Dear Presence seeker, do you long for financial breakthrough?
I imagine that most people reading this will probably say a heartfelt “yes.”
Financial breakthrough is one of the biggest areas of need that I hear about from our Presence-seeking community. It's also one of the biggest areas of need I've seen in the Body of Christ in general … so if your answer to my question was “yes,” know that you are NOT alone!
But did you know you don't have to wait for breakthrough?
It's true. It's in your hand right now to achieve and receive the breakthrough you need.
Why do I say that?
Because just yesterday, I was meditating on a passage from Proverbs when I found this other passage that really hit home with me. It's Proverbs 13:23, and it says:
Much food is in the fallow ground of the poor, and for lack of justice there is waste” (Proverbs 13:23).
I believe this passage is key right now for everyone who needs financial breakthrough.
According to Dictionary.com, the word “fallow” means:
1. (of land) plowed and left unseeded for a season or more; uncultivated.
2. not in use; inactive: “My creative energies have lain fallow this year.”
3. land that has undergone plowing and harrowing and has been left unseeded for one or more growing seasons.
Verb (used with object)
4. to make (land) fallow for agricultural purposes.
Fallow ground is land you have that is uncultivated. It's not being used; it's inactive. This is a correct Biblical interpretation, as the Hebrew word here speaks also of land that has been tilled but not maintained or cultivated.
And the Bible clearly tells us here that if you're doing without …
… if you're poor …
… if you're in need of provision …
… there is much food in the land you already have that hasn't been cultivated.
Yes, that's right. The provision you need is currently hiding in land you already have.
But the key is that it's in land that's fallow. Land that you've tilled, but not cultivated.
What could your fallow ground look like?
- A job you know you could apply for, but you haven't applied.
- A business idea you know you would like to work on, but you haven't done anything about it.
- An invention the Lord gave you, but you got derailed in the process of producing the product.
- A blog you'd like to work on, but you let your website die before it even got off the ground.
- A yard sale you wanted to hold, but you stopped working on it after you only carried a few items into your garage.
I could go on all day about potential things that could be your fallow ground or mine. Everybody's fallow ground will look different. I even have fallow ground myself, so I'm preaching to myself here.
So what will we do about our fallow ground?
I would suggest that maybe we all need to do what I know I myself need to do:
- Make a to-do list of little steps we need to take;
- Work on at least one item on that list every day;
- Set aside a consistent, specific time every day to work on the project/idea/business (in other words, keeping consistent business hours for yourself, even if that time is at 11 PM or 4 AM); and
- Keep at it, day in and day out, as if your finances depended on it.
Because, according to Proverbs 13:23, the food you are looking for is hidden in your fallow ground.
And it's fallow ground you already have. It's “the fallow ground of the poor,” not “the fallow ground of the rich that the rich will hire the poor to work on.” No, your gold is not in somebody else's territory. Your gold is in your own land … \
… even if you don't think you have any land.
There is much food in the fallow ground of the poor. The key is to:
- work that fallow ground;
- cultivate it;
- plant seed in it;
- weed it–even when new weeds crop up every day;
- hoe it;
- fertilize it;
- drive the animals out of it that want to eat your harvest; and, ultimately …
- harvest it.
So what is your fallow ground? And what are you willing to do to cultivate it, so you won't be hungry anymore?
We all have fallow ground. The Creator of Heaven and earth has given all of us ideas, dreams, and land that we need to cultivate so we can receive a harvest. All of us, including me and you.
The only question is: Will you set your face like flint and work your fallow ground this year?
If the Holy Spirit is speaking to you about working your fallow ground, please leave a comment below!