I heard the Lord say, "There is a kingdom that scatters and yet increases."
God's People as Seeds
I saw God's people inside churches as seeds. I then saw God's hand reach down and pick up many of these seeds and begin to scatter them far and near into other fields of ministry and harvest. I sensed it was "seed-planting time" in the Spirit. Much of God's seed was being scattered by winds of adversity allowed by Him to send this seed places to be planted where they would not have gone on their own.
The strong winds that blew many seeds outside the house were used also to push many seeds inside—downward—into a deeper commitment to Him and to that house. Pastors became discouraged, for it seemed like it was a season of losing sheep from their fold.
The Blowing Wind—Inside the House
It was actually God's way of scattering His seed as these winds were blowing inside the house. Seeds that remained in the house began to judge the seeds that were leaving. Some seeds that were leaving started to judge the seeds that were meant to stay behind. I heard the Lord say, "It is My seed—don't judge it. This is of Me, and it is marvelous in My eyes. My kingdom is bigger than a church!"
Some seed in churches that had grown roots downward over many years and had become like strong faithful trees giving shade and comfort to many—were actually uprooted by severe winds and carried away to be transplanted by the Spirit elsewhere, even into other churches that had no shade of a strong mature tree. Some seeds blew into the uttermost parts of the earth.
Bill Yount has been a member of Bridge of Life in Hagerstown, Maryland, for the past 36 years, where he is now an elder and a home missionary. He is currently an adviser at large for Aglow International. Bill faithfully served in prison ministry at Mount Hope for 23 years and now travels full-time, both in the U.S. and internationally, ministering in churches and Aglow circles. Humility and humor characterize his ministry as he brings forth a fresh word that is "in season," proclaiming the word of the Lord. The shofar, or ram's horn, is often used in his meetings, breaking the powers of darkness over regions, churches and households. The shofar represents God's breath blowing into the nostrils of His people, reviving them and awakening the lost. Many of God's messages, which Bill ministers prophetically, come out of his everyday life with his family and friends. Please visit Bill's website at billyount.com.
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