The Principle of Sowing and Reaping

Daily Devotional with Dr. Charles Stanley @ InTouch.org

Weekend, February 25, 2012 & February 27, 2012

The Principle of Sowing and Reaping

Read | Galatians 6:7-10

Satan wants us to believe the lie that  our actions have no natural results or consequences. But the truth is that you  can’t rebel against God and not reap the fruit of that choice later. You also  can’t obey God without eventually receiving the blessing. The choices you make  are the seeds you plant, and they determine the kind of crop you’re going to  reap in the future.

The heart of this principle is that all our choices are important. How we think and act matters, and not only for  ourselves. our choices always impact other people, for good or bad. Think about  the seeds others sowed that affected your view of yourself and the world. You either  rejected or accepted them, and the things you accepted eventually manifested in your life.

At some point, we all have made choices  we’ve regretted. Since consequences never simply evaporate, you may find  yourself harassed or even governed by things you’ve seen, said, or participated  in. Yet God will forgive everything you genuinely repent of, and He will work  with you to redeem those past choices. The road to redemption often includes  obstacles, but His Spirit can enable you to overcome. Lay your burden down  before the Lord every time it weighs on you, and request that He cleanse and  shape you into the person you were created to be.

Ask  yourself the following three questions: What kind of life do I want to live?  What do I want my character to be like? Who do I want to become years from now? Let the Holy Spirit speak to you about your choices–past, present and future–and  His plans for you.

Galatians 6 (NKJV)

Bear and Share the Burdens

Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. 5 For each one shall bear his own load.

Be Generous and Do Good

6 Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches.

7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8 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. 9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.

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