Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
                                                        Faithfulness - A Key Step to Happiness
July 20, 2011                        "Laws of Sowing and Reaping!" "To Listen the Audio with this Great Sermon click"  "Here"
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Text: Gal 6:7-10   (King James Version)

  "Father, I am your servant, willing and desiring to be used to bless your people."

                            The Fields are white and the laborers are few!
C.H. Spurgeon said, "If God does not save a man by truth he certainly will not save them by lies, and if the old gospel is not competent to work a revival, then we will do without the revival;"

 

Recently, I read about a manual for Peace Corp volunteers headed for South America. It offers advice on how to handle a chance encounter with an anaconda. The advice comes under the heading, "What to Do If Attacked by an Anaconda":

#1) If you're attacked by an anaconda, do not run; the snake is faster than you are.

#2) Lie flat on the ground.

#3) Put your arms tight at your sides and your legs tight against one another.

#4) The snake will begin to climb over your body.

#5) Do not panic.

#6) The snake will begin to swallow you from the feet end.

#7) Step 6 will take a long time.

#8) After awhile, slowly and with as little movement as possible, reach down, take your knife, and very gently slide it into the snake's mouth. Then suddenly sever the snake's head.

#9) Be sure your knife is sharp.

#10) Be sure you have your knife.


These instructions might be funny, but they remind us of the need to be prepared, to be ready for a crisis before it hits.

 

*I Understand the devil is our enemy. But most Americans don't believe that today. According to a Barna survey in 2007, only 24% strongly believe that Satan is a real spiritual being. (1)

*But Satan is real whether we believe it or not! Many years ago a man went to revival preacher Charles Finney and said: "I don't believe in the existence of a devil." The preacher replied: "Don't you? -- Well, you resist him for a while and you WILL believe in him." (2)
However a lot of the time the devil gets the blame and it is God trying to get our attention!

There are laws governing man and his makeup, concerning spiritual development and maturity to mention just a few. But there are no laws more important or significant to us than the principles that govern the harvest we reap. In the book of Galatians, Paul has been dealing with one principle - the Galatians are not under the Law of Moses or any legal system; either to be saved or to live pleasing to God. Having driven this point home for 5 chapters, Paul then says to these Galatian believers:.

Galatians 6:7   Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Galatians 6:8   For 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.

Galatians 6:9   And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Galatians 6:10   As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

 

Let's pray. Father,

 

Open my eyes so I can see Your truth.

Open my ears so I can hear Your voice.
Open my mind so I can understand Your Word.
And open my heart so I may receive all that You want me to receive. AMEN

 

While those believers were not under the law that God gave from Sinai or any other legal code that man might adopt for righteousness; yet still they were under the spiritual laws of God's operation, and they dare not deceive themselves to the contrary.

We today in this age of "grace" need this truth brought forcibly home to us. Somewhere we have developed the idea that we can do anything wrong and then use 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 unrighteousness," and we will get by with it. In doing this, we are deceiving ourselves and making a mockery of God and His Word.

 

Paul says these laws operate today; they are divine; they change for no one; they are absolute and unfailing. These laws of sowing and reaping are equally valid for all, whether we are married or single, male or female, young or old, rich or poor, or any other distinction we might make. In fact, these laws operate whether we know about them or are totally ignorant of them.

 

Sometimes we reap wrong because others before us sowed wrong.

Numbers 14:18   The LORD is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation.


Individually, our parents may have sown within us a critical spirit. Perhaps they were always finding fault with everything and we learned to imitate them and criticize things and people. They may have been fearful and afraid, and so this is the way we have become in life. We reap much of what our parents sow into us. How that should wake us up as parents.

We are reaping the results of our government leaders today. When our leaders sow wrong, we who are believers, right along with others, will be involved in reaping the wrong. We cannot escape the consequences of what happens in our midst.

What is true in regard to government leaders is true with church leaders as well. As a leader: a deacon, a pastor, a Sunday School teacher, or whatever position God has entrusted you, what you sow will be reaped by those that you teach or influence. Those under us may not be reaping what they sowed but what we have sowed in them. What an awesome responsibility we have.

Law : We Reap The Same In Kind As We Sow.

Had anyone spoken to David right after his involvement with Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11), and said, "David, before you are through you will have broken every commandment of the Lord on the second table of the Law," without question he would have replied most emphatically, "Man, you must be crazy, I would never do anything like that!"

But He did! He committed murder (2 Samuel 11:15), adultery (11:4); he stole (11:4); he bore false witness (11:8, 21); as well as coveting his neighbor's wife (11:2, 3).

But as bad as this was, it was just the beginning, for every one of these sins was to be reaped within his own family. We reap the same in kind as we sow.

In the 6 days of creation, God ordered everything to produce "after his kind." Notice that 3 times in Genesis 1:11 & 12 this is emphasized: Then God said, ‘Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth'; and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is according to its kind, and God saw that it was good."

What was true in the botanical realm is also true in the zoological realm, so that the entire realm of biology is governed in the natural sphere by this law.

So abiding is this law that our Lord used it when speaking to Nicodemus. He said: "That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit" (John 3:6).

All that the flesh is capable of producing is like in kind as itself - in other words more flesh. Likewise, the Holy Spirit of God reproduces after His own holy nature and character and produces a new nature within the believer. This is His work which we call regeneration.

No one will ever sow sweet peas and reap cucumbers. Neither can anyone sow that which is wrong and reap that which is right. Paul stresses this fact in our text read verses 7 and 8.

Galatians 6:7   Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Galatians 6:8   For 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.

 

Paul's warning is given to those who are believers since only the believer has the Holy Spirit and a spiritual nature, and can therefore, sow to the Spirit. Since everything reproduces after its kind, we do not sow discord and reap unity; we do not sow sin and reap sanctification; we do not sow hypocrisy and reap holiness of life. He who sows to his flesh will reap just what the flesh can produce. But he that sows to the spirit will reap what the Spirit can produce. Even Eliphaz in the book of Job recognized this abiding principle, when he explained: "..they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same" (Job 4:8).

When David sowed to the flesh, he reaped what the flesh produced. Moreover, he reaped the consequences of his actions even though he had confessed his sin and been forgiven for it. Underline it, star it, mark it deeply upon your conscious mind:

Confession and forgiveness in no way stops the harvest. He had sown; he was to reap. We are not to be deceived for God will not be mocked. What we sow we will reap, and there are no exceptions.

The sooner we stop sowing to the flesh, the sooner we will stop reaping the harvest. Had David only sinned with Bathsheba, his sin would have been great enough; but David kept on and on in his sin until finally he killed Uriah. Since he had sown the more, he was to reap the more.

Two more examples from Scripture: "They hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai" (Esther 7:10). Jacob schemed to get the blessing due to the firstborn, and Laban later tricked him with the rights of the firstborn (Genesis 19:20-26). Just as Jacob lied, so someone lied to him. As he plotted against someone else, someone else plotted against him.

Law : We always Reap In a Different Season Than When We Sow.

Too many believers are sowing wild oats through the week and then going to church on Sunday and praying for a crop failure. But it will not happen, for God will not be mocked by man - any man. Even though we may scheme and connive and try to get around reaping the consequences of our actions, our puny efforts are like trying to stop a forest fire with a toy water pistol or a plague of locust with an aerosol bomb of bug spray. The laws of the harvest abide.

Ecclesiastes says: "Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days" (11:1). It is on the basis of the positive aspect of this principle that the Apostle Paul exhorts the Galatians to sow the good by means of the Spirit of God and, having done that, to "let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not" (Galatians 6:9).

This brings us to this. The harvest never comes immediately after planting; for, while the earth abides, there is seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter. These shall not cease (Genesis 8:22). There is a time when you plant and there is a time when you harvest, but these are not the same time. The harvest comes in a different season from the planting of the seed. This is just as true spiritually as it is physically; it is just as abiding for each and every person on this earth, as it is for the farmer who tills the ground. Also it is equally true whether you sow that which is bad or that which is good. Whatever is sown is not reaped immediately. The harvest always comes in God's time - His appointed season.

The picture in Ecclesiastes gives us a clear principle.

 

The principle is: Do deeds of kindness and they will later return to you again in accordance with the laws of sowing and reaping. They will come back to you like in kind; they will come in accordance with the principle of the harvest, namely at a different season from the sowing. It will be "after many days" (Ecclesiastes 11:1).

But the negative aspect is true also. Sometimes the Lord in His longsuffering waits years before He disciplines or judges for wrongs.

Solomon in Ecclesiastes had the wisdom to state the nature of the situation accurately when he wrote, "Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil" (Ecclesiastes 8:11). Because God does not judge sin instantly, men think they are getting by with sinning, while in reality they are not getting by with anything. Psalm 121:4 - "Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep."

Isaiah 40:28 - "Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the LORD, the creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable."

Law : We Always Reap More Than We Sow

This law of the harvest is one of the most important aspects concerning the harvest there is. If it were not for this fact, there would be no harvest and yet this is not something preached or seen in print.

If it were not for this fact no farmer would plant anything. If he only got back what germinated in the ground, he would be on the losing end of the process. What compensates for all his loss & makes sowing the seed profitable is that some seed reproduces itself 30, 60, and 100 fold.

But this is not just true for the farmer; it is true for every person that has ever lived. It is true for the Christian & the non-Christian alike. It is true both negatively and positively. When we sow the wrong, we are going to reap more than we sowed. When we sow the good we likewise will reap a harvest of good.

This law is emphasized emphatically in two passages. Proverbs 22:8 - "He who sows iniquity will reap sorrow (calamity)." This word means misfortune, adverse circumstances, calamity. God says that when a person sows "wickedness" he shall reap a harvest of adverse circumstances that involve sorrow, grief, suffering, and anxiety.

A second passage that establishes this principle is found in Hosea 8:7 - "They have sown the wind, and they will reap the whirlwind." The whirlwind is a Hebrew intensive form, "The violent whirlwind." God's message is that you do not just reap in kind - "sow..wind..reap..wind." This is only a part of the whole truth that is involved. Rather the idea paraphrased is "sow..wind..reap violent, destructive tornado!"

Again, remember David and his sin. Nathan went on to make 3 charges against David, stating emphatically the sin David had done and then pronouncing the judgment that David would reap because of his sin. They are as follows:

1. You killed Uriah (2 Samuel 12:9). The Judgment: The sword will never depart from your house (12:10).
2. You took his wife (12:9). The Judgment: Your wives will be taken before your eyes (12:11).
3. You did this secretly (12:12). The Judgment: It will be done before all Israel.

The judgment is always greater than the sin because you always reap more than you sow.

There is a positive side to this as well. God's only criticism of David was this incident with Bathsheba as is seen by the record of the prophet in 1 Kings 15:5 - "David did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, and had not turned aside from anything that He commanded him all the days of his life, except in the matter of Uriah the Hittite." Therefore most of David's life was sowing the good, not evil, and as a result, God continued to bless many of the Kings of Judah for many years for David's sake because he had done that which was right.

Law : We Reap In Proportion As We Sow

If one does not sow, he does not reap. If he sows sparingly, he reaps sparingly. If he wants to reap a bountiful harvest, he must sow in a bountiful way. If the farmer only cultivates one acre, he can only reap what one-acre can produce. However, if he has 100 acres under cultivation, his harvest can be 100 times greater.

A difference needs to be observed between this principle & the previous one which stated that we always reap more than we sow. Both are true at the same time; yet this principle in no way affects the fact that we also reap more than we sow. Both laws have to do with quantity or amount. However, the previous law was God's part, & this law has to do with our part. God's part is that whatever seed is sown is multiplied many fold. Our part is that we need to sow all the good that we can.

Paul states this law clearly as he devotes two whole chapters in his Second letter to the Corinthians to the subject of giving. His statement is, "He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully" (2 Corinthians 9:5).

If you want to prosper..GIVE!
If you want to be poor..GRASP!
If you want abundance..SCATTER!
If you want to be needy..HOARD!"

This law operates both negatively and positively. The more one sows to the flesh, the more he will reap the corruption which the flesh alone can produce. But equally true, the more one sows to the Spirit, the more he reaps the blessings of a righteous harvest.

Stating the principle positively, as believers we are to be zealous of good works" (Titus 2:14), "ready to every good work". When the young lad gave his 5 loaves and two fish to the Lord Jesus, the Lord took & multiplied them to feed 5,000 men besides women & children. The "Sunday School Times" says Captain Levy of Philadelphia, when asked how he was able to give so much to the Lord's work & still have so much left, answered, "Oh, as I shovel out, He shovels in; and the Lord has a bigger shovel than I do."

Law : We Cannot Do Anything About Last Year's harvest, But We Can About This Year's.

Whatever we did last year, last month, last week, even yesterday is over and past. Nothing we do today can in any way change the record of what was sown and what was or will be reaped as a consequence. Whatever has been produced stands as the record of our lives lived on this earth. The problem with all too many Christians is that they are not forgetting the past and reaching on to what is before (Philippians 3:13, 14).

If we failed to produce a crop worthy of the Lord's praise last year our brooding and wallowing in self-pity for having wasted this time will only cause us to fail to produce anything glorifying to the Lord this year. If we did use the opportunities the Lord gave us and produced a harvest of good things, we cannot rest on our laurels. This another year, and just because the Holy Spirit led and blessed last year, does not mean that we automatically will produce anything good this year.

There is not a believer alive that does not have some wasted time, and perhaps many have wasted years. I have, but there is nothing I can do about those wasted years. What I can do by the grace of God is so live now that I produce a full harvest that will glorify the Savior.

This is what we all are to do. Regardless of where we are in the Christian life, regardless of how much time we have wasted, regardless of the terrible products we have produced in our lives - we are to go on to maturity. This is the Spirit's exhortation to all of us.

We must forget about the past and concentrate on that which is at hand.