Greetings from The Springs! Here are the upcoming events at Union Springs Baptist Church. • Church Conference – Saturday, February 13th @ 1 P.M. • Black History Program – Sunday, February 21, 2016 @ 10 A.M. • Men’s Day Program – Sunday, February 28, 2016 @ 10 A.M. I have another announcement to make that is quite special. USBC is starting a food pantry and this new ministry will help meet an important need in the community. Distribution begins in March on the Wednesday before the second Sunday of the month. For more details, you can contact me Sunday mornings or at Wednesday Night Bible Study classes.
Pastor T and Sister Toni were back for last week’s Bible study class. We did a review of chapters 8 and 9 of Revelation and we received more understanding of the seventh seal and the first six trumpets. When the seventh seal was opened, the silence can be seen as a form of respect. The angel with the censer represented prayers going up to God.
When the angel blows, the prayers go back to the earth answering the judgement. You could say, the prayers of the angel went up and God answered with judgment.
With the first four trumpets, one-third of vegetation, sea creatures and water were destroyed. In addition, the same portion of the sun, moon and stars were destroyed. As Pastor Terrell discussed these, someone asked why one-third of these were devastated.
He said that most sin grows and builds. The judgment started small but later it grew to where one-half of the earth was destroyed by the time chapter nine ends. If the result of sin began this way, most people would not sin. The result of sin progressively gets worse. More judgment comes down in chapter nine, but it is interesting to note that even in judgment, Satan is under God’s control. The demonic influence had boundaries. That is why as Christians, we should not be afraid of the enemy. A sobering realization is that those not killed by the plagues still did not repent.
Pastor Terrell’s sermon on Sunday, February 8 was one to write home to momma with! He began by instructing us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Psalm 122 reads, “I was glad when they said to me, Let us go to the house of the Lord. Our feet have been standing within your gates, O Jerusalem! Jerusalem is built as a city that is compact together, where the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, to the testimony of Israel, to give thanks to the name of the Lord. For thrones are set there for judgment, the thrones of the house of David. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you. Peace be within your walls, prosperity within your palaces…” This was the prelude to us shouting down the walls of Jericho! More scriptures in the Bible talk about money than salvation. With this, there are four ways to prosper in the earth and God blesses all of them.
They are education, hard work and determination, inheritance and popularity. If you have not figured it out yet, this message was on prosperity and it blessed our lives.
It is important not to twist up prosperity messages, though. Some will, “Name it and claim it” and say everybody’s rich. It is not going to happen this way, but God does move on some things for us. He closes the gap.
In Genesis 8:22, “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease.” God laid some principles in order which are in the earth. They are going to be there similar to the law of gravity. Because gravity is a principle in the earth, it works. Seedtime and harvest works because it is a principle in the earth.
The Bible says you are going to reap what you sow. When you sow a seed or when you give an offering, you are going to reap what you sow. The harvest that returns is always greater than the seed sown. You reap what you sow, you reap when you sow, you reap how you sow. Therefore, if you reap into someone’s life in the form of finance, then you will reap a harvest financially. If you intercede in prayer, the harvest that returns will be greater than the seed that you sow. The same principle applies. Pastor Terrell went on to say there will be a time to sow a seed and a time to reap a harvest. Both of these times are seasonal. You will sow the seed over here and in due season, if you faint not, you shall reap.
The main text for the morning came from Amos 9:13. “‘Behold, the days are coming’ says the Lord, ‘When the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him who sows seed; the mountains shall drip with sweet wine, and all the hills shall flow with it.”
Amos was a farmer turned preacher. He was well educated and a prosperous businessman. Nevertheless, the Hand of God grabbed him and he was given an assignment. He wanted to stay behind the scene as a herdsman and a sycamore farmer. The Lord called him to be a prophet, a visionary and a preacher. Note that he knew the formula for reaping and sowing.
Now there will come a time, because of your obedience, the God does some stuff when grace closes the gap. The seed is sown and to do this you have to put pressure down. Kick your heel up and press in the seed. Next, it needs water to grow. Nurture the seed. As the seed grows, you must keep the enemy out by weeding. Seems like every time you want to sow a good seed, the devil comes. Pull all the weeds. Get him out of your stuff! Then you wait. Be patient. Don’t mind waiting on the Lord.
Weed, water and wait. As a tither, you must do these three things. The final thing is the harvest. Pastor Terrell stated that this is what is going to happen in many of our lives because we were obedient to the man of God. Even before you can get the seed planted, you will get the “Amos Nine Blessing.” Before you can get the seed in the ground, the harvest is coming. Instead of having to go through all the processes for producing a crop, God will remove the watering process and the gap closes between sowing and reaping. He takes out the weeding and the gap closes more. (I think that you are getting the point now!) You will not even have to be patient. God will remove the waiting period and close the gap.
Now, the reaper is on the heel of the sower! It will take no time for you to get your blessing! Before you can sow the seed, the harvest is coming up in your life!
Your return will come so fast that you will not be able to harvest it. You will be able to leave it and bless someone else with it. Just by being obedient to the man of God, you will not have to water, weed or wait on your harvest to grow. God will do all of it. It will be so much, before you can get up all of the harvest, more seed will be sown over the harvest! Blessed! Now you are blessed to be a blessing to someone else. The blessings are going to come so fast that you will have to share with others!
The days are coming where the harvester is going to overtake the plowman.
Before the plowman can dig, the reaper will be on the hill grabbing the harvest. There is not going to be a waiting period when grace closes the gap! Glory Be To God!