EIGHT KEYS TO THE HARVEST
NOVEMBER 11, 2003
(John 4:35 KJV) Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest?
behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are
white already to harvest.
(Mark 4:31 KJV) It is like a grain
of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds
that be in the earth: (Mark 4:32 KJV) But when it is sown, it groweth up, and
becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the
fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it.
The first key to the harvest is the seed. Without the seed there can be no
harvest. The word of God is the seed that must be planted in the hearts of men.
There is tremendous power in the seed. Even a tiny seed can become a big tree.
(John 4:35 KJV) Say not ye, There
are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up
your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.
The second key to the harvest is the season. Harvest can be done during the
harvest season when the crop is ready to be harvested. If the crop is not
harvested during the harvest time the entire crop will be ruined. In the kingdom
of God this is harvest season. If we fail to harvest the souls in this time the
entire harvest will be lost.
(Mat 21:28 KJV) But what think ye? A
certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to
day in my vineyard. (Mat 21:29 KJV) He answered and said, I will not: but
afterward he repented, and went. (Mat 21:30 KJV) And he came to the second, and
said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not.
The third key to the harvest is the servant. During harvest time there is a
great need for servants. No one can be idle during harvest time. In the kingdom
of God the time has come for every believer to be active in the service of God.
The entire body of Christ must get involved to bring in the harvest of souls.
A. "God has three sorts of servants in the world: some are slaves, and serve
Him from fear; others are hirelings, and serve for wages; and the last are sons,
who serve because they love."
(Mark 4:8 KJV) And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up
and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an
The fourth key to the harvest is the soil. Seed sown by the wayside or among
thorns or among rocky soil will fail to yield fruit. Only seed sown on good
ground will bring forth fruit 30 fold ,60 fold and 100 fold. Therefore it is
important to prepare the soil by prayer before sowing. The hearts of the people
should be receptive to the word of God.
(Psa 126:5 KJV) They that sow in
tears shall reap in joy. (Psa 126:6 KJV) He that goeth forth and weepeth,
bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his
sheaves with him.
The fifth key to the harvest is the willingness to sacrifice. God’s people
should be willing to sacrifice their time and energy and talent and money and
pleasures and comforts to bring in the harvest. As long as people cling to
everything they like and refuse to sacrifice they will not get wholeheartedly
involved in the harvest.
A. If Christ is only an example, nobody needs him; but if he's a sacrifice,
1. Personal sacrifice paves the way for God's miracles.
(1 Cor 12:3 KJV) Wherefore I give
you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus
accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.
The sixth key to the harvest is the showers .Rain is indispensable for the
harvest. This is the outpouring of the Holy spirit. All our efforts and labor
must be under girded by the move of the Holy Spirit. Without the spirit of God
all our efforts will be in vain.
7. SURE HOPE
(Gal 6:9 KJV) And let us not be
weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. (Rom
12:11 KJV) Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
The seventh key to the harvest is the sure hope and confidence we must have in
expecting the harvest. All our labor must be undertaken with the firm assurance
that God will bless our efforts and we will surely reap the harvest. If we lose
confidence we will get discouraged and labor with doubt and reluctance. Laboring
with faith is indispensable to the success of our efforts. God will surely honor
our faith and grant us an abundant harvest.
A. Vision is merely hope with a blueprint.
8. THE MESSAGE
(1 John 1:5 KJV) This then is the
message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and
in him is no darkness at all.
(1 John 3:11 KJV) For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that
we should love one another.
(Hag 1:13 KJV) Then spake Haggai the LORD'S messenger in the LORD'S message unto
the people, saying, I am with you, saith the LORD.
God bless you and yours!
On behalf of this generation,
Your friends in the service of Christ,
Tony and Marge Abram
Abundant Life Crusades
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