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Receiving Your Harvest (Part1)

I would like to use this medium to share with you about receiving your harvest from the Lord.

I was looking for wedding rings in London and I had searched all around London for a particular set of rings. I got to this shopping mall with a friend of ours called Julie and this guy walked up to us. He was well dressed and looked really good. He carried a book that looked like a bible in his hand and had a tag on his shirt that said something about Jesus, so as soon as I saw him I started smiling and got ready to give my testimony because he would have been the third person walking up to me with the intention of preaching to me that day. He told me that he wanted to talk to me about Jesus Christ and as soon as he said that the smile on my face became broader. I replied, “Very good. We are also born again and I am a pastor. What is your name?”

The guy said, “Never mind. Have you read the Book of Mammon?” That was when I saw the 'bible' he was holding. I started laughing. He asked me why I was laughing and I told him it was because if we got into a discussion, one of us would leave that place angry and it definitely wouldn't be me. So I advised him to just run along and preach to somebody else. However, he insisted on talking to us about his 'book of mammon' but I also insisted that he leave us alone. As he was leaving, he turned back and said,”So rude!

I later told Julie, “I have absolutely no apology for refusing to listen to poison. I have the right to insist that, that guy should not force me to listen to the lies of the devil”. That is the kind of attitude I would like us to use in the body of Christ. You do not ask the devil to leave politely. If you do, he will just laugh at you and continue. Do it the Nigerian way; tell him, ”Commot! Get out of my house right now!”

Now say this with an authoritative attitude: “The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places, yes I have a goodly heritage. The earth belongs to me; I am blessed in the Name of Jesus Christ and I receive the increase of the land in the Name of Jesus Christ. Halleluiah!

If you are shy of making these confessions, that's your problem, and if you think confession is a waste time, it is also your problem. We know where we are going to and we know that we get there by our confessions. Where you are today is the result of words that came out of your mouth, whether good or bad. Do not blame any body. The reason you are where you are and the reason why you will get to where you are going is your confession. Shout aloud, “I am blessed!”

I see increase coming. I see it so much when I am meditating on God's word. I cannot use words to describe it, but when we get into it you will understand what I am talking about. Step into it in the Name of Jesus Christ. No one should be left out of it. Tap into it.

Kenneth Copeland said that it is a greater evil to refuse to take the harvest than to refuse to sow seed. It is evil when you refuse to sow seed, but the evil of leaving your harvest to rot in the field is greater. You may ask what is the evil in not sowing seeds is. Sowing seed is part of God's plan. If you look at the book of Genesis and study it carefully, you will notice that it is God's plan that the trees, humans, and everything that He has created multiply itself by sowing seeds. All living things have been given a way to reproduce themselves. They have seeds which when sown into the earth, cause them to bring forth after their kind. It is interesting to note that if we all refuse to sow mango seeds into the earth, in some years to come, mango trees will go extinct. This is not only true about trees but also with animals, and humans as well.

There is a plan, a design that God has set in motion; …seed, time, and harvest… (Genesis 8:22). Pay attention to this instruction I am giving you right now: never think that the teaching on seed and harvest is the churches' design or Men of God's design to acquire wealth and get things from people. Such thinking negates God's word in your life and cut yourself off from multiplication, increase and fruitfulness that we are talking about.

It has always been God's design that multiplication in any thing comes by sowing its seed. I’ve never see a farmer complaining when he is going to cast his seed into the ground saying he doesn't know why he has to cast his seed into the ground every year, and saying that the ground is just eating up all his corn.

God puts a demand on everything that desires multiplication to sow its seed, be it plants or animals, humans, anything. If you desire increase in your life, you have to sow seed.

Now after you have sown your seed, you have to put in your sickle and take your harvest. Some people are good givers but poor receivers. They do not know how to take the harvest. Some people just think that since they have sown the seed, they can just sit back, fold their hands and the harvest will just drive its way into their house. Well, it’s not going to happen that way. To receive our harvest, there are things we must do. Your Giving is meant to bring increase, multiplication and harvest in your life; we need to decide to receive the full harvest of every seed sown.

Gloria Copeland made a statement that I love. She said that she has purposed that she will not leave planet Earth until she has taken a hundred fold harvest of every seed she has sown. Now that is a very strong statement. 

I believe that many Christians have gone home to be with the Lord and most of their harvest are here on earth unreaped. I believe that for some, their children will tap into it by faith and receive the harvest of the seeds that their parents sowed. Do you know that there is no seed you sow that goes without a harvest? Harvests always come. Some may be afraid of the last statement I made because they are thinking of the evil seeds they have sown. Ask God to forgive you and the evil seed will be destroyed in the ground.

There is no such thing as all the bad things you did before you got saved are haunting you. That is not the gospel! When you got born again, you became a new man in Christ, old things passed away and all things became new (2 Corinthians. 5:17). Also, if you did something wrong after you got born again and you have repented, then God forgives and cleanses you from all unrighteousness and there is no harvest coming from that.

One thing that hinders harvest the most is our flesh. A simple example is a scenario where having sown my seed, I am confessing and putting my faith to work for the harvest. Now suppose God has prepared that to use Nugwa (my wife) to bring the harvest to me. Everything continues to work together for my harvest to come forth and then, just as she was about to act, flesh comes in. Perhaps she says or does something I don't like and my flesh takes over. Perhaps I get really angry (like many of you do, get angry without showing self-control) and gave her 'a piece of my mind'. You know the bible says we should be angry and sin not. However, after I act unbecomingly, Nugwa might just say, 'Lord, I prefer to give this thing to a donkey'.

It ought not to be like that. I mean, if we don't allow flesh to come into it, when the Lord speaks it is supposed to be a great joy to respond. You may even want to add more and increase your seed, not that when you are supposed to give to Mr A, you give it to his friend. You have still given however you have allowed flesh to come into it and dictate to you.

Take flesh out of the way because flesh hinders harvest the most. I always remind myself that nobody is worth making me walk in the flesh and lose my harvest. Walk in the Spirit and walk in love, so that harvest can come.

So many times God sends things to His people through angels and that is how they keep aborting their harvest - yielding to their flesh walking in strife, bitterness and malice.

This is why there are people you lay hands on over and over again. You make every effort to minister to them and yet nothing happens. What you need to do is to encourage them to get out of that flesh and stop being a profane man.

A profane man is someone that yields to his flesh - Like Esau did. He yielded to his flesh.  Esau was hungry. Hunger may be a valid feeling but it is still part of the flesh. He yielded to the desires of the flesh contrary to the laws of the Lord God and he lost his birthright. He lost the blessing. That is serious; losing the blessing because of a plate of porridge.

He wanted instant gratification. You are angry at this moment and you must just speak now. You go blabbing and spilling everything out. Afterwards you are completely deflated and you've lost and damaged a lot with your words. Say this out, 'I will not allow flesh hinder my harvest.

Receiving Your Harvest (Part 1) (2)

I would like to use this medium to share with you about receiving your harvest from the Lord.

I was looking for wedding rings in London and I had searched all around London for a particular set of rings. I got to this shopping mall with a friend of ours called Julie and this guy walked up to us. He was well dressed and looked really good. He carried a book that looked like a bible in his hand and had a tag on his shirt that said something about Jesus, so as soon as I saw him I started smiling and got ready to give my testimony because he would have been the third person walking up to me with the intention of preaching to me that day. He told me that he wanted to talk to me about Jesus Christ and as soon as he said that the smile on my face became broader. I replied, “Very good. We are also born again and I am a pastor. What is your name?”

The guy said, “Never mind. Have you read the Book of Mammon?” That was when I saw the 'bible' he was holding. I started laughing. He asked me why I was laughing and I told him it was because if we got into a discussion, one of us would leave that place angry and it definitely wouldn't be me. So I advised him to just run along and preach to somebody else. However, he insisted on talking to us about his 'book of mammon' but I also insisted that he leave us alone. As he was leaving, he turned back and said,”So rude!

I later told Julie, “I have absolutely no apology for refusing to listen to poison. I have the right to insist that, that guy should not force me to listen to the lies of the devil”. That is the kind of attitude I would like us to use in the body of Christ. You do not ask the devil to leave politely. If you do, he will just laugh at you and continue. Do it the Nigerian way; tell him, ”Commot! Get out of my house right now!”

Now say this with an authoritative attitude: “The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places, yes I have a goodly heritage. The earth belongs to me; I am blessed in the Name of Jesus Christ and I receive the increase of the land in the Name of Jesus Christ. Halleluiah!

If you are shy of making these confessions, that's your problem, and if you think confession is a waste time, it is also your problem. We know where we are going to and we know that we get there by our confessions. Where you are today is the result of words that came out of your mouth, whether good or bad. Do not blame any body. The reason you are where you are and the reason why you will get to where you are going is your confession. Shout aloud, “I am blessed!”

I see increase coming. I see it so much when I am meditating on God's word. I cannot use words to describe it, but when we get into it you will understand what I am talking about. Step into it in the Name of Jesus Christ. No one should be left out of it. Tap into it.

Kenneth Copeland said that it is a greater evil to refuse to take the harvest than to refuse to sow seed. It is evil when you refuse to sow seed, but the evil of leaving your harvest to rot in the field is greater. You may ask what is the evil in not sowing seeds is. Sowing seed is part of God's plan. If you look at the book of Genesis and study it carefully, you will notice that it is God's plan that the trees, humans, and everything that He has created multiply itself by sowing seeds. All living things have been given a way to reproduce themselves. They have seeds which when sown into the earth, cause them to bring forth after their kind. It is interesting to note that if we all refuse to sow mango seeds into the earth, in some years to come, mango trees will go extinct. This is not only true about trees but also with animals, and humans as well.

There is a plan, a design that God has set in motion; …seed, time, and harvest… (Genesis 8:22). Pay attention to this instruction I am giving you right now: never think that the teaching on seed and harvest is the churches' design or Men of God's design to acquire wealth and get things from people. Such thinking negates God's word in your life and cut yourself off from multiplication, increase and fruitfulness that we are talking about.

It has always been God's design that multiplication in any thing comes by sowing its seed. I’ve never see a farmer complaining when he is going to cast his seed into the ground saying he doesn't know why he has to cast his seed into the ground every year, and saying that the ground is just eating up all his corn.

God puts a demand on everything that desires multiplication to sow its seed, be it plants or animals, humans, anything. If you desire increase in your life, you have to sow seed.

Now after you have sown your seed, you have to put in your sickle and take your harvest. Some people are good givers but poor receivers. They do not know how to take the harvest. Some people just think that since they have sown the seed, they can just sit back, fold their hands and the harvest will just drive its way into their house. Well, it’s not going to happen that way. To receive our harvest, there are things we must do. Your Giving is meant to bring increase, multiplication and harvest in your life; we need to decide to receive the full harvest of every seed sown.

Gloria Copeland made a statement that I love. She said that she has purposed that she will not leave planet Earth until she has taken a hundred fold harvest of every seed she has sown. Now that is a very strong statement. 

I believe that many Christians have gone home to be with the Lord and most of their harvest are here on earth unreaped. I believe that for some, their children will tap into it by faith and receive the harvest of the seeds that their parents sowed. Do you know that there is no seed you sow that goes without a harvest? Harvests always come. Some may be afraid of the last statement I made because they are thinking of the evil seeds they have sown. Ask God to forgive you and the evil seed will be destroyed in the ground.

There is no such thing as all the bad things you did before you got saved are haunting you. That is not the gospel! When you got born again, you became a new man in Christ, old things passed away and all things became new (2 Corinthians. 5:17). Also, if you did something wrong after you got born again and you have repented, then God forgives and cleanses you from all unrighteousness and there is no harvest coming from that.

One thing that hinders harvest the most is our flesh. A simple example is a scenario where having sown my seed, I am confessing and putting my faith to work for the harvest. Now suppose God has prepared that to use Nugwa (my wife) to bring the harvest to me. Everything continues to work together for my harvest to come forth and then, just as she was about to act, flesh comes in. Perhaps she says or does something I don't like and my flesh takes over. Perhaps I get really angry (like many of you do, get angry without showing self-control) and gave her 'a piece of my mind'. You know the bible says we should be angry and sin not. However, after I act unbecomingly, Nugwa might just say, 'Lord, I prefer to give this thing to a donkey'.

It ought not to be like that. I mean, if we don't allow flesh to come into it, when the Lord speaks it is supposed to be a great joy to respond. You may even want to add more and increase your seed, not that when you are supposed to give to Mr A, you give it to his friend. You have still given however you have allowed flesh to come into it and dictate to you.

Take flesh out of the way because flesh hinders harvest the most. I always remind myself that nobody is worth making me walk in the flesh and lose my harvest. Walk in the Spirit and walk in love, so that harvest can come.

So many times God sends things to His people through angels and that is how they keep aborting their harvest - yielding to their flesh walking in strife, bitterness and malice.

This is why there are people you lay hands on over and over again. You make every effort to minister to them and yet nothing happens. What you need to do is to encourage them to get out of that flesh and stop being a profane man.

A profane man is someone that yields to his flesh - Like Esau did. He yielded to his flesh.  Esau was hungry. Hunger may be a valid feeling but it is still part of the flesh. He yielded to the desires of the flesh contrary to the laws of the Lord God and he lost his birthright. He lost the blessing. That is serious; losing the blessing because of a plate of porridge.

He wanted instant gratification. You are angry at this moment and you must just speak now. You go blabbing and spilling everything out. Afterwards you are completely deflated and you've lost and damaged a lot with your words. Say this out, 'I will not allow flesh hinder my harvest.

Receiving Your Harvest (Part 2)

1. Decide and be specific on the harvest. I have always said this: if you say, “I want more money”, you are not being specific.

I was ministering to people some time ago in Zaria and I got to one man and asked him what he wanted God to do for him. He said he wanted more money, so I put my hands in my pocket and there was one Naira in there so I brought out the coin, gave it to him and said to him, “There, you have gotten more money. You can go and sit down.” He said, “Reverend, I've got the picture', then he corrected himself.

He said he wanted more money and giving him the extra one Naira coin was more money. His desire had come to pass. If you want more money, how much more do you want? What is the minimum amount that you will be satisfied with? Is it five Naira? That's more money. It could be one thousand Naira, one million Naira, or ten million Naira.

Be specific concerning your desires so you’ll know when it comes. I am specific about what I expect from God. I know when it happens. I get really excited and testify about it. I believe God for something as small as a bottle of coke, and when it comes I rejoice and thank God for my coke because my faith brought it. I didn't lie or cheat to get it; I used the principle of faith.

2. After being specific about the need, begin to call it forth and claim it. I like the phrase 'call it forth.'

Mark 11:22-23 
And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. 
For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

I like to paraphrase it this way, '… whosoever shall say (call It forth) and shall not doubt in his heart but believes that those things which he saith (calls forth) shall come to pass, he shall have what so ever he saith (called forth).

Call it forth. I mean if it is ten billion dollars you need, call it. The receipt you need to receive it is your faith so, call it and expect it to come. If you believe God for something and your closest friend does not know you are believing for anything, you are not effectively putting your faith to work because faith is not just in the heart, it is on the lips. If you hang around me, you will know I am believing God for things because you will hear me call them. Right now, I'm thinking land. Any where I see the letter 'L' I see land.  I have my land in Jesus name. When opportunity comes for you to make your confession, make it.

3. Receive it by faith.

Mark 11:24  
Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

I think one translation says, “Believe it is yours, and it is yours”. 'Believe' means to take. Take it. When you have a specific desire and you call it, the next thing you do is to take it that it is done. Take it as yours. Our harvest is here, our harvest has come, our harvest is now. It is around us. It has always been around us. All we have to do is take it.

Someone told me once that she was so excited about confessing for her expected job that folks were telling her she sounded like she had gotten the job already. I told her, it was hers. It seems like foolishness but it is faith. That's the spirit of faith which God has given us. It's an attitude.

2 Corinthians 4:13 -15 
We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak; (therefore, if you believe, or take, you should be speaking. If you take it that you have the harvest, you should be saying it)

Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you. 

For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.

Keep saying what you have taken, for the bible says while we look not on the things which are seen but on the things which are not seen, for the things which are seen are temporal but the things which are not seen are eternal. Do not look at the present circumstances. You may not be able to see the harvest physically, but it's yours.

I tell you in the name of Jesus Christ, it is going to come suddenly with speed and it is going to come very easily in the name of Jesus Christ. I have seen it in God's word and I have seen it happen in my days. People's lives just change like that without cheating, lying or defrauding any one. Things just work for them.

4. Bind the devil and anything that is going to hinder your harvest. Never walk on earth with an attitude denying the existence of the devil. People and demons will be laughing at you because the devil is real and demonic forces are real. The good news is that they are defeated and we have authority over them. They will always try to thwart what we are doing and destroy what we are doing. They will gather, but the good news is that we have authority over them in the name of Jesus Christ.

You bind them and command them to desist in their operations; command them to take their hands off what you are doing in the name of Jesus Christ.

5. Release holy angels. After you bind the bad demons, you release holy angels. The bible says they are ministering spirits who are here serving us, ministering to those who are the heirs of salvation. They minister not just to us, but for us. They are like errand boys attached to us and we can give them instructions like; “Go, cause the needed money to come now in the name of Jesus Christ” and they will go and do just that. Release ministering spirits.

I always speak to my angels. I say, "Go holy angels and cause the money to come", or "I am going to the airport today and I really need favour to get out of this town so go, holy angels and influence everybody involved in this to bring favour." Let me tell you, the way it happens I know that they are involved.

I just confessed it and had fun watching it come to pass. Release ministering spirits; they are working for us. They are not just there accompanying us, they are there serving us. As I said earlier, they are like our errand boys. We send them to do things and they hearken unto our voice if it carries the word of God.

6. Have an attitude of praise; have a joyful spirit. You see, if I see somebody frowning I know that person is not in faith because faith has joy. I always say that when you walk into the church or into my office, I know whether you are in faith or not. When I minister to people, I do not like to lay hands on people who are frowning. I like to lay hands on people who are joyful and excited. Even when nothing is working, the fig tree is not producing, and the animals are not producing just like Habakkuk said, still rejoice. That is faith. Faith is not moved by feelings.

When bad things happen, you should dance the most, shout the most and rejoice the most in church. Yes that is when something is happening to you. Some people only shout and rejoice when the contract has been signed. You are not in faith that way and that is why you can easily lose it.

7. Walk in forgiveness; forgive, forgive, and forgive. Jesus said in Mark 11:25: …when you stand praying, forgive if you have any ought against your neighbour .. Forgiveness is involved in walking in faith.  A lot of times we stop at verse 24, but there is still verse 25. It may be your boss in the office that has sworn that you are moving no further. Forgive him and just keep moving forward. Praise the Lord!

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