Genesis 8:22 – While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.
Seasons run in a cycle of four parts; spring, summer, fall, & winter. In the natural world each season has a generally expected length. In the realm of the spirit, lengths can vary greatly. Each season has a primary function, but there are many other elements that must be experienced so the primary function can achieve its highest order of success. If you’ve ever worked on a farm, in the fields, or even in a home garden, you will understand. Keep in mind that these same principles must be applied in the spirit realm, too. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the first of our four seasons.
SPRING – the Primary Purpose – PLANTING. Spring is the season when seeds are sown into the ground. But much more needs to be done that simply sowing. The ground must be plowed, or tilled. You COULD just throw seed in your yard and on your driveway, but there would be no harvest. Plowing is often in stages. Unplowed ground must be turned over. That means to dig deeply into untilled ground to reach depths in the soil that can release nutrients and hold necessary water, where seed will not be left open to the sky. After initial plowing, the soil must be broken up to create a proper bed in which a seed can sprout and grow more easily. Some people call this discing the land. Then rows, or hills need to be prepared in which seeds can be sown at proper depth and with proper spacing to allow for full and flourishing growth. It is at this point that fertilize will often be introduced into the row, or hill, to feed the seed well as it germinates and develops its root system. As you can see, the actual planting, which is the primary purpose, is but a fractional portion of the entire planting process. But if you will have an abundant harvest, these things must be done.
In the spiritual realm, this same pattern needs to be followed. Prayer, praise, and worship are your primary tools for plowing and discing your spirit man to prepare your spirit to receive the seed of God’s Word and ultimately produce the greatest possible harvest. Yes, receiving the seed of God’s Word into your heart is the primary purpose for in you the spring season. But do you want that Word to grow as quickly as possible, and in that growing, produce the optimal fruit? The fruit you will ultimately produce is not just for you, but for others as well, and especially for Father. You see, “Herein is My Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be My disciples” (John 15:8).
Manna for Today – Isaiah 55:10; 2 Corinthians 9:10; Ecclesiastes 3:1-15; Jeremiah 29:11; Isaiah 45:11; Isaiah 55:11; Hebrews 11:1-6; Galatians 5:6; Joshua 1:6-9; Proverbs 4:20-23; Romans 10:6-17