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Chinese New Year gets members off to a prosperous start with a timely message on how to sow and reap a great harvest.
Chinese New Year came early on Feb. 12. At City Harvest, two services were held on Friday evening in lieu of the weekend services, as the weekend marked the start of the festivities.
Both services kicked off with praise and worship that included Chinese New Year tunes with Christian lyrics. Each congregant received a small gift pack containing two mandarin oranges and a pack of specially-designed CHC red packets.
Senior pastor Kong Hee shared a message on the 10 “laws of the harvest”, which was particularly apt as it emphasized the principle of prosperity during this auspicious season.
Contrary to what some think, “harvest is not a natural phenomenon,” he said, explaining that some rules must be followed in order to get a harvest of thirty-fold, sixty-fold or a hundredfold.
These rules constitute the 10 laws, including basics such as the simple fact thatyour seed must be planted. “God moves by faith, not by need,” said the senior pastor, hence it is not biblical to think that if one had a need, one should expect a harvest. As written in Genesis 8:22, without seedtime, there is no harvest. Also, one has to render his seed useless to him. “You can’t sow a seed and keep digging it up to look at whether it’s growing,” he describes. “When you give, don’t have strings attached to your giving.”
Kong expounded on some key points on sowing which were an eye-opener for the church. “Your harvest size is decided when your seed is sown,” said Kong. “When you don’t know how big a harvest you’ll need, always sow extra to get more than enough!” It is important to sow in bad times, so that when the harvest comes, it spells the end of bad times.
He also explained the importance of sowing in good ground. “Farmers look for good ground to sow seeds to get a harvest,”he described. “Would you put your money in a small bank that’s on the verge of going under? Be harvest-minded. Don’t go for the need of the ground; go for the harvest it can bring!”
Finally, Kong drove home the most important two points: Part of every harvest is for sowing again, so that one enters into a continual cycle of sowing and reaping; and never forget that God is part of every harvest. “Pray and bathe your giving in prayer,” was his timely reminder. It was a great word to help church members start the year auspiciously and on the right foot for prosperity.
Kong Hee’s sermon will be available on CD soon at Attributes bookstore or at www.attributes.com.sg.
10 Laws Of The Harvest
1. Your seed must be planted.
2. You must render your seed useless to you.
3. You must plant what you expect to harvest.
4. Your harvest size is decided when your seed is sown.
5. Your seed must be planted in good ground.
6. The harvest always takes time.
7. Maintain your crops for a proper harvest.
8. Always sow to your harvest size.
9. A part of every harvest is for sowing again.
10. God is a part of every harvest.