Wednesday, September 14, 2011

His Word for My Week

My Memory Verse This Week:
"The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward."
Proverbs 11:18

"Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows,  this he will also reap.  For the one who sows to his own flesh shall from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit shall from the Spirit reap eternal life."  Galatians 6:7-8

The Principle of Sowing and Reaping

1.  You always reap after the kind you sow.  Apple seeds produce apples, not bananas.  If we sow
    after the flesh, we reap the effects of wickedness, and if we sow after the Spirit, we reap the fruit of
    righteousness.  Galatians 5:19-25 clearly contrasts the deeds of the flesh and the fruit of the
    Spirit.   Are we sowing to the flesh or to the Spirit?  Check this out:
2.  You always reap later than you sow.  There is a season of growing.  It's not instant.  There is a
     wait for the harvest.  We cannot compromise our faith without the chastening of God.  It may
     appear that we have gotten away with our sin, but God's long-suffering allows time for us to repent.
     Often we share God's Word into some needy soul, but there seems to be no fruit.  Patiently wait. 
     I personally did not respond to the first attempt from someone sharing the Good News with me.  It
     took several people sharing their faith with me before I surrendered my life to Christ!  But that    
     was  the greatest day of my life! 

3.  You always reap more than you sow.  Sow the wind, reap a whirlwind.  We always reap in greater
     measure than we sow.  One grain of wheat sown produces many grains of wheat.  When we sow
     to the Spirit we produce fruit..little fruit, more fruit and then much fruit, and we find peace and 
     joy.   When we so to the flesh, we reap discontentment, unhappiness, and even ruined lives.  If
     we tell a little white lie, we know that it may take many more to keep covering up the first lie. 
     How much easier and rewarding it would be to sow in the Spirit.

Some examples of  the principle of sowing and reaping from my study in 2 Samuel in the life of King David:
  • David should have gone to war, but decided to stay in his palace.  (Idle hands are the devil's workshop.)  Perhaps being somewhat bored, he takes a walk out onto the terrace and eyes his neighbor, beautiful "Bath"sheba, who just happened to be taking a bath (in broad daylight) on her rooftop.  And he LUST after her.
  • He sent for her (a married woman), slept with her, and she became pregnant.  (How do you hide this one?)  SIN
  • To cover his sin, David invites Bathsheba's husband, Uriah, over for a few drinks thinking he would get drunk and go home and sleep with Bathsheba and voila a child.  Didn't happen. 
  • David sends a note with Uriah (interesting?) to Joab asking Joab to put Uriah in the front lines that he might be among the first to be killed.  And that did happen. DEATH
  • God was very displeased (to say the least) with David and sent Nathan the prophet to confront David with his sin of adultery.
  • God's judgement upon David was severe.  The sword would never depart from his house, and the son born of Bathsheba would not live.  DEATH
James 1:15 "Then when LUST has conceived, it gives birth to SIN; and when SIN is accomplished, it brings forth DEATH.  This is what I call the LSD of the Bible.  How destructive it is! 

Have a Blessed Day,

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