What’s in your hand?

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“So he set out and went to Zarephath, and when he came to the gate of the city, behold, a widow was there gathering sticks [for firewood]. He called out to her and said, “Please bring me a little water in a jar, so that I may drink.” As she was going to get it, he called to her and said, “Please bring me a piece of bread in your hand.” But she said, “As the LORD your God lives, I have no bread, only a handful of flour in the bowl and a little oil in the jar. See, I am gathering a few sticks so that I may go in and bake it for me and my son, that we may eat it [as our last meal] and die.” Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said. Just make me a little bread from it first and bring it out to me, and afterward you may make one for yourself and for your son. For this is what the LORD God of Israel says: ‘The bowl of flour shall not be exhausted nor shall the jar of oil be empty until the day that the LORD sends rain [again] on the face of the earth.’” She went and did as Elijah said. And she and he and her household ate for many days. The bowl of flour was not exhausted nor did the jar of oil become empty, in accordance the word of the LORD which He spoke through Elijah.”
‭‭1 KINGS‬ ‭17:10-16‬ ‭AMP‬‬ http://bible.com/1588/1ki.17.10-16.amp

I cannot tell you enough about the significance of a seed.

Notice,  that Elijah didn’t ask this woman for all, that she had. He just asked her for a little, of what was in her hand-

her ability to give.

This principle of seed has to be understood before we can understand anything else in the Kingdom of God. Jesus said  so in Mark 4.

He said that the Sower sows the Word, the seed, and then only four different things can happen.

1.) The enemy comes to steal the Word, or seed away immediately.

2.) Persecution for receiving the Word, or seed causes us to let go of it.

3.) The cares of this life (a whole other teaching that’s on my heart right now, hopefully next post) will choke the Word, or seed and make it unfruitful.

4.) The Word is received into good soil (of your heart) held fast to, and produces fruit- Thirty, Sixty or a Hundred  fold.

The Awesome thing about the Seed is, the Sower, God,  has made it available to everyone. And we choose what the seed can do by the soil of our own heart.

How receptive are we?

Is the soil  of our heart tilled up and ready to receive?

Reminds me of our garden.

Last year we planted our crops in a different area than we had before. It was the first year for our soil and the ground stayed fairly hard even after a couple of runs with the tractor and the tiller.

Although it produced some fruit, we knew  from the past experience of our other Harvests, that it could produce more.

So my green- thumb and God inspired Husband decided to start early,  and till this fall,  to allow the winter months to prepare our soil before next years season of planting.

That’s what Worship does for our hearts.

When we “let our hearts prepare Him room”-

we open up our hearts to allow The Word to penetrate, in order to produce good fruit- or the manifestation of The promises in our lives.

Here’s another point of wisdom God deposited in my heart recently-

“If you don’t want corn, stop planting it.”

In other words, if you’re not satisfied with the Harvests in your life, sow different seed.

If you don’t want negativity, stop being negative.

If you don’t want corruption in your thoughts stop feeding on the wrong things.

Instead of gorging yourself in front of ungodly entertainment, feed on extra doses of the Truth of God’s Word.

Its easier to complain about God not changing our situation, and even like the Widow in our scriptures above, become so desperate and weary that you may want to just give up and die, but God was coming through Elijah to restore her. She just had to be willing to give up a portion of what she still had.

Contrary to what the enemy tells you, you’re never completely without.

God promised to give seed to the sower and bread to the eater.

Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)  2 Corinthians 9:10

We just have to choose how we handle it.

Will we devour what seed we do have, and refuse to give a portion, that God is asking of us?

or-

Will we give what’s in our hand, and allow God to bless us and restore us above and beyond what we could imagine?

 

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