How can we expect to harvest apples when we sowed lemon seeds? I have learned that we reap what we sow, more than we sow, and later than we sow. Sowing and reaping is a law of the spiritual world and it’s more than just an agricultural principle. The Message paraphrased Paul’s sowing/reaping admonition to the Church of Galatia in Galatians 6:7-8, “Don’t be misled: No one makes a fool of God. What a person plants, he will harvest. The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others—ignoring God!—harvests a crop of weeds. All he’ll have to show for his life is weeds! But the one who plants in response to God, letting God’s Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life.” Fact is sowing seeds is a wonderful metaphor for our lives. When we sow good seeds through our behavior, like real seeds, they will spend some time underground, dormant. The fruits of our labors typically don’t sprout immediately. But if we are patient and wait in faith, where we have planted good seeds, we eventually will have good results. Simply put, our lives are the result of the seeds that we’ve planted over time. It takes a while before we see what the results of our planting.
But know that the seeds you plant today will affect your tomorrow in ways that you may not anticipate. So consider the types of seeds that you are planting and don’t expect to harvest apples from a lemon tree😇!
Our purpose in life is the very meaning of our existence and without knowing this we often suffer ignorant of our own significance. If you don’t know, our primary purpose in life is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. We glorify God by fearing and obeying Him, keeping our eyes on our future home in heaven, and knowing Him intimately. I Peter 2:9, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” The reality of life is that God is the architect of life and He drafted the blueprint for your life that unfolds before you daily. Your purpose is your purpose and nobody else can fulfill your specific destiny. Therefore, trust the Holy Spirit to lead and empower you, and you will succeed in fulfilling the Lord’s mission for your life.
Pray with me: Heavenly Father, thank You for the specific plan You have for me. Grant me the ability to hear Your voice and the courage to follow where You lead. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
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Are you waiting on God to bless, deliver, and/or establish you? Let’s read Isaiah 64:4 (CSB), “From ancient times no one has heard, no one has listened, no eye has seen any God except You, who acts on behalf of the one who waits for Him.” I have heard it said that when waiting on God to open the doors to our future promise to praise him in the hallway! I love this cliché but it’s easier said than done! I don’t know anyone who likes to wait. Do you? (I didn’t think so). Waiting is hard work and, at times, can even test our faith. It’s especially difficult when there are no guarantees that our waiting will ever end in this lifetime. Desires we long for, prayers we’ve been praying, and news we’re waiting to hear can tempt us to be impatient, discouraged, to worry, and even to wonder if God cares. However, God uses time (waiting) to change our hearts! Ravi Zacharias said, “Time is the brush of God, as he paints his masterpiece on the heart of humanity.” Solomon reminded us in Eccl 3:1-3, “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck what is planted… a time to break down, and a time to build up.” Let’s be honest? the real issue is not really waiting rather it’s surrendering. When we submit our will to God’s will the missing pieces of our story always fall into their proper places. Prayer is the key to helping us understand God’s divine purpose for our lives in the calendar He has ordained for us to observe. Paul said in I Cor 2:9, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him”, sounds familiar?
Feeling insignificant, unwanted, unqualified, and unimportant? Well, I got good news for you! That’s right ‘good’ news!! Throughout biblical history God used these kinds of people to accomplish great things. I Cor 1:27 says, “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” Unlike the society we live in, God is not looking at our credentials rather He looks for the palpitations of an obedient heart! I Cor 1:28-29 continues, “God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things–and the things that are not–to nullify the things that are,so that no one may boast before him.”Perhaps today it’s your turn for God to use your insignificance in a significant way! If that’s you, Jesus has a message for you. It has nothing to do with your qualifications or credentials. It has everything to do with coming to the end of yourself, because that’s when God can use you in the very best way. It’s only by His grace, and by nothing you can offer, He chose the ordinary in you to accomplish extraordinary things!!
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STOP and I mean STOP trying to earn what you could never earn. You nor I can will never qualify to earn God’s grace. God extends His grace freely to all. Our past and future mistakes can never blot out God’s forgiveness, love, and generosity for us in Christ Jesus. God’s (2 Cor 5:15). Jerry Bridges said, “Our worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God’s grace. And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God’s grace.” Therefore, STOP TRYING TO EARN GOD’S FAVOR! You can’t do it. Nothing you can do can merit the grace of God. And on top of that (here’s the real eye opener), attempting to earn it actually causes you to lose it!
Pray with me:
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for loving us infinitely more than we deserve. Your love isn’t something we could ever earn or merit – no matter how hard we tried and how “good” we are. Please open our eyes to understand Your ways more and more every day, as we seek to be perfected only by Your grace and never by our works. In Jesus’ name, amen and amen!
God’s word will never return to Him void nor will He ever allow His word to fall to the ground. God’s word is everything and by His word everything was created including the last breath you breathed as you read this devotional. I love the colorful and straightforwardness in the Message paraphrased of 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “But don’t let it faze you. Stick with what you learned and believed, sure of the integrity of your teachers—why, you took in the sacred Scriptures with your mother’s milk! There’s nothing like the written Word of God for showing you the way to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.” Whatever you do today don’t sit on God’s word rather stand on it and run with it!! Like Paul said to Timothy, let His word shape you for the tasks the Lord has assigned to you!
In order to walk in God’s power we must first believe in God’s power. There are 5 inhibitors that prevents us from walking in God’s power. Sin (James 5:16), ignorance (Hosea 4:6), unbelief (Romans 14:23), fear (2Tim 1:7-8), and prayerlessness (Eph 6:18). You don’t have to let these stumbling blocks keep you from living the abundant life God called you to live in Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. God is super transparent and there are no secrets to walking in His power and authority. All we have to do is repent, read, believe, trust, pray, and let His Spirit have His way! The Holy Spirit is the power source of our Christian lives. As we trust Jesus Christ, God’s Spirit will produce His character within us and them propel us into God’s power, authority, and strength!
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