Posts Tagged ‘harvest’

Harvest is a time when we thank God for all the things that He provides for us. We give food and produce to our church to help those in our community who are in need.

But is there more to harvest than this?

Yes, it’s about ‘harvesting souls’ for Christ as well. In other words, it’s a time for us to bring others into a knowledge and understanding of God’s love.

Galatians 6:9
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Join me in praying today that God might use each of us to plant a seed in someone’s heart so that they might come to know God as their friend and saviour.

 

 

 
God’s Eternal Seeds
 
We need to keep on sowing
The seeds of Jesus Christ
Of hope, grace and mercy
Into our children’s lives
 
For they need to know God’s love
And the hope there is in Him
Of receiving eternal salvation
And forgiveness of their sins
 
For if we remain faithful
In the sowing of this seed
We will reap the rewards of it
As we see them come to believe
 
And be planted like a tree
Beside God’s flowing river
So they will be continually refreshed
And their leaves shall never wither
 
Their fruit shall also be
Ready in its season
Freely given out to those
Whose lives they’re sowing seeds in
 
So as we keep on sowing
We shall surely reap
A bountiful harvest in their lives
From God’s eternal seeds
 
by M.S.Lowndes

Keep working for God, and He will keep working for you. You will find eternal happiness when you serve God all your days.

“…a prison officer?”

That was the question I was asked on Saturday night. You’re probably wondering why I was asked this. Well on my way home from our Harvest festival at Bellshill Salvation Army, I went to the drive-thru at McDonalds with my Salvation Army uniform on!

I placed my order and drove round to the first window to pay for my order, got some strange looks from the guy that served me. After paying I continued onto the next window to pick up my order.

The guy in serving me brought over our drinks, did a bit of a double take on me when he noticed my uniform, and then went off again to get our food. After a minute he returned, without any food, and asked me the question, “What are you, a prison officer?”.

When folk had seen me in my Army uniform, I’ve been asked many things, been mistaken for a policewoman but never before a prison officer!

I told the guy that I was wearing a Salvation Army uniform as I’d just been at a meeting in Bellshill. He seemed surprised and thought about this for a few seconds before telling he read somewhere that if you were in the Salvation Army you couldn’t drink, and he then asked me if this was true. I told him this was true for those who chose to be members of the Salvation Army, however if you weren’t a member/soldier this rule did not apply.

His next question took me aback as I wasn’t expect it…He thought it must be very difficult not to drink alcohol so did I really not drink at all. This conversation was getting serious and so I hoped God would help me provide answers to this chap that would help him understand why I, and many other would choose to become members of the Salvation Army.

Usually when I get questioned like this I find myself stumbling for answers and giving very weak answers that do nothing but make the listener think I’m daft, but I believe God really guided me this time, as I found myself explaining to this guy why members of the Salvation Army do not drink, smoke or take non prescribed drugs. I also told him why I had chosen to abide by those rules when I become a Salvationist when I was eighteen.

I’m not quite sure how long I was actually chatting to this chap for, but it must have been about 5 minutes, as he’s already told me I’d need to wait 5 minutes for my order to be made up! When my order was ready and I was ready to leave, the guy told me it had been good to talk to me and that I’d given him something to think about!

Wow! What an amazing 5 minutes! Have I made a difference?

It just shows you never know where and when we may be able to be a witness for God. I just hope I did God and the Salvation Army justice. I will probably never know, however I’ve prayed for this guy since then, and I’d ask that you do the same, as I feel he was searching for something/someone to make a difference in his life, and I hope and pray that person may be God.

Here’s The International Staff Songsters of the Salvation Army singing And You Will Be My Witnesses, I hope you enjoy it:

Salvation Army soldiers (members) adopt a lifestyle free from alcohol and tobacco. They also abstain from addictive drugs except when medically prescribed.

Alcohol, like other addictive drugs, can be harmful to individuals, families and society. Salvationists are mindful that, while certain lifestyle choices may be legally and socially acceptable, some choices may be neither helpful to the person concerned, nor to those likely to be influenced by their actions.

Gospel Seed

Posted: July 8, 2010 in religion
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Sowing The Gospel Seed by Cindy Wyatt

Keep pressing forward and onward to the call
even when at times you stumble and fall
Just get up and keep on going
and the gospel seed keep sowing

You never know what the harvest will be
Trusting God for the results is the key
God will reward the smallest deed done for his glory
When we trust and obey and convey the gospel story

Keep looking to the Lord for his power and might,
loving souls and showing them Jesus is the light
God has already prepared hearts for the harvest
Just let him fill you with His Spirit and he will do the rest

God can give us all we need. God will give us all we need.

We can do great things in God’s name if we let Him fill our hearts with His love. God has a plan for our lives and is ready and willing to give us the strength, courage, and the words we need to carry out His work.

Psalm 46:1 (NLT)

God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.

Answering Prayer

Posted: June 24, 2010 in pray
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Philippians 4:6 (NIV)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Do you expect God to help you? Do you expect God to make your life more bearable? Do you ask God to do these things, by praying to Him?

If not, how do you expect God to help? God can be the answer to all your prayers, but only if you pray those prayers.

Here’s a lovely little poem I came across that echoes what I’ve been saying:

Prayers Can’t Be Answered Unless They Are Prayed
Life without purpose is barren indeed
There can’t be a harvest unless you plant seed
There can’t be attainment unless there’s a goal
And man’s but a robot unless there’s a soul
If we send no ships out, no ships will come in
And unless there’s a contest, nobody can’t win
For games can’t be won unless they are played
And prayers can’t be answered unless they are prayed
So whatever is wrong with your life today
You’ll find a solution if you kneel down and pray
Not just for pleasure, enjoyment and health
Not just for honors and prestige and wealth
But pray for a purpose to make life worth giving
And pray for the joy of unselfish giving
For great is your gladness and rich your reward
When you make your life’s purpose the choice of the Lord.

Today at our services at Bellshill Salvation Army we celebrated harvest time. What images does that conjure up for you?


Here’s the dictionary definition of “harvest”:
1. the gathering of a ripened crop
2. the crop itself
3. the season for gathering crops
4. the product of an effort or action

Traditionally we always think of farmers, crops and food when we think about harvest.

This harvest I’d ask you to pray for those who are starving…not just in foreign lands but here in this country. We all can be very guilty at time of taking our food, possessions and our family and friends for granted, so I’d also ask you to thank God for all you have, all He has given you.

But harvest need not just be all about the crops and the food being harvested, it’s also a time for us to think about bringing others into a knowledge and understanding of God’s love…to “harvest” others lives into God’s will.

We must all be examples for Christ, after all something we say or do may be the thing which brings someone into a relationship with God. We may not always see any results of what we do/say, but if we a simply word or action may be the seed that lands in someone’s heart and develops into a heart full of love for God.

2 Corinthians 9:10
Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.

Galatians 6:9
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

In conclusion, pray today that God might use you to plant a seed in someone’s heart so that they might come to know God as their friend and saviour.