Declaring Crop Failure

Genesis 8-22

“As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.” {Genesis 8:22}

Today I spent the early morning hours enjoying the songs of the birds, the rising of the sun, and the heft of the hoe in my hand as I worked in my garden. I enjoy gardening, but I am not a serious gardener. Not like my neighbor Cleo, who at 83 years of age still works three gardens by hand, cans and freezes the harvest, and feeds her family with the fruit of her labor. She does research into proven techniques, and she is always trying something new, even at 83, just to see what happens. But she is no fool; she steadfastly sticks with what has succeeded in the past – no sense in fixing what is not broken. Cleo is serious about her gardening.

I am not that serious, but I do know a thing or two, and like Cleo, I understand that there are basic principles that just work. Those are the things with which you stick. God’s word declares the principle of seedtime and harvest. He said as long as the earth exists, so will seedtime and harvest. Period. A promise from God. He also declares that we will reap what we sow (Galatians 6:7). Sounds pretty good on the surface, right? I mean if I plant corn, I expect to harvest corn. If I plant carrots, I expect carrots to sprout. As I watch the peaches develop on our small fruit tree, I am not surprised. It is, after all, a peach tree. I was not expecting apples to grow there. As powerful as this principle is as it applies to food, it is equally powerful in other areas of our lives. Seedtime and harvest apply to our finances, to our health, and to our relationships. Not only do we plant seed with our actions, we plant seed with our words, and this is where we all run into trouble. A wise person once said, “What you speak about you think about, and what you think about, you bring about.” Read that once more. I’ll wait.

The words we allow to come out of our mouths direct our thought life and put into operation the God-designed principle of seedtime and harvest. That’s why the person who always talks about how sick he is, continues to be sick; and the person who always talks about financial lack, continues to have financial lack; and the person who talks about difficulty in relationships, continues to experience difficulty.
When I plant my garden, I pray over what I have planted. I declare my seeds and plants blessed in the name of Jesus. I declare the land in which I planted blessed. As I water the garden, I continue to declare blessing over it. And every year, without fail, His principle has worked and I have had plenty to harvest, can, and share with others. Even my harvest becomes a seed. As I share with other people the produce from our garden, God makes sure that my family lacks no good thing in our cupboards. My constant battle with a waistline that wishes to expand is evidence that I do not suffer from lack in the food department. But sometimes, instead of declaring a hundred-fold harvest, we ought to declare a crop failure. Instead of watering newly planted seeds, we ought to rip them out of the ground and declare them dead.

For most of us, this declaration of crop failure needs to be spoken over many of the words we’ve set out as seed. When we speak about the bad that we see or experience, we are putting into operation that principle of seedtime and harvest. If left long enough, those seeds sprout. Then when we see what we seeded for and speak about what we see, we are watering that seed. If we continue to ignore the results of what we are doing, we may well receive a hundred-fold crop, but it will be a hundred-fold crop of pure disaster. I would suggest we change our gardening techniques, and do what my friend Cleo would do. Try something different.

I would suggest that we use the words of our mouth to rip up the ungodly seeds we planted. How? We might need to start by repenting of planting those seeds in the first place. Then, we need to declare a crop failure! That’s right! speak death and destruction over those ungodly seeds. Then speak words of life in those areas instead. Speak the kind of words you would like to harvest, and declare what God declares concerning your health, your finances, and especially the people with whom you come into contact. You see, even if you are not getting along with someone, even if you see no good thing in that man or woman, boy or girl, God created that person. And His word declares that He loves him/her. If you cannot think of anything else to declare over a person with whom you are having difficulty, declare the love of God over him/her and watch as the harvest comes in.

As I worked in my garden today, I ripped out the “ungodly” seed, all those weeds that threaten to steal the life out of the food producing plants I am cultivating. While those weeds lay withering in the sun, I declared death over them; then I declared crop failure over any weed seeds that were released into the good soil of my garden. Finally, I rejoiced and spoke a blessing over the good seed that is growing and producing a harvest in my garden. I expect a hundred-fold harvest over the good seed in part because I have declared crop failure over the bad seed. Not all crop failure is bad.



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