A Season of Seedtime and Harvest Is Coming
I want you to know that God is ready to show up in every area of your life, and He’s ready to do something new in the lives of your loved ones, as well. I want your home to be blessed. I want every area of your life to be blessed. I want your children and loved ones to be saved. I want your body to be healed. I want you to have every good thing that God has for you.
I’m coming to you with this message, not to talk about my needs, but I want to focus on your needs and how God can break through the circumstances that may affect everyone else around you. For you, the child of God, as you apply the Word of God and the principles in the Bible, you can rise above all the challenges that you face in 2008!
Recently, my longtime friend Oral Roberts sat with me to tape two episodes of our This Is Your Day! television program.
The taping had just begun when he suddenly pulled out a check and said, “I’m sowing this seed out of my need. I’m interested in the needs of Benny Hinn Ministries getting met because I want the ministry to keep being blessed, to keep blessing me, and to keep blessing hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world…I’m giving because I have a need. I’m giving out of my need. I’m sowing this seed because I need my seed multiplied.”
He then looked into the camera and began giving a very important word to the viewing audience: “That’s what I’m asking you to do today. I’m not asking you just to give. I’m asking you to give and receive. I’m asking you to open your heart just like I’m about to do with Benny.”
At that moment he asked me to hold out my hand and then placed the offering in my hand and said, “I’m planting this seed out of my need that God may multiply my seed sown and that I may receive a bountiful harvest to meet needs in my life. And I anoint this. I put a demand upon it that it will produce for me, and it will produce for Benny Hinn Ministries.”
Seedtime and Harvest Offering
Dr. Roberts then began talking about our ministry’s great need as a result of the massive expenses from the IRS and Senate Finance Committee inquiries, praying over his seed offering: “I pray that this seed will help bring in the emergency three million dollars for Benny Hinn Ministries.”
For clarification I explained that we ended up with a $5 million deficit as a result of all the legal and accounting costs of providing stacks of materials to both the IRS and Senator Grassley’s offices, even though we were given glowing reports by both offices after the inquiries were finished. In all, it took nearly four years combined to complete.
I also shared with Dr. Roberts how we had already raised part of the deficit, but that we were still staring at $3 million that we must raise to keep from cancelling crusades and cutting back on broadcasts and mission outreaches in the near future.
Dr. Roberts felt led to urge viewers to give specifically toward helping the ministry catch up with this urgent deficit.
He cited three powerful verses that speak to giving out of our need:
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). After Paul commended the church in Philippi for sowing seed, he pointed toward God’s desire to supply all their needs. God supplies your need. He multiplies the seed you sow. It isn’t satan.
“While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease” (Genesis 8:22). God’s seedtime-and-harvest promise to Noah continues to this day.
“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). God teaches that He multiplies the seed we sow. Unless you plant seed, you are not going to be able to receive as He wants to pour abundance on you.
Dr. Roberts taught, “It’s important to see God as our Source who multiplies the seed we sow, and we must believe that God will multiply it. And then you must believe and expect to receive your harvest. Otherwise, when God sends the harvest, it will pass you by. You have to expect it!”
Dr. Roberts cited the moment when he discovered this principle:
I was pastoring a little church. I was on the edge of poverty with a wife and children. I was paid $55 a week. I had spent twelve years giving to God and not expecting anything back. And so I didn’t receive. Finally, God laid it on my heart to plant seed, to give my entire week’s salary. That night a farmer in the church, Art Neufield, came to my house at four in the morning. He knocked on the door and I let him in. He got right down to business: “Pastor, you know I’m a wheat farmer. I’m in trouble. I’ve been neglecting my farm. I’ve not been planting my crops as I should. So I’ve not been receiving. I’m losing my shirt in the stock market. I know very little about it. I may lose my farm. So I brought you this seed.” And he pulled out four $100 bills. I had never had a $100 bill in my hand. He said, “This isn’t just money. This is seed I’m sowing that I can receive my harvest and get back to farming, my planting, and my reaping. This is the only way out for me. I’ve got to plant my seed.” God shined a light on me. He opened my spirit, my mind. I saw that sowing seed carries with it the receiving. It carries with it the harvest.
Your Seed…Your Future
Again and again I have heard Oral Roberts teach on the subject of seedtime and harvest. We know that giving today secures your tomorrow.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ must be preached, and God has brought us through the government investigations victoriously so that we can now concentrate on preaching the Gospel through broadcasts, crusades, and mission outreaches.
I don’t want to have to cut back on anything during this time as more and more doors open to the Gospel.
I don’t want to have to cancel any of the crusades during the remainder of 2008 and into 2009, for I see altars in auditoriums and stadiums around the world filled with multiplied thousands of precious souls asking Jesus Christ in as Savior.
I listened intently during the taping as Dr. Roberts kept speaking to the need for a special seedtime-and-harvest offering.
“As you plant your seed today out of your need for God to multiply your seed sown,” he taught, “I pray that the very heavens will open to you and that the mighty arm of God will reach out to where you are, right where you are, and put money in your hand, put healing in your life, put peace and joy in your life.”
Then he looked me in the eye and smiled, “That’s why I couldn’t wait to get here today…to plant my seed with you, Benny!”
A Special Favor
As we continued talking about a special seedtime and harvest offering, I felt led to ask Dr. Roberts for a favor: “Can I bring the people’s envelopes to your house during the next few days and have you lay hands on them?”
“Absolutely!” rang his reply.
Immediately I told the viewers to sow a special seedtime-and-harvest offering immediately and to write on the back of their envelopes: Cancellation of Debt.
I will take all these envelopes and Internet responses to Oral Roberts’s home very soon, and this powerful man of God will lay hands on them and agree with you for God to pour out a financial harvest on you.
“It will be an honor to lay hands on these seed envelopes and responses,” Dr. Roberts said. “And I’ll be praying with expectancy. I’ll be expecting a miracle of three million dollars for Benny Hinn Ministries to cancel this debt, and I see victory coming for those who plant seed as an act of faith for their own harvest.”
A Challenge for Times of Crisis
On the second program we taped, Dr. Roberts again talked about his excitement of laying hands on the seed envelopes and responses; then he said, “I want to tell you that I am not discouraged about the condition of our country, but the crisis is showing me that we need to put our attention upon our heavenly Father. We need to sow our seed in Him on a regular basis, but when crisis times come, it is especially important to sow seed. That is why I want everyone to be part of this three million dollar debt cancellation offering.”
Begin to activate the law of the supernatural harvest and financial freedom that is coming your way!
Today, sow your seed in faith, regardless of the situation surrounding you. Believe the Lord to take care of you. As you sow your seed, remember that God gives seed to the sower. Release your seed from your hand today and He will multiply the seed abundantly.
Impact the world all around you as you sow, especially in the midst of crisis. We know our wonderful Lord Jesus has promised that the amount of seed determines the harvest: “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again” (Luke 6:38).
Now is the time, for your greatest days are ahead. Your future is so much greater than your past and your destiny is more prosperous than anything you have known in your earthly experience!
Thank you for all you have done for our Lord Jesus to take the Gospel around the world through crusades, broadcasts, and mission outreaches.
We know it is “not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts” (Zechariah 4:6)…
Preaching the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ,
teaching the unchanging Word of God,
expecting the mighty and miraculous
power of the Holy Spirit,
Watch This Is Your Day! featuring Oral Roberts.–