hundred fold harvest! That is why it is important to have a relationship with God, and to ensure we clearly hear His voice concerning what we are to do. When I receive money, He will, if I allow Him, show me what to do with it.If the money is seed, then I ask God to show me where I must sow it, i.e. who gets it.If it is bread, then I can enjoy it with thanksgiving.

Ensure a good harvest

Let us get practical. Let us look at all the aspects which play a role in the sowing and reaping process.

How can I ensure that I will reap a good harvest?

Remember: The more you harvest, the more you can sow next time, and the more God can be glorified! Perhaps you have never thought about finances like this before, but now is the time to renew your thoughts.

What do we need for a good harvest?

  • Soil

God has prepared good soil where I can sow, but there is also poor soil and the hard ground. It is my responsibility to choose the right soil. If I am in relationship with Him, He will lay it in my heart to sow in a specific place. If I am obedient, I am assured of good soil. It is not our duty to give to every "good cause". Not every beggar is necessarily good soil, and just so not every spiritual ministry either. Allow God to show you where to sow. Much seed, with many good intentions, has been sown onto the hard ground, with no results.

  • Seed

We are the sowers with the seed in our possession. It doesn't matter how much or how little money you have; that which you have, is potential seed which can bring in a harvest when planted in fertile soil. We must sow the correct amount of seed. As with the soil, God will show us how much and where we are to sow. It is however important that we have the correct attitude, because then we want to sow as much as possible.

2 Corinthians 9:6 "But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.

7: Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver."

  • Sowers

We are the sowers who, in obedience, have to disperse God's money (seed). When we obey God and do what He requires of us, there is a very important principle which we must remember.

Matthew 6:1 "Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.

2: Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

3: But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:

4: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly."

2 Corinthians 9:7b "For God loveth a cheerful giver."

Man so desires to be glorified, and others must surely know what he has done again. Pride and haughtiness can easily affect my harvest in a bad way. When the correct amount of seed is in the correct soil, as God said, what now?

Every farmer who sows has an expectation. It is therefore important to have an expectation, as this determines your behavior.

Galatians 6:8 "For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

9: And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not."

  • Water

The only way to water this seed, to allow it to grow into a large harvest, is by FAITH. Not faith in something we have done, but rather in God's faithfulness to fulfill His promises, and manifest them in our lives. We must remind God of His promises.

Isaiah 62:6b "That make mention of the Lord, keep not silence,"

We don't do it because He can forget, but rather to establish it in our own hearts. We must think, speak and live the solution/victory. That which we speak is very important.

Proverbs 18:21 "Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof."

  • Germination

It is here that God takes over. Jesus describes what happens here.

Mark 4:26b "… as if a man should cast seed into the ground;

27: And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how."

Fortunately it is not necessary for us to know and understand everything. What must we do now? We must have faith! Therefore we must think, speak and feel like God does about the situation (harvest).

Romans 4:17 "(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were."

Hebrews 11:1 "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."

God said:

Philippians 4:6 "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God."

Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

Do we really believe it?By speaking negatively or allowing fear a place, we allow our harvest to be stolen. Also by disobedience to God's voice. The enemy wants us to focus on the circumstances, the facts and realities, but God is above them. Faith stands on God's Word and not on what I see. Unbelief always seeks a way out and then we have a lovely excuse or explanation why God's principles don't work: "Yes but……"

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