Sunday 31st July 2011 – Pastor Mark Ballosingh
As a man sows that shall he reap. Just as there is a process for sowing, there is also a process for reaping.
In the time of reaping there is a process which is sometimes harder than the sowing process. The reaping process involves crushing and burning which many people do not like to go through for it is a difficult process.
Categories we reap in:-
Sparingly – 2 Corinthians 9:6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
Bountifully – 2 Corinthians 9:6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
Corruption – Galatians 6:8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
Everlasting Life – Galatians 6:8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
Carnality – 1 Corinthians 9:11 If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?
Whirlwind – Hosea 8:7 For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk; the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up.
Wickedness – Job 4:8 Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.
Vanity – Proverbs 22:8. He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail. When you sow in pride you reap vanity, pride goeth before destruction.
Joy – Psalm 126:5&6 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. 6He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.
When a man sows and his crop fails, he goes back to sow with tears and weeping. Disappointment does not stop him but he goes out sowing the only seed he has praying while he sows for there to be no more failure.
If you do not sow, you cannot reap, if you have nothing to reap, then you have nothing to eat.
One of the greatest crops you can reap is when you sow from your final seed, for Faith is activated. When you sow in Faith you reap a doubtless harvest. You cannot estimate the harvest, in trying to be exact you lose, when you sow from your last seed, Faith is activated and you reap a great harvest. Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Rules on reaping:-
Leviticus 19:9 – And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not wholly reap the corners of thy field, neither shalt thou gather the gleanings of thy harvest.
When you reap, you must leave for the poor, sick, afflicted and widows. Leviticus 23:22 And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not make clean riddance of the corners of thy field when thou reapest, neither shalt thou gather any gleaning of thy harvest: thou shalt leave them unto the poor, and to the stranger: I am the LORD your God.The church has lost her love Revelation 2:4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love, we look prosperous on the outside but inside we are cold, the church has become crave nous.
Leviticus 23:10 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest: the first fruit.
There must be the giving of the first fruit for you to reap. Bringing your fruit into a place of blessing will give continuity in harvest. Malachi 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
Leviticus 25:2-5 2Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye come into the land which I give you, then shall the land keep a sabbath unto the LORD. 3Six years thou shalt sow thy field, and six years thou shalt prune thy vineyard, and gather in the fruit thereof; 4But in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of rest unto the land, a sabbath for the LORD: thou shalt neither sow thy field, nor prune thy vineyard. 5 That which groweth of its own accord of thy harvest thou shalt not reap, neither gather the grapes of thy vine undressed: for it is a year of rest unto the land.
A time of rest equates to a time of harvest. The Israelites were taught not to plant after seven years to let the land rest. God said in the sixth year, “I will give you an abundance of harvest it would suffice for the seventh year.” In the eighth year they heaped a harvest better than that of the sixth year. There is a time to sow, a time to reap and a time to rest Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 1To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 2A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
James 5:2-4 – 2Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten. 3Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days. 4Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth.
Do not sow fraudulently. Some people are trying to reap but they are doing so fraudulently and fulfilling the purpose of the devil. The account in Acts 5 tells of a couple who tried to lie before the priest and fell dead. A great fear came upon the people for they understood the seriousness of sowing and reaping.1But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, 2And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles’ feet. 3But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? 4Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. 5And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all 6And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him. 7And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in. 8And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much. 9Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out. 10Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband. 11And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things.
Rewards of reaping:- i)Restoration ii) Resurrection iii) Rejoicing
i) Restoration: Ruth 2:1-9 1And Naomi had a kinsman of her husband’s, a mighty man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech; and his name was Boaz. 2And Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi, Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall find grace. And she said unto her, Go, my daughter. 3And she went, and came, and gleaned in the field after the reapers: and her hap was to light on a part of the field belonging unto Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elimelech. 4And, behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem, and said unto the reapers, The LORD be with you. And they answered him, The LORD bless thee. 5Then said Boaz unto his servant that was set over the reapers, Whose damsel is this? 6And the servant that was set over the reapers answered and said, It is the Moabitish damsel that came back with Naomi out of the country of Moab: 7And she said, I pray you, let me glean and gather after the reapers among the sheaves: so she came, and hath continued even from the morning until now, that she tarried a little in the house. 8Then said Boaz unto Ruth, Hearest thou not, my daughter? Go not to glean in another field, neither go from hence, but abide here fast by my maidens: 9Let thine eyes be on the field that they do reap, and go thou after them: have I not charged the young men that they shall not touch thee? and when thou art athirst, go unto the vessels, and drink of that which the young men have drawn.
Ruth was from Moab, the Moablites were always in war with the Israelites. In the account, they identify Ruth was not of the same tribe, she was an enemy. Being a stranger in the land she was not entitled to anything. Ruth steps into the field to reap, and the Lord recompensed her work v12 The LORD recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust.
Restoration, recompense and redemption of a stranger. God took her history and puts it to the Master and in the midst of reaping, God restores her. God looks down “this is my child and I will bless her” God gives her a blessing that she could not understand, He lifted her, elevated her and restored her.
ii) Resurrection: Elisha passes by the home of woman who gives him food every time he passes, 2 Kings 4:8 And it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem, where was a great woman; and she constrained him to eat bread. And so it was, that as oft as he passed by, he turned in thither to eat bread.
One day she called out to him to give him a place to stay, she took time to take care of the servant of God v10-11 Let us make a little chamber, I pray thee, on the wall; and let us set for him there a bed, and a table, and a stool, and a candlestick: and it shall be, when he cometh to us, that he shall turn in thither. 11And it fell on a day, that he came thither, and he turned into the chamber, and lay there.
The account goes on and Elisha asks v14-16 And he said, What then is to be done for her? And Gehazi answered, Verily she hath no child, and her husband is old. 15And he said, Call her. And when he had called her, she stood in the door. 16And he said, About this season, according to the time of life, thou shalt embrace a son. And she said, Nay, my lord, thou man of God, do not lie unto thine handmaid.
She is given a son and one day the child is in the field reaping and dies. She questions God, she takes her son into the room Elisha stayed in and laid him on the bed v18-21 And when the child was grown, it fell on a day, that he went out to his father to the reapers. 19And he said unto his father, My head, my head. And he said to a lad, Carry him to his mother. 20And when he had taken him, and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died. 21And she went up, and laid him on the bed of the man of God, and shut the door upon him, and went out.
She goes up to the mountain to meet Elisha. God did not reveal to Elisha the woman’s son was dead. In the midst of her sadness she still says it is well and grabs hold of Elisha’s feet v26-27 Run now, I pray thee, to meet her, and say unto her, Is it well with thee? is it well with thy husband? is it well with the child? And she answered, It is well: 27And when she came to the man of God to the hill, she caught him by the feet: but Gehazi came near to thrust her away. And the man of God said, Let her alone; for her soul is vexed within her: and the LORD hath hid it from me, and hath not told me.
In the time of reaping you need to grab hold of God. In the midst of her weeping there was resurrection v 32-35 And when Elisha was come into the house, behold, the child was dead, and laid upon his bed. 33He went in therefore, and shut the door upon them twain, and prayed unto the LORD. 34And he went up, and lay upon the child, and put his mouth upon his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands: and stretched himself upon the child; and the flesh of the child waxed warm. 35Then he returned, and walked in the house to and fro; and went up, and stretched himself upon him: and the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes.
Reaping time is always a joyous time but there was sadness, but believer in the midst of your reaping that which the devil steals, kills and robs you off, God will restore.
Reaping – Rejoicing – Sorrow – Resurrection
iii) Rejoicing: The Philistines stole the Ark of God and were afraid as the God of Israel brought great judgment upon them they touched something they were not supposed to for the Ark represented the anointing, the presence of God. The children of Israel were in Bethshemesh in the fields reaping but were sad for the protection of God was not there with them, when they looked up they saw the Arc of God, when you start to reap the Glory of God comes. In the midst of their sadness there was rejoicing.
1 Samuel 6:11-14 And they laid the ark of the LORD upon the cart, and the coffer with the mice of gold and the images of their emerods. 12And the kine took the straight way to the way of Bethshemesh, and went along the highway, lowing as they went, and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left; and the lords of the Philistines went after them unto the border of Bethshemesh. 13And they of Bethshemesh were reaping their wheat harvest in the valley: and they lifted up their eyes, and saw the ark, and rejoiced to see it. 14And the cart came into the field of Joshua, a Bethshemite, and stood there, where there was a great stone: and they clave the wood of the cart, and offered the kine a burnt offering unto the LORD.
The people in the field saw the Ark first, the people in the city did not see. The reason some of us are not seeing the Glory of God is because we are somewhere we are not supposed to be.
A church not reaping and harvesting lacks the anointing of God, reap with the expectation to reap with the Glory of God.