Isaiah 1:19 – If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land.
During the 50 years of ministry in which I have served, I have heard all kinds of things preached and declared from the pulpit; some right, some wrong, some confused, and some mixed (which adds to the confusion). I am witnessing in this hour something very dangerous, and that is the use of words or phrases of which the speaker does not have clear understanding, but are spoken to impress, or even startle hearers. If ever there was a time for the accurate use of well-defined speech, it is today.
One arena in which this has been so common is preaching on topics that have been popularized by the desire of people for personal gain. The minister may have spoken with complete integrity, but often hearers take what they’ve heard and manipulate the message in order to gain all the benefits without the required investment of study, prayer, exercising faith, and fulfilling the love walk.
I want to encourage you to do a personal study on the topic of being led by the Lord. that leadership can come directly from the Word of God, or from the Lord Himself through Holy Spirit. Understanding the leadings of the Lord and how to honor them is one of the key elements to understanding and actually walking in divine prosperity. Study the Scriptures. Whatever you labor at doing produces some kind of fruit. Labor is a kind of sowing. What you sow you will reap, but the amount you reap is largely dependent upon the quality of what is sown, the quality of soil into which it is sown, and the attention given to what you sow. Consider your own front lawn. You can sow grass seed, but if you do not give attention to what you’ve sown, your front lawn won’t be such for very long. It may become your front weed bed, or a small front jungle or woodland.
The truth in the matter of sowing and reaping, or what I call the laws of reciprocity, are simple. I remember words often spoken to me by a beloved mentor/leader in my early pastoral months. Weekly he called me to encourage my work, and our time in conversation would always end with his admonishing words, “Brother Moorefield, tend your patch.” Every day that I rise to follow the Lord in His call on my life, every time I sit to write, stand to minister in song or the Word, or engage someone in counsel, I remind myself that I am sowing seed into someone’s life, and sowing that seed requires of me a certain level of responsibility to “tend my patch” in working towards a good and bountiful harvest. My friend, that’s all about the true riches.
Manna for Today – Isaiah 1; 3 John 2; Exodus 13:18; Exodus 15:13-18; Isaiah 48:21-22; Romans 8:14; Isaiah 55:11-13; Galatians 5:16-26; Ephesians 4:8; 1 Peter 1:7