24 Nov Planting Seeds of Increase
I love November and especially Thanksgiving. One of the reasons I love this time of year is the reminder it gives all of us to slow down, remember our blessings, and thank God for everything He’s given us.
Did you know Thanksgiving started as a celebration of a good harvest and provision? Those who first came from Europe to the United States would have starved during the long, cold winters without a good harvest. Additional provision came from their growing relationship with the Native Americans, who provided furs, additional food, and the knowledge the settlers needed to survive the winters.
God provides for us as well. He sows seeds into our lives, seeds that grow and bless us.
Seeds from God
God plants seeds of growth, faith, hope, and abundance in our lives. What a wonderful gift! As the master sower, what He plants always comes to fruition. Let’s look at a few of the seeds God has planted in our lives and how we can use those seeds can bring growth and increase to each of us.
God’s Word (Mark 4:14)
I believe there is no more powerful growth tool available to us than God’s Word. It sows hope and promise into the lives of everyone who hears or reads the messages within. Within the pages of Scripture, we find stories of love and loss, trials and conquests, and stories of ordinary men and women in relationship with God.
Seeds of Faith
No matter how small and insignificant our faith seems, it is enough to move mountains (Matt. 17:20). How? Our faith ties us to the most powerful force in the universe: God. Faith is a seed that results in a harvest larger than we can conceive. Matthew 17:20 tells us, “if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
The Kingdom of God
Mark 4:26-27 tells us the Kingdom of God is a seed that will grow no matter how arid the soil. All that is required is workers. Each of us is called to help grow the Kingdom of God. In return, we find a community of workers who become our family in Christ.
Generosity is a seed God grants to each of us so we can sow it in the lives of others. It’s a reciprocal gift in that we must give to receive! “But remember this—if you give little, you will get little. A farmer who plants just a few seeds will get only a small crop, but if he plants much, he will reap much.” (2 Cor. 9:6, TLB)
Planting Our Seeds
God plants seeds of growth and blessing in our lives, but that doesn’t mean we don’t need to do some sowing of our own. God gives us a mission for our lives. He grants us vision and provision to help us fulfill that mission. But we can get in our way if we aren’t mindful of our thoughts and actions. Why?
Because what happens in your mind often happens in time!
I mean that if we focus on what we want, and keep our thoughts on our goals, we are much more likely to achieve them.
The problem is our mind often spends a good deal of time replaying the PAST. I know it happens to you too. We’re moving along, taking steps to secure our future, and then we think that things didn’t turn out how we wanted the last time we tried something new.
Not good. When the past becomes the focus of your thoughts, you cease forward movement.
Here’s another scenario. We’re sitting down with our journal and vision board, plotting our goals for the next quarter, and we wander off into daydream land in our minds. Imagination pre-plays the FUTURE. While that’s great if it helps create momentum, it’s entirely possible to dream, dream, dream, and never actually do.
So, what do we do instead? We VISUALIZE.
David visualized his encounter with Goliath. He gathered the tools God provided—his sling and stones—and he took action. Visualization is always followed by action.
Gideon visualized the wall falling. God gave Gideon step-by-step instructions on what he should do to conquer his enemy. He could have questioned, doubted, and delayed, but he didn’t. Instead, he followed through and won the battle. Visualization leads to follow through.
Noah visualized the ark as designed by God. He built it in faith with no idea how he was going to finish the task. When the ark was done, God provided what Noah’s family would need to repopulate the earth after the floods. Visualization in faith leads to provision.
Moses visualized the Exodus. But he thought he couldn’t do it. God told him otherwise. So Moses shared that vision with the people of God living in Egypt. Eventually, they escaped Pharoah and his army and headed to their Promised Land. Visualization leads to results.
What about visualization in your life?
You need to:
- Visualize the INCREASE
- Talk INCREASE
- Move toward INCREASE
Take action in faith, and the rest will happen.
Right now, at Thanksgiving, we are at the cusp of the seasons. Fall is turning to winter. The harvest is done, and it’s time for the slower pace of winter. Yet, with the seeds God has given us, a little faith, and our visualization, we will INCREASE our lives and the Kingdom of God!
The key to having a fruitful and abundant life is our response to the Word. The way we receive God’s Word is critical to having a fruitful and blessed life. The seed is productive only if the soil is receptive. The Word is good seed. Are you good soil?