When the grain ripens, immediately He puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come (Mark 4:29). We are in the year where the grain is ripe and ready to be harvested.
We know from scripture that we can either reap a 30, 60 or 100 fold harvest, but that depends not on the seed but on the condition of our hearts. The seed carries power but it is the condition of our hearts (the nature of soil) that determines the kind of harvest we will see come to pass in our lives (Matthew 13:1-23).
The enemy knows he cannot touch the seed so he comes after our hearts so that the seed of the Word will be suffocated and destroyed. The level of harvest we will see depends on our response to the seed of the Word of God.
Our heart is like a garden for the Lord, and how fertile that garden is depends on our response to the Word. We must be on guard when we see the tricks of the enemy as he attempts to destroy the condition of our hearts with unforgiveness, anger, etc.
In a vision, the Lord showed Ezekiel a valley of dry bones and God told him to prophesy to the dry bones and speak life to them. And the bones, after hearing the word of the Lord, came to life and became a vast army (Ezekiel 37:1-14).
In the valley, there is no fruitfulness and no life. It is difficult to praise and rejoice and have peace but that’s what the Lord expects of us. If you are in a valley season, God is asking you to speak to the dry bones and praise and rejoice and you will see the harvest in your life.
We have a choice! Either to align ourselves with the promise of God or to look at the bones of failure, struggle, sickness, addiction and miss out on what God wants to do in our lives. We must respond (with our hearts) to God’s Word (the seed) until we see the harvest.
Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it flows the issues of life (Proverbs 4:23).
Proverbs 23:26 says “My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways”.
Let us search our hearts today and truly surrender our hearts to the Lord so that our hearts become good ground to respond to the seed of God’s word.