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Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
I currently serve as Senior Pastor of Harvest Church in Knoxville, Tn. I was sent out from Trinity Chapel of Knoxville in 1993 accompanied by my wife Sheila our four children Sarah, Hannah, Josiah & Isaac and a handful of bold, brave and committed believers determined to plant our first church. Pioneering is hard work but well worth the journey. That is why we desire to make disciples of Christ who will, like us, also embrace the call to plant churches.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

The Bounty of God Part Four

Now I want to draw our attention to something very important. Psalm 65:11 says You crown the year with Your bounty. It does not say He crowns the year with our bounty.

There is a distinct difference between the bounty of God and the bounty of man.

Now before you say this Psalm can’t apply to your life it’s too general or it applies to Israel or David but not me,

Ephesians 3:20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

He is doing it above and beyond all that we ask or think, to all generations, forever and ever, amen. It is a guarantee!

So this brings me to a very important point that we all need to desperately get hold of if we want to experience this bounty.

Luke 11:5 And He said to them, "Which of you shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; 6 ‘for a friend of mine has come to me on his journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; 7 "and he will answer from within and say, ‘Do not trouble me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give to you’? 8 "I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs. 9 "So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 "For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

This shows us what kind of attitude the Lord is looking for when it comes to us coming before Him to ask His help. He wants us to show we are persistent and determined to have what we are asking for.

The difference between what we know we desperately need, and what we merely want but could do without is that which drives us in persistent prayer to the Father.

When you know you must have it you won’t give up until you get it. If it is a passing fad you cannot endure in your asking.

The things God has set in store for us are there for the asking but it is not a mild mannered passive asking that releases the storehouses of heaven.

The fact is we can receive an amazing prophetic word and nothing ever come of it because we never took hold of it and began to pray it back and believe God for it.
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