A Word From Thomas Griffin
I hope you read this until the end because there is a key to unlocking the harvest you’ve already sown into; a key that released abundance in my own life. It only takes one key to open a door, or start an engine, but it takes the right one, so I hope you get all that this email has to offer by reading it through to the end.
2 Corinthians 10:3-4 “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.”
Is there a fortress surrounding your fruit? Recently, I angered some people and I didn’t mean to. The last few times I’ve spoke of all the Lord is doing in our finances, it really burned some people. Sometimes the Lord does things so good, so big, that you just have to share!
I was hurt by the emails that were sent and for the first time since writing you all, I felt the sting of being so transparent with others. I prayed over this. The Lord reminded me of a song based on Psalm 34, “My soul will boast in the Lord, the righteous will hear and be blessed!” and it soothed my soul. How? I figure the response that came from those whom my boasting in the Lord offended, is out of some area in their life that is sore, or sensitive from struggle.
I believe my testimony angered some because it touched an area of struggle that is causing tremendous pain in their lives and that, I understand. Finances can certainly be a pain generator if not surrendered to the Lord.
Have you ever shared a testimony with someone and it seemed to burn them? The reality is their angered response has nothing to do with you and everything to do with the current struggle in their lives. It’s discouraging to get this response, because we want you to rejoice with us in the good things He has done, but we understand not everyone will AND THAT’S OKAY. I get it. I understand why they got upset.
Sure, I could have just entered into peace about this and left it alone…but in my heart of hearts the thought of someone being in pain, in anger, in discouragement over finances moved me to share some revelation, now that I know I can bring relief, and set the captive free. It’s a revelation that has set me free from such dark places, over lack. I found out that it wasn’t just because I didn’t sow enough, or that I didn’t have enough faith that I was experiencing delay of harvest. It was something else altogether.
To those of you who are sowing and sowing and not seeing breakthrough…
Did you know there are things in your life that can hold back your harvest? We (Mandi and I) have had harvest held up for years at times because there were strongholds restricting our harvest. There were entire fortresses surrounding our harvest, keeping it just in sight, but totally out of reach. For many years, I was bound by a strong delusion that came out of my struggle and carnality; a delusion that God was withholding the harvest from me. LIES! Praise the Lord! The truth came (who is Jesus and His word) and set me free.
Encourage yourself in the Lord with this: The bible says He will withhold NO GOOD thing from us.
Psalm 84:11 says, “For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.”
So what then, if not, Him? What holds back the harvest? We were sowing, claiming, expecting, hoping, trusting, and believing His promises and yet still, we did not see returns on our investments. How could this be?
I remember after taking a drive and screaming at the top of my lungs to the Lord about needing a breakthrough, that a still small voice, His still small voice, started speaking to me and leading me into truth. I parked the car and sat on a bench by the lake just a few blocks away from our home and this is what He led me to see…
He showed me that because the truth of His word says He will withhold no good thing, if something good was held up, it wasn’t from His doing. He showed me how I, in error, had accepted delays because I thought they were from the Lord and I wanted to stay submitted. He also reaffirmed to me how important it is to have His words hidden in my heart so that I would not be deceived by delusions, concluded from my Adamic (carnal) nature. Though I have been transformed in heart, I was (am) still being transformed in my mind, by the renewing of my mind through His word. Holy Spirit said that it was time to come to revelation, concluded from the impartation of the mind of Christ. Revelation from the thought factory of Holy Spirit in my being! Isn’t that a cool thought?
I asked the Lord to give me wisdom concerning harvest and sowing. Realizing that if He never fails, and something was failing, there is something other than Him that was out of order. Now seeking truth and order, if I encounter extended delay and the Lord gives me peace about it, I trust, stand, and keep sowing. Sometimes, harvest takes time to make vessels ready to pour it out into us, and sometimes the harvest is ready and we are not.
Why keep sowing? Because there is no loss in the Lord. If I continue to sow even in seasons of appointed delay, then my harvest gathers in His storehouse awaiting a season of release in my life. The good news is … seasons change. There are NO perpetual seasons. It doesn’t stay summer forever, winter forever, or spring. After time, the season changes and we enter into harvest.
HOWEVER…if there is no peace, or the season never changes, I have to look in the God mirror and ask the Lord to reveal strongholds that are holding back the harvest. He led me to do this. I found that delay is like a fever telling you that your body is sick; that something is out of order. Think of pain. It’s not the pain that afflicts you, but it’s the pain and the location of the pain that signals where and how you are hurt. Delay is much like this. If the delay you are encountering is not a seasonal delay, then it is a symptom of something being out of order.
YES! Though God may release the harvest, there may be barriers setup between you and the fruit of your sowing. I’m not telling you what I heard. I’m telling what I’ve experienced and know.
RELEASE THE HARVEST!
If there be any carnality in your deeds done in faith as unto the Lord towards trusting Him to provide and proving Him in His promise, let the Lord uncover strongholds, free you, renew your mind. Repent of thinking the old way.
Consider these things when sowing, that you might do the right thing, the right way…in order and in the soundness of His principles.
Here are some examples of strongholds the Lord revealed to Mandi and I, that once dealt with released the harvest the Lord had prepared, from the seeds we sowed.
Unequally Yoked – Ah, this one got me! Sometimes we were unequally yoked with a certain pastor, a friendship, or a business partner/venture. Regardless of whom (or with whom), if unequally yoked and they have not sown like you have, they cannot participate in your harvest so therein, the Lord will await your disconnection with that relationship.
At times, this was the result of disobedience in disconnecting because we had deep soul ties. The end result is ALWAYS lack and hardening of hearts. Many of the times we held on, He had to harden hearts to get us to disconnect as He originally instructed. Get free from those things that are binding you that are not supposed to be in your life. Let the government of peace from the Lord guide you on this.
Sowing as UNTO MEN – Sometimes in ignorance and a generous heart, I gave to gain favor with men and in a lack of self-honesty, called it sowing unto God. It took the Holy Spirit to illuminate this in my life for me to turn it around. The yield is in the Lord’s hand, not in men. Yes, we pour into men as God directs, but only as it is unto God.
Note: The Bible DOES say to do good unto all men. There is nothing wrong with sowing to your brother, IN THE NAME of the Lord, towards your harvest. God will bless that, too. Give to bless, not to gain favor.
Sowing Into Our Harvest – HUGE MISCONCEPTION! I shudder at how often this is taught and how much it is robbing people. Like sowing unto men, at times we’ve sowed into gain, and not God. We should sow as a sign of trusting God with our gain… not for the sole purpose of gain. This is where MANY PEOPLE ERR. When they sow into their need, for the sake of gain, they reap little and are exhaustedly disappointed. If you struggle with this, let truth illuminate the honesty of your heart, and render self-honesty before the Lord. We repented and started sowing the right way…as unto the Lord and it changed EVERYTHING. Our giving sometimes had been about getting out of our tough financial situation, instead of a release of resource to prove our trust in the Way Maker. We now give as unto the Lord, trusting Him to bring us through tough times. And He has never failed us yet!
Sowing OUR Seed – I think the analogy of the seed as it is commonly used, can sometimes hinder the correct posture of the heart in giving. Because if heard or thought of incorrectly, we can see the seed as ours and not as it really is, from the Lord. If we perceive it to be ours, then we are sacrificing and being rewarded… it ought not to be so. Even false gods promise reward for sacrifice.
The reality is we are returning to the Lord what is ALREADY His, in trust that He is the provider and meets all of our needs according to His riches in glory. This positions Him as our all in all, and not just a rewarder of sacrifice. He provides the seed, and harvest.
Lack of Labor – In times past, after financial catastrophe, we sat hopeless, doing nothing, just awaiting a supernatural lottery. But then I read about Peter… when Jesus came to him and he hadn’t caught any fish. Jesus took what labor Peter was doing, and blessed it. He still had to stretch out his net at the command of the Lord. Some expect to win the fish lottery and have the fish fall from heaven into their boat, when what Jesus really wants is to put the super on the natural for you to receive your harvest. Simply put, don’t stop doing. Let the Lord bless the work of your hands, stir the waters and bring more than you can handle. It is a good thing for a man to enjoy the fruit of his labor. Let God increase the return on investment of your labor like He did for Peter.
Offense – Like with Cain and Abel, we sowed things to the Lord as an offering that were rejected by God, because we had offense with our brother or sister in the Lord. We expected a harvest in vain because our hearts were not in righteousness (right standing) because of being at odds with someone, or having deeply offended someone without an attempt at restitution.
Hopelessness – In a way, this is the greatest insult to the greatest God. There were times where everything crashed. I mean we lost thousands, cars, homes, and the bank account kept rolling more and more into a negative balance. When it seemed like nothing would work… we gave into the pressing. Instead of turning to the Lord and encouraging ourselves in the Lord, we gave into hopelessness. Hopelessness is doubt. It even challenges God’s provision for our lives. It’s doubting His goodness and putting division in our hearts towards Him because He didn’t act in our timing.
The Lord was gracious and brought us through anyway, but through our children, He’s taught us how He feels when your children don’t trust in you enough to take care of them. It’s only happened a few times, but it is not a great feeling and I never ever want to make Abba feel the way that I felt. Always trust His goodness, EVEN if you cannot see His hands working on your behalf.
My friend, TO EVERYTHING, even your harvest, there is a time and a season, and we have to be submitted to that. No matter how long. The success is in the surrender, in trusting the Lord to take care of it, to prove Himself in His sowing principles, in His time, in His way.
I know that every time there was, and is a delay in harvest, it’s an opportunity to search our hearts for strongholds that might be holding back the release of the harvest we sowed for. Other times, it’s simply an opportunity to grow in faith, hope, and trust that there is nothing lost. Your provision is on the way, because you gave in faith trusting the provider. He’s a GOOD, GOOD Father.
Sometimes, there is a little more than just sowing and reaping to financial provision from the Lord. I wanted to share with you the revelation I’ve been given and the wisdom gained that you too, can RELEASE THE HARVEST by letting the Lord root out any stronghold that might be in the way.
Encourage yourself in the Lord, letting the Lord bring increase to your joy and peace that passes understanding. Knowing always that ALL GOOD THINGS come from Him and HE will withhold no good thing from us, the Bible says. I hope this helped you in some way… I’d love to know if it did.
This word brings a lot of clarity to giving, sowing, tithing and still not getting answers or breakthroughs! There are so many thoughts on this subject and it can be hard to know if I give the rent money and trust God to pay it some other way or is it prudent to pay the rent? Just as an example. And what about those strongholds? I think all we hear being taught often is about not robbing God so we try not to but still there is no breakthrough and maybe it is our own strongholds! Many points to ponder here for sure!
Sharing my heart and the heart of the Father from my Prison of Hope! Be blessed and trust God above all. ~ Charlene https://www.facebook.com/Zephyrmorning