The Cheerful Giver
Precious Partner, your seed is the proof that you have understood God’s law of seedtime and harvest in Genesis 1:11-12. Your seed sown in faith is proof that you believe in the Word of God and that you fully expect a bountiful harvest. But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 2 Corinthians 9:6
3 Keys to the Seed-Faith Principle
by Oral Roberts
If you have faith as small as a mustard seed…nothing will be impossible for you! – Matthew 17:20
Everything in life starts with a seed—including the things we receive by faith. God says in Genesis 8:22, “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest…shall not cease.” The eternal law of seedtime and harvest, planting and reaping, giving and receiving will not change as long as the earth remains.
When we put our faith in God’s hands like a seed we plant, we are giving Him something to work with, and He will send the miracle we need. No matter how small our faith seems to be, it will meet needs and solve problems that appear as impossible to move as mountains.
The seed faith principle in the Bible contains three simple keys:
1. Recognize that God is your source.
Philippians 4:19 says, “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” God will use many different instruments to supply our needs—a job, doctors, friends, family—but He alone is the source, and He alone cannot fail.
2. Give first, so that it may be given back to you.
Luke 6:38 says, “Give, and it will be given to you.” We must first plant a seed of faith so that God can multiply it back to meet our need. Jesus is talking about giving in the deepest sense of the word—the giving of ourselves to God.
This includes anything we can give: love, time, patience, forgiveness, finances, prayer, and whatever else we may have. Our giving reflects our trust in God, and it links us to His inexhaustible resources for our every need.
3. Expect a miracle.
Mark 11:24 says, “Whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” The moment we ask God for something—the moment we do our part and plant our seed of faith—we should believe God that the answer is on its way. It’s important to expect our miracle so we can recognize it and reach out to take it when it comes.
And it’s also important to remember that God controls the time and method He will use to give back to us. We must keep trusting Him and expecting our miracle, no matter how long it takes to reach us.
So give God something to work with today. No matter how little you think you have, sow it in joy and faith, knowing you are sowing seeds so you may reap miracles.
Remember: God always sends the right answer at the right time, in the right way. His timing and methods are always exactly right for our lives!
Dr. Oral Roberts (1918 – 2009) was a healing evangelist, the founder of Oral Roberts University, and a pioneer in teaching the Biblical principles of seedtime and harvest. This article is taken from his classic book, The Miracle of Seed Faith.
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