Don’t be misled: No one makes a fool of God. What a person plants, he will harvest. The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others—ignoring God!—harvests a crop of weeds. All he’ll have to show for his life is weeds! But the one who plants in response to God, letting God’s Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life.—Galatians 6:7 (Message)
The Bible is full of promises that, like a seed, if we will sow or plant the promise given—we will reap the provision that is “locked up” within that promise. In other words, God’s promises left unclaimed and unused are no good for us! Any seed left in a packet or bag is no good to anyone. Just like the seed must be planted in order for us to reap…the promise of God must be planted within our heart by faith and trusted to bring forth the life it carries.
According to the dictionary, one application of provision is:
That which is provided or prepared; that which is brought together or arranged in advance; measures taken beforehand; preparation.
This leads me to believe and say, the provision is in the seed! For instance, when the Bible says “…with his stripes we are healed.” (Isa 53:5), I believe it means that within the promise of that verse is the provision of what it promised…healing! It is really not a “new” thing to expect something to provide what it promises. We expect:
- A new car to have…a new car smell!
- Something advertised…to be as advertised!
When something doesn’t deliver, disappointment abound. God’s Word has the ability to bring itself to pass and it will always deliver! The issue we run into is: many, if not most, don’t know how to properly “plant” the word so that it produces! Once again, consider that seed…if it is not planted into good, quality soil and nurtured properly, it will not produce properly.
Quality soil is soil that is prepared to receive seed. How prepared are you to receive the promise of God’s word? Far too often we want to say there was a problem with the seed but could the problem be that we were not prepared to receive the seed of promise. The scripture tells us that it was “Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed”—Hebrews 11:11.
Afterward, we must take the promise of the word, deposit it into the soil of our hearts through daily reading and confession or affirmation. Doing this, causes that word of promise to be planted within us. After it is planted, we should nurture it with praise to God for whatever is promised coming forth!
Faith does not wait until the manifestation of the promise to praise God—it praises in advance!Have Faith1st ©2013 Faith1st Ministries
- Using the Word to Change Your Life (faith1stministries.com)
- Your mind is like soil. (seedsofempowerment.wordpress.com)