Let the Reaping Begin
First Fruit Blessings
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By Penny Sheahan
WE STAND AT THIS VERY POINT IN THE WORLD TODAY. GOD IS GATHERING THE FIRSTFRUITS OF HIS PEOPLE.
These “FIRSTFRUITS,” we believe, will be God’s new hand-picked, forerunning leadership. By their special dedication to Him, the harvest will begin. These “FIRSTFRUITS” leaders, once chosen and brought into God’s sanctuary, will become the catalyst to bring in the harvest of all. This chosen leadership will be so in the presence of Jesus, so close to His heart, they will feel His very heart beat. They will know Jesus’ overwhelming love and desire for mankind to come to salvation. Their praying and their preaching of the Word will be with brokenness and tears. They will be burdened in their spirits that the Lord of the Harvest send forth laborers into His harvest. A great host of laborers will soon follow the Word they preach. These laborers will continue to bring in the harvest. This is joyous news for all, for this process will usher in, we believe, the last great end-of-the-world harvest of souls (Matthew 13:39).
Before any new thrust of God, He chooses those to lead. In the deliverance of Israel from Egypt, it was Moses. In the conquest of the promised land, it was Joshua. In New Testament times, God chose Paul to bring in the Gentiles and Peter to lead the Jews. Every great revival has its FIRSTFRUIT leadership.
Psalm 126:4,5,6 says: “Turn again our captivity, O Lord, as the streams in the south. They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth bearing precious seed shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”
This is a prophetic Psalm speaking of a spiritual harvest. This Psalm gives us an indication of what the FIRSTFRUIT leadership will be. They will be:
1. The FIRST ones brought out of captivity (verse 4)
2. The FIRST to weep for the people (verse 5)
3. The FIRST to be sent (verse 6)
4. The FIRST to gather the harvest (verse 6)
Those chosen for leadership are not usually who we expect, for God does not see as man sees. Man looks at outward ability; God looks at the heart (2 Samuel 16:7). We will see that this new leadership will not only initiate the gathering of the end-time harvest of souls, but will also exemplify Jesus’ heart.
The “heart” characteristics of FIRSTFRUIT leadership and those who follow are given to us in Revelation 14:4: “These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the FIRSTFRUITS unto God and to the Lamb.”
The characteristics of those mentioned are:
1. Cleansed (not defiled)
2. Chaste (virgins or morally pure)
3. Constant (followers of the lamb)
We urge you, people of God, and especially those aspiring to leadership, PURIFY YOUR HEARTS. Do it quickly for the time is short.
James 4:8 says, “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double-minded.”
Stay close to God. Revel in His presence. Behold His glory. Be consumed with His love. We’re seeing leaders with Jesus’ heart attitude being plucked by God out of their jobs, out of their ministries, out of their cities, out of their churches, out of their countries, into a new and higher place in Him. This is such a transition for them. Remember, it is for the benefit of the whole body that these FIRSTFRUITS are being taken. The best thing we can do for these forerunning ministries is to release them to God’s purposes. He will do the rest!
REJOICE! THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF THE HARVEST!
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