Posted by: Jerry Lindsey on Thu, Dec 24, 2009
￼Before the harvest can take place, the Church must be revived. Unlike all the glitter and hoopla often seen at controlled revivals, or man-ordained revivals, God-given revival starts with an inward working of the Holy Spirit. Man has perverted the true attributes of God-given revival. Revival from the Lord is a cutting away of the old, dead limbs, a pruning. The fruit to be seen is repentance from dead works, and a recommitted love for Jesus Christ. (2 Pet 3:9)"The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." Sometimes it doesn't look like the traditional revival because the church membership decreases. Those who will not submit to the work of the Holy Spirit will fall away. Any and all who will call upon the mercy of God through the Lord Jesus Christ will be changed. Once the work of revival has made ready, a great harvest of souls will pour in.
As the time of harvest draws closer, we must keep in mind that there have been tares planted in with the wheat. The wise harvester must have the heart and eye of a wise, loving shepherd. Remember, it is at harvest time that the wheat and the tares are separated. As we are in the midst of these changes, we must keep watch in the Spirit that neither the crop nor the reapers would be destroyed. The saints of God must stay clothed in the whole Armor of God and trained in discernment so that they do not fall prey to the enemy's devices. (2 Cor 2:11) "Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices."
Two types of spirits that are sent to work against the revival and the harvest are the spirit of witchcraft and the pharisaic spirit. The spirit of witchcraft has always been recognized in the Bible as rebellion. As God is preparing us, we must not try to understand everything that is happening with our natural reasoning. The carnal mind is an enemy of God; its nature is to rebel. If the spirit of witchcraft can, it will persuade people to do their own will and make them think what they are doing is not offensive to God. The other extreme is the work of the pharisaic or religious spirit. The Pharisee follows strictly the traditions and laws handed down through his religion. This type of spirit would persuade people to think they are justified by doing what they think is good and right. Jesus said: (Mat 5:20) "For I say unto you, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven." The grace, mercy, and righteousness of God is obtained through repentance. When our righteousness is based solely upon our own goodness, we are not fit for the Kingdom of God, much less prepared to join in the harvest.
Will the potential by going into the field to glean the harvest, as Ruth did before her betrothal to Boaz? Will she count herself of low estate before men, that she may be exalted by God? Will she forsake all that in the natural could be called her own life? The quest is great and demanding, but don't get discouraged. Even in the natural there is great joy and expectation to go along with the hard work as a harvest is about to be gathered. The Lord has called us to a time of celebration, as well as a time of preparation. Take joy in the Lord and make ready for the harvest. Hallelujah!
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