James 5:7 - Therefore be patient, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. Behold, the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the soil, being patient concerning it until it receives the early and late rains.

1.    Faith in the laws of the Lord

Genesis 8: 21, 22
21      And Yahweh smelled the soothing fragrance, and Yahweh said to himself, “Never again will I curse the ground for the sake of humankind, because the inclination of the heart of humankind is evil from his youth. Nor will I ever again destroy all life as I have done.
22      [As long as the earth endures, seed and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will not cease.

       Laws of sowing and reaping
       They are universal and unchanging
       Even if one does not believe, or disagrees, universal laws does not change
       Our arguments cannot change them
       We are bound to live by the laws

The laws that:

1.      There is a time for sowing and reaping

Eclessiastes 3:1,2
1 For everything there is an appointed time, a time for every matter under heaven:
2 a time to bear and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to root up what is planted;

2.      You reap only if you sow

Proverbs 20. 4 The lazy person will not plow in season;
he will expect at the harvest, but there will be nothing.

Genesis 26. 1And there was a famine in the land, besides the former famine which was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Abimelech, king of the Philistines, to Gerar.

Genesis 26. 12  - 13
12 And Isaac sowed in that land and reaped in that same year a hundredfold, and Yahweh blessed him.
13 And the man became wealthier and wealthier until he was exceedingly wealthy.

3.             You reap what you sow

Galatians 6. 7, 8
7 Do not be deceived: God is not to be mocked, for whatever a person sows, this he will also reap,
8 because the one who sows to his own flesh will reap corruption from the flesh, but the one who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit.

2.             Willing to invest (sacrifice)

1.      In accordance with the laws of the universe the farmer sows first
2.      The farmer sows the best he has saved from the last harvest
3.      Only the best can produce the best
4.      He sows even in hard times
5.      He knows well that sowing is not a happy time

Psalms 126: 5, 6
5 Those who sow with tears shall reap with rejoicing.
6 He who diligently goes out with weeping, carrying the seed bag, shall certainly come in with rejoicing, carrying his sheaves.

6.      It is hard to give up what is left in the store
7.      It is hard to trust the uncertainty of a better harvest.
8.      But you reap only if you sow

3.    Persevere

    Long patience
    Waiting on the lord
    Patiently waiting by faith on the lord and His laws

God’s promises have an innate power to fulfil themselves.

Isaiah 55. 10, 11
10   For just as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and they do not return there except they have watered the earth thoroughly and cause it to bring forth and sprout, and give seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
11   so shall be my word that goes out from my mouth. It shall not return to me without success, but shall accomplish what I desire and be successful in the thing for which I sent it.

Proverbs 21. 5 The plans of the diligent only lead to abundance, but all who are hasty, only to want.

4.    Nurturing his dream
The seed
The plant
Nurturing is caring and protecting.

God’s promises
God’s promises have the characteristics of the first part of God’s covenants.
He never changes His covenants and promises

Genesis 15. 5 And he brought him outside and said, “Look toward the heavens and count the stars if you are able to count them.” And he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”

Nurturing is protecting too.

Protect from the enemies to your dreams.
From carnivorous wild animals to little foxes are waiting to destroy your dream.

Songs of Solomon 2. 15 Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes destroying vineyards, for our vineyards are in blossom!

5.        Hard work + patience + God' blessing

Hard work always returns with reward.
Perspiration is always associated with reward.
It is God’ law.

Genesis 3. 17 – 19
17 And to Adam he said, “Because you listened to the voice of your wife and you ate from the tree from which I forbade you to eat, the ground shall be cursed on your account. In pain you shall eat from it all the days of your life.
18 And thorns and thistles shall sprout for you, and you shall eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your brow you shall eat bread, until your return to the ground. For from it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

The early rain and latter rain

Proverbs 10. 4, 5
4 A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent enriches.
5 He who gathers in the summer is a child who is prudent; he who sleeps at the harvest is a child who brings shame.

Proverbs 10. 22 The blessing of Yahweh makes one rich,
and he does not increase sorrow with it.

Proverbs 21. 5 The plans of the diligent only lead to abundance, but all who are hasty, only to want.

6.        Reap at the harvest time

Proverbs 10. 5.He who gathers in the summer is a child who is prudent; he who sleeps at the harvest is a child who brings shame.

7.        A farmer never accepts failure
    He sows again and again even if he fails to reap

Ecclesiasts11.4 – 6
  Whoever watches the wind will not sow; whoever watches the clouds will not reap.
  Just as you do not know how the path of the wind goes, nor how the bones of a fetus form in a mother’s womb,so you do not know the work of God who makes everything.
  Sow your seed in the morning, and do not let your hands rest in the evening, for you do not know what will prosper— whether this or that, or whether both of them alike will succeed.

Galatians 6. 9-10  
9   And let us not grow weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap, if we* do not give up.
10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who belong to the household of faith.


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