Saturday, October 24, 2009

WHATEVER A MAN SOWS, THAT HE WILL REAP..


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Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 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. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart...Galations 6:7-10

I believe in these verses are some very profound Biblical truths that we all would do well to remember. There is no changing them, no getting away from these Biblical principles, we WILL reap what we sow rather it is of our flesh (or this world and the "old man") or to our Spirits and everlasting life...I have heard it taught that these verses refer to a comparison of our Christian lives, to that of a farmer. A farmer reaps the same as he has sown. If he plants wheat, wheat comes up. In the same way, if we sow to the flesh, the flesh will increase in size and strength. The farmer reaps more if he sows more, and in like way, we will reap more spiritually if we put time into our relationship with God accordingly, or we will reap all the consequences and results of sin if we sow to our flesh...Why when this is such a simple and basic fact, which of course makes perfect sense as well, do we have such a hard time with it sometimes? Why do we expect it at times to be different? If we spend most of our day and time doing the things of this world that we KNOW will not bring about any spiritual growth or maturity, are we surprised when our relationship with God suffers, and we find ourselves unable to find His presence and His peace? And this principle of course applies to things that are not necessarily spiritual in nature either. For example, if you eat too much, you WILL gain too much weight....if you stay up all night, you WILL be tired the next day....if you drink too much and party too long, you WILL feel the effects in your life.... if you gossip and spread lies, you will harm someone.....and on and on.....I'm sure we have all felt the effects of these principles many times in our lives. I have for sure...it seems the older I've gotten, the more I of course have seen both in my life and in the lives of those around me, and it has proven to be true over and over again.....God WILL NOT be mocked, we WILL reap what we have sown....I am clinging right now to the last verse in this passage where we are told not to grow weary doing what is right, and I am striving to invest more time everyday to things of the Spirit...for I WILL reap the benefits thereof....Remember, we are either feeding our spirits or feeding our flesh every day...which ever one we feed the most will grow the strongest and can therefore then overtake and defeat the other...and the question then has to be, which one do we want in our lives??

I prepared this post last week as this is such a busy week-end for me. My daughter is here visiting and the rest of my family as well to see her while she is here. The visit is going wonderously and I am soo looking forward to worshiping this morning with them all. God is soo good. My heart is also saddened though by the passing of Amy Ragan, We rejoice for her as she is in the arms of our beloved Savior, but my heart weeps for her family left behind. May He bless and comfort them all. I may not get around right away to as many of the other blogs that so bless me on this day as my day will be so full, but I will get there eventually. Have a wonderful day of worship!!

21 comments:

  1. Yours is such a powerful message, Debbie. "We WILL reap that which we sow." You're right .. there's no getting around it; thank God!

    I'm so glad you're enjoying a wonderful visit with your precious daughter!

    Myra

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  2. Enjoy your daughter's visit!!

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  3. This is so true, Debbie. I think it is something we all need to be reminded of. I know I do and I think you for the reminder. It's wonderful your daughter can be with you and I know it will be a great time of worship for you.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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  4. This is a strong message! Thank-you for sharing it today. Enjoy your daughter and your family.
    God Bless,
    Ginger

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  5. My heart also goes out to Amy's family.

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  6. This is a truth that needs to be proclaimed from EVERY pulpit in America. Sadly it is not.
    Susan

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  7. Hi Debbie,
    As always I so enjoy reading what the Lord as put on your heart to share. I too am trying to feed my spirit more and more with the things of God. it is so amazing how when we get older the things of this world seem to grow dimmer. Thank you for sharing
    I too am grieving with the Ragan family but rejoicing for Amy.
    I am also tickled pink that you are able to spend this time with Melody. So enjoy every second.
    Hugs and Blessings,
    Sue

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  8. Oh it's me again. I love what you have done with your blog! i told someone the other day that I am having so much fun with mine, since this recession I can't do anything to my real house so I get to decorate my house in blogland for free. I am so thankful for those who so willing give us these free options.
    Thank you for your sweet and inspiring comments, I always look forward to hearing from you.
    Hugs,
    Sue

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  9. I love your beautiful heading. I love the beautiful flowers and the words of today's post.

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  10. What a great thought today. Thanks for sharing this.
    Blessings,
    Sherry

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  11. Thanks for those thoughts ~ Blessings ~

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  12. Glad you are having a wonderful family visit... makes us realize how blessed we are.

    Your barn photo/header is beautiful!

    Thank you for your message today... it is a biblical truth...something we need to remember.

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  13. Debbie: I love the way the Word of God says it so simply yet profoundly. Great message.

    I know you are enjoying your daughter. Time flies in short visits like these! I bet you're having fun.

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  14. What a powerful message this is. Yes, what we give our attention to is what grows in our lives! Bless you.

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  15. I took enjoyment in my daughters visit this weekend as well. The love that we shower our children with is the same love our lord showers on us. I also enjoyed your post and the thought behind it

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  16. Hi Debbie,
    Thanks for stopping by today and sharing your heart, I was truly blessed. Gosh when I came to your blog I just gasped when your blog opened up to such a beautiful Header and blog design. It felt so welcoming and warm(smile). This is a beautiful post and awesome reminder.
    Hugz Lorie

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  17. Hi Debbie!
    Thank you for stopping by this morning and for thinking of me. My heart is very heavy these days, and I know that Amy had to go, she was in so much pain, it was unbearable, but it still hurts within my heart.

    I know it is going to take time. I am so sad I cannot be with the rest of the family. It is very hard grieving from a distance. For whatever reason I was not meant to be there. I trust in God. His decision is always right.

    Thank you for your prayers, your love and kindness.

    Please enjoy your daughter and family during this special time. Much love and hugs, Sherry

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  18. Hi Debbie,
    Just walked by and saw where you stopped by. Thank you for taking the time to visit , I know you are so busy. I am sorry you are not feeling well. But have had a great visit with you daughter. Debbie she is so beautiful, and my heart aches for you both as she will be leaving today. Trust me I know the feeling, and it is not fun. But the up side is her and her dh will be home again real soon for Thanksgiving.

    In the meantime I will keep you busy going back and forth visiting here in blogland.LOL I am so glad that we are neighbors, and I enjoy our visits.

    I will certainly be praying for safe travel mercy for Melody, and that you will be better soon.

    I just got off the phone with my best friend(daughter Susan. )She had just got back from a womens conference in La. I wasn't able to go this year. Wonderful speakers one from Hillsong, and she met Natalie Grant. Susan said she is so sweet.

    She also invited me to go to one next September in England that Hillsong is having. I said "sure and if you go without me I will disown you." Now I have a year to lose this weight.lol talk about motivation! lol

    She just went on and on about how wonderful the conf. was. I was so glad she was able to go,because when you are a pastor's wife, you are always pouring into other peoples life, and you need to have your vessel filled up too, so you can pour some more.
    Well i guess I have talked long enough, you need to get some rest and enjoy what time you all have left.
    Blessings,and Hugs,
    Sue

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  19. Debbie, I am soooo behind in my blog visiting, but I didn't want to miss yours. This is an incredible post...none of us could add a single word and bring any more truth and meaning that what you have done here. We all must be stay awake and pay attention to our lives...what we think, and what we do, because there are consequences. I almost posted about "choices" yesterday, probably will next week...every choice affects not only us, but those we love, and sometimes, for all eternity.

    I'm so glad to know that you had a blessed visit with Melody and the family...I can just imagine how your heart was bursting during the entire time she was there, and how sad to say those good-byes, but to know that she is happy and well will keep your heart light.

    I am so very sad for Debbie in her loss of her baby girl, Amy Dawn. We have daughters, we can feel her pain. To even think about it hurts our mothers' hearts...yet, to know that God had a plan for her life, just as He has for ours, and that He knew it from the beginning, knowing when He would take Amy home, and knowing that Debbie would grieve, He gave us hope and assurance that this life is not our all and all...He is! We can praise Him in the midst of the most horrific circumstances, and He will bring comfort...because He is God, and He loves us.

    Better end my "letter"! God bless you Debbie...take care.

    Mary

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  20. Very powerful Deb. We do reap what we sow. I'm so thankful though for God's mercy and grace.

    I'm glad that you had a fun but busy time with your daughter. I loved reading your post about her. And yes, I was sorry to hear the news about Amy. However, I'm glad that she is with her Savior and is pain free.

    Hugs to you and thank you for your visits and comments on Heart Choices. I'm loving it and it was great to meet Sarah Dawn.

    Love,
    Debbie

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