Bulletin Thought – January 1, 2012

A Thought from Pastor Bryson,

“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.” (Galatians 6:7-8 NKJV)

Praise be to our great and awesome God who has allowed us to see the beginning of a brand New Year! This is the first day of our journey into unchartered territory.

As we make our journey into the New Year, let us remember the principle of sowing and reaping. Perhaps a practical way of saying it is that if don’t sow any seeds in the ground, you won’t get any crops. If we are expecting to receive good things this year, we must be careful what kind of seeds we’re sowing.

The Bible plainly declares we reap what we sow. In other words, we can’t expect to grow spiritually if we’re not doing those things that will make for spiritual growth. Here are some examples of bad sowing that will hinder spiritual growth:

• Inconsistent reading and studying of the Bible.
• Inconsistent prayer life.
• Willfully sinning, living disobediently before God.
• Harboring ill will toward others.
• Having an ungrateful heart or attitude.
• Disrespect for God and others in our daily living.

Come on now, how in the world can we expect to grow spiritually if we’re practicing those things?

On the other hand, if we sow good seeds, then we can expect a spiritual harvest that will bless us and draw us closer to God leading us to eternal life. Obviously, sowing good seeds involves the opposite of what is listed above. It is important to have the understanding that sowing good seed does not make us immune from all the problems of life, but at least the problems we encounter will or should not be self-inflicted.

If we don’t sow good seeds then we are setting ourselves up for problems somewhere along the way. The problems may show up early on our journey or they may appear later in life. Let us remember the principle of sowing and reaping is true – you do eventually reap what you sow.

The harvest we reap in 2012 will depend on the seeds we have sown along the way.

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