When we don’t see God moving in a challenging circumstance, there can be a fleshly tendency to try to limit Him. I’ve been hearing in the Spirit, “Don’t limit Me [God]!” In light of this, it’s time to consider our old fields, new fields, & the wind of the Spirit.
As I continued to posture my heart, mind, and spirit to receive further revelation regarding this impartation, I was reminded of a prophetic word I was given during the summer of 2020 that I would like to share with you for a present-day application.
Since most of the nation, including us living in the desert, is experiencing an arctic cold blast, it’s quite a mental stretch to be thinking about a planting or sowing season. We’re just concentrating on trying to stay warm and take care of daily necessities.
The spiritual principle of sowing and reaping can occur at any time during our lives. Most everyone I know desires to experience at least a hundredfold increase after planting.
For the background of this, let’s read about Isaac in Genesis 26. If there’s ever a time when we need a visit or word from the Lord, it’s during a famine of any kind and not just a lack of food.
God instructed Isaac to live in Gerar, which means “lodging place.” It was a Philistine town in what today is south-central Israel.
“There was a famine in the land, besides the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines, in Gerar.
“Then the Lord appeared to him and said: ‘Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land of which I shall tell you. Dwell in this land, and I will be with you and bless you; for to you and your descendants I give all these lands, and I will perform the oath which I swore to Abraham your father.’” (Genesis 26:1-3)
“Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the Lord blessed him.” (Genesis 26:12)
The Difference Between Two Prepositions
Despite his challenging circumstances and lack, Isaac did not return to Egypt, but obeyed the word of the Lord and dwelled where he was instructed to do so. Gerar was Isaac’s God-assigned “lodging place” for that particular time in his life and legacy.
In the Bible, Egypt is called the house of bondage. (Exodus 13:3 and 20:2) Also, Egypt represents the world, slavery (according to Exodus 12:40-41, Israel was in slavery to the various Pharaohs of Egypt for over 430 years), and the materialistic society and all that encompasses.
Granted, while we have to live in the world, we’re not of the world. There’s a big difference between these two prepositions!
In —used as a function word to indicate inclusion, location, or position within limits. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/in
Of – used as a function word to indicate something from which a person or thing is delivered. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/of
We have to live in this world until we’re taken out of this world when we go to be with Jesus, our Lord, and Savior if our names are written in the Lamb’s book of life. (Psalm 139:16; Luke 10:20; Philippians 4:3; Revelation 3:5, 13:8, and 21:27).
Blessings Follow In The Train Of Obedience.
God promised Isaac that if he obeyed Him, blessings were sure to follow. Please consider this:
***** – While Isaac had no land of his own, he sowed into the land of the Philistines which was a pagan-filled area.
***** – Within one year during the midst of a severe famine, as a tenant occupying someone else’s land, he reaped a hundredfold.
***** – Oftentimes, a famine is due to lack of water or elements of weather, yet how was it that Isaac’s crops were able to grow and produce with such an accelerated increase?
Were there not other people living in the same geographic area and attempting to raise corn, grain, and sheep to eat?
***** – God continued to prosper Isaac abundantly with flocks, herds, servants, etc.
Prophetic Vision Of The Crane & The Man.
For the past few days, I’ve received a repetitive, prophetic vision of an extremely large crane lifting a man, kicking wildly and screaming, and removing him from his present geographic location to place him elsewhere.
In this vision, the man’s physical appearance was about 3 inches x 3 inches. He was so small compared to this massive crane!
Prophetic symbolisms for a crane are burdens, burdens being lifted, or a salvation ministry.
I deem this represents someone with an iron will who is opposing God’s plans and purposes for his or her life. God is lifting him from Egypt or his house of bondage to take him to a place of freedom and salvation.
“Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but followed the counsels and the dictates of their evil hearts, and wentbackward and not forward.” (Jeremiah 7:24)
“You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you.” (Acts 7:51) (Emphasis added).
“Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; but exhort one another daily, while it is called ‘Today,’ lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end, while it is said:
“Today, if you will hear His voice,
Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” (Hebrews 3:12-15)
This recent, prophetic vision saddened me very much, as I desire not only this man, but all of us, to obey the Lord and embrace His word along with this prophetic word, “Old Fields, New Fields, & The Wind Of The Spirit!”
God Is No Respecter Of Persons.
As you are reading my prophetic blog post, some of you may be saying, “But I only know how to spell farm or land!”
Most of the time, it’s not an actual field per se that will produce our blessings and increase, although it surely could be. It’s a spiritual principle.
Commensurate with your age, ask the Lord to show you where you’ve sown in previous years or decades of your life. What type of increase have you experienced?
Others may argue that of course Isaac was blessed because he was the child of the promise.
Thankfully, we are children of the promise, just like Isaac was.
“Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are children of promise.” (Galatians 4:28)
Testimony From A Christian Sister.
At the time that I originally received this prophetic word in 2020, I learned that a Christian sister had retired after a decade of teaching and serving students in her district. She was sorely missed as she had such a merciful heart for the students and taught them many practical and valuable life skills along the way.
Her testimony really blessed me when she indicated that after her aged husband was no longer able to physically assist her with the necessary chores on their ranchette, it was some of her former students and their family members who rose to the occasion to bless her a hundredfold. Her blessings did not manifest in crops, but it was physical labor and assistance that she was in dire need of during her own type of “famine.”
On January 11, 2023, my prophetic blog post encouraged all of us that it’s time to go on the offense. When we do so, this will help us to continue to yield to God and allow the wind of His Holy Spirit to propel us into our new fields and assignments.
Here’s the web link: https://sheilaeismann.com/its-time-to-go-on-the-offense/
Prophetic Insights For Daily Living.
#1. Are you experiencing ANY type of famine? If so, what is the nature of it, and what has the Lord directed you to do?
#2. Identify the old fields in your life, list them, pray, and ask the Lord to direct you to your new fields.
#3. With Egypt representing the world and house of bondage, what areas of worldly influence still have a grip on you that’s preventing you to move forward with the Lord and agree to His wind of the Spirit leading and propelling you into what He wants you to be and what He wants you to do?
Fields are also symbolic of the world, but can also represent the harvest.
“Jesus said to them [His disciples], ‘My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. For in this the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors.” (John 4:34-38)
#4. Have you been limiting God in any way, shape, or form? It’s helpful to identify and confess these and watch and pray as He brings the increase.
God promised Isaac that if He obeyed Him and followed His leading and instructions, blessings were sure to follow, which they did.
#5. Measuring the increase can be important as it may not always be in bushels, pecks, gallons, or tons. What are you in need of these days?
Disappointment can enter our spirits if we’re looking for an increase in all the wrong places. It’s a matter of focus, concentration, truth, and hope.
I want to encourage you: EXPECT THE INCREASE!
#6. You’ve probably heard the old adage, “Age is only a number.” Is God calling you to plant in a new field? With there being innumerable areas or fields in our societies and world right now, much kingdom work awaits the sowers and harvesters.
Revisiting the Biblical account of Isaac in Gerar in the land of the Philistines, God can plant you in the land and give you the field in a challenging area – an unconquered land. Are you willing to accept a new assignment and/or challenge despite the unknown and the risks?
Please consider the prophetic vision described above about the crane lifting the man from his present geographic region. A crane can represent a salvation ministry, seeking those who are lost, and helping to usher them into the kingdom of God before it’s too late!
As the arctic temperatures continue to surround us, please plan to spend quiet and quality time with the Lord, and He will be faithful to reveal His perfect plan for you.
Everything you need to plant, water, and harvest will be included as God never gives us directives without supplying what it takes to accomplish the task.
Stay warm, press on, keep the faith, and enter your new fields!
Until the next message,
SFE (Sheila, Fellow Encourager)
Sheila F. Eismann, Prophetic Seer, Blogger, & Author, publishes her blog posts endeavoring to encourage others through God’s word. Her writings include instructions on how to apply prophetic insights for daily living.
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