Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, TO KEEP YOU FROM DOING THE THINGS YOU WANT TO DO.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
We are going to address sowing to the flesh today and then we are going to move forward to sowing to the Spirit and not look back. Not as if those temptations and enticements of our flesh do not exist - but rather as if we are not interested, intrigued, or controlled by them. As we move forward in our covenant relationship with God and with one another, the conscious and consistent choice to not sow into the flesh will become a key towards our spiritual growth and to the enrichment and fulfillment of our covenants with God and others.
Sowing to the flesh is easily identifiable and simple according to scripture. Paul spells out to believers those seeds of the flesh and of corruption in his writing to the churches...
· sexual immorality
In the wisdom of Solomon's Proverbs, he wrote about sowing and reaping the seeds of the flesh in a way that he personally knew only all too well. He knew these were seeds that would produce heavy and difficult consequences for not only the sower but for everyone trying to live life with the sower. Solomon, experienced the reality of sowing and reaping of both good and bad seed - his sowing impacted not only his family but an entire nation. Like Paul, Solomon clearly spells out the very things that God hates. These abominations (as he calls them) are seeds that would produce heavy and difficult consequences for not only the sower but for everyone trying to live life with the sower. Just a warning to you though, these are pretty tough...
There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to Him:
· eyes that show pride
· tongues that tell lies
· hands that kill innocent people
· hearts that plan evil things to do
· feet that run to do evil
· witnesses in court who tell lies
· anyone who causes family members to fight
As we hear ourselves speak these words out loud surely it makes you and I think and feel something - that is normal. And I hope you can trust that the intent is not to make anyone FEEL BAD but rather to THINK MORE!
How does hearing God’s response to the sowing of "bad seed" make you feel?
Maybe good - maybe not so good, that’s ok. I could be entirely wrong, but more than likely what we are feeling when we hear from God on this subject is the result of some closely related activity or personal sowing of that very kind of seed. And even though it happens TO US ALL, the truth is we that have the ability to control much of what we experience by the type of seed we sow.
How could these negative and bad things somehow, someway or even somewhat be connected to us?
Check yourself - check the seed you are sowing, not what you are feeling. We are getting lost in our feelings. Ask the people you love to give you some honest feedback - seek a revelation knowledge of God's principles of sowing and reaping and spiritual wisdom in discerning Good and Bad Seed. You might be surprised at what you learn about yourself. Remember we are sowing seed every day with what we think - say - do. Let’s not get lost in our feelings - not the goal. Again, lets use them to press ourselves into learning what is good and what is bad seed. The point is learning - revelation knowledge and spiritual wisdom.
You see we are talking about something so profound and so impactful that it not only influences our feelings but critically reaches and impacts the outcomes of our lives - both in this world and the world to come! And yet, as a people we are continuing to make both real and eternal time decisions and choices about the seed we sow based on our feelings. Crazy right? Exactly! That is why it is also beyond crazy that our cultural and societal behaviors today predominantly seek to experience pleasure and to avoid pain - viewing life and making decisions only in terms of what "feeling" is most present, dominant, or controlling. Think about it - an entire cultural wave of moral and ethical behavior driven not by truth and righteous reality, but by the moment to moment reactions to what is felt or not felt. Seed sown containing eternal consequences and outcomes but without any real knowledge of the truth of those consequences or genuine concern for the outcomes.
I ask you today (if only for a few moments) to look at our lives and our world through the lens of God’s Truth regarding “sowing the seed” that is an ABOMINATION to the God we love. Take your understanding and revelation of sowing and reaping personal. Don't take offense - take it to heart. Because it is personal. It is not an attack or an offense. It is not hate or prejudiced. It is a reality for every human being - all of us. More than Karma... Sowing and Reaping.