The goal of God is harvest. Yes, a harvest that abounds more and more unto righteousness. When you hear the word harvest what comes to mind? The Lord desires to see His children bring the unregenerate world into the union of Christ and to see us, all of His children, walk in true prosperity in all facets of life, especially excelling in the mysteries of His kingdom. The ultimate harvest in the life of the believer is for him to manifest the very nature of God in our born-again spirit, generated by our experience with the word of God

““The one sown among thorns represents one who receives the message, but all of life’s busy distractions, his divided heart, and his ambition for wealth result in suffocating the kingdom message and it becomes fruitless.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭13:22‬ ‭TPT‬‬

In Jesus parable of the sower, as echoed in Mathew chapter thirteen. He emphasized different kinds of soils that represent the condition of the heart in receiving the message of the Kingdom, which is the seed for harvest, and one that caught my attention was the seed that was sown among thorns. When the sower cast his seeds, these precious seeds have the potential to birth a new life from within the soil. Unfortunately, these seeds fell among thorns and thistles. The seed was sown and the expectation was that it will yield a harvest according to its potency but there were deterrents to the sacred seed. The seed was good but the limitations were exceedingly bigger, affecting the expectable results

When the disciples came to Christ secretly to inquire about the meaning of this cryptic message, they learned an important truth from the master, that in order to bear much fruit in the word of God, one has to give himself completely to it, without the distractions of the mundane. He explained; “The one sown among thorns represents one who receives the message, but all of life’s busy distractions, his divided heart, and his ambition for wealth result in suffocating the kingdom message and it becomes fruitless.” Matthew‬ ‭13:22‬ ‭TPT‬‬

True harvest is not automatic. Sometimes I hear people confess great promises and truth concerning God’s word and yet their life is extremely far apart from their declarations. The word does not bring a harvest because we read it or confess it. If it has not gain root in our spirit and influenced us from the inward place, our confession could be done out for sentimental reasons. The word of God gives us legitimate access into the realities of God that affect us positively on this side of life. There is a premium on the seed sown if it does perfect its complete work in our hearts without the distractions of this world that comes against our harvest. It is not how much you know the word of God from an intellectual position, but how deeply it has sunk into your heart by revelation. It is through revelation — insight which is directly linked to a practical life

We are living in a generation where many in the body of Christ do not know how to give themselves to the message of the kingdom in order to capture the heart of God and live it as their mission, and way of life. We are so caught up in the euphoria of the world, to the extent that the living word is not our expression but the manifestation of the thorns. The word is choked. God is boxed in our actions because we not willing to pay the price to see a harvest of God in our lives, extending the frontiers of the Kingdom. Thank God, there is a new generation arising, who are cultivating seeds and waiting for His manifestation in greater power and life. They are tired of an ethical institution without the rich and fuller life of God. They are tired of the church being too normal when we can operate under the influence of the word in supernatural livimg

““But what was sown on good, rich soil represents the one who hears and fully embraces the message of the kingdom. Their lives bear good fruit—some yield a harvest of thirty, sixty, even one hundred times as much as was sown.””
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭13:23‬ ‭TPT‬‬

Yes, this category of “embracers” of the word will never be extinguished by the cold distractions and pleasures of this world. Such men and women have offered themselves to God so that He can find expression in them in whatever capacity the word unfolds. The word is the will of God and of His Kingdom, sown into the heart of ordinary men to exercise His governmental policies and power in an organic interface. Satan will come after your pursuit for the harvest of God in your life through the word. Oh, He will come with all kinds of setbacks to fizzle the process of harvest in our lives.

Brothers and sisters, let’s press deep into the truth, amid the many attractions and distractions of our time. God’s purpose is guaranteed but our place is to contend for our faith with a resilient heart to attain the measure of our ordination, or else we forfeit the harvest encapsulated in the word towards this season. Arise, shine, for your light has come!


The Way of the Tree of Life

Did you know that you are an exile? Much as the Jewish people endure the punishment of exile from the holy land, all humanity suffers in exile—driven from the delights of paradise and the potential of eternal life

The LORD exiled Adam and Eve from the garden. It was an act of mercy. Had they remained in the garden, they might have eaten of the fruit of the Tree of Life. God did not create them immortal, yet He left immortality hanging within their grasp. They only needed to reach out and eat of the fruit of the Tree of Life, and that fruit was never forbidden them. Should they do so in their fallen state, they would have been consigned to an immortal existence in rebellion against God, not unlike the Devil, unredeemed and unredeemable for all of eternity: an eternal life of endless death.

In His abundant mercy, God exiled them from paradise and banned them from immortality:

Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”—therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken. (Genesis 3:22-23)

God created our souls and our bodies for the Garden of Delight. In some spiritual memory, every human being can still recall the taste of the fruit of the garden. Human beings have a longing wired into their hearts for the place of God, a desire we cannot quite articulate. We thirst for water we have never tasted. We long for fruit we have never eaten. We hunger and thirst for the presence of God. That’s why you are reading these words. That’s why we are always seeking to fill the empty places of our lives, and it is why we are prone to addictions, sensuality, and self-destructive behaviors. We are longing for Eden.

The exile from the garden corresponds to Israel’s exile from the land and this current exile we endure. When the kingdom comes, Israel will return to the land, and the exile will be over. The gates of Eden will open, and we will return to the presence of God. Then all humanity will know the LORD.

So He drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to the tree of life. (Genesis 3:24)

There is a way back to Eden, past the flaming sword and between the cherubim. The Torah calls this the “derech etz haChayim” the “way of the tree of life.” The word “way (derech, דרך)” appears first in Genesis 3:24. The cherubim embroidered in the Temple curtains allude to the way of the tree of life. They stand sentry before the holy of holies and the presence of God, just as the cherubim in Genesis guard the way to the tree of life. This may be one of the meanings of the rending of the Temple curtain when the Master died. He has made the way between the cherubim. He Himself is “The Way, the Truth and the Life.” The early sect of Jewish believers who followed Him and believed Him called themselves, “The Way.” He has made the way through the curtain, into the garden, to holy of holies and the tree of life.

We have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Yeshua, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh. (Hebrews 10:19-20)

Adapted from: https://torahportions.ffoz.org/portions-library/weekly-torah/the-way-of-the-tree-of-life.html