But before I continue, first several words of background and explanation are in order: Don Judd Ministries is called to a ministry of receiving all of what Christ died and paid for on the cross. If you are a partner with this ministry, or a regular visitor to our website, then you already know that finances is one area where the devil has been able to keep believing Christians from receiving their rightful inheritance in the past. This teaching can go a long way towards changing this condition of financial lack in the life of a believer if they will fully embrace it.
Dr. Rick Thomas is the other person responsible for furthering and expanding this teaching. What is to follow should be credited then in this order: First all praise and glory from which this teaching comes⎯the Author and Originator, the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Secondly, I thank the instruments through which this message comes, Dr. John Avanzini, and Pastor and Dr. Rick Thomas, for being faithful to His cause and call.
You might be thinking about now, “If it’s not in the Bible I don’t want a thing to do with this teaching.” If this is so, then you are exactly on course. For we should have nothing to do with any teaching that is not borne out in Scripture. You should expect any teacher of Scripture to “prove” their teaching through Scripture. And further, it must stand the scrutiny of examination of the Holy Spirit. This teaching does.
The Nature of the Seed
It is a fact that seed produces after it’s own kind. I’ve stated this before and will many, many times again. Put another way, it is an unerring truth that whatever harvest one expects in life, one must first start with a seed of like kind. If you want an increased awareness of what love is, then you have to sow seeds of love. If you want a harvest of wisdom, then you need to sow seeds of wisdom into yourself, that is, read the Word of God. And it naturally follows suit that if you want an increase in prosperity, which includes finances but not exclusively finances, a particular seed is required.
Now typically, for a financial harvest, seeds of finance are required. To the student of seedtime and harvest and all the other prosperity teachings in the Word of God, this is no great surprise. But for a harvest of prosperity of biblical proportions, this is something very special and requires a very special seed. And yes, this is a subject that is revealed in and through Scripture. So let’s examine the composition of the seed required to bring about prosperity of biblical proportions.
There are four attributes that this special seed must have if it is to produce a harvest of biblical proportions. For as stated earlier, a) seed always produces after it’s own kind and b) not just any seed will do if you expect a harvest of truly biblical proportions. In other words, the seed must match the intended harvest.
The first attribute the seed must have is it must be precious. And no other place in the Bible is the precious seed that produces a harvest of biblical proportions illustrated more graphically than the events of the offering of Isaac by his father Abraham. We’ll use this example as our study guide.
If you will recall, there was nothing Abraham and Sarah wanted more than a child of their own. They had already tried to receive “their way.” Yes, Sarai (Sarah’s name before God changed it, a symbol that she was not yet in right relation with God) suggested that since she had not received a child yet, that Abram should sleep with Hagar. This led to Ishmael, whom the Lord said would be a “donkey of a man” (Gen. 16:12).
But eventually, after yielding to God and changing their priorities to doing things God’s way, Abraham was circumcised which was emblematic of being set aside for God’s purposes and submitting to God’s plan for his life. In turn, both Abraham and Sarah were renamed, again signifying a new beginning and being under God’s jurisdiction and control.
Then something very significant happened: Abraham received the promise of the Abrahamic Covenant in return for his obedience and allegiance to God and the stipulations of this covenant. And what was this promise? We pick up the story in Genesis 17: 4: “…And you shall be the father of many nations…” And in verse 6, “And I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come forth from you.”
Only after all of their trials and eventual capitulation to God's will did Abraham and Sarah receive the blessing of Isaac, born to Abraham 100 years old and Sarah 90 (Genesis 18:17). Yes, Isaac was truly precious in their sight. Look what they had been through. Finally, God had done the impossible and given them their heart's desire, a son through Sarah.
And so the promise remained. However, just because there is a promise from God does not negate the need for the seed to bring the promise to pass. And what about the promise to Abraham – it was a promise of biblical proportions! Genesis 15:5: “And He took him outside and said, “Now look toward the heavens, and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.””
The Offering of Isaac
(1) “Now it came about after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” (2) And He said, “Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah; and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you.”” (Genesis 22:1,2) And let us not forget the promised land which was part of this covenant promise of prosperity in Genesis 15:7: “And He said to him, “I am the Lord who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to possess it.”
Yes, God knew that in order for there to be a harvest of biblical proportions, there must first be a seed that is beyond valuable… it must be precious, to realize a harvest of biblical proportions. In part two, we will explore the rest of the criteria of a seed that produces a harvest of biblical proportions.
You may be asking what this has to do with the seed required for a harvest of biblical proportions. The answer is, God has to live by His own rules! Yes, if God determines that His kingdom is to operate within the confines of the principle of seedtime and harvest, then even He must operate within that principle. And God understood this as He directed the offering of Isaac by Abraham. He knew that in order for the promise of the Abrahamic Covenant to come to pass – truly a harvest of biblical proportions, a very special seed was in turn required.
A Seed of Redirected Assets
Yes, we already know the first one of these attributes of the very special and significant seed required… it must be precious. The second requirement or attribute of that very special seed, the only seed that would bring about a harvest of the magnitude God intended, was that it must be a seed of redirected assets.
Again, as we continue the study of the sacrifice of Isaac by Abraham and the fulfillment of the promise of the Abrahamic Covenant as our example, we see that indeed, the sacrifice of his son, a son both he and Sarah had waited so long for, a son from his own loins… a son more dear than life itself to him and meant to walk through life with him, God was now calling him to sacrifice. Yes, instead of watching Isaac grow up, marry himself and have children, that is, Abraham's intention, he found himself being asked to redirect this most precious of assets. We see this played out in the 22nd Chapter of Genesis: (1)Now it came about after these things, that God tested Abraham, and said to him “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” (2)And He said, “Take your son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah; and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you.”
Yes, the offering of Isaac was not only a precious seed, but a redirected seed, or a seed of redirected assets.
And just as the seed required for a harvest of biblical proportions must be precious, and redirected, it must also be an unusual seed. That is to say that the seed must not be ordinary. It must in fact, be extraordinary! Again, Abraham’s offering of his son certainly meant this third requirement. Think about it: Abraham had surely made many offerings⎯offerings of bulls and goats and birds. But never, ever, had he ever conceived of the notion of offering his own son. That is his precious son that he had waited so long for and had only come about supernaturally from a miraculous act of God.
Stop and think for a moment all that this implies: In order for Abraham to do this thing that God asked, he must bring his faith to a new level. He must trust God to be who He was, a faithful, kind, and loving God. He did all that God had told him to do, despite the fact that all the outward appearances, the circumstances, appeared to be otherwise. But he did it anyway! He did it faithfully. Just try to imagine the conversation between Abraham and Isaac, as Isaac carried the wood for his own sacrificial fire, as they walked up to the mountain in the land of Moriah where God had instructed them to go! Oh yes, it was thirdly, a most unusual seed.
Lastly, the fourth requirement of a seed that will produce a harvest of truly biblical proportion is it must be a commanded seed.
Now brother or sister in Christ, please listen very carefully. This is not something that you can produce on your own. You cannot will this and you cannot create this. This must be of and from God. It is to be looked at as a rare and precious opportunity. Once it’s gone it’s gone. There may be other opportunities, but this commanded seed is unique, can only be sown by the faithful, and bestowed upon you only by God. Only God can command it and only God can name what that seed or offering is. Just as in Abraham’s case, it can only come from God.
It is also I believe, one of the tools God uses to build or perfect faith in us. (You can see evidence of this in the root of the ancient Hebrew name Moriah, the name of the land where the mountain Abraham was to sacrifice his son was located⎯which means to teach or teaching.) Notice also the seed is commanded and not requested. This is how much He wants you to receive!
Yes, God commanded Abraham to deliver Isaac to the mountain for sacrifice. And as he raised his knife over Isaac, God provided a ram in the thicket. He gave the substitute, just as He would give the substitute again later in His son, Jesus. So God provided the seed!
Not only did God provide or give back everything Abraham had offered to God, that is, His original seed, but now God poured out to Abraham the fulfillment of the Abrahamic Covenant. He fulfilled the promise to make Abraham prosperous in every way.
Has God spoken to you and given you the opportunity of a commanded blessing? Has he shown you a precious seed, an unusual seed, a seed of redirected assets? Has he told you to sow it, that is, commanded you to do it? If so, you have in your possession a seed that will bring about a harvest of truly biblical proportions. And it’s all for His glory.
I realize this message isn’t for everyone, but I know that there are people that will read this that have, or are going to have this opportunity. And if you haven’t yet had God give this opportunity to you? If He hasn’t yet given you the opportunity to sow a seed of this description: A seed He has provided to you, a seed that is precious, a seed that is a redirected asset, an unusual seed, and last, a seed He has commanded you to sow? Pray for it⎯ask Him to give you the opportunity to sow a seed, at His command, of His choosing, a seed that requires Him to bless you with a harvest of biblical proportions… for His glory and use. See if He won’t do for you what He did for Abraham. I know He will, if your heart and intention are right. For God is no respecter of persons and He wants you also to receive “…exceedingly abundantly beyond all you can ask or think.”(Eph.3:20)