I sense the Father saying, "I am hungry for My harvest!"
Upon hearing these words, and realizing we are the Lord's body on earth, could it be that the insatiable hunger that God has put into many of us may not be just for Him alone, but could it also be for His harvest?
Sustenance in the Harvest Fields
When I think in the natural, I know that in harvest times it's important to bring in the harvest because it is our food and sustenance. The natural harvest sustains our life and health. Could it be that, as in the natural harvest, the spiritual harvest holds far more for us than we realize? Could the spiritual harvest also hold spiritual nourishment that we have lacked in our walk even with God? Could there be sustenance in the harvest fields that we have yet to discover, that hasn't been found in our churches and gatherings? I personally believe there is.
When Jesus was ministering to the woman at the well, and the disciples returned with food, they wondered why He was no longer hungry. In John 4:32, Jesus says, "I have food to eat of which you do not know."
The disciples thought someone had actually brought Jesus something to eat. He then explains in verse 34, "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work." And in verse 35, Jesus tells His disciples to "lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest."
I believe Jesus was showing us through His own experience that it is in reaching out to the lost that we get true nourishment and satisfaction in our own lives. Sounds like Jesus got something in the harvest field that He didn't get in the temple. I believe the Lord has put such a high priority on reaching the lost that there are also wages and rewards given that we haven't experienced until we actually go. The devil will tell you, "Don't go until you feel good enough and prepared." But it's in the "going" that God equips us and anoints us in the harvest fields. You will discover that the harvest anointing is in the harvest itself. The harvest anointing will take care of a whole lot of your problems.
'There Are Harvest Healings and Harvest Miracles Waiting for Us'
My mother, who has been healed so many times and lived to be 90 years old, found the key to long life. I once heard her pray when the doctor discovered a tumor on her thyroid. Before the biopsy test, she prayed to the Lord, "Father, if I get sick and weak with this tumor, how will I be able to serve You and reach the lost?"
All I know is that the next morning when the doctor went to take a biopsy, they couldn't find that tumor. I believe many times, the Lord wants to know why we want to be healed. Not so we can live a long life ... but why do we want to live a long life? Is it for Him and others, or just for ourselves?
I believe the harvest this hour is so ripe that as we reach out and walk into these harvest fields, many of us will discover not only the lost being touched, but we ourselves will find nourishment so sustaining that healings and deliverances will be taking place in our own lives. There are harvest healings and harvest miracles waiting for us.
Do you have a great hunger for God that refuses to be satisfied? Follow Jesus into the harvest fields. You will find meat to eat that's only found through reaching out to the lost. And why are you still waiting when Jesus already said, "Go!"
"What part of the word 'go!' do you not understand?"
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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