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DO NOT BE DECEIVED!

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Sermon shared by Melvin Newland

July 2012
Summary: Maybe we think we have pulled the wool over Godís eyes, that God doesnít see what we are doing, or know what is going on inside our hearts & minds. (Powerpoints available - #209.)
Audience: General adults
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apostle Paul shares with us here has been around for a long time. In fact, Paul was not the first to say it.

1. Jesus taught that principle in His parables. You remember the parable about the farmer who went out & sowed good seed in his field? (Matthew 13:24-30) Then as he slept, an enemy came & sowed bad seed (weeds) among the good.

No one knew about it until the two kinds of seeds started to grow. One day a servant discovered that there were weeds growing among the wheat. He rushed in & told the master that wheat & weeds were growing side by side.

They concluded, "If wheat & weeds are growing side by side it means that two kinds of seed have been planted." Wheat seed doesnít produce weeds, & weed seeds donít produce wheat.

2. Back in the O.T., in Hosea 8:7, the prophet Hosea said, "If you sow the wind, you will reap the whirlwind."

3. Even further back, in Exodus 21:24 Moses says, "Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, wound for wound." Moses is talking about reaping what you sow.

4. And we can even go back to Genesis 1:11 where God forms the earth & says, "Let the ground bring forth grass, & the herb yielding seed, & every fruit bearing tree bring forth fruit after its own kind. And it was so." The principle of sowing & reaping is as old as life itself. What you sow is what you reap.

C. But Paul began his statement of this eternal principle with some very disturbing words, "Do not be deceived, God cannot be mocked." Why did Paul say that? Is it possible for us to be deceived?

Maybe we think we have pulled the wool over Godís eyes, that God doesnít see what we are doing, or know what is going on inside our hearts & minds.

But Paul says, "You must not deceive yourselves. You are not deceiving God. God knows what kind of seed you are sowing, & whatever kind of seed you sow, that is the kind of seed you will reap when the day of harvest comes."

PROP: With that in mind, there are four important lessons in this passage that I want to call to your attention this morning.

I. WISE SOWERS SOW WITH THE HARVEST IN MIND

A. The first is this, "Wise sowers sow with the harvest in mind."

Iím not a farmer. But I think that if we were to go to a farmer when he is sowing seed & ask him why he is sowing, he would tell us that he is sowing seed in hopes of getting a good harvest. I really donít imagine that He ever sows just for the fun of sowing.

Maybe sowing could be fun. In the springtime birds are singing, & the sun is shining brightly. After being cooped up all winter, it is just great being outdoors in the beautiful spring weather. But even with all that going for them, Iím convinced that farmers never sow just for the fun of sowing.

B. But in our personal lives, Iím afraid that many people enjoy their sowing, without ever giving a thought about the harvest that is to come.

ILL. That is one explanation for the generation gap that we hear so much
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