For a period of time I kept waking up early in the wee hours of the morning ~ and I would just sit up in my bed. At one afternoon lunch after church, I asked the great prophet of God from Africa, Victor Emenike, if there was some reason for God waking me up or was it just restlessness. He immediately shared with me this parable of Jesus:
“A man sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, ‘Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?’ He said unto them, ‘An enemy hath done this.’ The servants said unto him, ‘Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?’ But he said, ‘Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”
I have spent a lot of time praying and interceding about the truth that Jesus lays out in this parable. One is that tares are sown only at seedtime and once they’re sown we cannot remove them until harvest time. Another is that even at harvest time only angels can do the removal and separation. So this puts a monumental importance upon our activities at seedtime. Which I might add is right now!
America is going through a transformation process like it has never faced in all of its history. The ancient prophet called it a time when, “The plowman shall overtake the reaper.” But let us, as laborers in the field, be watchful that we do not sleep and let the enemy sow more tares among the wheat. This seems simple: you just check the seed and make sure it does not have any tares among it.
Many times when Jesus was trying to warn us in parables of not making very dangerous and long-troubling mistakes, He referred to people as being sleepy, lazy, or drowsy. For example, the five foolish virgins slept and let their lamps go out. This means that you become so excited about getting a new vision for new seed (new money), that you don’t pray as a vigilantly when you were in poverty. The time for vigilance in prayer is now, because we are coming into a new seedtime. And Jesus said the seed was not money, but the word of God. It is so important that you make sure the word of God, that you are basing your future upon, is pure and has no fly in the apothecary’s ointment.
My word to you is slow down! Test the prophet, test the seed! I have seen this happen literally hundreds of times by Christians that make the mistake of being excited about a new job, venture, marriage, or opportunity. They have such zeal about the new thing that they start looking for signs to confirm to them that it is from God. This is one of Satan’s oldest tricks. This is how he sows tares among good wheat.
Jesus said, “An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas.” This is something that is so clear in the Scripture ~ but very rarely understood by Christians. If you are looking for a confirmation or a sign, one will never be given to you. But if you’re not looking, just going about your business, and suddenly God speaks to you or confirms that whatever was said to you was His direction ~ then you know it’s from God. But you must have the honesty in your own thoughts, and the intents of your heart, to know you were not looking for it.
I must be honest and confess that I’ve had many bad seeds ~ ideas and words that I thought God had given to me. Under the test of time, as well as acid-accurate confirmations, and being vigilant not to sleep, they were proven tares. As the family of God in the kingdom of God let us look for a field in 2018 that is ready to harvest and has absolutely no tares.
God is cleansing America from the tares in its field. He is also cleansing your city, your house, company, and church. In fear and trembling, and with a watchful spiritual eye, I will not slumber or sleep during this time of harvest and reaping. I am praying for you daily, that our field of San Francisco has a bountiful harvest!