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Our Spiritual Life Is Sowing and Reaping

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Our Spiritual Life Is Sowing and Reaping

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Is our spiritual life really that much different than life in this world? In this world there is a primary Law of the Garden: "As we sow, we harvest." In the life of the Spirit, the same law applies.

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What are your works? What do they broadcast?

In the context of what do they accomplish in bringing people to Christ...

Galatians 6:1 Galatians 6:1Brothers, if a man be overtaken in a fault, you which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering yourself, lest you also be tempted.
American King James Version×
  Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
Galatians 6:2 Galatians 6:2Bear you one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
American King James Version×
  Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
Galatians 6:3 Galatians 6:3For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
American King James Version×
  For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.
Galatians 6:4 Galatians 6:4But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.
American King James Version×
  But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.
Galatians 6:5 Galatians 6:5For every man shall bear his own burden.
American King James Version×
  For every man shall bear his own burden.

It is only with our participation that God creates Holy Righteous Character in us. Via obedience to His Law, the character grows. This is not a replacement for Grace. But living contrary to the Law produces the fruit of the flesh which will prevent us from entering in the Kingdom of God!
We have to make a change in our lives as God's people and practice the WAY OF GIVE.

NKJV
Galatians 6:6 Galatians 6:6Let him that is taught in the word communicate to him that teaches in all good things.
American King James Version×
  Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches.
Galatians 6:7 Galatians 6:7Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatever a man sows, that shall he also reap.
American King James Version×
  Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
Galatians 6:8 Galatians 6:8For he that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
American King James Version×
  For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.
Galatians 6:9 Galatians 6:9And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
American King James Version×
  And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
Galatians 6:10 Galatians 6:10As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good to all men, especially to them who are of the household of faith.
American King James Version×
  Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.

Sowing and reaping is the Law of all Life in all its aspects. Life is not, in that sense, a guessing game. You can know that what GOD has for you in His Kingdom is something absolutely WONDERFUL !!

Matthew 13:3 Matthew 13:3And he spoke many things to them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;
American King James Version×
  Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: "Behold, a sower went out to sow.
Matthew 13:4 Matthew 13:4And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:
American King James Version×
  And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them.
Matthew 13:5 Matthew 13:5Some fell on stony places, where they had not much earth: and immediately they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:
American King James Version×
  Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth.
Matthew 13:6 Matthew 13:6And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
American King James Version×
  But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away.
Matthew 13:7 Matthew 13:7And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:
American King James Version×
  And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them.
Matthew 13:8 Matthew 13:8But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundred times, some sixty times, some thirty times.
American King James Version×
  But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
Matthew 13:9 Matthew 13:9Who has ears to hear, let him hear.
American King James Version×
  He who has ears to hear, let him hear!"

The Farmer hopes for the seed falling in Good Ground!!!  We must LISTEN UP!!! This Law of Sowing and Reaping is a law of the UNIVERSE.  You have to live by the law of the garden. Quality seed at the right time in the right ground!!

Matthew 13:10 Matthew 13:10And the disciples came, and said to him, Why speak you to them in parables?
American King James Version×
  And the disciples came and said to Him, "Why do You speak to them in parables?"
Matthew 13:11 Matthew 13:11He answered and said to them, Because it is given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
American King James Version×
  He answered and said to them, "Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.
Matthew 13:12 Matthew 13:12For whoever has, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whoever has not, from him shall be taken away even that he has.
American King James Version×
  For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.
Matthew 13:13 Matthew 13:13Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
American King James Version×
  Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.
We live in a dog eat dog world. The political race this year sure looks that way.
Romans 8:1 Romans 8:1There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
American King James Version×
  There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
Romans 8:2 Romans 8:2For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.
American King James Version×
  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.
Romans 8:3 Romans 8:3For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
American King James Version×
  For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh,
Romans 8:4 Romans 8:4That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
American King James Version×
  that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
Romans 8:5 Romans 8:5For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
American King James Version×
  For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.
Romans 8:6 Romans 8:6For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
American King James Version×
  For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
The harvest from carnal life IS DEATH!!

Romans 8:7 Romans 8:7Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
American King James Version×
  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.
Romans 8:8 Romans 8:8So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
American King James Version×
  So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

We have surrendered in the flesh and given our lives over to GOD so that we can indeed have "Life and have it MORE Abundantly"
Romans 8:9 Romans 8:9But you are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
American King James Version×
  But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.
Romans 8:10 Romans 8:10And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
American King James Version×
  And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
Romans 8:11 Romans 8:11But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwells in you.
American King James Version×
  But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

OUR Lives are all about sowing and reaping. It never changes. Every day you live you are sowing and reaping!!!
We always will reap what we sow.  You plant an apple seed and you get an apple tree. You can't sow a cucumber and reap a tomato!!! It just does not happen!!

The SAME LAW applies spiritually. God set up these laws for things to function but also with the intent that we would understand the spiritual implications and applications of this one law.

Insanity reigns!!!  "The definition of Insanity is to do the same thing over and over and expect different results".  Sometimes the reason poor people are poor is because they do the same things that poor people DO. And the ones that become wealthy do the things that wealthy people did to get to where they are.

Are we willing to try the TREE OF LIFE and way of Love/Give = Outgoing Concern for the well-being of others?

Christ said He was "the way, the truth, and the life".

"The Power of Focus" Book Mr. Tuck gave to his son.
Focus on what you are doing and trying to accomplish in your life if you are going to grow. DO NOT FIXATE in the negative elements of life and REFRAIN from those things that hurt you. The Spirit of God is about a right attitude and good wavelength of thought and living GOD's WAY OF LIFE.
What are the GOOD THINGS in that... Job, marriage, garden, house, car, situation.... etc., That is the FOCUS.
Man does NOT know the way to peace, according to Paul.

FOCUS on the good things. WHAT are the good things in... Job, Marriage, Drive, Illness...

"Pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity; Optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty" Winston Churchill

WE, as God's people, should focus on the opportunities often hidden in each difficulty, seek them and take advantage of them.

When its dark enough you can SEE the Stars.

Good fortune is what happens when Opportunity meets PLANNING and PREPARATION.
Either you plan to succeed or, by default, you plan to fail!!!

Rich man with pessimist and optimist sons; toys and manure. Pessimist room filled with every kind of toy that a boy would want. He put a pile of manure in the other son's room, the optimist.  By the pessimist son's room, he was crying, why? because when the batteries run down and will need new batteries and my brother will envy me cuz I have these toys...  The Optimist son was digging through the pile and smiling all excited. Dad: Why are you so excited? Daddy... with all this manure there's bound to be a pony in here somewhere...

1 - AVOID PESSIMISM!!! and Ungratefulness....  ... "...your strength is small"
Proverbs 24:10 Proverbs 24:10If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.
American King James Version×
  If you faint in the day of adversity, Your strength is small.
Proverbs 24:10 Proverbs 24:10If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.
American King James Version×
  If you are weak in a crisis, you are weak indeed. GNB

2 - FOCUS on the POSITIVE  Proverbs 15:15 Proverbs 15:15All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart has a continual feast.
American King James Version×

Proverbs 15:15 Proverbs 15:15All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart has a continual feast.
American King James Version×
  The life of the poor is a constant struggle, but happy people always enjoy life.
Proverbs 15:15 Proverbs 15:15All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart has a continual feast.
American King James Version×
  All the days of the oppressed are miserable, but a cheerful heart has a continual feast.

3 - DO THINGS FOR OTHER PEOPLE :) :)  Far better to GIVE THAN TO RECEIVE.
Acts 20:35 Acts 20:35I have showed you all things, how that so laboring you ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
American King James Version×
  I have shewed you all things, how that so laboring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

What does it mean to sow to the Spirit?
2Ti 1:7  For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
NOT a spirit of pessimism and negativism!
The Holy Spirit leads to a sound mind, the greek for the sound it is discipline, self-control. Thus we are to be in control of what we say and do. "The spirit of the prophets IS SUBJECT to the prophets"...
This means WE ARE IN CONTROL... if we so choose.

Most people are led by their desires as a bull is led by the nose.

Galatians 5:17 Galatians 5:17For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that you cannot do the things that you would.
American King James Version×
  For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another so that you do not do the things that you wish.
Galatians 5:18 Galatians 5:18But if you be led of the Spirit, you are not under the law.
American King James Version×
  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
Galatians 5:19 Galatians 5:19Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
American King James Version×
  Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,
Galatians 5:20 Galatians 5:20Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, jealousies, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
American King James Version×
  idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,
Galatians 5:21 Galatians 5:21Contentions, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
American King James Version×
  envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Galatians 5:22 Galatians 5:22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
American King James Version×
  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
Galatians 5:23 Galatians 5:23Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
American King James Version×
  gentleness, self-control. Against such, there is no law.

Hosea, if you sow to the wind you will reap from the Whirlwind.

LIFE is about Sowing and Reaping! The Law of the Garden is always at work.

2Co 9:6  But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
2Co 9:7  So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.
2Co 9:8  And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.
2Co 9:9  As it is written: "HE HAS DISPERSED ABROAD, HE HAS GIVEN TO THE POOR; HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS ENDURES FOREVER."
2Co 9:10  Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness,
2Co 9:11  while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God.

LEARN TO SOW BOUNTIFULLY SO YOU CAN REAP A BUMPER CROP WHEN JESUS RETURNS...