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Securing Future Blessing

Securing Future Blessing

 

What will your future look like? That may be the one question we would like answered more than any other. In today's troubled world we all wonder how the future will play out. Now, I can't tell you what lies ahead for your life but the Bible does teach that each of us can significantly influence our future.

"Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers."
Galatians 6:7-10 NIV

One of the most important principles for a person to understand is sowing and reaping but we often prefer to choose the easy route. That's why Lotto is so popular - it promises huge, quick and easy rewards for a small investment.

What We Sow

Much of our future depends on how and where we sow now.

Galatians 6:7 warns 'do not be deceived' - there is a tendency to think sowing and reaping does not always happen and goes on to say 'whatever a man sows' - whatever means the seeds we sow - good or bad. So the question before us is: what do you want next year to look like? How about the next five years, the next ten, or even the next 20 years? Sow the right seeds to recieve the right harvest.

Where We Sow

Galatians 6:8 reveals there are two kinds of soil we can sow into

The British evangelical leader, John R. Stott, wrote, "Every time we allow our mind to harbor a grudge, nurse a grievance, entertain an impure fancy, wallow in self-pity, we are sowing to the flesh. Every time we linger in bad company whose insidious influence we know we cannot resist, every time we read pornographic literature, we are sowing, sowing, sowing, to flesh"

People sow to the flesh and because they see no immediate consequences, continue to do so.

"When the sentence for a crime is not quickly carried out, people’s hearts are filled with schemes to do wrong." Ecclesiastes 8:11 NIV


Sowing to the Spirit

Sowing to the Spirit in essence is seeking first the kingdom of God; it means serving God and living a life that pleases Him.

 

Sowing with and in our finances

A major area in which the Bible applies the principle of sowing and reaping is in the area of our finances.

"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work." 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 NIV

If you faithfully sow with tithes, offerings and generosity you will reap a financial blessing. This is not the prosperity gospel however but God’s principle of increase.


The Four Principles of Sowing and Reaping

"Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days. Give a serving to seven, and also to eight, for you do not know what evil will be on the earth." "He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap." "In the morning sow your seed, and in the evening do not withhold your hand; for you do not know which will prosper, either this or that, or whether both alike will be good." Ecclesiastes 11:1-2,4,6 NKJV

1. Don’t Wait for Favourable Conditions

Can you think of some areas in which you tend to procrastinate sowing good seed into?

2. We Reap More Than We Sow

How many of us doesn't like a bargain? But in waiting for the bargain you might ultimately miss out on what you wanted.

3. We Reap In Proportion To What We Sow

I interpret it like this: if you want to be rich - give! If you want to be poor - grasp!

There is a story that philanthropist Captain Levy of Philadelphia was asked how he was able to give so much to the Lord’s work & still have so much left and he answered, "As I shovel out, He shovels in; and the Lord has a bigger shovel than I do."

4.Takes time before you reap.

It is tempting and easy to stop sowing when you do not reap quickly. But Ecclesiastes 11:1 says we will reap after many days, that returns on our investment won't come quickly but they will come.

 



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