Friday, September 30, 2011

30 of 31 Reasons People Do Not Receive Their Financial Harvest

========    ~  II Corinthians 9:6   ~  "He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully."

     The size of your SEED determines the size of your Harvest.
     The Apostle Paul made this clear, "He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully" (II Corinthians 9:6).
     I will never 4get an experience in the Northeast.  A large lady moved toward me after the service.  "I'm believing God 2 make me a millionaire.  And, I believe it will happen within 12 months.  Here is my SEED 2 make it happen."  She thrust something into my hand.  I looked at her and said, "I am believing God w/u."  After she walked away, I opened my hand.  It was a crumpled dollar bill.  A dollar bill.
     Now there is nothing wrong w/sowing a small SEED.  Everything must have a beginning point.  Jesus commended the woman who gave a small offering--bcoz it was ALL she had.  He said that she gave more than anyone else present that day.  But, Jesus did not say that her small offering was necessarily going 2 make her a millionaire.  You C, SEED must be comparable 2 the harvest u are sowing toward.
     You cannot plant a Chevrolet SEED and produce a Rolls Royce harvest.  This was what Paul was teaching.  If u sow small, u will still reap.  But, it will not be a large harvest.  It will be proportionate 2 your SEED.
     Millions have not grasped this.  They continue 2 roll up dollar bills, drop them in the offering plate, and hope no one is watches.  Yet, they are writing their prayer requests as if they are expecting Cadillacs, yachts, and million dollar homes.
     You can begin w/a small SEED, u must increase the size of the SEED if u want the harvest 2 increase.  Let me give an example.
     If u come 2 me and say, "Mike, I really need a house.  My family is growing.  I have 3 children.  Right now, my wife and 3 children are living in a small 2 bedroom apartment.  It is almost unbearable.  We do not even have a refrigerator, or a car.  What should I do?"
     First, I will not tell u 2 plant a $5.00 SEED toward your $100,000 home u are wanting.  I would encourage u 2 work w/your various levels of Faith in front of u.  A step at a  time.
     Obviously, u have not been operating w/great Faith or u would not be in this kind of situation.  Your faith has been low.  Your SEEDS have not been planted.  Or, Patience is a needed ingredient 4 this Season.
     "What is the BEST SEED u can sow at this time?  What kind of faith is operating in u today?"  I ask.  "Oh, I have $50 that I want 2 plant," u answer.
     I would reply, "Wonderful.  Now, let's FOCUS this SEED 4 an automobile comparable 2 this SEED.  Do not ask 4 a $20,000 automobile from a $50 SEED. This is 4 times the promised 100-fold of Mark 10:28-30.  Obviously, u are not accustomed 2 planting SEED, using your Faith, or even working w/the Laws of Patience and Expectation.
     Ask God 4 something u cannot doubtThen, plant a SEED comparable 2 the harvest u have pure Faith toward.  U must separate your fantasies from your Faith.  
     Now, many do not understand the Principle of Progress.  Line upon line.  Precept upon precept.  Here a little and there a little.  There is a SEASON of "growing up" in your Christian life.
     It is the same principle in the financial arena of your life.  Why is this so important?  When u sow a $2.00 SEED toward something that is out of balance, u will become disappointed, discouraged and disillusioned.  You will become angry at God.  You will say, "I planted a SEED and this did not multiply!"
     Maybe it is multiplying!  Maybe, the $100 bill u have in your purse was produced by the $2.00 SEED.  But, u are not noticing it bcoz u want a $20,000 harvest.  
     You must learn 2 move from glory 2 glory.
     I told about an incredible miracle in my life one night.  I was sitting in a beautiful Mustang convertible.  Teal bottom and white top.  Gorgeous.  It had "fun" written all over the car! 
    "I just bought this car this week," my friend explained.  "However, I decided that I want a Jeep instead.  Do you think u might want 2 buy this car from me?"  "I think I may!" was my reply.
     The next day, we pulled up at a service station.  After he filled the tank, he went inside 2 pay the bill.  I began 2 pray in the Spirit.  Suddenly, I began 2 feel a 'faith rise up in me' 4 him 2 sow this as a SEED into my life.  Now, that sounds a little crazy.  But, I began 2 pray intensely.   When he got back in the car, he looked at me.  He cocked his head sideways and said, "You really like this car?"  "I love this car,"  I gushed.
     "Your ministry has so affected and blessed me,  I have been wondering what I could do 2 bless u."  He handed me the keys w/a smile.  The car was mine.  FREE.  An incredible gift that will stay in my heart 4ever.
     So, when I was in a crusade later, I shared this story.  I told everyone that I was going 2 pray that the mantle of favor would come upon their life.  I explained that one day of favor was worth a 1000 days of labor.  When God wants 2 bless u, He puts somebody close 2 u who cares about your life and needs.
     A young man approached me after church a little disgruntled.  Agitated.  Frustrated.
     "I did that  already and it did not work," he explained.  "I planted a SEED several months ago and I have never had a care given 2 me.  I need transportation.  Why did it not work 4 me?"
     "Have u ever planted a car in the life of someone else?" I asked.  "No, I have not," was his hesitant and reluctant reply.
     "I have.  That is why my Faith worked 4 me.  I had already planted a car and I had every right and ability 2 expect one 2b given back 2 me," I explained.
     You cannot EXPECT toward your life what u have not Faithed away from your life.
     You will only have the Faith 2 call in toward your life something that u have sowed out.
     Now, there are wonderful moments of mercy and grace where God will let something that u have been given--money, a piece of jewelry or whatever--and He will use that as a picture of your Faith 4 a different kind of Harvest.  I have seen that happen many many times.  But, your Faith works the most, the strongest, when u have planted a SEED comparable 2 the harvest u would desire.
     When u are willing 2 work w/the different levels of your Faith and sow SEED proportionately, u will be amazed at the changes that will happen in your financial prosperity.

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