Seven Things I Know About the Harvest

The harvest is important to God (Matthew 9:37-38).
Scripture refers to Him as “Lord of the Harvest.”

The harvest is precious; it costs something (Psalms 126:6).
They were weeping, and it was considered precious seed because it was the last seed they had in the house. They were going to use it for planting and there would be nothing left.

The harvest is promised (John 4:35).
The time of harvest is now; already (John 4:35).
But there are times that God asks us to wait on the harvest.
There is always a time to plant and a time to harvest (Eccl. 3:2).
Everything has its season (Eccl. 3:1).
We should not be weary in well doing. In due season, we will reap, if we don’t quit (Galatians 6:9).

The harvest is by faith (Eccl. 11:1, 4-6).
We are not moved by what we see. We are moved by the Word of God, the will of God, and the work of God.
We walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).
We call those things that are not as if they already are (Romans 4:17).
If one observes the wind, clouds, or storms he will not sow. Despite the circumstances, sow anyway.
Our faith is not in the unknown. It is in the unseen.
I know in whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I’ve committed (2 Timothy 1:12).

The harvest is big (Matthew 9:37-38).
God has a big harvest in mind.
Again it is promised.
Requires harvest-minded workers.

The harvest is measurable (Galatians 6:7).
It is the law of the harvest.
The same measure is used to measure to us again (Luke 6:38). It is considered to be a “good measure.”
What we sow, is what we reap; whether good or bad.
It isn’t just about money. It is also about souls.

The harvest is celebrated (Acts 2:1).
The Day of Pentecost was part of the Feast of Pentecost; a harvest celebration.
God skillfully and strategically selected such a harvest for the outpouring of the Holy Ghost, and the launching of the New Testament Church.

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Back-tracking to the First Day

The first day of the twentieth century marked the birth of the modern Pentecostal movement. That evening Agnes Ozman received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. A few days later, Charles Parham, his wife, and twelve of his students received their personal Pentecost. Parham had been leading a small group of students into a study of the Acts of Apostles. They started out studying Acts, but ended up living it. The doctrine of the first church was restored as a step was made toward the Book of Acts.

Throughout the last century, the Pentecostal movement has exploded. Never has a group grown more rapidly than the Pentecostal/Charismatic movement. As we wade ankle-deep into the twenty-first century, God’s army continues to sweep across the globe undaunted by worldliness and modernistic thinking, still burning with the fire ignited at Pentecost. I applaud the Pentecostal movement of the past and look forward to greater things from God and His church. I’m glad to be part!

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