What's 1 of your goals in 2018?
The purpose of the lesson today is to show us how to prepare for the year of the harvest!
Genesis 26:12 NLT When Isaac planted his crops that year, he harvested a hundred times more grain than he planted, for the Lord blessed him.
2018 has been declared the year of the Harvest! Harvest means "yield from a growing season, the result of any act, process or event. To gain, win." We are believing that we are going to reap a harvest for everything we have sown. There are specific instruction God has given us to see a harvest in our lives, families, relationships, businesses, and more!
Q1 - Take time to talk about some areas of your life you are seeking God for a harvest. (health, family, finances, job, school, personal, etc)
How do we get a harvest?
1. expect it!
We will never get a spiritual harvest without faith!
Hebrews 11:1 (GW) Faith assures us of things we expect and convinces us of the existence of things we cannot see.
Q2- Faith is the assurance that we will receive what we are expecting. Why do you believe faith is necessary to seeing a harvest next year?
Q3 - What are you expecting and sure will come in 2018?
2. proclaim it!
Proclaim that this is the year of the Harvest!
John 4:35 NLT You know the saying, ‘Four months between planting and harvest.’ But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest.
Q4 - Your harvest is in your mouth. We can either speak promises or curses in our future. In what way can we improve the way we've been speaking?
Q5 - Take time to proclaim something about the new year that will be different from the last year.
3. Prepare for it!
Before a harvest comes preparation!
John 2:3-10 NLT
3 The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother told him, “They have no more wine.”
4 “Dear woman, that’s not our problem,” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.”
5 But his mother told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
6 Standing nearby were six stone water jars, used for Jewish ceremonial washing. Each could hold twenty to thirty gallons. 7 Jesus told the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” When the jars had been filled, 8 he said, “Now dip some out, and take it to the master of ceremonies.” So the servants followed his instructions.
9 When the master of ceremonies tasted the water that was now wine, not knowing where it had come from (though, of course, the servants knew), he called the bridegroom over. 10 “A host always serves the best wine first,” he said. “Then, when everyone has had a lot to drink, he brings out the less expensive wine. But you have kept the best until now!”
Q6 - Jesus turned the water into wine after they prepared jars will water. What can you begin preparing in your life to see God produce a harvest?
Q7- What instructions have you already received today to prepare you for the harvest next year?
Sunday, December 31st on New Year's Eve we were able to see hundreds of people baptized! We saw ex-prison inmates, single mothers, children, and more declare and make a statement of their faith in Jesus through baptism. Let's continue making an impact in so many lives around us this new year!
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Take time this week to pray and seek God, then write down your goals for 2018! Trust and believe that God is bringing us into the year of the harvest. Practice expecting it to happen, proclaiming it, and preparing for it!