Sowing to the Spirit

Daily Devotional with Dr. Charles Stanley @ InTouch.org

Monday, February 27, 2012

Sowing to the Spirit

Read | James 3:9-18

In all our daily choices, we either “sow to the flesh” or “sow to the Spirit” (Gal. 6:8). With our actions and  thoughts, we plant seeds that affect what kind of person we’re growing into and  the level of impact our lives will have for God.

“The flesh” is the part of us that  wants to live and act independently of the Lord. As humans, all of us have to deal with the pull of this attitude; we don’t lose it automatically when we’re saved. However, the Holy Spirit frees us from slavery  to the flesh. He begins to change us so we can turn from the deceptive lure of  living for self and instead start to live according to the truth. The choices we make contribute to the process of transformation, and when they’re in alignment with the Spirit’s work, they plant good seed that  results in even more new growth.

When you’re sowing to the Spirit,  you’re accepting God’s truth into your mind and heart. Then you’ll begin to  experience eternal life, which comes from truly knowing the Lord (John 17:3). The fruit of  the Spirit grows naturally from these seeds of godly truth and influences every  aspect of your life. When you feed your spirit with the things of God, you’re going to  become stronger, more Christlike, and more full of His life in your thoughts and actions.

Are  you feeding your spirit and the wellspring of your life, or are you feeding the  part of you that wants to act independently of God? Do your choices sow seeds  that are building you up, making you different, and letting streams of living  water flow from you to nourish others (John 7:37-39)?

James 3 (NKJV)

The Untamable Tongue

My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. 2 For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. 3 Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. 4 Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. 5 Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things.

See how great a forest a little fire kindles! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. 7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. 8 But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. 11 Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? 12 Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh.

Heavenly Versus Demonic Wisdom

13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. 15 This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. 16 For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. 18 Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

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