Summary: Sowing seed is evangelism. It is letting someone know that you care about them spiritually and wanting them to make good decisions in their lives.
Sowing the right seed
Introduction- sowing seeds is evangelism and it is letting someone know that you care about them spiritually and it is letting someone know where you go to church and wanting and tring to get them plugged n
Apostle Paul writes in Galatians about the freedom in Christ.
He talks about living by the Spirit.
“So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other.”
There is a war between two sides!
Your fleshly sinful nature and your side that is controlled by the Spirit of God.
One of these has to win!
God can very easily get victory if we allow him to have control of our life.
Our text this morning tells us that God cannot be deceived:
No matter what you say or what you do, God knows what is happening in your life.
You cannot fool God!
You sow to that lower nature, you are going to harvest a blighted harvest.
We sow to the Spirit of God we will harvest eternal life.
There are some laws that God has put in place for growing and harvesting anything.
You don’t plant anything- you don’t grow anything!
You don’t keep the weeds out, you will have a hard time finding your crop.
You get what you plant, you grow corn, don’t expect peas and broccoli to be in your fields.
You grow watermelon in the winter, you probably won’t get what you attempted to plant because it was not the season to plant.
You will reap in proportion what you sow. You plant 1 acre of corn on a 10 acre of ground. Do not look for 10 acres of corn.
Last year’s crop does not indicate what you will have this year-
Last year was good- does not guarantee a good one this year
Last year was bad, does not automatically force you to have a bad one again this year.
Let’s go back to verse 7- “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked.”
That is the law of planting and it is a principal of God.
God is not going to be fooled, He does know what is going on!
We live in an age of grace- Amen!
Somewhere in man’s deception, we have bought into the lie that if we just quote 1 John 1:9-
“If we confess our sins , He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all un-righteousness.” As a get out of jail free card!
We That God is obligated by His word to forgive us.
To the repentant heart, God forgives and restores…every time.
To the deceiving heart, they are going to reap what they sow.
You and I are planting seeds every day. Whether we like it or not.
Weather we call it evangelism or witnessing.
We are seeing some amazing things at Rosedale COTN because we are beginning to understand the process God has for planting. We are beginning to see more than the core of the church planting fields where God has put them. We have realized that every field does not have to be so large that the farmer is not able to handle the responsibility of the field.
Many people tending their fields produces much more harvest and we can see a variety of different crops.
Here at Rosedale:
We see businesses with a pocket of influence
Senior apartments giving rides to get each other here
Small groups, Bountiful Blessings, audio team, worship team, youth group, men’s ministry, visitation team. Reaching out into the field that God has called them to harvest.
There you have point one- God is not mocked. (write it down.)
Think you can fool God- guess again.
Think that God does not know what is happening- wrong.
I want to spend some time with the second point
II. Do not grow weary (write it down)
(9) “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”
We are seeing answers to prayer that we have been praying for a long time.
God doesn’t forget about us.
Sometimes the fields take time so that the crop matures before it is harvested, because if you pull it to soon, the harvest will die.
Susie called a friend and asked how she was doing. Terrible, came the reply. My head’s splitting and my back and legs are killing me. The house is a mess, and the kids are driving me crazy. Susie, full of compassion, said, listen, go and lie down, I’ll come over right away and cook lunch for you, clean up the house, and take care of the children while you get some rest. By the way, how is Sam? Sam? I have no husband named Sam. “My heavens, Susie exclaimed, I must have the wrong number. Are you still coming over?