We can’t only spiritualize the coming harvest—and accompanying move of glory, without addressing the need to be practically prepared as well.
I feel like the Lord wants me to get real practical in this article. We can’t only spiritualize the coming harvest—and accompanying move of glory, without addressing the need to be practically prepared as well.
Expansion and Growth
The Lord’s been repeatedly drawing my attention to several Scriptures recently. The first is John 4:35, in which Jesus tells His disciples to lift up their eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest. It’s critical in this hour that we lift up our spiritual eyes to see the imminent harvest of souls, despite troubling circumstances around us.
The second is Isaiah 54:1-3. The barren woman was told to rejoice in this passage, for not only was she going to bear many children, but she also needed to enlarge her tent and dwellings in preparation for all the children coming!
In a dream one time I saw myself pregnant, posting selfies of my baby bump on Facebook. As I awoke, I heard, “Children of the promise.” Paul used this phrase in Galatians 4:28 to speak of the spiritual children of Abraham. But it’s important to catch the context. The verse preceding quotes Isaiah 54:1—the prophetic promise of many children coming!
Friends, I hope you can see what I see in this. A move of revival is about to be birthed. God is getting ready to expand His “family,” bringing many more “children of promise” into the kingdom. And like the barren woman, we need to prepare.
The Spirit is saying, “Get ready for expansion and growth!”
New Ways and Measures
In early March I heard the Lord speak of new ways and measures. This is not how I would typically use the word “measure,” so I looked it up. A “measure” could be defined as a procedure, course of action, or step. I began to pray for the Lord to show me any new measures, or steps He might want us to take.
Let me back up for a minute. On January 22nd I heard the Lord speak of rolling blackouts. Of course I told my husband about this. Because of this and some other things I’d been hearing, we asked the Lord specifically if it was time to invest in solar power, which is something we’d been researching and considering for years. Here’s what I heard in answer to our prayer—“Prepare.”
You don’t need me to tell you that things may not stay the same as they’ve always been. Just in the last year we’ve seen things like increased inflation, shortages, and major electrical failures. We could attribute this to various factors—the coronavirus, the current administration, and even weather.
Concerning weather, now we can turn to history, in what will be known as the 2021 Texas power crisis involving three severe winter storms that swept across the United States beginning on February 10th. This caused a massive electricity generation failure in the state resulting in shortages of water, food, and heat. It’s been reported that 4.5 million homes and businesses were left without power, some for several days or longer.
As a result, even parts of Montana were said to have experienced rolling blackouts, as electricity from our state was exported to other states in need—only a scant three weeks after hearing this!
You might have guessed—we’re doing solar. Components are ordered and on the way, and prep work is now in progress. It’s a new measure, or step we felt led by the Lord to take in preparation for any changes that might be coming.
On two separate occasions recently I’ve heard the Lord speak of the need for the body of Christ to be getting more organized. Once it was in the form of a question—I heard, “How many times in the world today should we stop to get better organized?”
Sometimes the Lord sets me up to hear something like this by motivating me to do something before I realize He’s in it.
My husband and I have always been “preppers,” meaning we have always felt it’s a good idea to have extra supplies like food and water on hand. But since the coronavirus and other developments, I’ve been bringing home more than ever before, and my pantry was becoming increasingly disorganized.
So one day I just made time to completely clean out and organize it, and to get rid of outdated items and things we no longer used. We’ve been in the same house for 20 years and I have a good-sized pantry, so this was quite a project!
Another way God set this up for me is that the day after this my husband and I did a major clean out and reorganization of our basement storage area. When my husband saw what I’d done with the pantry, he suggested we clean out the basement so that some of the larger pantry items could be moved down there. Again, this was a huge project, as we’d been dragging stuff down there without ordering it for 20 years!
So what does organizing pantries and basement storage areas have to do with the coming harvest? I’m glad you asked!
A Kingdom Nation
First of all, as prophetic Believers blessed by the Lord, we’re at the top of the food chain. Deuteronomy 28:12-13 tells us that the Lord will open to us His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to our land in its season, and to bless all the work of our hands. He will make us the head and not the tail, and we shall be above only, and not beneath. We might not know exactly what’s coming, but He’ll reveal enough so we can be prepared and not lack.
But there’s a bigger picture. Although God does want to bless and care for His children, a harvest is coming with an accompanying move of His glory, bigger than we’ve ever seen. Believers will be operating at a new level of power—raising the dead will be commonplace and ordinary. Revival is especially coming to Asia.
God’s greater purpose in blessing you is that He has a kingdom to build and expand. Israel was blessed so that God could establish His covenant with them as a nation (Deut. 8:18). We are blessed so that through us God can establish His kingdom (Rev. 11:15).
We too are chosen people—God’s kingdom-nation! (See 1 Pet. 2:9.)
- It’s biblical to take care of your own family (I Tim. 5:8). If times get difficult and you don’t need all that you have on hand, you’ll be able to barter.
- You can’t concentrate on the harvest of souls and adequately steward the expansion of the kingdom that’s coming if you’re scrambling around trying to care for your own daily needs—securing things like food, water, and electricity. By then it will be too late to prepare (Matt. 25:1-13).
- When WE are prepared, we can help others in need. Like our spiritual father Abraham, we are blessed to be a blessing! (Gen. 12:3)
We live in a rural location with space for storage, our own well and septic, and the capability to be off the grid. If you live in the city, it will look different for you.
Even if space is tight and you’re dependent on city services, I’m convinced that if you ask the Lord, He will give you at least one thing you can do to prepare.
There’s no need to fear or panic—God’s got our backs. He will never leave us nor forsake us—He’s promised us this in His word (Deut. 31:6; Heb. 13:5).
Pray with me: “Lord, I ask You to grant us peace and to help us prepare as we lift up our eyes to the harvest!” Amen.
Diane is a writer, speaker and minister ordained with both Christian International and Generals International. Her articles are regularly featured on The Elijah List, as well as platforms like Charisma Magazine, Charisma News, Intercessors For America and others. She and her husband, Allen, co-founded Starfire Ministries with a vision to see the kingdom established beyond the four walls of the traditional church. They host a podcast with Charisma Podcast Network, and serve as Church Mountain, Regional, and Montana Coordinators for the Reformation Prayer Network, and as Media Mountain Leader/Facilitators for C.I.’s Culture Influencers.