By Pastor Andrew Bawa
"Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest." - John 4:35
Bible Reading: Exodus 23:16, Leviticus 23: 9-14, Deuteronomy 8:8; 11:10-11; 16:13-15, Matthew 13:4, Genesis 26:1-6, 12-14, John 2:5, 1 Samuel 15:22.
To provoke is to stir up, to stimulate, to give rise or induce or to bring about. You provoke your harvest by "calling those things which are not as though they were." (Romans 4:17)
There are certain things you need to do to provoke your harvest. You must understand and follow the principles of harvest:
Whatever you sow, you shall reap, don't expect to reap what you did not sow.
You reap in the same kind as you had sown.
You reap in a different season from the one you had sown in.
You reap more than you sow.
You reap according to the proportion you have sown.
You reap full harvests: There is no such thing as a partial harvest but the kind of seed you sow determines the kind of harvest you will have.
You cannot do anything about last year's harvest.
Famine is a time of lack, scarcity and drought. Isaac lived in a time of famine, yet he experienced harvest. He knew, understood and followed the principles of harvest.
To provoke your harvest, you must be obedient and move by faith. Total and complete obedience to God results in speedy harvest. The heavens open up to you when you obey God wholeheartedly.
You must act and move by faith. God is not a debtor, he wants to move you forward but you must be willing to be obedient and move when he needs you to.
You may be experiencing stagnancy in an area of your life because of your disobedience or partial obedience. A delayed obedience is disobedience.
If you want to provoke your harvest, obey God.