in Saskatchewan, with our vast farmlands, we are all familiar with sowing and
reaping. But do we realize that this principle is throughout the bible and
affects every aspect of our lives? “Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received
in the same year an hundredfold: and the Lord blessed him” (Gen 26:12; KJV).
That’s a good crop!
and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken
together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same
measure that ye mete withal, it shall be measured to you again" (Luke
Interesting that how we give affects how we receive.
Galatians 6:7, we read that God is not deceived, we reap what we sow. Sowing
and reaping affect every aspect of our lives not just farming and financial or
material giving. Job lamented that: “they that plough iniquity, and sow wickedness,
reap the same (Job 4:8; KJV). Hosea observed that those who have: “sown the
wind”; “reap the whirlwind” (Hos 8:7; KJV). In Proverbs 18:24, we read that to
have a friend we must be a friend. We also know that our words can reap a
harvest of good or evil (Prov 15:1).
you noticed that everything reproduces after its own kind? I think a pig would
be surprised if it produced chickens. Let’s meditate on our giving and receiving;
sowing and reaping today. Let’s do a checkup today; we need to be reminded that
how we give, in every aspect of our lives determines what we will receive, good
or evil. Is that an amen or an ouch?
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6:25-34, is a wonderful exhortation for us not to worry about our needs. God
says look at the beauty and magnificence of my creation; the wild flowers that
surround us in the countryside and the birds that swoop through the sky, see
how I created them and care for them. If God can do that how much more will he
care for us. God says, you focus on me and being like me and pleasing me and I
will take care of the provision.
is not short on supplies for our provision. Everything on this earth belongs to
God. “For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand
hills” (Ps 50:10; KJV). “The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the
Lord of hosts” (Hag 2:8; KJV).
like his instruction to us to leave the worry with him. In 1 Peter 5:6-7 (KJV),
we are told to: “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that
he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for
you”. Now this does not tell us to sit idly by and wait for God to provide; no,
we are to work with our hands to provide our needs. In the apostle Paul’s
second letter to the Thessalonians, he wrote: “For even when we were with you,
we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat” (2 Thess
3:10; KJV). But, if we trust God and do our part we don’t need to worry, we
need to trust God that everything will be taken care of; ends will more than
meet. Trust God, take the limits off of him; he will provide.
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are spiritual beings, living in bodies and having souls, which are our minds,
wills and emotions (1 Thess 5:23). In 1 Peter 1, the apostle Peter talks about
salvation. Salvation means to be spiritually reborn, born again or saved (John
3:3-8). We are saved from the spiritual death (Rom 6:23) that resulted from our
sinful life prior to us becoming Christians. We are spiritually saved or born
again by repenting of sin and asking Jesus into our life as Lord and Savior
(Acts 3:19; Rom 10:9-10). Salvation encompasses forgiveness, restoration,
prosperity, protection, safety, healing, preservation, joy, eternal life and so
much more. This is all available to us when we are saved and is referred to in
1 Peter 1:3.
1 Peter 1:4-5, 9, also refer to the promise of the completion of our salvation,
or final salvation as we meet our Lord and savior in heaven at the end of our
life on this earth. This is the continuation in heaven of our eternal life, which
started when we asked Christ into our lives here on this earth.
apostle Peter also writes about how God by his power (Greek word dunamis, from
which we get the English word, dynamite) keeps us in this present life (v 5).
He works in us to grow and change us to be more like him (Phil 1:6) and to
protect us and keep us for our final reward of eternal life in heaven (Ps
91:17a). Wow, what an awesome journey.
has us covered; all we have to do is submit (James 4:7-8,10) and cooperate with
him. How do we cooperate as Christians? Start with prayer and immersing
yourself in the Bible.
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apostle Paul wrote that: “Christ liveth in me” (Gal 2:20). Christ lives in us
as well (Rom 8:10), and we are in him (Rom 8:1). Jesus is the vine and we are
branches of that vine (John 15:5). We have been grafted in to the vine. Spiritually
this means that we are in Christ. As the life of the vine flows out to its
branches, so the life of Jesus, the Holy Spirit, lives in us and flows from us.
the book of Colossians, we are told that our heavenly Father has: “delivered us
from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear
son” (Col 1:13; KJV). This is God’s spiritual kingdom of light; we are
connected to Jesus and live in his sphere of influence.
was defeated through Christ’s victory at the cross and he (satan) was stripped
of all power and authority in our lives as Christians (Col 2:15).
Christ, God sees us as righteous (1 Cor 1:30), his sons and daughters (Gal
3:26), and: “more than conquerors” (Rom 8:37; KJV). “I can do all things
through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil 4:13; KJV).
is who we are but we need to walk in it. This requires that we study the word
and find out who we are in Christ; build up our faith so we can stand up to
satan when he comes to question our new life in Christ. Satan is defeated but
he will try to question your relationship with God using people and by sending
you negative thoughts. You must be convinced of who you are so you can stand
firm in your victory in Jesus.
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In Matthew 10:25 (KJV), Jesus told his disciples that:
"it is enough for the disciple to be as his master". And who is the master?
Jesus, of course, so that is our aim, to be like him.
The apostle Paul said in Gal 4:19 (KJV): "I travail
in birth again until Christ be formed in you". The Greek word for
"formed" means an inward change or transformation to take on the
nature and character of Christ. Paul also admonished the Corinthian Christians (1
Cor 11:1; KJV), to: "Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of
Christ". In 1 John 4:17 we are told that we are to walk in the world
around us just as Jesus would have done. In addition, in Ephesians 5:1, we are
simply taught to follow and imitate God.
The question is how do we do this? We get a clue in 2
Cor 3:18 (KJV). “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory
of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by
the Spirit of the Lord”. The glass or mirror is the word of God. The Holy Spirit
uncovers the word to us (John 16:13) bringing revelation or understanding. As
we see and understand the character and nature of Jesus, the Holy Spirit can
work in us to change us to be more like (him) Jesus. As we see by faith how God
wants to change us and all he wants us to be and do, then that allows the Holy
Spirit to bring these things to pass in our lives. We may not be aware of it but our light will
shine more brightly (Prov 4:18) the more time we spend in God’s presence. We
grow to imitate the teacher.
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