Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 NKJV
David, the great king and prophet, prophesied almost three thousand years ago that, “They will proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn—for he has done it” (Ps. 22:31 NIV). God has done it, so we’ve got to stop saying to others that, “if you do this or that, then God will reconcile you.” God has already done it. If you are forgiven, you are reconciled, and live in a reconciled world (text verse 19). The message of the Gospel is: it done—be reconciled, not get reconciled (Col. 1:19-23).
To be reconciled means “to be changed thoroughly from.” When Jesus Christ reconciled you, He changed you thoroughly from being a wicked hostile enemy of God into a new creation. God made you right with Himself. How? Not counting your sins against you (text verses 17-19). This is not religion. Religion is man’s attempt to get right with God. The good news of the Gospel is that God made you right with Himself. Every religion ever founded has some process for man to get right with God. If God made you right with Himself, all that’s left is to act as so it is so—“be reconciled.” You are now the very righteousness of God in Christ.
God’s tabernacle is now in you (John 14:23; 1 Cor. 3:16; 6:19). Stop whining and crying—just to be crying. .Just let the old go if you want the new to replace it. It is done. Shout it loud! But as Jesus told John in the vision in the book of Revelation (Rev. 21:2-6), you’ve got to be thirsty (Matt. 5:6). Thirst is a strong desire that moves you. If you’re just talking the past or your present problems, you’re not thirsty. Thirst is when you get up and start to move toward your harvest (desired answer); you don’t let anything distract you (John 4:14). The Gospel’s invitation for salvation is extended fully to everyone who turns to God (Isa. 55:1). It is done!
And when the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord, they set the priests in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites the sons of Asaph with cymbals, to praise the Lord, after the ordinance of David king of Israel. 11 And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the Lord; because he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid. 12 But many of the priests and Levites and chief of the fathers, who were ancient men, that had seen the first house, when the foundation of this house was laid before their eyes, wept with a loud voice; and many shouted aloud for joy: 13 So that the people could not discern the noise of the shout of joy from the noise of the weeping of the people: for the people shouted with a loud shout, and the noise was heard afar off. Ezra 3:10-13 KJV
Never allow the fear of the past or your uncertainty of the future to cause you to think that nothing is happening in your life right now, because God has done it. This is what the Jews discovered, having witnessed the destruction of Solomon’s Temple and returning to Jerusalem after 70 years of Babylonian captivity, due to Cyrus’s, King of Persia, decree to rebuild God’s temple at Jerusalem. When the builders laid the foundation of the temple, they saw the harvest manifested of dreams, visions, and the fulfillment of prophecies that moved them to weep and shout loud to the glory of God for God had done it!
Some years later, King David prophesied in Psalm 22:31, “They will proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn — for he has done it” (Ps 22:31 NIV). This is why we should shout loud because God did it for our fore fathers, and has done it for us, and for our children and their children, from one generation to another. God has done it, so shout it loud! If you really believe that God has done it, it affects your emotions in a way that make you want to get loud. Stop confining and repressing “loudness.” If you’re grateful for your harvest, you should shout it loud. For example, people get loud when they receive good news, or their sports team win, or drink alcoholic beverages. People also get loud when they’re cut-off in traffic, when their paycheck is short, or someone insults them. Shouldn’t God and His goodness make you get loud? (2 Cor. 6:2; Ps. 33:3; 98:4). Jesus also shouted loud on the Cross after finishing the work of our redemption and salvation (Luke 23:46). If you believe that your harvest is so now, shout it loud!
Everybody wants to go to heaven but no one wants to die to get there. Do you really want to go to heaven? Then start shouting loud. According to the scriptures, heaven is a loud place (see Rev. 11:15; 12:10-11). You only need to get loud when you’ve got something worth shouting for. If you’re believing for a harvest, then get loud, praise God; dance every Sunday in church because your harvest is so now. After all, even God gets loud in heaven, so why can’t we get loud on earth?
Some reading this blog may say, “I ‘m not emotional. I am more meditative and reserved. Really? Meditation has it place (Ps. 1:2; Jos. 1:8), but when you see the cancer is gone, your bills are supernaturally paid, or you see that new husband or wife manifested, or the door has been opened for the new job—you have to get loud. God wants His children to shout it loud. There is a grave danger of not getting loud when you see that God is good and that your harvest is so now (2 Sam. 6:20-23). Shout it loud!
When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “Perhaps Joseph will hate us, and may actually repay us for all the evil which we did to him.” 16 So they sent messengers to Joseph, saying, “Before your father died he commanded, saying, 17 ‘Thus you shall say to Joseph: “I beg you, please forgive the trespass of your brothers and their sin; for they did evil to you.”‘ Now, please, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of your father.” And Joseph wept when they spoke to him. 18 Then his brothers also went and fell down before his face, and they said, “Behold, we are your servants.” 19 Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? 20 But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. 21 Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.” And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them. Genesis 50:15-21 NKJV
Like Joseph’s brothers, never allow your fear of the past or the uncertainty of your future to cause you to think that nothing is happening or that bad things will happen. Joseph’s brother, without question trespassed against him and perpetrated a great evil against him; notwithstanding, Joseph now exalted to the throne of Egypt—a type of Jesus Christ—was grieved when he heard the Messengers plea for the life of his brothers. He wept the same way Jesus weeps when we do not understand how loving and kind, gracious and forgiving He is (Rom. 5:8; 2 Cor. 5:19). Whatever the promise, the vision, or dream, your harvest is so now—not in the past or the future.
If you find yourself struggling, feeling like you’re in a spiritual pit, forsaken, bound and oppressed, never think that nothing is happening. Your harvest is so now! Perhaps God is just refining you like He did Joseph (Gen. 37-50). Do what father Abraham did. When he was believing God to see his harvest, he rejoiced and he was glad (John 8:56-58). You need to rejoice so that you might see your harvest.
Harvest is to know the name of God. God told Moses that His name is: “I Am” (Ex. 3:11-14). When you find yourself between the fears of the past and the uncertainty of the future, remember God’s name “I Am.” “I Am” is the One who exists; the eternal One who passes not away; and, as the Moffat translation of the Bible says, “I will Be what I will Be.” “I Am” also revealed Himself to both Abram, Isaac, and Jacob as El Shaddai (Gen. 17:1; 28:3; 35:11). El Shaddai means the full breasted One who nourishes, the all sufficient One, the all-powerful One. Joseph had to know God by the same name as God previously revealed to his father Jacob. We too, as believers, are called by God’s name (2 Chron. 7:14). “I Am” and El Shaddai is God—one of the same—whose name reveals harvest whenever you’re between the fears of the past and the uncertainty of the future. So, never allow fear and uncertainty to cause you to use God’s name in vain (Ex. 20:7). Never say anything about I Am that is not true, e.g., “I am sick, I am dumb, I am weak, etc.” Stir up your faith by thinking and feeling “I Am” and see your harvest is so now (Joel 3:10). Act as though it is so and stop fearing the past and the uncertainty of the future and see harvest.
Now Jericho was securely shut up because of the children of Israel; none went out, and none came in. 2 And the Lord said to Joshua: “See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valor. Joshua 6:1-2 NKJV
Jericho was an obstacle that prevented Israel from entering into Canaan—the Promise Land according to God‘s promise made to His people. The city of Jericho was a fortified, walled, and as some believed at the time, an impenetrable city. But the Word of the Lord spoken to Joshua was “See! I have given Jericho into your hand . . .” This was a vantage point that God gave to Joshua to see victory (harvest) with his heart.
The vantage point of harvest eliminates the time element between seedtime and harvest—the promise spoken and the promise fulfilled. If you are tried of waiting for your harvest, then you must remove the time factor because you are the one who put it there. Harvest is now; harvest is knowing that you are forgiven and reconciled; harvest is acting as though it is so; and, harvest is having the both mind of Christ and heart sight, i.e., seeing with the “third eye.” God challenged Joshua to see victory with the “third eye.”
Harvest is about heart sight, not about a time interval (Gen. 1:3; Ps. 33:9). Your harvest exists the instant that the Word, the promise, and vision are spoken. Before you see it with your eyes, you must see it with your heart. Hebrews 4:1-2 instructs us to take faith and mix it, i.e., assimilate, commingle, unite, with what you hear and act as thought it is so. Verse 7 of Hebrews 4 suggests that the key to success in the Kingdom of God is living in the present moment: this year, this month, this day, right now, acting as though it is already so (2 Cor. 6:2).
Harvest also requires one having the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16; Phil. 2:5). The natural mind has no concept of past or future. Think about it! Whatever you are now thinking and feeling, you’re doing it in the present moment. So, having the mind of Christ is critical to thinking like Christ who saw a harvest when His disciples saw nothing with their physical eyes (John 4:35). What you accept, you authorize it to come into your experience. It is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Think sickness and sickness will come; think failure and failure will come, etc. Like in Joseph’s life (Gen. 37-50), the Word of the Lord shall came to pass. Never think nothing is happening. Just as in the case of Joseph, God maybe refining you. A delay is not a denial. Your harvest is so now. Just think it in your mind, see it with your heart, rejoice and be glad (John 8:56-58).
Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. NKJV Luke 10:2
There can be no harvest without laborers (workers). The Word of God is the seed sown, but the Word has to be worked. In the same way, “faith, if it has no work, is dead, being by itself” (Jas. 2:17). Also, “he who looks into the perfect law of liberty [the Word of God] and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer [worker] of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does (Jas. 1:25).
One of the keys to harvest is acting as though everything you need and/or desire is fulfilled in the present moment, here and now. Another key to harvest is to know that you are forgiven. Until you know that you are forgiven, you will continually be plagued with feelings of guilt and undeservedness. Because you are forgiven, reconciled, and a partaker of God’s divine life—this truth provides you a vantage point of harvest, i.e., it puts you in a position that gives you a strategic advantage or a commanding perspective to see that your harvest is so now, notwithstanding your problems or challenges.
The vantage point of harvest enables you to think and see negative appearances in a way that eliminate the time element for the desired manifestation; it helps you overcome the struggles of time and space (see Amos 9:13). If you’re tried of waiting for the promise to be fulfilled and tired of waiting to have your prayers answered, then you must remove the time factor because you’re the one who put it there—not God (2 Peter 3:8). The vantage point of seeing that your harvest is now brings thanksgiving and rejoicing in the present moment for the fulfillment of every desire.
Caveat: beware of religion. Religion can cause your seeds of harvest to be uprooted. Religion will always require you to keep the “law” in order to feel deserving of your harvest because religion is man’s attempt to get right with God. The Gospel says that God has made you right with Himself (2 Cor. 5:21). So, the vantage point of harvest enables you to look through appearances that seem to contradict the Gospel and see that your harvest is plentiful (text). Your harvest doesn’t need to be uprooted or delayed into the distant future based on myopic understanding or religious tradition (Ezek. 12:21-28). Open your eyes (eyes of faith) and see your vantage point of harvest. Your harvest is so now!
So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city. 2 Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.” 3 And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, “This Man blasphemes!” 4 But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? 5 For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise and walk’? 6 But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins” — then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” 7 And he arose and departed to his house. Matthew 9:1-7 NKJV
Jesus told His disciples that the harvest is not yet four months away, it is now (John 4:35). Harvest is the fullness of everything you need and/or desire, it is present here and now (2 Cor. 6:2; Heb. 11:1, 6). Thus, to accept the lack of anything is to practice the absence of God. Harvest also means wholeness because if you’ve been forgiven, you’re reconciled, and if you’re reconciled, you are a partaker of God’s divine nature (2 Peter 1:3-4). The key to harvest is to act as though it is so (Rom. 4:17). You cannot act as though it is so if you’re living with a sin consciousness because harvest is knowing that you are forgiven.
For example, in the text above, the paralytic man wasn’t brought to Jesus for absolution or forgiveness. But notice how Jesus responded to him: Jesus first dealt with the cause not the effects of his paralysis. This man was bound by his paralysis because of sin. Sin is the sickness of the soul and disease is the sickness of the body. God removes the cause of our condition before He treats the symptoms, i.e., sickness, problems, etc.
Jesus said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you” and he arose, took up his bed and walked to his house. Some people, you can say to them, “you’re forgiven” and they can be healed. Others, you can say “you’re healed,” and immediately they act as though it is so, and leap into a new experience. Until you know that you are forgiven, you will be plagued with feelings of undeservedness and your only expectation is a fearful looking for bad things to happen (Heb. 10:27).
Why does God heal and manifest a harvest of healing? Every time He does it, He confirms that we are forgiven (Isa. 33:24; Ps. 103:1-3). Like Jesus said, “For which is easier, to say” . . .? There is a principle the study of Geometry that says: things equal to the same are equal to one another. Geometrically speaking, forgiveness is the flip side of healing and healing is the flip side of forgiveness, so which is easier to say? The paralytic was forgiven, he was reconciled, and he got healed. So why wasn’t he manifesting it? He hadn’t heard the good news!
After you hear the goods news of the Gospel that you are forgiven—just know that— your prayers can be answered now, you can be healed now, and you can be blessed in every way now because you’ve heard the good news: the harvest is knowing that you are forgiven now!
And He entered the synagogue again, and a man was there who had a withered hand. 2 So they watched Him closely, whether He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse Him. 3 And He said to the man who had the withered hand, “Step forward.” 4 Then He said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they kept silent. 5 And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other. NKJV Mark 5:1-5
God told Noah, after the great flood, “while the earth remains, there would be seedtime and harvest” (Gen. 8:22). Jesus told His disciples, “[d]o you not say, there are still four months and then comes the harvest? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest” (John 4:35). So, where is the promise of seed time and harvest? Are you looking in all the wrong places—looking in the past or looking in the future? The key to harvest is living in the present moment and acting as though it is so.
In our text above, Jesus demonstrated that the harvest is so now when he healed the man with a withered hand. Please notice that Jesus did not pray for the man’s healing, He commanded it! You cannot command what is not, nor can you command what cannot. For example, you can’t command an elephant fly because it cannot; however, Jesus could command this man to be healed because he was. The man and others in the synagogue saw a withered hand, but Jesus saw harvest. Then after hearing the good news, the man acted as though it was so and received a miracle.
Perhaps you’re wondering, how could this happen? It happened because this man was forgiven, he was reconciled, and because he was reconciled, he was healed (Ps. 103:1-3). Jesus performed this miracle thinking and seeing from the vantage point of harvest. The man hadn’t manifested his healing because he hadn’t heard the good news. The good news for you is: your harvest is so now and you need only to act as though it was so..
In the Gospel, healing is the flip side of forgiveness (1 Peter 2:24). You can’t separate the two. If you are a resident of Zion, you are forgiven, and therefore, you are healed (Isa. 33:24; Heb. 12:22). The key to Abraham receiving his harvest of a promised seed (the birth of Isaac) was to act as though it was so, notwithstanding being advanced in years and weakened biologically (Rom. 4:17). Like Abraham, the key to your harvest is to act as though it so!
Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began but now made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience to the faith — to God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen. Romans 16:25-27 NKJV
A secret is something that is kept from general knowledge or view—something hidden or concealed (Merriam-Webster). Two of those secrets are: receiving the Gospel of Christ and sharing it with others. According to the Scriptures, in eyes of God, these are blessed and sacrosanct privileges (Mark 16:15-16).
In the text above, the Apostle Paul maintains that God establishes the believer according to the revelation of sacred secrets that have been kept a mystery since the world began but are now revealed to all nations by the prophetic Scriptures made known to obedient to the faith. There are two secrets now made manifest to the believer that ought to be shared by any means necessary. The two sacred secrets are: (1) “that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them” when Jesus Christ died on the Cross (2 Cor. 5:19) and, (2) when receive Jesus as Lord and Savior, that Christ is in you the hope of glory (Col. 1:27).
These two secrets now reveal to all people that it is impossible to live the “Christian” life. But it is possible for Christ to live in you and through you in your obedience to the faith. Now, those who attempt to produce righteousness by their self-efforts are living in the bondage of legalism, i.e., an attempt to obey the external codes of conduct and not breaking the rules of “touch not; taste not; handle not” (Col. 2:21). The mystery is now revealed that the “Christian life isn’t living from the outside to the inside, but it is living from the inside to the outside.
So, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come. All this is from God—not the keeping of religious rules—but God has reconciled the obedient to the faith to Himself through Christ and gives every believer the responsibility and ministry of reconciliation, i.e., God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to the believer this message of reconciliation. As God’s appointed ambassadors (2 Cor. 5:17-20), we are tasked to share the scared secrets face-to-face, on Face book, on Twitter, on Instagram, other social media platforms and by all means necessary!
“While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat,Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease.” Genesis 8:22 NKJV
After the great flood, God told that Noah that certain blessings would be permanently and universally enjoyed as long as the earth remained. The first was seedtime and harvest. Jesus used sowing and reaping a harvest to illustrate a powerful spiritual truth when He said: “Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white [ripe] for harvest!” (John 4:35).
Harvest isn’t looking and living in the past or the distant future, nor is it making excuses after you have sown seeds of faith into God’s promise. Harvest means the fullness of everything you need and/or desire, it is present here and now, according to God’s promise and His plan and purpose for your life. So, harvest means wholeness, i.e., healthy, sound, well physically and emotionally. For example, there was a certain man which had an infirmity for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him, and knew that he had been in that condition a long time, Jesus said unto him, “Will you be made whole?” The impotent man answered making one excuse after another, then Jesus said unto him, “Rise, take up your bed, and walk” and immediately the man was made whole (John 5:2-9).So, harvest is the recognition that, to accept the lack of anything is to practice the absence of God because “harvest” means wholeness, and the harvest is here and now.
The Gospel says that while we were enemies and hostile to God, through Jesus Christ, we were reconciled and forgiven—no strings attached (Rom. 5:10). Because we’re reconciled, we’re forgiven; because we’re forgiven, God’s life is now our life, and our life is God’s life. God can’t be weak, sick, or die. God’s wholeness is our “harvest.” We have the life of God now and eternal life (2 Peter 1:2-4). So, act as though it is so. “Rise, take up your bed, and walk.” Harvest means wholeness now!
Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! John 4:35 NKJV
John 1:16, clearly teaches us that “. . . of his [Jesus] fullness, we have all received, and grace for grace.” It pleased Father God that in Jesus Christ the fullness of God should dwell (Col. 1:19). Thus, harvest, spiritually speaking, means that the fullness of everything you need and/or desire, it is present here and now, according to God’s Word, and His plan and purpose for your life. Why? (1) God is our inheritance (Rom 8:17). (2) God is perfect everything (Ps. 18:30). Jesus in His Sermon on the Mount taught the perfection of God (Matt. 5:48) and, (3) God is omnipresent (Ps. 139:7-8). So, harvest is the recognition that, to accept the lack of anything is to practice the absence of God (2 Cor. 6:2; Heb. 11:1).
We often unwittingly practice the absence of God when experiencing a perceived problem. Instead of looking through the problem, we gaze at it ignoring that God is there—here and now. The word “problem” doesn’t appear in any major translation of the Bible except the TLB. For example, Apostle Paul’s instructive concerning marriage, divorce, and remarriage are a good illustration of practicing the absence of God (see 1 Corinthians 7:9, 25-28). The TLB translation of verse 26 is: “Here is the problem: We Christians are facing great dangers to our lives at present.” Verse 29 translates the word, “trouble” to mean extra problems or pressures.
So, whether you’re single or married: to feel lonely, needy, desperate, hopeless, etc. is practicing the absence of God. Remember, God is present here and now as your perfect everything. If you will just feel gratitude and give thanks, it will manifest in your experience. Unlike, Jesus’ disciple, Thomas (see John 20:24-29), the ones who get harvest results are those who believe without seeing, hearing, and touching rather than relying on their senses. They believe it because God said it. If you’re living in the past or the future, you might be practicing the absence of God right here and now. Jesus said, open your eyes and see that your harvest is so, here and now!