Monday, April 15, 2013

Truth or Lie #14: I Will Reap Whatever I Sow

Truth:    I will reap whatever I sow.

Lie:         It doesn’t matter what I bombard myself with.  I will live a godly life simply because I’m a Christian.

We had a light Winter here in Oregon--one day of snow and rarely a day of freezing weather.

So Spring surprised me this year.

Almost without warning, the tulips and daffodils showed their faces—proof that Spring really is here.

Proof that once upon a time, their bulbs were planted.

It’s the universal law of gardening--whether you're an amateur or a pro.

Whatever you plant, you will reap.

The same is true in the spiritual realm.

“He that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption;
but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” (Gal. 6:8)

It’s easy to think we can “plant” in our minds whatever we want, because we’re strong enough to make sure we won’t reap what we don’t want to reap.

We think, just by being a Christian, we will always act in a spiritual manner.

The truth is . . . we will reap whatever we sow (Galatians 6:7).

If we plant in our minds the good and Biblical, we will reap the good and Biblical.

If we bombard ourselves with the worldly, we will eventually reap the worldly.

It’s the law of gardening.

And it’s the truth about living in a manner worthy of who we are in Christ.

Tulips and daffodils don’t appear simply because it’s Spring.

And Biblical, godly living doesn’t happen simply because we're Christians.

God has given us “all things that pertain unto life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3) – His Word, prayer, God’s people, along with a host of other spiritual blessings.

What do you and I want to reap in our lives?

We answer that question by what we plant.

This is Part 14 in a series, called “Truth or Lie,” based on the book, Lies Women Believe: and the Truth that Sets Them Free, by Nancy Leigh DeMoss.

In the final chapter, Nancy highlights 22 freeing truths that are essential to our Christian lives.

Come back each Monday (or subscribe to Capacity Corner) as we look together at these 22 truths one-by-one.

And feel free to share your own thoughts below!

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