THURSDAY, AUGUST 6
Scripture: Mark 4:30-32
Mark 4:30-32 says, “Then He said, “To what shall we liken the kingdom of God? Or with what parable shall we picture it? It is like a mustard seed which, when it is sown on the ground, is smaller than all the seeds on earth; but when it is sown, it grows up and becomes greater than all herbs, and shoots out large branches, so that the birds of the air may nest under its shade.” This is a parable about how the seed of God’s Word works when it is sown in the soil of our spirit. Is one major problem of the church laziness? The Kingdom works by the principle of seedtime and harvest.
Joshua probably had one of the toughest jobs ever – that of following Moses as a leader. What did God tell Joshua to do? Take the Word of God. Sow it into his heart. Plant it and tend it and expect a harvest. In doing this he will make his way prosperous and he will have good success. That is what God told Joshua to do. The amazing thing is that Joshua did it consistently. And he divided to every tribe their inheritance. Did Joshua experience good success? He certainly did. And that success came because he did what God said to do. Are we doing what God says do? In many cases it really does not look like it. It looks like in many churches people go expecting to be entertained. When we go to church we want a rousing and exciting presentation. We want to hear good things about how God is going to bless us. We do not want to hear about what it is going to cost us. It is time we grow up. It is time we start sowing God’s Word. We need a harvest and that harvest includes the fullness of His purposes. We need the authority for the end-time harvest. We need to defund evil. We need to possess God’s great promises! The time is near. Are we ready to actually use seedtime and harvest? God is!