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March 1, 2021 7:00 am
I submit to you that the law of the harvest is not just about the person literally soloing into the earth and reaping fruit and reaping things from the earth. It's not only about that. It is about your life and mine. We will reap certain things if we sell certain things. God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that he will also reap escalation 647 and this is destined for victory hello and thanks for stopping by for another great week of teaching from Pastor Paul Sheppard a lot of seed time and harvest has been around since the days of Noah, and according to Scripture that will continue for as long as the earth remains over the years. Pastor Paula spoke at length about four laws of the harvest reviews those today and he also introduces 1/5, stay right here for download podcast on demand. Pastor Paul.net that's bona fide or wherever you get your podcasts now, here's Pastor Paul today suggestion for victory message.
The fifth law of the harvest to begin, let me just rehearse the basics. The foundational idea of the law of the harvest with me to Genesis chapter 8 the eighth chapter of Genesis, now you don't know where Genesis is you have been in your Bible. All you gotta do is start at the beginning and yet they are Genesis chapter 8 and what I want to do is read three verses in your hearing. Beginning at verse 20 Genesis chapter 8 verse 20 then Noah built an altar to the Lord and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar and the Lord smelled a soothing aroma. Then the Lord's said in his heart. I will never again curse the ground for man's sake. Although the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth, nor will I again destroy every living thing. As I have done.
By the way, just pause right there. This is after the great flood and soul. After the great flood, God has said, okay, I'm never going to do that again.
I am giving you some new principles and promises to rely on. Never again going to destroy every living thing. As I have done. Look at verse 22.
Here's where I want to present the law of the harvest. While the earth remains God said seed time and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night shall not cease. While the earth remains seed time and harvest. That's the law of the harvest, God said after the great flood of Noah's day, God said, I'll never again do this and as the earth remains until I'm done with all of mankind and with life on earth as we know it until that happens, he said seed time and harvest will always remain there will always be this principle you reaping what you sow.
That's the beginning of the law of the harvest, so the fourfold wall that I've talked about for years. Is this for sentences number one you reap if you so and I'm going to get back into that because I realize a lot of you have never heard me present. Even the fourfold wall. The harvest so when I'm done with this message.
I will double back and cover some things about the fourfold law of the harvest because it will be important to help us as we get through these unprecedented times were living in. In today's world the first of the fourfold laws is you reap if you so I'll get to that later. Secondly, you reap what you sow.
So number one you reap if you so number two, you reap what you sow number three. You reap after you so and number four, you reap more than you so and so we need to understand that this law has been in effect ever since God talked about it in Genesis chapter 8 in the day of Noah.
This law of seed time and harvest has been in effect and I submit to you that the fourfold law of the harvest is not just about the earth, literally soloing into the earth and reaping fruit and reaping things from the earth. It's not only about that.
It is about your life and mine. We will reap certain things if we sell certain things.
We will reap what we sow we will reap after we so and we will reap more than we so that's the fourfold wall the harms and again I'm going to double back to that in the next message but in this message I want to offer to you the fact that there was a law of the harvest, and I've never really expounded it. Perhaps I've mentioned it kind of been passing but right now I feel that it's time to expose it as a legitimate principal and law of the harvest.
And here's the way I worded it.
If you're taking notes. Jot this down when you so God's way you can reap more than you ask or even think when you so God's way you can reap more than you ask or even think I've come to tell you that as I preach this message. When in the midst of an unprecedented pandemic throughout the world in 2020.
If you hear this message much later. I want to put that timestamp so that you will know when I presented this but what I'm going to share will apply to your life no matter when you hear it, but right now as I preach. We are in an unprecedented pandemic throughout the world. I am so frustrated because I am a man who loves to vacation. I work hard so I can play hard and I take my wife and I typically have taken for breaks every year and a couple of those breaks. At least we find somewhere in the world to travel and we enjoyed ourselves.
One of the things I love to do is cruise so one of those breaks every year has been a cruise in 2020 for the first time since I can remember. I'm not getting on any boat going anywhere because that is all over the world places that I enjoy Rona is there weight know me and not try to experience this coronavirus: 19 may call it. I am not trying to do that and so I'm heartbroken because I been home.
The last trip I took that had a little bit of the vacation field was really a working vacation. I went to St. Kitts in January 2020 and preached the revival.
Several of our members went with my wife and me and we all met up on the beautiful island of St. Kitts and I preach that night and they hung out in vacation during the day and so that was the last trip I had that had a little bit of fun in it and shortly after that by March.
Rona had shown up and we all learned about Rona and they shut us down and my second quarter. Vacation has not happened here. We all in the third quarter.
That's not going happen. The fourth quarter not going anywhere. I have already had six speaking engagements that wouldn't happen this year postpone data and postpone it I will go postpone it and tell them I'm not going anywhere. Presented with anybody except on this computer that you see me on right now will be right back with more of today's destined for victory message from Pastor Paul Shepherd, senior pastor, destiny Christian Fellowship in Fremont, California listen to the broadcast on firstname.lastname@example.org that's Pastor Paul.net you find a host of great resources that are online store.
The first four laws of the harvest apply to everyone equally. But the fifth law hinges on your willingness to obey God.
Specific instructions you miss Pastor Paul with the rest of today's destined for victory message. The fifth law of the harvest, but the fact of the matter is, other because I love those breaks and love the vacationing and all that I'm not getting on a plane I'm not. I don't know I'm a frequent flyer on a few airlines and they were right and see where with line here with lying there in order. I like don't you send me all the emails you want to get on a plane I'm going be right here in California and sit in my house where Rona can come in there and and this is just what we got a deal with but the fact of the matter is I need you to understand these are unprecedented times and then unprecedented times when you leave the people of God need to look into the word of God and we need to believe God to get us not only through it to not only survive the pandemic. I don't know about you but I will arrive during the pandemic and that's what has me preaching this message I eyes since that God wants to bless us.
Despite what we're having to deal with in terms of this pandemic and so that's why I am presenting this fifth law of the harvest. Now here's what I want to do.
Go with me to Genesis. Already in Genesis bench update now go with me to chapter 26 Genesis chapter 26 and there I want to read a a few verses as well.
Genesis chapter 26 and beginning at verse one it says there was a famine in the land besides the first famine that was in the days of Abraham and Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines in our then the Lord appeared to him and said, do not go down to Egypt live in the land of which I shall tell you dwell in this land and I will be with you and bless you skip down to verse 12 then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year, 100 fold. And the Lord blessed him.
Look at verse 12. Again, I want you to miss it.
Then Isaac sowed in that land in the midst of a famine were talking and reaped in the same year hundredfold and the Lord blessed him. Anybody interested in reaping not only more than you. So which is one of the natural four laws that I mentioned earlier, anybody interested in reaping supernatural harvest of blessings favor and provision anybody interested in God blessing you in uncanny ways at times when you can figure out another folk can figure out how can you be blessed with what where having a deal with right now. If you like me are interested in being blessed in an uncanny way, then stay tuned. If you're not interested in that you go ahead and sign off and I'll catch you some other time. But I want a priest or some folk will say I know these are tough times. I know when dealing with some craziness all around us. But if God can bless Isaac in the middle of a famine and give them a hundredfold return on his wing. Then I want God to bless me in supernatural ways as well, and I bet you I want you to stick with me as I give you the rest of this message I want to make a couple points. Here's the first one, the fifth law of the harvest requires that we follow the Lord's specific directives for our lives.
The fifth law of the harvest requires that we follow the Lord's specific directives for our lives. In other words, brothers and sisters. Obedience to what God says to us is absolutely essential. Here we are in a pandemic. And again if you want to miss it another time and in your lifetime you might not be in the pandemic. For whatever you're going through. You need to listen because principles are timeless and they're not just tied to specific events, principles are always true and I want you understand obedience to what God says in your life is essential if you want to be blessed, especially if you want to be blessed supernaturally. If you want to be blessed the way Isaac was blessed when you've got to pay attention to what God's directives for your life are and you gotta make sure to live them out. Obedience is absolutely essential. A look again at verse two, and that makes this point the Lord appeared to Isaac and said do not go down to Egypt live in the land of which I shall tell you dwell in this land and I will be with you and bless you now why does it point out, don't go down to Egypt because when you read the context of what was going on there. In Genesis chapter 25 and 26. There was this famine in the land and the text is very clear without talking about the famine decades ago when his dad Abraham lived in a famine. These are days now when we were in a new season of a new era of life. There's a probably an 80 year separation between the famine of Abraham's day, and the famine mentioned here in Genesis 26 and the writer is clear to point out this is a unique famine just like what we're dealing with here in 2020. This is a unique pandemic. I've never lived through anything like that.
We seem to lose different types of flu strains come through and we had different kinds of diseases come through and fall while everybody thought about that but y'all know like I do. We have never in our lifetime. Anyway been through anything like this. This one is a brand-new one and we are not going to get through this easily because this is something we've never experienced before. But the latter after pointing out this is a unique famine.
He says don't go down the Egypt now what you find when you look at the context is there are people running to Egypt because of the famine. Whenever in biblical times.
There's a famine it's understandable that many people say I got a get out of this area. If you recall, in the book of Ruth. The reason why Naomi and her husband and her two sons went down the Moab from Bethlehem was because of a famine, and so is not atypical when people in Bible times, had to do it a famine very often. They said was go to another region where there some food at least will work and will do what we have to do to be able to make a living and to get through it. Naomi and her family were down there for years in Moab because of a famine. So it's not atypical and here in Genesis 26. There are people who are leaving in droves. We're going down the Egypt weirdness in Egypt. Let's go down to Egypt. But God spoke up and said to Isaac.
I don't care what other folks are doing. I don't care what their rationale is for leaving this area.
He said do not go down to Egypt live in the land of which I shall tell you Isaac.
I'm going to tell you where to live. It's not going to be Egypt and I want you to go where I tell you to go verse three, he tells them dwell in this land and I will be with you and bless you brothers and sisters us. The first thing I want to share with you about this fifth law the harvest. If you want to see God provide for you supernaturally. Make sure you're paying attention to the specifics of what God has told you he speaks to us through his word he speaks by the Holy Spirit and he speaks to us through people who have his word in their mouths. I'm one of those people sharing his word with you right now and so I need you to know that when God speaks, especially in a pandemic, especially in a difficult season. Whatever the difficulty is that the time to tune in that the times are expressing these days is quite common lien in we talk about leaning in, as we are here from other leaders in business at all, the whole principle of leaning in what I came to tell you you are in a difficult time and you're not going get out of it by listening to all these voices, you gotta lean into God and Satan. What are you saying to me that I need to do right now where do you want me to go where you want me to say what you want me to be doing in this world because this law of the harvest tells you in no uncertain terms that you sold God's way. You can read more then you ask or even imagine. And to sold in God's way. It means you have to be sure to listen and follow his specific directives for your life as a believer in Christ, your faith will sometimes be tested.
There will be tough times and challenges, but when you follow the specific will of God for your life when you so when, where, when and how we ask you to so he will do so exceedingly abundantly more than you could ever ask or think.
Pastor Paul Sheppard joins me now from a studio in California pastor as a country we find ourselves just a little over a month into the first hundred days of a new administration already there been lots of changes and we understand that some in our listening audience, today are thrilled about what's been done so far. Others are concerned that we think about a conversation you and I had just days before the election last year you'd be willing.
I thought this would be good time to remind us what you said all of us back then. Would you take just a moment and share some truthfulness about where hope should be these days. Yeah, I'm happy to do that.
I think the key truce to following Jesus are reminding ourselves that elections don't change what we are called to do and how were called to live here is one of the things I think we need to keep in mind that I grew up on the old hymns of the church I grew up in a church where we sang gospel in and had fun songs, but we sang hymns and anthems a lot right and so I love the him that I'm thinking about it now. In answer to your question.
My hope is built on nothing less. But Jesus blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus name on Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand. In fact of the matter is I think you need to make sure that your hope lies firmly and solely in Jesus Christ.
It can never be in the White House, it can never be in a party, it can never be in Congress. It can even be in the decisions made in the Supreme Court. It has to remain in Christ all other ground is sinking sand and I think if our listeners put their hope in Jesus Christ, then we will continue looking to Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith. I'm reminded of Psalm 24 seven some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God, thanks for those words of wisdom Pastor Paul will at a time when there is so much changing in this world is good to know the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ forever remains a source of hope for all who embrace it and now more than ever.
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We got a wall in extreme old media that's next time in Pastor Paul Sheppard's message. The fifth law of the harvest until they remember he who began a good working you will bring it to completion in Christ, you are destined for victory