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    Keep your hand to the plow

    [dropcap]I[/dropcap] saw a vision of a hand gripping a plow, sweating under the burden of labor in the field of ministry.  Coming down onto the plower’s field were birds fluttering, great and small, threatening to steal the seed being sown, greatly distracting the plower plodding along.

    WINDS OF ADVERSITY

    There were high winds of adversity prevailing with thick dark clouds of oppression overshadowing this huge field.  These present conditions on the ground and in the atmosphere seemed to render this labor to be all in vain.  The hand being weary and now trembling from discouragement started slipping from the plow hopelessly.  For a brief moment, this vision stood motionless as though the heartbeat of the plower had stopped.

    LIKE THUNDER CLAPPING

    Suddenly, God’s voice, like thunder cracking through the black clouds, touching down like lightning, pierced the plower’s heart as though it would burst with electrifying power like a jump start…..

    “. . . KEEP YOUR HAND TO THE PLOW…..KEEP YOUR HAND TO THE PLOW!”

    Look not to the right or to the left.

    Don’t look back.

    Don’t even look ahead,

    . . .but look up and fix your eyes on Me, the Author and Finisher of your labor, for your redemption draweth nigh.  Waste no time shooing the birds from your field, but keep your hand to the plow and keep plowing on in hope.

    I AM COMING INTO YOUR FIELD TO REDEEM IT

    “Know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord and be not weary in well doing for you shall reap bountifully if you faint not.  I am coming into your field of labor to redeem it and to release a new anointing and unction that will break forth upon your ground, for the earth is Mine.”

    POWER COMING UPON YOUR PLOW

    “I am also coming into your ministry and you will discover power coming upon your plow….  going before you, making the crooked places straight and cutting the bars asunder, opening up even new ground and opportunities.”

    “My strength will come flowing through the plow into your hand and the blood, sweat and tears sown in discouragement will be reaping in My joy that will become your strength in this last-day harvest. You will discover My strength being made perfect in your weakness and find My joy in your journey.”

    JOY, EVEN IN SOWING

    “For joy is not only found in the reaping, but there will be plenty in the sowing.  So much that the days will come as in Amos 9:13…”The plowman shall overtake the reaper,” says the Lord.  “Remember that he that observes the wind shall not sow, and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.  As thou knowest not what is the way of the Spirit, even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all.  In the morning sow thy seed and in the evening withhold not thine hand; for thou knowest not wither shall prosper, either this or that or whether they both shall be alike good.”  Ecclesiastes 11:4 “KEEP YOUR HAND TO THE PLOW.”

    By Bill Yount – blowtheshofar@juno.com

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