913 Follows 911

913 Follows 911

913 Follows 911 may not make sense to you know. To understand it, listen to this story about a farmer out on his porch in his rocking chair looking out at the fields, saying "It's gonna be a fine day."

Host Dr. Steve Greene teaches in this episode God is bringing you to your 913 seasons of harvest. Based on Amos 9:13, you will learn there is no harvest without sowing and to be passionate, commit to getting the seed planted. Click to play to hear more on your favor of harvest.

21 Minutes • 5 months ago

Episode Notes

At Work With God

With Dr. Steve Greene

The Farmer’s Harvest

Prayer: Lord thank you for coming into darkness and giving us light. Thank you for making the blind able to see. We thank you that we see Jesus this morning in our hearts and our minds and the work that is set before us we see Jesus. We know that you're in this place that you're in this mission. Father, we’re thankful to be called and chosen to participate and to use the gifts that we've been given to shed light to others. Help us to be like sharers and not hoarders, to give away all the we've been given that you might be glorified. We pray that our work will honor you all that we say and do, especially that that’s not seen by others, Lord, in our privacy, in our small emails to one who's asked us for a favor that we reach out to them in a way that those private and unseen is significant and meaningful. We thank you for the so many that write to us from throughout the country, just to say thank you for the light of a magazine or a book, that something we've done as a part of our work has been effective in the harvest. We're thankful for that. We're thankful for every viewer and watcher of what we do in every way that we do it. We pray that our message will be multiplied that you'll take what we have to give that you would multiply it that you would make it significant across all lands. Throughout the globe, Lord, let us make a difference. But the words we write, the words we speak, the words we pray, let it go forth as part of this great commandment. Our mission Lord is to simply spread the Word. We're thankful to be called to do that. We're humbled by it. And yet, we're challenged also to start this day with great fervor, not as one who is ending the year but one who just beginning a week with so much potential in front of us Thank you, Lord, for encouraging us, for stirring up the gift that's within us. I pray your blessing be upon all those who've come to worship you this morning who came just to pause and say Lord I need you this work week. Honor their presence here, but give them exactly what they came looking for. Fill them up, Lord, with whatever it is that they need. I know your Word can do it. But Lord, just a touch, just your presence, will bless each one that it's come here seeking you. I pray your blessings and your favor be upon them all in Jesus name. Amen.

Message: I’m going to speak to you about the farmer’s harvest and in a little bit different way. I'm just going to say to this because I sent this out on Facebook that 913 always comes after 911. I'm pretty good at math. So, I'm pretty sure that 911 comes before 913. And I hope that this makes sense after I share this message with you. I was thinking the other day a stake, and I used to say this to my college students a lot, think forward to that time when you're in your rocking chair. What does life look like, then? What are you saying to each other? What are you surveying? What are you looking at? And while I was thinking about that over the weekend as we consider our end, and we talked about these kinds of things a little bit, I mainly talked to her (my wife) to protect her and let her know things to do. But I'm reminded of a farmer who sat in his rocking chair with his wife. They are, of course, Ma and Pa, what else would we call them?  And he looks out over his field and says Ma, just look at there. Can you imagine how it's going to look full of corn as far as the eye can see? See all that field filled with corn? He says it's going to be a fine day, a fine day, for sure. It will be when that field is filled with corn. Then he picks up a cell phone because he's a modern farmer, of course. He answers a text, thumbs are going good. Of course he answers his email, and he checks in the farm book. Yep, it’s going to be a big harvest this year, much bigger than last year. Last year was just little bit of an off year. But next year, wow, is that cornfield going to be big. I know, I know, the price of corn maybe down a bit, but you know we're going to do this year? We're going to plant more acres. We're going to get out there we're going to plant more acres of corn so that we have a bigger harvest even though the prices aren't all that good economy is not that great. You know what, Ma? We’re gonna be last year's goal. That was nothing compared to what we're going to do this year. Yep. It's going to be a fine year next year. Ma says, “Can I just ask you one question? Have you sowed any of them seeds yet?” We'll let that be a thought to ponder as we begin.

Have We Sowed Seeds?

What amount of seeds have we sound to expect a harvest next year? We're all talking great thoughts about 2019 and we should. We've got to start with positivity. I don't want it to run out at the end of March. I pray that all we've done in this meeting and these meetings that we have now end of the year planning next year and setting goals and setting work plans and getting busy about it. I pray that all of that would endure throughout the year that we're so busy sowing that we can expect a harvest not because we're just full of faith, and that's part of it. We have faith seeds thrown into the ground that are going to turn to a crop. Farmers have lots of faith, the little bitty ol’ things you throw in a corn the end of the field and they become corn. It amazes me. You water and you fertilize, they’re sunned on and rained on. Just amazing things happen. But it all begins because somebody got busy and got seeds in the ground. Of course, there's a lot to talk about when we think about the harvest of the kingdom. This is such an agricultural message that pervades the New Testament pervades with the Lord has to say about it. It's just everywhere. Here's the truth. I's folly to expect harvest without seeds being sown. We could talk up in the sales floor all day long about what we're going to sell next year. But until we've sown seeds, we're not going to really get much of a harvest. As a direct relationship between sowing and reaping, you know that spiritually, you probably know it because you've lived well and you've seen that in your life the way you've sown, you’ve reaped. In the good of that, as well as the not so good of that. I know this. We would all like to see a good harvest of souls next year. I really like that. I want to think about that as I'm writing my goals this year and I'm busy thinking about my three words for next year and sharing with my team about what some of what next year will look like. I’m not even finished yet. I've got so much on my mind about it. But I know this that it needs to be on my to-do list. It needs to be at least in my goals for next year is to think about the harvest of souls. To have it in my mindset, to be aware that's part of why I live, that's part of why I've been given the grace of the cross. Why I do what I do what I do, why I've been gifted, it's so that we can have an impact on souls. We have to think that way.

An Unseeded Generation

The question is why aren’t we seeking that a little bit more. I think about churches. I do a lot of church research because of my writing, but the majority of Protestant churches according to Pew Research and others, most Protestant churches are either plateaued or they're declining some. You can look at various different denominations and see whatever it is that you want to see, the numbers are there and allow you to do that, but as a cross section of the whole, numbers are declining. One of the pieces of research I saw, and I drew this conclusion pretty wise, it's been said that the problem with churches is that we have a harvest-oriented denomination in unseeded generation. Many of us are the results of seeds that were planted by forefathers, by great prayer warriors, by praying grandparents that still have hurt knees because they prayed so much for us. I know that my grandmother, and her name was Opal, God bless her, but she sowed a lot of seeds. She lived in pink houses and had flowers and you know when you have a name like Opal, your stuff is pink. But I'll tell you what, she also couldn't walk because their knees were so hurt from all the praying she did for her grandchildren. She had lots lots of children and grandchildren. And she was a blessed woman. She didn't see a lot of it. She didn't reap a lot of the harvest. I don't know that she ever knew what I would what would become my life. I think she saw it in faith when she prayed for me. The first you ever heard of me doing anything was when I was working with as a chaplain on Bourbon Street with Bob Harrington. She heard about that and she just called me up on the phone and said, ‘now just make sure that you're worshiping Jesus, that you're not following man. Make sure you're following Jesus. how Why wise was that in her admonition She just was so Jesus focused. I want to think about that, that maybe you've seen it in churches, if not the church you are in, and this is not meant to be a criticism but an observation. The church has become very harvest-oriented and are maybe not doing enough to plant seeds. Maybe they are. I want to make sure that I'm a part of the solution. And that I have a planting mentality. I know my team has got to do it. I know that in the workplace, we had better be seed planters or we’re not going to have a harvest. We've got to come to grips with that. If we think about business, many businesses are very focused on harvest. You go into any meeting and you're going to hear a harvest meeting. What are we doing to get it in the house, what’s our numbers, did we meet our projections? That’s harvest mentality. When all of our discussion or majority of our discussions become what do we do, how much can we count, how much more do we have to get out from the field? If there isn't that heavy discussion about seed planting, then we're going to have some problems. We all will in every in every part of our business. We can't harvest a marketplace that’s barren. What do we do about that? How do we plant those seeds? Marketers are involved in that need to be. We've got to be thinking about are we only harvest folks or are we end-game focused or are we beginning-game focused? Where does the thermal start? What's that first step? And how many first steps are we taking? We've got to come to grips with the fact that the gospel won't go forward without seed planters. It could stop with one generation. How far away are we from the Bible becoming extinct? One generation of people with good knees. A generation of people that don't work hard at making sure that the seeds are planted for the next generation.

John Allen Chau

There are people groups that we worry about these islands John Chau tried to minister to. If you haven't heard we’re working on a podcast that I hope it will be a life work, one that I can point to and say we did a good job of telling his story. We're working on it. But I'll tell you, we’re really concerned about those islands and those groups, and we've got a lot of them right here in our own town, we've got people groups that haven't heard the name of Jesus proclaimed the way some of your gifts and talents can be used. We haven't heard it. They haven't heard worship music like we heard this morning. They haven't heard it in their lives, and they are just right down the street, right down any street in any zip code, probably. 

·         Amos 9:13: Indeed, the days are coming, says the Lord, when the plowman will overtake the one who is reaping,  and the treader of grapes the one who is sowing the seed; the mountains will drip sweet wine, and all the hills will flow with it.” (MEV)

Tim Hill’s ‘The Speed of Favor’

This book rocked me and is still rocking. I want to share this a little bit from it. Our book group has put this out, The Speed of Favor, by Tim Hill. He is the general overseer of the Church of God. His interview is up. I just interviewed him last week. This book is gonna bless you. I’m going to read from some of it.

“Maybe you've traveled this road and have wondered how did I get where I am when it’s so far from where I’m supposed to be?” Have you ever asked that question, have you ever found yourself doing something you wish you weren't doing in a place you wish you weren’t at? How did I get where I am? And why am I not where I'm supposed to be? It sounds appalling. It sounds like something he'd say a couple times. “The books you read and the sermons you listen to all seem to end with magnificent promises of an outcome nothing like your current reality. So, what happened? If you're experiencing a listless faith and powerless Christianity, if you're uncertain of the future, if worry dominates your mind and fear paralyzes your heart, you do not have to stay on that crowded road. There's another exit that is just up ahead, that leads to a paradigm of favor.  If this was Sunday morning, I’d say, ‘Say it with me, a paradigm of favor.’ It’s a paradigm of favor. I want that one. I like paradigm especially paradigms of favor.

“Be sure to take that exit, exit 913. I took that exit and I'll never be the same. I remember like it was yesterday. … The Lord told me I'm bringing you into your Amos 913 season. Those are the words I heard clearly in my Spirit and they couldn't have been more pronounced had I heard them audibly spoken. As I awaken early in the morning, I immediately reached for my Bible. I had no idea what was in Amos 913.” Most of you probably don't either, unless you worked on it in book marketing. “Indeed the days are coming, says the Lord, when the plowman will overtake the one who is reaping and the treader of grapes, the one who is sowing the seed, the mountains will drip sweet wine and all the hills will flow from it.” I'm asking you to read something to bless your holiday season. This will give you an idea what 2019 is going to look like around here.

The days are coming. It's called 2019. Out of Amos 913, when the plowman will overtake the one who is reaping. It will bless you. It just says it's going to come from everywhere because we're sowing seeds. I think many of us have been sowing a lot of seeds this year. … At some point, we can reap that harvest. Perhaps this is the year.

In Closing

I want to give you this in how to take part in that harvest. We've got to believe this principle of sowing and reaping. There must be an absolute acceptance that seed-sowing is necessary to the harvest. There can be no harvest without sowing. That plowman is busy and the reaper is busy because of the work that's going on in the field. That's what people miss. They see that bountiful harvest and they get all excited and get the Holy Ghost goose bump, but we miss the fact that there's a plowman out there working, really getting it. And so is the reaper by all means. The inescapable principles, there must be a passionate commitment to do what it takes to make sure that seeds are planted, passionate commitment. See me with a seed bag on my back, see me with dirty hands and dirty knees and out there the work of a called people, doing the things that God has called us to do. We know what to do. We know how to do it. We just have to do it more. Ma asked him, when are you going to plant the seeds? I know I'm with you, Pa. I can see the seeds in the cornfield. Plant the seeds. There must be a passionate investment of ourselves. I want to sow seeds with passion. I want to do it with more joy, with more commitment, with more passionate that I get to be the one to sow seeds whether I get to see the harvest or not. I know that I can sow. I've been called to sow. I've been gifted to sow. What kind of talent is that take to get out there and do it? It takes so much talent to get up, to get moving. I keep sowing because that's what I'm called to do.

Let us be glad and full of joy. God bless you.

Episode Notes

At Work With God

With Dr. Steve Greene

The Farmer’s Harvest

Prayer: Lord thank you for coming into darkness and giving us light. Thank you for making the blind able to see. We thank you that we see Jesus this morning in our hearts and our minds and the work that is set before us we see Jesus. We know that you're in this place that you're in this mission. Father, we’re thankful to be called and chosen to participate and to use the gifts that we've been given to shed light to others. Help us to be like sharers and not hoarders, to give away all the we've been given that you might be glorified. We pray that our work will honor you all that we say and do, especially that that’s not seen by others, Lord, in our privacy, in our small emails to one who's asked us for a favor that we reach out to them in a way that those private and unseen is significant and meaningful. We thank you for the so many that write to us from throughout the country, just to say thank you for the light of a magazine or a book, that something we've done as a part of our work has been effective in the harvest. We're thankful for that. We're thankful for every viewer and watcher of what we do in every way that we do it. We pray that our message will be multiplied that you'll take what we have to give that you would multiply it that you would make it significant across all lands. Throughout the globe, Lord, let us make a difference. But the words we write, the words we speak, the words we pray, let it go forth as part of this great commandment. Our mission Lord is to simply spread the Word. We're thankful to be called to do that. We're humbled by it. And yet, we're challenged also to start this day with great fervor, not as one who is ending the year but one who just beginning a week with so much potential in front of us Thank you, Lord, for encouraging us, for stirring up the gift that's within us. I pray your blessing be upon all those who've come to worship you this morning who came just to pause and say Lord I need you this work week. Honor their presence here, but give them exactly what they came looking for. Fill them up, Lord, with whatever it is that they need. I know your Word can do it. But Lord, just a touch, just your presence, will bless each one that it's come here seeking you. I pray your blessings and your favor be upon them all in Jesus name. Amen.

Message: I’m going to speak to you about the farmer’s harvest and in a little bit different way. I'm just going to say to this because I sent this out on Facebook that 913 always comes after 911. I'm pretty good at math. So, I'm pretty sure that 911 comes before 913. And I hope that this makes sense after I share this message with you. I was thinking the other day a stake, and I used to say this to my college students a lot, think forward to that time when you're in your rocking chair. What does life look like, then? What are you saying to each other? What are you surveying? What are you looking at? And while I was thinking about that over the weekend as we consider our end, and we talked about these kinds of things a little bit, I mainly talked to her (my wife) to protect her and let her know things to do. But I'm reminded of a farmer who sat in his rocking chair with his wife. They are, of course, Ma and Pa, what else would we call them?  And he looks out over his field and says Ma, just look at there. Can you imagine how it's going to look full of corn as far as the eye can see? See all that field filled with corn? He says it's going to be a fine day, a fine day, for sure. It will be when that field is filled with corn. Then he picks up a cell phone because he's a modern farmer, of course. He answers a text, thumbs are going good. Of course he answers his email, and he checks in the farm book. Yep, it’s going to be a big harvest this year, much bigger than last year. Last year was just little bit of an off year. But next year, wow, is that cornfield going to be big. I know, I know, the price of corn maybe down a bit, but you know we're going to do this year? We're going to plant more acres. We're going to get out there we're going to plant more acres of corn so that we have a bigger harvest even though the prices aren't all that good economy is not that great. You know what, Ma? We’re gonna be last year's goal. That was nothing compared to what we're going to do this year. Yep. It's going to be a fine year next year. Ma says, “Can I just ask you one question? Have you sowed any of them seeds yet?” We'll let that be a thought to ponder as we begin.

Have We Sowed Seeds?

What amount of seeds have we sound to expect a harvest next year? We're all talking great thoughts about 2019 and we should. We've got to start with positivity. I don't want it to run out at the end of March. I pray that all we've done in this meeting and these meetings that we have now end of the year planning next year and setting goals and setting work plans and getting busy about it. I pray that all of that would endure throughout the year that we're so busy sowing that we can expect a harvest not because we're just full of faith, and that's part of it. We have faith seeds thrown into the ground that are going to turn to a crop. Farmers have lots of faith, the little bitty ol’ things you throw in a corn the end of the field and they become corn. It amazes me. You water and you fertilize, they’re sunned on and rained on. Just amazing things happen. But it all begins because somebody got busy and got seeds in the ground. Of course, there's a lot to talk about when we think about the harvest of the kingdom. This is such an agricultural message that pervades the New Testament pervades with the Lord has to say about it. It's just everywhere. Here's the truth. I's folly to expect harvest without seeds being sown. We could talk up in the sales floor all day long about what we're going to sell next year. But until we've sown seeds, we're not going to really get much of a harvest. As a direct relationship between sowing and reaping, you know that spiritually, you probably know it because you've lived well and you've seen that in your life the way you've sown, you’ve reaped. In the good of that, as well as the not so good of that. I know this. We would all like to see a good harvest of souls next year. I really like that. I want to think about that as I'm writing my goals this year and I'm busy thinking about my three words for next year and sharing with my team about what some of what next year will look like. I’m not even finished yet. I've got so much on my mind about it. But I know this that it needs to be on my to-do list. It needs to be at least in my goals for next year is to think about the harvest of souls. To have it in my mindset, to be aware that's part of why I live, that's part of why I've been given the grace of the cross. Why I do what I do what I do, why I've been gifted, it's so that we can have an impact on souls. We have to think that way.

An Unseeded Generation

The question is why aren’t we seeking that a little bit more. I think about churches. I do a lot of church research because of my writing, but the majority of Protestant churches according to Pew Research and others, most Protestant churches are either plateaued or they're declining some. You can look at various different denominations and see whatever it is that you want to see, the numbers are there and allow you to do that, but as a cross section of the whole, numbers are declining. One of the pieces of research I saw, and I drew this conclusion pretty wise, it's been said that the problem with churches is that we have a harvest-oriented denomination in unseeded generation. Many of us are the results of seeds that were planted by forefathers, by great prayer warriors, by praying grandparents that still have hurt knees because they prayed so much for us. I know that my grandmother, and her name was Opal, God bless her, but she sowed a lot of seeds. She lived in pink houses and had flowers and you know when you have a name like Opal, your stuff is pink. But I'll tell you what, she also couldn't walk because their knees were so hurt from all the praying she did for her grandchildren. She had lots lots of children and grandchildren. And she was a blessed woman. She didn't see a lot of it. She didn't reap a lot of the harvest. I don't know that she ever knew what I would what would become my life. I think she saw it in faith when she prayed for me. The first you ever heard of me doing anything was when I was working with as a chaplain on Bourbon Street with Bob Harrington. She heard about that and she just called me up on the phone and said, ‘now just make sure that you're worshiping Jesus, that you're not following man. Make sure you're following Jesus. how Why wise was that in her admonition She just was so Jesus focused. I want to think about that, that maybe you've seen it in churches, if not the church you are in, and this is not meant to be a criticism but an observation. The church has become very harvest-oriented and are maybe not doing enough to plant seeds. Maybe they are. I want to make sure that I'm a part of the solution. And that I have a planting mentality. I know my team has got to do it. I know that in the workplace, we had better be seed planters or we’re not going to have a harvest. We've got to come to grips with that. If we think about business, many businesses are very focused on harvest. You go into any meeting and you're going to hear a harvest meeting. What are we doing to get it in the house, what’s our numbers, did we meet our projections? That’s harvest mentality. When all of our discussion or majority of our discussions become what do we do, how much can we count, how much more do we have to get out from the field? If there isn't that heavy discussion about seed planting, then we're going to have some problems. We all will in every in every part of our business. We can't harvest a marketplace that’s barren. What do we do about that? How do we plant those seeds? Marketers are involved in that need to be. We've got to be thinking about are we only harvest folks or are we end-game focused or are we beginning-game focused? Where does the thermal start? What's that first step? And how many first steps are we taking? We've got to come to grips with the fact that the gospel won't go forward without seed planters. It could stop with one generation. How far away are we from the Bible becoming extinct? One generation of people with good knees. A generation of people that don't work hard at making sure that the seeds are planted for the next generation.

John Allen Chau

There are people groups that we worry about these islands John Chau tried to minister to. If you haven't heard we’re working on a podcast that I hope it will be a life work, one that I can point to and say we did a good job of telling his story. We're working on it. But I'll tell you, we’re really concerned about those islands and those groups, and we've got a lot of them right here in our own town, we've got people groups that haven't heard the name of Jesus proclaimed the way some of your gifts and talents can be used. We haven't heard it. They haven't heard worship music like we heard this morning. They haven't heard it in their lives, and they are just right down the street, right down any street in any zip code, probably. 

·         Amos 9:13: Indeed, the days are coming, says the Lord, when the plowman will overtake the one who is reaping,  and the treader of grapes the one who is sowing the seed; the mountains will drip sweet wine, and all the hills will flow with it.” (MEV)

Tim Hill’s ‘The Speed of Favor’

This book rocked me and is still rocking. I want to share this a little bit from it. Our book group has put this out, The Speed of Favor, by Tim Hill. He is the general overseer of the Church of God. His interview is up. I just interviewed him last week. This book is gonna bless you. I’m going to read from some of it.

“Maybe you've traveled this road and have wondered how did I get where I am when it’s so far from where I’m supposed to be?” Have you ever asked that question, have you ever found yourself doing something you wish you weren't doing in a place you wish you weren’t at? How did I get where I am? And why am I not where I'm supposed to be? It sounds appalling. It sounds like something he'd say a couple times. “The books you read and the sermons you listen to all seem to end with magnificent promises of an outcome nothing like your current reality. So, what happened? If you're experiencing a listless faith and powerless Christianity, if you're uncertain of the future, if worry dominates your mind and fear paralyzes your heart, you do not have to stay on that crowded road. There's another exit that is just up ahead, that leads to a paradigm of favor.  If this was Sunday morning, I’d say, ‘Say it with me, a paradigm of favor.’ It’s a paradigm of favor. I want that one. I like paradigm especially paradigms of favor.

“Be sure to take that exit, exit 913. I took that exit and I'll never be the same. I remember like it was yesterday. … The Lord told me I'm bringing you into your Amos 913 season. Those are the words I heard clearly in my Spirit and they couldn't have been more pronounced had I heard them audibly spoken. As I awaken early in the morning, I immediately reached for my Bible. I had no idea what was in Amos 913.” Most of you probably don't either, unless you worked on it in book marketing. “Indeed the days are coming, says the Lord, when the plowman will overtake the one who is reaping and the treader of grapes, the one who is sowing the seed, the mountains will drip sweet wine and all the hills will flow from it.” I'm asking you to read something to bless your holiday season. This will give you an idea what 2019 is going to look like around here.

The days are coming. It's called 2019. Out of Amos 913, when the plowman will overtake the one who is reaping. It will bless you. It just says it's going to come from everywhere because we're sowing seeds. I think many of us have been sowing a lot of seeds this year. … At some point, we can reap that harvest. Perhaps this is the year.

In Closing

I want to give you this in how to take part in that harvest. We've got to believe this principle of sowing and reaping. There must be an absolute acceptance that seed-sowing is necessary to the harvest. There can be no harvest without sowing. That plowman is busy and the reaper is busy because of the work that's going on in the field. That's what people miss. They see that bountiful harvest and they get all excited and get the Holy Ghost goose bump, but we miss the fact that there's a plowman out there working, really getting it. And so is the reaper by all means. The inescapable principles, there must be a passionate commitment to do what it takes to make sure that seeds are planted, passionate commitment. See me with a seed bag on my back, see me with dirty hands and dirty knees and out there the work of a called people, doing the things that God has called us to do. We know what to do. We know how to do it. We just have to do it more. Ma asked him, when are you going to plant the seeds? I know I'm with you, Pa. I can see the seeds in the cornfield. Plant the seeds. There must be a passionate investment of ourselves. I want to sow seeds with passion. I want to do it with more joy, with more commitment, with more passionate that I get to be the one to sow seeds whether I get to see the harvest or not. I know that I can sow. I've been called to sow. I've been gifted to sow. What kind of talent is that take to get out there and do it? It takes so much talent to get up, to get moving. I keep sowing because that's what I'm called to do.

Let us be glad and full of joy. God bless you.

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