Seven Days of God’s Process: 9. The Third Day

The Third Day

The most significant thing that happens on the third day is the establishing of seed-time and harvest. Notice however, that the processes and elements of process are ongoing. He is still speaking, still establishing boundaries, still dividing. These aspects of God’s process are not intermittent or terminal (having an end of the matter and then moving on). You must have the maturity that once God has spoken, you are to speak and keep speaking. Once God has set your boundaries, you are to continually discern them and seek them out. The apostle Paul did this continually. He was always pressing out into his extremity to know just what his boundaries were:

[Act 16:7 KJV] 7 After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not.

Are you looking for an opportunity to just see a manifestation of God’s promise, and then sit down till Jesus comes? You are falling short of your calling. Do you see that you must cooperate with God’s process – His ongoing process to move in maturity through the acceptance of the discipleship of the Spirit? We must be willing to experience and install in our character the aspects of God’s person and personality, by which we face every day:

  • Moving (brooding)
  • Speaking
  • Setting and Accepting Boundaries
  • Dividing (standing up for something)

In order that we might come to the calling of God. People ask, “what is My calling”, and that is a good question. Until you experience the calling of God, you will never be a Lord of your own harvest. You will never come into the THIRD DAY of God where the law of sowing and reaping is established, not only in the earth, but IN YOUR EARTH. Many people try to give and sacrifice, and take advantage of the law of seed time and harvest, and they wonder why it isn’t working? It is because they are trying to circumvent God’s process. The law of sowing and reaping is a THIRD DAY dynamic that you cannot see established in your life as God intends, until you become accountable to what PRECEEDS THIS.

The third day concept is very prominent in scripture, although many don’t understand it. They sing songs about the third day, they name musical groups after the third day, but has anyone ever explored and sought out what the third day is as a part of God’s process in our lives? The third day is where the seeds of your obedience produce the fruit of your destiny. Why can’t we do this right out of the gate? Because the processes of God that precede seed time and harvest in the seven days of God’s process, are intended to extract from the ground of our lives all of those things that we DON’T want to come to seed, fruit and harvest in our experience.

The third day was established in the Old Testament as a day of expectation. It is a day when things that have preceded before are coming to fruition (seed time and harvest):

[Exo 19:15- KJV] 15 And he said unto the people, Be ready against the third day: come not at [your] wives.

The third day was experienced by the Israelites in the wilderness, and a day that God responded to their obedience to gather to Him around the mount of Moses:

[Exodus 19:16 – KJV] And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that [was] in the camp trembled.

The third day was a day of full consumption of all that God has for us, and the full measure of the sacrifice of our lives to His service:

[Lev 7:17 KJV] 17 But the remainder of the flesh of the sacrifice on the third day shall be burnt with fire.

Prophetically, the third day is the third 1000-year period after the resurrection of Jesus that predicts the return of Christ and the establishing of His rule upon the earth (1000-year reign).

[Hos 6:2 KJV] 2 After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.

The third day was the day that Jesus predicted that His body, planted in seed time and harvest, would be resurrected in glory:

[Mat 16:21 KJV] 21 From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.

These truths are presented in scripture at the macro or cosmic level of creation and in the life of Jesus our Lord. They are nonetheless true guide stones by which God acts in our life. Can you identify what day you are in – in God’s process? Are you in the first day, looking at nothing but chaos and darkness? Then you know what to do – SPEAK! Are you in the second day of needing to know just what your boundaries are (what the boundaries of your PERSONAL FIRMAMENT are?). Then you should commit yourself to finding that out as Paul did. What is your measure? Are you willing to humble yourself to God’s mandate in your life, that though others may, you cannot? Are you hesitant to allow the sword to establish division in your life between light and darkness? Then you are stuck in the second day. You want third day reaping and harvest, but you aren’t going to get there until you deal with what comes first.

In the third day, you not only experience the harvest, but you become Lord over your harvest. In the third day, God didn’t just observe seed time and harvest – He initiated it. How could He do that? Because He was a law to Himself, higher than the law of seed time and harvest. If you are ever going to see the law of sowing and reaping work for you, beyond just being an observer, you must be willing to rise above that law and lord over it as God did with His words and what He did before initiating seed time and harvest, to assure that what happened was according to His will. You can become a LORD over your OWN HARVEST. You can INVOKE the Amos 9:13 dynamic and see the seeds you sow produce a harvest before they hit the ground. You can see the consistent cycle of seed-fruit-harvest as a continual benefit, maintaining and sustaining your life without diminishment – as you fulfill the days of God, giving Him the cooperation He is asking for and maturing into the full measure of the third day dynamic of heaven in your life and your person.

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