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Harvest: The Fat Belongs To Him

We are in an unusual season of harvest! When God says we are in a season of harvest, that means souls, prosperity, and rewards for work accomplished for Him. In all our prosperity, whether it be material, spiritual, emotional, or ideally, all three of those, I want to say something to you today – the “fat” belongs to the Lord.
The word “fat” is significant in scripture. If you are from a Western culture, when you hear the word “fat”, you likely have a negative tag associated with that word in your mind. The Hebrew and Greek word that we translate into “fat” in the Bible had different associated meanings than today, partly because they existed in a different culture than we do today. Come with me as we pull apart and examine the scriptural and spiritual meanings of this word.

Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;” Psalms 92:13-14

The word used here, translated as “fat” means rich and fertile, the best of any production, specifically, to anoint. Fat is a prescribed offering to the Lord. Certain sacrifices in the Old Testament specifically called for the fat to be burned to the Lord. The burning of the fat is in relation to the peace offering and is the center of the five Levitical offerings. Now don’t you worry that Im going to suggest we need to do the same – I only want to share with you the spiritual significance of the fat and what God reveals to us New Covenant believers today through His Word. Here are the Old Covenant instructions for a peace offering. Notice what is said of the fat and what is instructed to be done with it: “And he shall offer of the sacrifice of the peace offering an offering made by fire unto the LORD; the fat thereof, and the whole rump, it shall he take off hard by the backbone; and the fat that covereth the inwards, and all the fat that is upon the inwards, 10And the two kidneys, and the fat that is upon them, which is by the flanks, and the caul above the liver, with the kidneys, it shall he take away. 11And the priest shall burn it upon the altar: it is the food of the offering made by fire unto the LORD. 12And if his offering be a goat, then he shall offer it before the LORD. 13And he shall lay his hand upon the head of it, and kill it before the tabernacle of the congregation: and the sons of Aaron shall sprinkle the blood thereof upon the altar round about. 14And he shall offer thereof his offering, even an offering made by fire unto the LORD; the fat that covereth the inwards, and all the fat that is upon the inwards, 15And the two kidneys, and the fat that is upon them, which is by the flanks, and the caul above the liver, with the kidneys, it shall he take away. 16And the priest shall burn them upon the altar: it is the food of the offering made by fire for a sweet savour: all the fat is the LORD’S. 17It shall be a perpetual statute for your generations throughout all your dwellings, that ye eat neither fat nor blood.” Leviticus 3:9-17 The fact that fat has been properly developed in the animal is, in general, a mark of its perfection. It means that these people haven’t taken a scrawny, inferior animal and tried to pass it off as healthy. No, the animal has “fat” on it in the right places, giving a good witness of their sacrifice, and showing the significance of their sacrifice to the Lord. The fat on the animal is the internal sign that it is a real sacrifice of devotion, and not an impostor. The fat portions which were burned are called “food of the firing for Jehovah,” or “food of the firing for a sweet savour,” i.e., or reached Jehovah by being burned.

And the priest shall sprinkle the blood upon the altar of the LORD at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and burn the fat for a sweet savour unto the LORD.” Leviticus 17:6

The fat is the richest part of the animal – it is the best of the best. As we read in Leviticus 3:17,”this is a statute for all generations – “god gets the best”.” (paraphrasing for emphasis). This is not too hard of a meaning to translate into our new covenant reality. We are to give the Lord our best and utmost. Give God the best of your best – give Him the “fat!” The reason we give god our very best, at a basic level of understanding, is because you can’t out-give God. When you give your absolute best to God, you get His best in return – pressed down, shaken together and running over. (Luke 6:38). The ultimate reason for giving God our best is so that we have a clean conscience before Him, and because our conscience is clean, we can grow spiritually and be healthier emotionally.

23Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate. 25“Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’ Luke 15:23-27

When we give God our best, we receive HIS best in return! The word used in the text from Luke – “FATTED” – in the Greek means “grain fed, stalled or installed, something that requires time and energy.” God can give you something in a second that would take you years of time and energy to do on your own! Finally, “fatness” is used figuratively for the richness of God’s goodness. In Psalms 36:7-8, God’s Word promises: “How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. 8 They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.” Many examples pervade the Bible of the richness of the meaning of God’s prosperity, the signs of true sacrifice, and whole prosperity that is conveyed when God’s Word says fat. I want to leave you with God’s promise to those who follow Him from Isaiah 55:2: “Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.” People of God, we are in an unusual season of harvest! When God says we are in a season of harvest, that means souls won to the Lord into the kingdom of heaven, wholeness and prosperity, and rewards for work accomplished for Him. The richness of God’s blessing goes beyond description, but in our Bible, sometimes it is referred to as “fat.” Other times, “Fat” refers to a genuine sacrifice. Precious believer, whether it be material blessings, spiritual peace or supernatural abilities, emotional health, or ideally, all three of those, you have a harvest coming to you from Giver of all good things! As you enter this season, remember – the “fat” belongs to the Lord!
 

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A Harvest Of God’s Goodness

We are approaching an unusual season of harvest. Souls are going to be won, prosperity is going to be poured out, and rewards are going to be dispensed. The goodness of God is going to be sovereignly poured out upon each of us.
God is sovereign. Sovereign means “having unlimited, independent power or authority; having the right to govern itself.” Let’s get a picture of what it means for God to be sovereign. In Exodus 33:19, Moses has just asked God to see His glory. God is going to show Moses only a glimpse of His glory, but He also gives Moses a promise:

“And the Lord said, ‘I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.” Exodus 33:19 [Emphasis mine]

When God says, “I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.”, what does that mean? This verse is an expression of God’s sovereignty. God has unlimited power and authority. He is the only One qualified to handle power without limits. He is just and righteous. We could never imagine the power that God possesses – yet we never have to fear that He will misuse it. He is the only qualified ruler! Sometimes God declares sovereignly – independently of the world system and independently of the old system of law and death – that He is going to show His everlasting kindness and goodness to you. It’s not that you have done anything special or noteworthy. It’s not because of the family that you were born into, or the culture you have or do not have. God decides independently and of His own supreme accord that He is going to have mercy on you.

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:4-7 [Emphasis mine]

Our entire life in Christ revolves around experiencing the supernatural goodness of Almighty God. We come to God through trusting in Jesus Christ because He is so good to us. We grow strong in God through Jesus Christ as He forces our trials to turn into His goodness to us, like water to wine, through the victories we experience. It is God’s entire intention for us to experience His kindness to us in every time of our lives while we walk on this earth. Verse 7 in Ephesians lays His intentions out plain and clear for us: that for the ages to come, He wants to show His exceeding riches of grace and kindness to us! God wants to be nice to us….forever! God’s goodness to you is a sovereign declaration of who He is, and who He has decided you are going to be. God’s goodness can change even the most hardened heart! When God begins to pour out His goodness and great mercy on people in a great show of His supernatural power and love, every angel in heaven is rejoicing; they know His deposits of love do not return void. God takes so much pleasure in the repentance of just one person. It brings His heart so much joy to begin to move a person’s life into the “Promised Land.” It only starts by their repentance, which only moves forth by His goodness. Our reaction to God’s kindness to others speaks volumes about us. Do we talk to our friends about how he or she “used” to be? Do we secretly feel that person has somehow gotten away with what they have done? Or do we praise God that His kindness is working on that person? Do we dare try to recognize that person for who they really are in Christ?

“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.” Ephesians 2:1-3

God is good to the unthankful and the unholy – it is sometimes the only way to win them to Himself. God’s sweet kindness will melt the hardest of hearts to fall to their knees and receive Him! Don’t ever despise God’s goodness towards someone who doesn’t deserve it! When you see the supernatural kindness of God being poured out on another person, it is cause to rejoice – God has His eye on that person and He is in the painstaking, deliberate process of melting their heart! I want you to reflect on the supernatural goodness of Almighty God, and share that with someone today. It’s one thing to say, “God is good all the time.” It’s another thing entirely to embody His goodness to another person. In this harvest season, be a vessel for God’s goodness. After all, He lives to be good to us…and we can live to be good to each other!
 

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Harvest: Crowned With His Goodness

When God says we are in a season of harvest, that means souls are going to be won, prosperity in every form is going to be poured out, and rewards for work accomplished for Him are going to be dispensed. God is going to raise up a standard of protection and deliverance, and pour out His presence upon you. We are in a season of harvest! I want to talk to you about the goodness of Almighty God. It’s one thing to say, “God is good all the time.” It’s another thing entirely to consider His amazing goodness towards us.

“Thou visitest the earth, and waterest it: thou greatly enrichest it with the river of God, which is full of water: thou preparest them corn, when thou hast so provided for it. Thou waterest the ridges thereof abundantly: thou settlest the furrows thereof: thou makest it soft with showers: thou blessest the springing thereof. Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness. They drop upon the pastures of the wilderness: and the little hills rejoice on every side. The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered over with corn; they shout for joy, they also sing.” Psalms 65:9-13

The coming year for many is to be a year crowned with His goodness. When the Word says “crownest” here, it means “to encircle for protection or attack, to compass about or surround.” The word “paths” mean simply, “your goings.” The text above states that God’s paths drip with fatness. In a previous article, we outlined the richness of what “fat” means in God’s vernacular. If you stay on His paths, you will find his rich, fulfilling goodness in every way. After all, it is impossible to pursue him and not please him. You can never lose following Jesus Christ. So point number 1 is this: TREK WITH GOD. Trek with God! Go on a journey with Him; migrate to His kingdom and go where He tells you to go. Migrate means to move from one country, location or place to another. This year will be crowned with His goodness, but you must also be ready to move. God says “Get ready to move!” Read Exodus 33 for more illumination from the Holy Spirit. Point #2: You must know how to track God. Where is He and what is He doing? Tracking something means there is detectable evidence that something has passed. When you track God, youre searching for Him by following evidence of Him until He is found. Is there somewhere God is trying to lead you?

21And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night: 22He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people. EXODUS 13:21

Moses desires to see His glory, and gets His goodness. God was so pleased with Moses for seeking Him, that He promised His goodness to Moses in the form of protection, deliverance, and His presence. God also gives to Moses what he asks – a glimpse of His glory.

18And he said, I beseech thee, show me thy glory.  19And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy.  20And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.” EXO 33:18-20 [emphasis mine]

We see Moses exclaim with awe and love:

6And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth…” EXODUS 34:6

When God says we are in a season of harvest, that means souls are going to be won, prosperity in every form is going to be poured out, and rewards for work accomplished for Him are going to be dispensed. But there are things we need to do to co-labor with Jesus Christ and obtain the promises of God! In order to walk in this harvest season, we have to walk with God – we must stay on His paths, which drip with abundance and blessing. No matter how much money you have or don’t have, God is going to raise up a standard of protection and deliverance, and pour out His presence upon you! We must move with God – when we see the Holy Spirit moving, we must move in unison with Him. We are in a season of harvest! I proclaim and declare over you, your house, your family and sphere of influence, that you will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. God bless you!
 

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Wear The Armor

God dispenses seasons by which our purposes are regulated. That is, to every season He has appointed a certain thing to come to pass in your life. Understanding the times and seasons of God is vital to understanding the context of our destiny. Within the grand scheme of God’s season falls your individual mandate.
The enemy, Satan, also has methodical, organized ways he attacks believers and we must be aware of not only our enemy, but the accusations and temptations he tries to lay across our path as a stumbling block. As a believer, you belong to the winning side, but you must know how to legally engage in combat.

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.” Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 [ESV]

When you do not discern the shifts of your seasons you will lack the understanding and instructions you need to unlock the blessings and experience victory over the enemy’s schemes. Just like God has blessings for you around the corner, Satan will bury traps and trouble in the same way. It is possible to be in a season that you are not cooperating with, but don’t be afraid – if you are seeking God, you will have the victory. Pentecost (June 8th) has two main themes: harvest and revelation. Based on the prophetic timing of Pentecost, there are four areas that God is going to do something quickly, instantly and unexpectedly! This is the first thing that you need to know about in this season. This is what God has for you – suddenly!
  1. Restoration (2 Chronicles 29:36)
  1. Defeat Over Your Enemies (Psalms 6:10)
  1. Deliverance (Acts 16:25-31)
  1. Revival, Outpouring and Overflow (Acts 2:1-18)
The second very important thing you need to know about this season is you have a very determined, very experienced and well-organized enemy. If God has a suddenly moment for you, then you are also a target. Satan will try to prevent your suddenly moment from happening! He comes to steal, kill and destry. The suddenly moment God has for you is not just about you, but about His kingdom and the expansion of it. We will not be ignorant of the enemy’s methodology, and that’s what I’m going to share with you today. God promises you defeat over all your enemies, every time. “Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.” (2 Corinthians 2:14, emphasis mine). You are going to have to fight, but you will never lose a battle – no matter how it looks in the natural. Psalms 6:10 says it like this:

Let all mine enemies be ashamed and sore vexed: let them return and be ashamed suddenly.”

When we break this verse down from the original Hebrew, we find that the word “enemies” means “adversaries with hatred”, or “those that are hostile.” We find that “ashamed” means “disappointed, delayed, confounded and dried up.” Sore vexed means “to tremble inward vehemently and speedily; alarmed, agitated and dismayed.” The phrase “and let them return” means “to turn back and retreat” suddenly. Make no mistake: Your enemies – starting with those who are hostile, going all the way to those who are filled with hatred towards you – will suddenly retreat, feeling disappointed and fearful. The Word of God exhorts us in 2 Corinthians 2:11:

Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices” (devices = purposes, disposition, thoughts).

You will never defeat an enemy you are not aware of. The Bible makes it clear that a battle line has been drawn between two kingdoms. One is the kingdom of God: the kingdom of light and righteousness. The other is the kingdom of the devil: the kingdom of darkness, evil, and all lies. The human race is the subject of this great conflict, with each power seeking to possess the control over the human race. The impact of this battle is felt in every activity of the human race at every level, large and small. So what do we do in this fight?

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Eph 6:10-12 KJV)

In closing, there are 7 principles you must know:

  1. There is an enemy.
  2. The enemy is spiritual.
  3. The enemy operates from the spiritual realm.
  4. The first deception of the enemy is to make you think there is no enemy.
  5. The warfare we find ourselves involved in is dangerously aggressive.
  6. This warfare is a very determined, very experienced and well-organized enemy.
  7. You are a target of this well-organized enemy.
As a believer, you belong to the winning side of this war, but you must know how to legally engage in combat. The exciting news is that our Lord Jesus Christ overcame the enemy and has given us the right to overcome him as well. This month, we are examining the strategies of spiritual warfare to methodical attacks of the enemy. You will recognize the depths of Satan while wearing the mighty armor of God!
 

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Warfare: Possess Your Success

Understanding the times and seasons of God is important for perceiving your destiny. Your individual mandate falls within the bigger scheme of God’s timing. Your individual mandate will have attacks launched upon it by Satan, and these are marked by the enemy’s perception of what God is doing in the spiritual realm.

The Bible makes it clear that a battle line has been drawn between two kingdoms. One is the kingdom of God: the kingdom of light and righteousness. The other is the kingdom of the devil: the kingdom of darkness, evil, and all lies. The kingdom of God and the kingdom of darkness both operate in hierarchical order.

Satan has tried to copy God’s hierarchical organization and as such, has organized ways that he attacks believers. Your enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy you. He doesn’t want to just give you a bad hair day, or make you lose your patience. He wants to cause you to forfeit all the blessings that God has around the corner for you, and the ones you have already been blessed with, too. Thank God that as a believer, you always belong to the winning side! Still, you must know how to legally engage in spiritual warfare to overcome Satan.

God is going to give you a “suddenly” defeat over all your enemies! Everyone who has shot an arrow against you – who has spoken against you.. God is about to take them down. The Lord has harvest for us!

God has been speaking to us concerning breaking cycles, taking your possession and experiencing ownership. This means walking in success and His promises. Being a believer means that you do experience success in all that to which you put your hands. Being a believer doesn’t mean youre a failure, or something less desirable, or that it’s okay to just stay where you are. That’s what the enemy would have the world believe – that Christians are poor, weak, unintelligent hippies who can’t do anything right. Nothing could be further from the truth! If you are bold enough to rise up and ask for it, God has success for you!

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly,
nor standeth in the way of sinners,
nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord;
and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water,
that bringeth forth his fruit in his season;
his leaf also shall not wither;
and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”
Psalm 1:1-3 [Emphasis mine]

Our promise in Psalm 1:1-3 is that when we walk with God, “whatsoever” you do shall prosper. Not “some of what you do;” not “a few things that you try really hard at once in a while.” No! God’s Word says that when you do certain things out of relationship towards God, that whatsoever you do shall prosper! When you stand set apart for the Lord’s purposes, not walking in the advice of the ungodly; not doing things that the sinner does; and not sitting on the lofty throne of the critic, judging everybody – you are on the path to success. The other part of the recipe is to keep the Word of God close at hand in your mind. During your daily routine and decision making, keep the Word of God close at hand. During the night time as you reflect on your day and carry out other routines, meditate in the Word of God so that the Holy Spirit can speak to you and reveal things to you. If you are doing these things, Psalm 1:1-3 promises supernatural success in all your dealings.

God desires that you should break old, demonic cycles, take your possession and experience ownership. You must understand that to be an owner you must think like an owner, and to be successful you must live like a success. This is a matter of adopting principles and laws that produce these results and understanding that which operates against you and your inheritance.

The “law of possession” is the act of taking into control or the act of having control. The law of possession says, “I have what is mine and I intend on keeping it”, and it says “What is mine that I do not have, I intend on getting it”. The law of possession has to do with the bigger spiritual mandate of dominion.

We see the law of possession at work in the parable of the strong man. Very simply stated, the law of possession says, “the stronger man gets the goods.”

Let’s look at Luke 11:21-22:

"When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house,
his possessions are safe.
But when someone stronger attacks and overpowers him,
he takes away the armor in which the man trusted
and divides up the spoils.”

The word “strong man” in the Greek means “forcible, mighty or powerful.” He is labeled a strong man because of his ability to hold in possession. Our Webster’s dictionary gives us a definition of “strong man” as “one who leads or controls by force of will or character.”

There is a “set man” in this equation as well. In this case, it would be a husband. The husband is the man that is “set” over the entire house. If you bind him, you have access to his whole family, the pastor, or even access to an entire church. The key to possession, and thereby dominion, is a stronger man than the strongman.

You bind the strong man by being bound to God’s Word. In other words, your “stuff” is yours because you are tied to his promise! If this is true, then why is it that many are not walking in the promise of possession and having dominion? Let’s look at a scripture to get some light on this topic.

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal,
but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself
against the knowledge of God,
and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
2 Cor. 10:3-5 [Emphasis mine]

Imaginations” are reasonings or arguments. Strong holds are held up and supported by “reasonings and arguments” that endorse ungodly behaviors and/or lies of the devil. The answer to our question is that if you allow strongholds, the strongman takes up residence and has access to your life – thus nullifying the blessing. It matters a great deal what we accept as truth and what we allow as being acceptable

Five Ways To Get Your Possession.

  1. Bind the word of God to your heart.

  2. Have a confident attitude! Fight the battle as if there is no way to lose.

  3. Remind your enemy of his defeat.

  4. Develop character to maintain blessing.

  5. Associate with victors not victims.

Your individual mandate will have attacks launched upon it by Satan. These attacks are marked by the enemy’s perception of what God is doing in the spiritual realm! God has harvest for the people of God! God desires that you should break old, demonic cycles, take your possession and experience ownership! Use the law of possession to overthrow any strongholds trying to creep in and steal the ground you have gained, and the blessings to come. Possess your success by casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. Because of the blood of Jesus, YOU are on the winning side!

 

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