The reason I’ve spent so much time writing about receiving God’s harvest is because we all live in a constant cycle of planting, growing and harvesting.
“While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease,” (Genesis 8:22).
What we haven’t talked about is what to do after you receive your harvest. Our tendency is to plant our seeds in faith, speak and pray over them in faith and watch them grow in faith. When the harvest does come, we praise God for it, then quickly forget the fact that God is the one who brought our harvest. This doesn’t make us evil, but we should never forget where our success comes from.
In Deuteronomy chapter eight Moses warns the people of Israel not to forget God. “Then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God who brought you out from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery,” (Deuteronomy 8:14).
Moses was letting the people know that success and rest were on the way. They were about to be finished wandering through the desert and finally enter into the Promised Land. God was about to bless them in every way possible and they needed to be reminded Who was blessing them.
They needed to remember where the blessing came from because if they became prideful and forgot God, then they would end up becoming slaves all over again. Sadly, that is exactly what happened to the nation of Israel.
We don’t have to follow their example, though.
We don’t have to forget our Heavenly Father after we receive from Him.
Instead, we need to know that God has more than one great harvest for us. He wants us to continually and increasingly receive from Him.
“And we all, with unveiled face, continually seeing as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are progressively being transformed into His image from [one degree of] glory to [even more] glory, which comes from the Lord, [who is] the Spirit,” (2 Corinthians 3:18 Amplified Bible).
His desire for us is to increase and improve for the rest of our lives. He wants the cycle of seedtime and harvest to be one of blessing and success.
The only way we break this cycle is by pride. Pride turns us away from God and toward ourselves. Instead of thanking God for all He’s done, we exalt ourselves.
However, a lifestyle of praise stops pride in its tracks.
Praise keeps the cycle of blessing going. It moves us from one degree of glory to the next, because it gives us the right perspective. Praise keeps our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). As long as we are fixated on God, we will receive what He has for us.
Maybe you haven’t received what you’re believing for yet. That’s alright. It’s on the way. When it does come, receive it with praise and don’t forget your Heavenly Father. Remember, He’s not through blessing you, so don’t stop praising Him.