Harvest is Seasonal

water Judah cell phoneAn angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool and stirred up the water; whoever then first, after the stirring up of the water, stepped in was made well from whatever disease with which he was afflicted (John 5:4).

Seasons.  God creates seasons and times–a time for everything under the sun. We are entering the fall season when we naturally think about harvest time.

When someone mentions a “harvest party” these days in Pennsylvania (where I live), pictures flash across our minds of crunchy fall leaves, fruit trees burgeoning with ready fruit, hay rides, bobbing for apples, singing around the campfire, and roasting marshmallows to make Smores. Fun!

Of course, while I’m having a great time at the party, there aPray for laborers for the harvestre people who are actually working and engaging in harvest. Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines harvest as the season for gathering in agricultural crops; the quantity of a natural product gathered in a single season. Perhaps the key word here is season.

I’ll never forget harvest time in Brogue, Pennsylvania, in the 1960s.  No one was setting up fun parties for children that I can remember.

I was new in this elementary school and boy was I shocked when fall came and half the students left the building for about two weeks.  Children left the school to go home and help their parents pick potatoes or haul in the wheat and corn and can tomatoes.  It was a bit of culture shock for me to go to school and half my classmates were missing. I’d never seen anything like that before.  As my mother drove me home from school, I saw children beside adults, bent over rows and rows of potatoes and young teenagers driving columbines in the corn field.

Harvest is work!  What if our dad, Father God, calls us to leave our normal agenda this fall to work in his field?  Are our tools and tractors and hearts ready to join him?

Harvest is a funny thing.  You have to pick the fruit or reap the corn at the right time. In fact, timing is everything in harvest.

I’m not saying that God wants us all to quit our jobs or our schooling and go evangelize.  I am saying, he may detour us off our normal schedule during harvest time so we can help him with harvest.  The question is—are we willing?  Are we surrendered?

Who owns me in September 2013?

Who’s my boss in September 2013?

????????????????????????????????????????Is my heart ready to respond at any moment if my Dad calls me to work in His field? I can see myself now in an elementary school classroom (childlikeness is important here), and Father God walks in and says, “It’s time. Who wants to help me with harvest?”

My hand is going up!  “Pick me!  Pick me!  I want to go!”

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My day job is writing--I'm an author and publisher of a number of books. More on that later. But there is nothing of greater importance to me than the early morning hours I spend with the Creator of the Universe. Although He knows everything there is to know, His greatest delight isn't to give us knowledge, but to give us love. My highest joy is to watch the sun rise with notebook in hand and write the words he speaks to my heart. I want to share some of those words with you here . . . words on the cross.
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7 Responses to Harvest is Seasonal

  1. Becky Spencer says:

    Sweet Sis,

    I haven’t been able to respond to all your posts lately, nor even to comment since we chatted a week ago. But oh, girl, you are hitting it SPOT ON, every single time! Thank you for taking time to put into words what the Father is showing you. You are such an encourager, even while warning us to pay attention to what’s happening. Amen!

    When you first said that you want to know what “devil” is messing with our kids, of course, I immediately thought of the spirit of rebellion, which is obvious. But the Lord spoke to me in the next few days that it’s a spirit of apostasy. And it’s not just hitting our kids. It’s hitting everyone.

    When I looked up the meaning of the word, the very first definition from en.wikipedia.org was this: “ Apostasy is the formal disaffiliation from or abandonment or renunciation of a religion by a person.”

    Even though this refers to leaving a religion, what caught my eye was the “formal disaffiliation” phrase. That’s exactly what the teens are wanting to do. File a petition with the court for emancipation from their parents? That’s about as formal as you can get. Such a rejection/renunciation of what they know is right!

    And it’s happening in other age groups, as well, although it takes other forms.

    Jesus said this was going to happen in the last days. The hearts of many—or some translations say “most”—growing cold.

    Not in our houses, girlfriend! We are going to continue to prophesy to the breath and see our teenagers and young adults come to life again!!!!!

    Anyway, keep up the great work, Hope. You’re touching so many people, and because you’re so loveable and kind, they are able to receive what you say.

    Be blessed today! I love you!

    Becky

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    • Becky, I could just cry . . . God gave you incredible revelation here with this word “apostasy.” It grieves me and yet thrills me all at the same time. Now that we see the target, we can HIT IT and whack that thing down. I don’t know how yet, but we WILL know how. God who reveals these things will give us the wisdom, counsel, power, and FIRE to hit that target and dismantle it in Jesus’ name.

      You are right–you are so right on with this.

      I’m relieved! I feel like we just got ammunition in our little fox holes!!

      LOVE YOU!

      Hope

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  2. Wow! I didn’t realize that my correspondence with Becky would be seen here. I was going to take it down due to the personal nature of the conversation, but perhaps someone will “get it” and be able to pray with us. Obviously, Becky and I are praying for our kiddos. If you go to the top of this blog page and click “About” you will see that the vision of Joel 3 really hits on targeting the young adults, the 20 something age bracket.

    Maybe God will give someone else continued revelation on this spirit of apostasy?

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  3. David says:

    Hinneni. Here am I. Send me. Isaiah 6:8b after the Lord asked who shall I send, who will go for Me?
    (I hope I spelled hinneni correctly. It means Here am I.)

    Apostasy—a falling away. Or there is an alternate def—a snatching away. In II Thessalonians Paul refers to a falling away which is usually thought of as apostasy but it could mean a snatching away as in the rapture. I mention this because it’s the only “good news” with the word. But in II Timothy Paul also warns of perilous (terrifying) times in the last days, one of which symptoms will be disobedient to parents. What are they being taught in school? That may be a source of the problem. Schools are not Christian friendly today.

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  4. David, I’m so glad you spoke up here. “Snatching away” didn’t remind me of the rapture where Christians are snatched away, but it reminds me of how satan is setting up ambushes against Christian families to snatch away the hearts of children from parents and, in some cases, to snatch away the hearts of parents from children. Jesus warned us this would happen–and that the love of many would grow cold due to the increase in lawlessness. Sin is like this big infection that keeps spreading and causes pain and sickness everywhere.

    I’m interested in hearing from Larry, Carol, Ron, Jo Ann, Betty, Marsha, Jeff, Mark, and Ron on this, too.
    For months I knew I’d eventually blog on what we will endure in relationships with people in the last days. Jesus talked about it. Paul talked about it. Maybe we should talk about it, too?

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  5. OK, one more comment! I want to insert scriptures that talk about apostasy so we can keep the Word of God up front in our discussion. I went to http://www.biblegateway.com and looked up the word “apostasy” in several different versions (KJV, NASV, AMP, and MSG) in the Bible. These are the verses (and versions) that came up in my search:

    2 Thessalonians 2:3
    Amplified Bible
    Let no one deceive or beguile you in any way, for that day will not come except the apostasy comes first [unless the predicted great falling away of those who have professed to be Christians has come], and the man of lawlessness (sin) is revealed, who is the son of doom (of perdition),

    The Message
    Before that day comes, a couple of things have to happen. First, the Apostasy. Second, the debut of the Anarchist, a real dog of Satan. He’ll defy and then take over every so-called god or altar. Having cleared away the opposition, he’ll then set himself up in God’s Temple as “God Almighty.” Don’t you remember me going over all this in detail when I was with you? Are your memories that short?

    New American Standard Bible
    Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction,

    1 Timothy 4:1
    New American Standard Bible
    [ Apostasy ] But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons,

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  6. I love it! Pick me, pick me.

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