The Rules of Reaping A Harvest

There’s nothing better than the thrill of harvest time! If you’ve ever been in a town where crops have recently been harvested and sold at a good price, you know the streets are full of joyful people. Everyone is smiling and shouting greetings to each other. They are busy enjoying the fruits of their labor!

That’s the way we, as seed-sowing believers, ought to be today. We should have our “reaping” faith in gear and our minds on the harvest. Yet, we seem to have concentrated on the sowing process without giving a thought to how the harvest will come in.

Jesus is the Lord of the Harvest. He called Himself that in Luke 10:2. The problem is, many believers don’t take their faith to the harvest. They’ve gotten stuck instead on the seed-sowing part. They say, “I just keep sowing…and sowing…and sowing, but nothing is happening.”

Why do some believers seem to reap a grand harvest, while others are left wondering what happened? It’s simple, really. The ones who reap the harvest are those who have figured out that the laws of abundance overcome the rules and laws of the world. They’ve learned to operate in the rules of reaping.

Do you need a harvest in your life? If you’re ready to live in the blessings of the Lord, here are six rules of reaping to help you become a master harvester:

1. Reaping Is Not Automatic

“A wise youth harvests in the summer, but one who sleeps during harvest is a disgrace.”–Proverbs 10:5

You’ve likely heard much about the importance of sowing. Certainly, you cannot reap if you do not sow. To expect a harvest without planting seed is like a farmer who sits on his porch and says, “I believe in cotton, so this year I’m going to sit here and believe for a harvest. I’m not going to plant any seed; I’m just going to believe for a harvest.” He can sit there forever, but he will not reap a harvest until he plants the seed.

But once we’ve sown, we have much to do in the meantime to call in our harvest.

Consider the farmer who invests time and money planting a crop. Then, at harvest time, he simply sits on the porch and watches it rot in the field. Our response would be, “That’s crazy!” Unfortunately, that is the way some Christians think. Many sow their seed, then just wait for God to reap the harvest, but that is not the way it works.

A harvest doesn’t just jump from the field to the barn. Someone must go out and reap it. And that someone is us!

Why, then, aren’t all of us producing bumper crops every season? Because we are sitting around waiting for God to do all the work. We sow the seed, God produces the increase, then we reap the harvest.

2.Reaping Requires Faith

“Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant. If they watch every cloud, they never harvest.” –Ecclesiastes 11:4

Are you waiting for that “perfect” moment to sow? When all the bills are paid, you’ve had your fill, and there is an overflow left over that you don’t need today?

To reap a harvest, you must first have faith in your seed. If you sow seed in faith, you KNOW you will reap. People who continually keep their eyes fixed on negative conditions will fail to sow or will lose faith in their seed.

Galatians 6:9 says, “So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit” (MSG).

If you’re a sower, and you’ve gotten discouraged, that’s like digging up your seed, especially if you say, “It’s not working for me.” When discouragement tries to come on you, rebuke it and say what you believe—speak the truth from the Word of God. Believe God for your healing, your financial needs to be met and healing in your relationships; and then don’t quit.

Our harvest does not depend on the weather or the economy. We are meant to harvest year-round!

You can live IN the harvest and ON the harvest! To do so, you can’t quit sowing, you can’t quit saying, you can’t quit believing…you can’t quit harvesting. This is the cycle of ABUNDANCE.

3.Tithing Protects Our Harvest

“Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the firstfruits of all your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.” –Proverbs 3:9-10, NKJV

One of the most important rules of reaping is tithing. A good harvester is a tither because tithing is the key to your seed being blessed. When we tithe, not only are we honoring God with the first 10 percent of our income, we are inviting Him into our circumstances.

In Malachi 3:10-11, NKJV, we learn the benefits of tithing.

•It opens “the windows of heaven” and sends rain on the seed you’ve sown.

•It opens the door for God to “rebuke the devourer” for your sake and keep him from destroying the fruit of your ground.

•It prevents pests from devouring your crops and fruit from falling from your vines.

What does this mean? When you tithe, the devil can’t steal your crop!

4. Know When to Reap

“As you look around right now, wouldn’t you say that in about four months it will be time to harvest? Well, I’m telling you to open your eyes and take a good look at what’s right in front of you. These Samaritan fields are ripe. It’s harvest time!” –John 4:35, MSG

Every crop has a season for planting and another for harvesting. The same is true in the spirit realm. When you first plant your seed, you don’t get out your sickle and try to start reaping the moment the first little blade of faith appears. You have to be patient and let the Word finish its work. You have to wait for your faith crop to ripen. As you do, God will begin opening doors of opportunity to you—showing you when to harvest.

Timing is important! That’s why Ecclesiastes 3:2 says there is “a right time to plant and another to reap” (MSG).

So, how do we know when to reap?

One way we know something is ripe is when it just falls off the tree. That’s true in the natural and the spirit realm. When the time for your harvest has come, things just start working. Circumstances fall miraculously into line. People just start doing their best to help you in that area. It becomes obvious: THE BLESSING has done its work, and harvest time is here!

5. Know Where to Reap

“Isaac planted crops in that land and took in a huge harvest. God blessed him. The man got richer and richer by the day until he was very wealthy.” [This was during a time of famine.] –Genesis 26:12, MSG

When we sow, it’s important that we do so in good soil. But, unlike natural farmers, we do not always return to the same place we planted seed to receive the harvest. So, how do we know where to go and reap our bounty?

The Lord will show you where your harvest is located, and it may not be where you expected. Staying in tune with Him is important during this time, so you won’t miss the door of opportunity that He opens to you.

In Luke 5:1-11, we see that Peter nearly missed his harvest. Why?

Peter sowed his boat to Jesus to allow Him to preach. When He was done speaking, Jesus told Peter to let down his nets to reap a harvest of fish. But Peter replied, “We worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.”

Jesus was telling him where to find his harvest. It takes obedience and ears to hear to allow God to point you in the right direction toward the right opportunity, so you will be in the right place at the right time.

Look for your harvest in great and new opportunities. Resist the temptation to predetermine where and how they will come. Just believe, and you will receive!

6. Leave Nothing Behind

“They will get back one hundred times as much now at this time.” –Mark 10:30, NLV

Do you want to receive all that God has for you? To receivemeans “to take; to seize; lay hold of, claim and procure.” It’s not a passive process—it’s very active.

Every seed you’ve ever sown will reap a harvest—no matter how long it has been out there. Think back on all your tithing and sowing. There is a harvest to reap from every single seed. Part of reaping every harvest is believing it is coming to you. Don’t leave spiritual crops in the field. If you haven’t thought of yourself as a harvester until now, start thinking of yourself that way. Roll up your spiritual sleeves and get to work—it’s harvest time!

A Prayer for True Comfort – Your Daily Prayer

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16

The hill of comfort is the hill that is called The Skull or Calvary; the house of consolation is built with the wood of the cross; the temple of heavenly blessing is based upon the riven rock–riven by the spear that pierced His side. No scene in sacred history ever gladdens the soul like Calvary’s tragedy.

Light springs from the midday-midnight of Golgotha, and every herb of the field blooms sweetly beneath the shadow of the once accursed tree. In that place of thirst, grace has dug a fountain that runs continually with water pure as crystal, each drop capable of alleviating the woes of mankind. You who have had your seasons of conflict will confess that it was not at Olivet that you ever found comfort, not on the hill of Sinai, nor on Tabor; but Gethsemane and Golgotha have been a means of comfort to you. The bitter herbs of Gethsemane have often taken away the pains in your life; and the groans of Calvary yield rare and rich comfort.

We never would have known Christ’s love in all its heights and depths if He had not died; nor could we guess the Father’s deep affection if He had not given His Son to die. The common mercies we enjoy all sing of love, just as the seashell, when we put it to our ears, whispers the sounds of the deep sea from which it came; but if we desire to hear the ocean itself, we must not look at everyday blessings, but at the transactions of the crucifixion. If you want to know love, then go afresh to Calvary and see the Man of Sorrows die.

Heavenly Lord, may we never forget that neither height nor depth, nor angels nor demons, not even death itself can separate us from your love. As we meditate on your sacrifice and the grace you showed us, may we demonstrate the same compassion toward our neighbors. Amen.

4 Keys to World-Changing Prayer

As believers, we are called to go from glory to glory, yet we seem to witness a world that goes from chaos to chaos and injustice to injustice. We know we need to pray for our nation and the world, but sometimes it seems difficult to know where to start. It’s easy to pray for our friends and family, and even our church; but can we really take on the whole world from our own personal prayer closet?

We find the answer in two great events in history when Christians joined together in prayer for a mighty move of God in the United States.

Known as the Great Awakenings, these events awakened the church from its slumber and caused revival to sweep across the land with miracles, signs and wonders. The first occurred in the late 1700s when there was much immorality and unrest (sound familiar?). Then, in the early 1800s, America once again faced a dark time when the Word of God had gone cold in the hearts of the people and churches were not preaching the whole gospel of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit broke through and transformed this country.

How powerful were these awakenings? The first led to the American Revolution and the second ended slavery.

You may be thinking, We sure could use a Great Awakening today! Well, there is good news for us—a third great awakening has been prophesied and is expected by the Church.

The word of the Lord to Brother Copeland said this:

This is the time that has been prophesied about. And at stake here is not only your welfare in the land, but also My move in the end times, of a great awakening, saith The LORD. And it is that awakening that will save this land and others like it, for it is the time of the coming of The LORD. And you will rise up, and you will be My Name, you will be My power, and I will manifest Myself through you. And many shall come and say, Surely, He is the God of all good.

This is an exciting time to be a believer! We can expect to see a mighty move of God in this next great awakening, but we must remember that we have been called to take an active role—we cannot sit idly by and simply hope it will come to pass.

You may be asking yourself, Can I possibly be part of such a great move of God? The simple answer is YES—you can! Your prayers are much more powerful than you may realize.

To help you get started, here are four keys to bring world-changing prayer right into your living room:

1. Recognize Your Authority

“Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy.” –Luke 10:19(NKJV)

The best part of that verse? We have authority over all the power of the enemy. Have you ever really stopped and thought about that? That’s a lot of authority! But authority is only powerful if the one standing in it knows how to use it. A police officer is given authority by the government, but if he doesn’t use his authority, it is worthless.

That’s why the devil wants to keep us in the dark about how much power we really have. He knows that if we ever find out the true extent of our power, especially collectively, we won’t just change the world—we’ll bring the glory of God—which is something he doesn’t want to see happen.

Passivity won’t get the job done—we have to be bold in taking our authority over the enemy in every area of our lives—including the nation where we live.

How do we take authority over our nation?

We pray against the move of darkness in America. We curse every work of the devil at the root in Jesus’ Name. We cast down the weapons formed against the Word of God and the pursuit of righteousness, and take authority over the plots and plans of the enemy against this great country.

Then, we pray for outpourings from the Holy Spirit, including miracles, signs and wonders. We pray for God’s will to come to pass and for eyes to be opened to the salvation of the Lord. And we expect to see a great awakening that will transform our nation and our people.

2. Pray for Government Leaders

“I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.” –1 Timothy 2:1-2

Notice in this verse the words first of all. Often, our firstinclination is to complain or ridicule leaders who do not live up to our expectations. But the Bible is clear—the first thing we are to do is pray for them. Then, even when it is tempting to do so, “Don’t bad-mouth your leaders, not even under your breath” (Ecclesiastes 10:20, MSG).

“But our country seems too far gone. I don’t think my prayers will make a difference,” you might argue. With political parties at odds and protests breaking out across America, it may seem that our nation is more divided than ever. But we serve the God who is in the business of healing—even nations. Remember, politicians are not the answer. We need an awakening to God.

He makes the crooked places straight and the rough places smooth (Luke 3:5), and He wants to do the same thing in America and in our world. The Bible is clear that we are to believe for the impossible where our country is concerned and pray for our leaders, whether we agree with them or not, if we want to live in peace and see righteousness reign.

Where can you start?

Pray for President Trump, his family, staff and cabinet members. Pray that the Lord will strengthen them with wisdom, cause them to seek Him, and help them stand against wickedness and deception and pursue righteousness.

Ask the Lord to guide President Trump’s decisions and to surround him with godly counselors who will impart wisdom to him.

Then, do the same for your governor, senators, city council members and school board members. We need wisdom from the top all the way down!

3. Seek Unity

“Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” –1 Corinthians 1:10 (NKJV)

Throughout the Bible, we see a mighty move of God whenever His people were in one accord. That’s why Jesus said, “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20, NKJV). There is power in unity!

So, why does the Body of Christ suffer divisions?

We’re powerful together and the enemy knows it. Satan is the great divider—the author of the spirit of strife. His mission? Divide and conquer. Divide us over anything and everything—doctrine, politics, race—you name it.

Our job? Don’t take the bait.

So, determine to come together in the unity of faith and pray collectively for the next great awakening. Walk in love and refuse to fall prey to division and isolation. And pray for unity in the Body of Christ. It is our united prayers that will change the world.

4. Stand and Believe

“Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith.” –1 Corinthians 16:13

There is only one way to reshape our world—prayer. Not just any prayer. The faith-filled, persevering prayer that stands for victory even when there is no sign of change.

It was the faith and strength of believers in the past that brought on the Great Awakenings, founded our country and brought a revival that ushered millions into the kingdom of God.

World-overcoming prayer stands on 2 Chronicles 7:14 and believes God, who said, “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (NKJV).

Will you join God’s prayer army? Will you stand and believe for the next great awakening? Let’s come boldly to the throne of grace and call in the next great awakening!

Seeking God through Prayer

Learning to seek the face of God is the foundation for experiencing the amazing life Jesus died to give us. We have available to us through Christ all the wonders, excellencies, and satisfaction we can fathom. God has granted us grace upon grace, mercy upon mercy, affection upon affection, and love upon love. When we pursue him through all the avenues available to us, a door is opened in which we discover all our heavenly Father longs to give us. May you grow in your pursuit of God this week as we study various ways we’ve been given to seek his face.


The fact that God listens to us as his children changes the landscape of prayer from empty phrases uttered into the abyss to direct communication with the Creator and Sustainer of all. When you pray you are heard by your heavenly Father. And it’s because he listens to us that prayer is one of the most wonderful and powerful avenues to pursue him. May we learn to dialogue in greater ways with our heavenly Father as we open our hearts to all he would show us today about prayer.

Matthew 6:7-8 says, “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” Jesus inaugurated an entirely new perspective on prayer. Prior to Jesus, God’s people would pray out of obligation or ritual, begging a seemingly distant God to move on their behalf. Jesus taught that God knows our needs before we even ask. He taught that God is a good Father who longs to respond to the needs of his children. And in John 15:7 he taught, “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” God’s desire is to respond favorably to our prayers. He always has our absolute best in mind and longs to satisfy the desires of our hearts.

The key to effective communication with God is first to trust that he is a good Father who listens and longs to answer the prayers of his children. After gaining proper perspective, we need to spend significant time allowing God to fill us with his desires for us, fashioning our hearts into a reflection of his. God will not give you what he knows is less than his best. Rather, he longs to fill you with a desire for what is best for you, then come along and satisfy that desire in magnificent and miraculous ways as you pray.

Jeremiah 33:3 says, “Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” When you call out to your heavenly Father, trust that he will answer you. He longs to fill you with the knowledge and desire for his will. He longs to speak with you. You can have his heart and know how he feels. The Holy Spirit who dwells within you longs to reveal to you the perfect plans of your heavenly Father.

Spend time in prayer listening for the heartbeat of God and allowing him to fill you with the knowledge of his will.

1. Meditate on God’s purposes for prayer.Allow Scripture to fill you with trust and faith in your God’s ability to both listen and speak to you.

“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” Matthew 6:7-8

“If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” John 15:7

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27

2. Ask the Spirit to fill you with a knowledge of God’s desires for you. Where do you need God’s wisdom? What part of your life doesn’t seem to be marked by the work of God? Where do you need peace, joy, and purpose?

“Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” Jeremiah 33:3

“Let me hear what God the Lord will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints; but let them not turn back to folly.” Psalm 85:8

3. Pray in accordance with God’s will. Pray with boldness after you discover God’s heart for your need, knowing that he hears you and will respond to your prayer perfectly.

In his book, Power through Prayer, E. M. Bounds shares incredible wisdom on a lifestyle of prayer. May his words guide you into a deeper connection with your heavenly Father today:

The men who have done the most for God in this world have been early on their knees. He who fritters away the early morning, its opportunity and freshness, in other pursuits than seeking God will make poor headway seeking Him the rest of the day. If God is not first in our thoughts and efforts in the morning, He will be in the last place the remainder of the day.

Extended Reading: Matthew 6

7 Tips to Improve Communication in Your Marriage

“Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets” (Matthew 7:12).

The idea of treating others the way we want to be treated sounds easy enough, doesn’t it? And yet, nowhere in life is this more tested than in marriage. To the person we’ve entered into covenant with, the idea of loving, honoring and cherishing them with our words as well as our actions sometimes becomes challenging.

We struggle to control our tongues, and instead, we can succumb to the temptation to lash out when difficulties arise or life becomes hectic. One sharp response leads to another and then another. Before long, we’ve developed a habit that brings only anger, pain and sadness. If you want to improve your marriage so it reflects a more loving and kind communication style, then here are seven tips to get you started.

 

1. Respond in Love, Not Anger

The enemy loves to stir up strife, and one of the best ways to do that is to entice you to give in to anger. Proverbs 14:29 wisely tells us, “People with understanding control their anger; a hot temper shows great foolishness.” Foolishness has no place in our marriages. That’s not to say that we can’t address issues that need addressing or speak our minds. In fact, it’s dangerous to the health of our marriages if we don’t, but when we address issues, we should do so in love, not in anger. Our goal should never be to punish or cause pain, but rather, to bridge our differences and bring about godly understanding.

 

2. Believe the Best

As spouses, we play unique roles in the life of our mates—as encouragers, truth-tellers and prayer warriors, just to name a few. Our spouses need us in their corner. They need us to believe that they are doing their best at work and at home. Their best may fall short of perfection, but everyone’s does, even our own. Instead of expecting the worst, anticipating their shortcomings, or worse, throwing their shortcomings up in their face, we can stand in faith believing that they are doing all they can to be the best possible spouses and parents. It’s one more way we can live out the Golden Rule.

 

3. Forgive… Completely

“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven” (Luke 6:37). Marriage will absolutely give us chances to practice walking in forgiveness. If we have truly forgiven our spouses of their shortcomings and mistakes, then we won’t return to former wounds when we have an argument. No, if we forgive, then we will put the incident in the past and refuse to dwell on it. And when that incident comes to our minds, instead of dwelling on it or giving the enemy a foothold in our marriage, we can proclaim, “I have forgiven that, and I refuse to dwell on it. I plead the blood of Jesus over that memory and that offense, and I make the quality decision by faith to put it behind me.”

4. Speak Kindly to Your Spouse

As believers, we know there is power in the words we speak. Proverbs 18:21 tells us that the words we speak “can bring death or life” (Proverbs 18:21). In relation to our spouses, our words can either build them up so that they can effectively accomplish God’s plan for their lives, or our words can tear them down. We must recognize that we wield an immense power in their lives. Therefore, we should speak kindly when we talk to them and refuse to give into flippant, hurtful, accusatory or even sarcastic words.

 

5. Speak Kindly About Your Spouse

Just as important as it is for us to speak kindly to our spouses, it’s equally important to speak kindly about them. How we speak about them will affect how we and others perceive them. If we want others to love and respect our spouses as much as we do, we must commit to speaking kindly and respectfully about them.

 

6. Communicate Openly and Honestly

Good communication is key in marriage, but it doesn’t always come naturally. If you need help learning how to communicate effectively—with kindness, openness and honesty—then you should find a marriage seminar through your local church, meet with a Spirit-led counselor to help you learn, or find a respected mentor to encourage you.

 

7. Disagree Honorably

Disagreements will happen in marriage. It’s simply part of two people living together for any length of time. However, those disagreements don’t have to become abusive or destructive. No, we can disagree honorably and openly by addressing our points of view without succumbing to destructive accusations. We can eliminate words like always and never from our communication. For instance, we can avoid saying things like, “You never spend time with my family,” “You never stick to our budget,” “You’re always late,” or “You’re always critical of the kids!” A good Spirit-led counselor can assist us in learning how to disagree honorably, thus strengthening our marriages instead of weakening them.

 

Good communication in marriage is a practiced art. It doesn’t happen overnight. In fact, it can take years to master. As you work to improve, put these seven tips into practice in your marriage. And if you find that you need the additional help of a respected mentor or counselor, you can look to your local church for recommendations. If you have yet to find a strong faith-based church,visit KCM’s Partner Churches page for listings. May our marriages—like everything else in our lives—bring glory and honor to the Lord!

YOU HAVE BEEN SET FREE

The celebration of Independence Day by our nation each year ushers in a time of rest, enjoyment, great food and even greater displays of fireworks. All across the land you can witness the elaborate display of our independence. But in life, we have another kind of independence that carries with it even more blessings and rights than our national independence.

I call it spiritual independence.

If you have named the name of Christ as your only Lord and Savior, you have declared independence from the rule of sin and Satan over your life. You have been set free. As Colossians 1:13 tells us, “For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son.”

Having declared spiritual independence from the rule of Satan, though, you may be wondering why you are still in a fight. You may be curious why it often feels you are still in a battle. Just like America didn’t secure her freedom simply by asking or declaring it to be so, Satan is not about to let you go without putting up his opposition.

Satan knows that when and if he lets you out from under his influence, you become too dangerous to his agenda. Instead of him telling you what to do,you will be telling him what you are going to do. That doesn’t sit well with Satan at all. Even though you have been legally set free from the reign of sin in your life, Satan does not want you to beexperientially set free.

It’s one thing to have a status of freedom; it’s another thing entirely to experience it.

My hope for you, dear friend, is that you will be brought into the full realization and experience ofYOUR spiritual freedom. Jesus Christ, through the apostle John, wrote a message to the seven churches of Asia Minor where He addresses your freedom in a number of ways. Now, before we dive in, I want to point out that throughout the book of Revelation, the number SEVEN comes up regularly. We read there are:

  • Seven churches (1:4, 11, 20)
  • Seven golden lampstands (1:12-13, 20; 2:1)
  • Seven stars (1:16, 20; 2:1; 3:1)
  • Seven spirits (1:4; 3:1; 4:5; 5:6)
  • Seven lamps (4:5)
  • Seven seals (5:1, 5)
  • Seven horns (5:6)

These are just a few of the mentions of seven in Revelation. There are many more. The number seven in the Bible is the number of completeness and fullness. When the number SEVEN is used, it often means things have reached their full expression. It is also the number often used to signify perfection. When we see Jesus writing to these SEVEN churches, we can infer that He wants them to be complete, fulfilled and not lacking. Therefore, He gives each of the SEVEN churches specific areas in which to improve. In a sense, He is saying to them, “If you strive in each of these areas, you will have overcome completely.”

Even though each church has its own uniqueness, problems, pressures and burdens—the message is actually very much the same to all. This is why even though each of us comes to this study and teaching series with different needs and issues—some may be emotional, others physical, circumstantial, financial, career-based and more—the solution rests in the same concept.

While the specificity of everyone’s situation will need to be addressed differently, the overarching solution lies in one approach. We read it several times in these passages in Revelation:

  • He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. (2:7)
  • He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. (2:11)
  • He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. (2:17)
  • He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. (2:29)
  • He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. (3:6)
  • He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. (3:13)
  • He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. (3:22)

SEVEN times Christ says the same exact thing, “He who has an ear, let him hear.” Every one of His messages—although each is to a different group of people who have a different set of problems—boils down to the same common solution.

This implies that it is possible to have an ear and not hear. It is possible to get the audio and watch the video and still not get the truth. He is saying that whoever has the capacity to receive the data ought to take heed to it. Because the hearing with the ear has as its goal the heeding of the truth.

All of us have things we need to overcome. These are challenges, circumstances, emotions, habits or situations that are holding us down. But guess what? God not only wants you to overcome life’s scenarios, He has provided the way for you to do just that. Isn’t it time you experienced your complete spiritual victory and freedom?