Harvest Times

November 1, 2014

For you will go out with joy

And be led forth with peace;

The mountains and the hills will break

forth into shouts of joy before you, 

And all the trees of the

field will clap their hands.

 

There’s joy, there’s peace in the lives of true believers who find rest in Christ . . . whose broken lives are healed . . . who come to experience the abundant life that comes through Him.

 

We certainly are experiencing the joy and the peace in lives made new in Him. So much is happening right now—leaders seizing this “golden opportunity,” people coming to faith! We are preaching the Gospel in places of danger and turmoil where hearts are wide open, and the soul-harvest is in full swing. We praise God like our brothers in Liberia who, even in the midst of Ebola, are rejoicing for the incredible “God-visitation” into their country . . . the result of many prayers they’ve offered up over many years.

 

And so, my friend, here is my question: What does your heart tell you? How do you read the times? How do you interpret the scenarios churning our world?

 

Jesus has a direct take on how we should view these harvest times and take advantage of them. At a time of thanksgiving for God’s faithfulness and bountiful provision, it’s good to remember that His blessing is meant to help us—not simply for our own sake, but so that His name may be known on the Earth:

 

May God be gracious to us and bless us

and make his face shine on us—

so that your ways may be known on earth,

your salvation among all nations.

 

Jesus says this: “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.”

 

Jesus says this: “Sell your possessions and give to charity; make yourselves money belts which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near nor moth destroys.”

 

Jesus says this: “Sell your possessions and give to charity; make yourselves money belts which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near nor moth destroys.”

 

Jesus says this: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

 

We know that God graciously meets our needs, above and beyond what we can ask or think. He wants us to go beyond the assurance of His faithfulness, to accomplish the good works that He has prepared for us. He would have us, together with our brothers far away, seize the golden opportunities to make eternity the sweeter . . . leveraging His faithfulness beyond ourselves, to reach those who are yet to believe.

 

As this year draws to an end, please prayerfully consider how the Lord might have you put a “gold seal” on it—seizing golden opportunities in the many fields where He has led us to be engaged in His work together. Please give generously today.

 

May the Lord bless you in every way, as we finish strong in the soul-harvest!

 

Joyfully in Christ,

Dr. Manny Fernandez

 

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