PLANT A SEED BY FAITH
By Yolanda Ballard
the Lord! The name of this message is Plant A Seed By Faith.
I pray that these words will be pure words that have flowed from the Father’s heart and not words that have been tainted by my spirit
or soul or that of the evil one, in Jesus name.
When I was asked to bring forth a word for the offering, immediately the Lord started pouring out what I should say.
It might not be the traditional message one would hear at this time but it is what He gave me.
He gave me several thoughts and each thought you could take and pray over and could receive so
much from them that they could transform your life in the area of giving.
1. The first thought He gave me was whatever you do to the least of these you do as unto Him.
This area determines if God can trust you with large sums of money to see whether you would allow them to flow like a river for His kingdom or whether you would hold them back and use them for yourself.
This also determines whether He can trust you with the gifts of His spirit. Will you flow in them bringing glory to yourself, or can He trust you with the great power that brings forth signs, wonders and miracles?
Can He really use you as a vessel that He can trust? Whatever you do to the least of these you are doing as unto Him. It is a good thought to examine the heart with.
second thought was to plant a seed by faith and expect a bumper crop.
It isn’t in the amount of monetary value in that seed but the amount of the faith of God that you attach to it.
Like in the area of dealing with the homeless. They have such a large need that it is overwhelming to make an attempt to help; even if you gave each of them one hundred dollars, would that change their life?
It would last maybe a night in a motel where they could get a shower, sleep in a bed, and get a hot meal. They might not have a car or even clean clothes to go to work. They have nothing.
what are you going to do? How can you help? Most people just avoid them, but if you follow the leading of the Lord and plant a seed, it could only be a dollar, but attaching great faith of God to that dollar could transform one’s life.
For an example when I first met my husband in church, not long before he was homeless. He didn’t have much but he was faithful to go to work. He lived by the principle that one need not beg for bread
that God would provide if you are faithful to follow His leading, and he was faithful.
The Lord led me to buy him a very nice gold ring. I barely knew him, and when I handed him this ring,
I didn’t have the joy one receives when giving a gift to another. God used me only as a vessel to plant a seed into his life for prosperity not knowing that three months later we would be married and that seed would affect my life as well as Lee’s.
After being married for several years Lee ran into a fiery trial and ended up with a large sum of money that he was able to pay off our house, get completely out of debt, buy a brand new Harley Davidson,
and he bought me a brand new Cadillac, which he had confessed that he would one day.
So you can see that one seed following the leading of the Lord can transform one’s life.
All God expects is that we be faithful, yielded and obedient to give whatever the Lord places upon your heart.
3. The third thought He gave me was that
He doesn’t expect sacrifice but that we would only obey.
It is very important to have a close walk with the Lord to be able to discern His voice from that of the enemy.
Many people have sacrificed a lot. They sacrificed much of their time and money and it wasn’t by the leading of the Lord. It was through the pressure of man. They might have planted a seed that was to be their electric bill,
or their rent, or they might have given so much time that it affected their marriage.
So you see that if we do not follow the leading of the Lord those seeds that we plant will not bring forth good
fruit for yourself or the kingdom of God because God is not in them. When we are prompted to do something that God is not leading us to do, it’s not going to benefit His kingdom at all.
need to examine our hearts to see what is the true motivation for what you do. Is it the pressure that comes through man, or the enemy, or is it from the grace that flows from the heart of God?
does not look upon the outward actions but looks to the motives of the heart.
We need to separate the true flow of His spirit and obey that.
is important to cast down all other thoughts that are just vain empty imaginings that will not bring forth good fruit.
If one would only obey God by placing His kingdom first, then all of his own needs
would be met.
Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.
When you see a need, give it to the Lord, and watch Him work out all the circumstances, and bring it forth in His timing and in His way.
It is all about Him and His kingdom, and He provides
for His own plans and purposes. When we get in the way, we just thwart them. I looked up the word, thwart, and it means to oppose successfully, to prevent from accomplishing a purpose, to frustrate or baffle a plan. God’s ways are so
much higher than ours!
Well, that is all that I received, and I give it to the Lord and plant this word as a seed, and I add faith to it because it is God’s words and He will bring forth the fruit
from them, in Jesus name.
If we take each of these thoughts and prayed over them allowing the Lord to do a work in our heart, I am sure that they would transform our own life in the area of giving. When
you give with a pure heart, whatever you sow surely you shall reap.
By Yolanda Ballard
AT THE FATHER'S FEET