“You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.” ~Matthew 17:20.
A mustard seed is pretty tiny.
It isn’t the smallest seed, because carrot seeds are definitely smaller, but from that tiny seed comes a big plant. I have seen mustard fields–they are beautiful. Out from a tiny yellow seed, a large yellow plant grows. It is symbolic that out of what you plant, you will get a return of something greater. One kernel of corn produces a stalk with 3-4 ears of corn and each ear of corn produces approximately 800 kernels of corn. The return for the planting is amazing.
God returns what is planted for His Kingdom, the same way.
Since He created the corn or mustard seed, He knew how its plant cycle would illustrate His provision for Him. God wants to be able to grow something in each of us that produces a massive harvest. We only need to be willing to plant a seed.
What is your seed?
When loneliness begins to creep in and it feels as though you are aching for someone to reach out to you, reach out to them. Plant a seed of friendship by sending a sweet text or calling just to ask how they are doing. “You catch more bees with honey then with vinegar”, so be sweet and not bitter. People have no desire to be around anyone who is bitter–in fact they avoid communicating with that type of person.
The Bible talks a lot about seed time and harvest.
There is only one challenge with it and that is the verse in Malachi where God says to test Him with your tithe. Sow into the kingdom and see how God can multiple that. One one of my earlier blog posts I spoke about how I used to be someone that only tithed when I had the finances to do it. That never worked. It wasn’t until I began tithing before looking at any other bill that I became financially free. I sow my seed into His kingdom for tithing to our church and reap the benefits of having more then enough, even to the extent of being able to give love offerings to several other ministries.
You can’t get a pineapple from a grapefruit seed.
So, what is your need?
For the past few months, I have been ministering to villages in Pakistan. I was asked by a couple, who had been following me on social media for awhile, if I would pastor a church. It multiplied into something greater than I had thought it would because of the seed I sowed.
Below is the result of the seed that was sown.
This Christmas season, there are many options for you to donate to. Most people wait until the end of the year to donate because they would like a tax deduction. That is understandable. I am in the process of creating a 501c3 entity, but it will not be approved until after the new year. Consider giving anyway…let me tell you my story.
We would love for you to be a part of this! Here is our story:
For several months, a couple followed me through social media. They wanted to teach women about God and thought they would attend a church service if they provided a meal for them and their families. This couple is in a small village in Pakistan; I know this sounds shady but keep reading.
These women, in this country, are not permitted to attend church without their husbands. Some are widows and some have husbands that do not believe in God. There is a large number of women that do not attend church for these reasons. This couple reached out to me and asked if I would be willing to head a church to preach the gospel, and the wife would translate for me.
We wanted to grow a ministry through food to further His kingdom. Each week, it costs money to purchase the meals, the wife cooks them, and the husband places them in to-go containers for each family while I preach. Every Saturday, at 5 am MST, which is 5 pm in Pakistan, I preach to villages via zoom.
Word has spread. We started with 15.
Each week, 40-70 women and children have been fed through this ministry. We have purchased many things during the past two months to support their growth. We bought a new pair of shoes for each child for Christmas. For the women, we purchased non-perishable food for the women’s pantries for Christmas, chairs for them to sit on during service (as they were all sitting on the floor), and building materials to expand the church building to accommodate more attendees.
Some of these women do not know how to read, so we will be purchasing iBibles for each to hear the word electronically next year. Meals will continue to be supplied, and we will finish expansion on the building.
We have received word from other villages that their women would like to attend, increasing the need for financial support via zoom.
Please consider giving into this ministry, even though there is not a tax deduction yet, because it is a beautiful way to be the hands and feet of Jesus. He met physical needs, not just spiritual ones.
There is a gofundme page where you can support the next steps in this seed time.
“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” ~Psalm 39:14.
There is no one who can be you as great as you. God made you, in His image, unique. We were made to stand out and be different from the norm. The norm tells you to be politically correct, everyone’s a winner, and it’s okay to identify any way you want. That is not what God says. God is the complete opposite of the world.
Look at what the world says is right and do the exact opposite.
Chances are you will probably hit God’s will on the preverbal head. To the world, when walking God’s way, it will look like you don’t fit. Why would you want to fit? Fitting into this world means that we make choices that are selfish, instead of selfless. It means that you believe God lied or made a mistake when He created you.
The Word says that God’s timing is perfect. His plan for our lives is prosperous.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” ~Jeremiah 29:11-13.
He designed us as fearfully and wonderfully made. We are unique because that is how he created you. God’s way is topsy-turvy to the world.
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” ~Ephesians 2:10.
To a Christian, how people are dressing provocatively, in same sex relationships, changing their sexual orientation, cross dressing, or choosing to be in a pre-marital intimate relationships, appears different. That is just not true. Those behaviors are the norm for our society. They are the exact opposite of how God created us. It is Satan’s attack on how we were created and by whom we were created. Satan wants us to second guess who we are, creating insecurities and a need to experiment. We imagine that we are missing something.
You are missing something but not an identity!
There are distinct parts you have, that are masterfully made, to suit the gender you were created to be. Your design only fits with the opposite gender. God goes even further than that when he talks about two people being united as one: a husband and a wife. He honors that union and blesses it.
I have spoken to several people, through my practice and as a minister, about the order God provides for our lives. They come questioning why their life isn’t working out or why they are always suffering. When things are constantly going wrong, they seem to be shocked by it. Most of what comes from their lips are complaints, discouragement, and despair.
The one things I have been able to identify, that is lacking from their lives, is following after Jesus. I can ask them how long has it been since they have studied the Bible, had conversational prayer with God not just ritualistic memorized prayers, or participated in fellowship with other believers in or outside of the church setting. Inevitably the answer comes with shrugged shoulders or “I don’t know.”
Disconnect from God means disconnect for His perfect will for your life.
You cannot expect to have a blessed life if you are far away from the very source of life. God created life and helps it grow. If you want to flourish, you need to be near your origin.
When a seed is planted in the ground, it dies to itself, casting off it’s outer skin. To continue to grow it needs a direct connection to water and the sun. Those two things combined bring the plant to life, creating it’s best version of itself.
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” ~Jeremiah 17:7-8.
We need to get close to our source.
Just as a garden cannot grow, without key elements, neither can a lightbulb shine without electricity. Everything that grows needs to be near it’s provision.
If you are wondering why your life is not feeling put together, ask yourself if you are connected to Him. The fact is that this world is messed up and will continue to live in sin…because if we were still an Eden, we wouldn’t have a need for God. The Bible declares there will still be problems in this world that will directly effect us. However, when you are living for Christ, you respond differently which causes spiritual growth.
Spiritual growth means that our lives are better, not because the world is better but because we have guidance for how to handle the issues. God provides for His people. God will bless those who follow after Him. He makes the way to walk through the tough stuff and come out the other end still growing.
He wants to bless you and keep you. The only way that can happen is if you get out of the way!
We are the ones who hinder the blessings. We choose to make choices about our lives based on our feelings or what others might think. Be different. Choose to go against the world, the norm, for the topsy-turvy that God has for you. You will be blessed in ways you could never imagine. Doing things differently then the world has given me a health and loving marriage, kids that are also going against the world, a nice house, vehicles that work, bills paid, and a career that allows me to be active in ministry.
Satan still attacks. Stuff still breaks or stops working. Bills continue to show up. Death is still part of the circle of life. BUT GOD! I am taken care of, free of worry and flourishing.
In addition, please let me take a moment to warn you about something that can cause discord. When you come across the people that live in the world, don’t condemn them: it is not your job. Love them like Jesus, show them what they are missing and be around as an open ear for their questions. Give them encouragement and guidance through what the Bible says. Let God work on their hearts through your example of being loving.
Be uniquely you, follow the Lord, and see His perfect plan for your life unfold!