I am going to give you some revelation just to encourage your giving and receiving.

John 6:5-13 (KJV) When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat? 6 And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do. 7 Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little. 8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, saith unto him, 9 There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many? 10 And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. 11 And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would. 12 When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost. 13 Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten.  

Here is what I would like to say about that.  It is unscriptural to give and not to expect to receive.  It is unscriptural.  Now you are not giving to get.  You are giving to receive.  Two different things.  Just think about it a while.  When a farmer plants a seed, does he expect a harvest?  Yes.  God always guarantees a harvest. 

Galatians 6:7 (KJV) Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Mark 10:29-30 (KJV) And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, 30 But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.

You sow you reap.  Seed time and harvest time.  In the second scripture it says, “No man.”  We see that played out in 2 Kings 4:8-14 (KJV) And it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem, where was a great woman; and she constrained him to eat bread. And so, it was, that as oft as he passed by, he turned in thither to eat bread. 9 And she said unto her husband, Behold now, I perceive that this is an holy man of God, which passeth by us continually. 10 Let us make a little chamber, I pray thee, on the wall; and let us set for him there a bed, and a table, and a stool, and a candlestick: and it shall be, when he cometh to us, that he shall turn in thither. 11 And it fell on a day, that he came thither, and he turned into the chamber, and lay there. 12 And he said to Gehazi his servant, Call this Shunammite. And when he had called her, she stood before him. 13 And he said unto him, Say now unto her, Behold, thou hast been careful for us with all this care; what is to be done for thee? wouldest thou be spoken for to the king, or to the captain of the host? And she answered, I dwell among mine own people. 14 And he said, What then is to be done for her? And Gehazi answered, Verily she hath no child, and her husband is old.

See, God would not let that prophet rest until the harvest would come back to this woman from the seed that she sowed into his life. 

Dr. Oral Roberts told a similar experience. He believed in sowing and reaping, and the Lord would bountifully supply as they sowed seed.  When he pastored, he had a campaign to raise money for a furnace for heat for the church and he said he was led that night to give his whole paycheck he had just received for this furnace. He went home that night and his wife, Evelyn said, “Oral did you get paid today?”  He said, “Yes.”  She said, “Well where is the money?”  He reluctantly told her that he had put it in the offering.  Evelyn said, “You what?!”  Well he said it was a cold night in that bedroom that night but about two o’clock that morning a knock came on the door.  A man came and knocked on the door and Brother Roberts answered the door.  The man told Brother Roberts that the Lord woke him up and told him to go in his backyard and dig up money he had hidden in the yard and take it to Brother Roberts.  Oral said it was four, crisp, one hundred-dollar bills.  He said it was the first time he had ever seen a hundred-dollar bill.  The man said the Lord said to tell Brother Roberts it is not money.  It is seed.  He said after the man left, he took that money into the bedroom, turned the light on, and waved that money over Evelyn’s face.

Now it is interesting God never forgets a seed.  The Bible says so in Psalms 20:3, He remembers all our offerings.

But there was something else that stood out about this story about this woman and the prophet of God.  She perceived that this was a holy man of God. And I think the same thing happened in John 6:9,12 (KJV) There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many? 12When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.

In each incident they discerned. Let me give you the definition of the word discernment. Discernment has to do with information supernaturally revealed from God.

God can show you seed, something you probably had never even thought about with seed.  The prophet asked a woman what she had in her house and she told him nothing but a pot of oil.  He told her to go and borrow some vessels, go to her house and shut the door behind her and her sons and start pouring out the oil. When she began to pour, God supernaturally multiplied it, because it was seed, it wasn’t just oil.

I am telling you; God always brings a harvest from a seed. Many people don’t get their harvest because they don’t discern it.  It just keeps walking right on by.

God is saying to us in Galatians 6:7 (KJV) Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

The body of Christ needs to work on discerning.  That kind of knowledge comes from two sources, the devil and God.  The devil can come with his kind of discernment by ESP, divination and magical things and so forth.  God comes with the true discernment by your spirit and you just know this is seed and this is harvest. I am praying God will heighten your discernment, so that not only will you see your seed, but you will see your harvest.  Say amen to that.

This is how we got our first car we paid cash for.  We had a car that was getting older and we believed God for a brand-new car without debt.  We saw this car as a seed to sow to a single woman who needed a car. Before we gave it to her, we had the car looked at and inspected so forth and also paid for new license for her, etc. She was so excited to receive the car and said it was a blessed car because it came from us.  We then received a brand-new car through an inheritance and paid cash.  It was a blessing to sow this seed into her life and also to receive the harvest of a new car we had sown to receive.

I am telling you right now, God is still the same God who told us in Psalms 20:3 He never forgets your sowing.  So, prepare your seed to sow as God leads you to sow and remember He never forgets your sowing (Psalms 20:3).

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