Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Seven Laws of Sowing & Reaping That Apply to Every Area Of Your Life

1. Everything starts as a seed. Every thought is a seed. Every idea is a seed. Every action is a seed. Every attitude is a seed. You begin as a seed. (Genesis 1:11) “Though what you start will seem small and insignificant, you will end up in the future with much.” Job 8:7

2. Nothing happens until the seed is planted! There will be no harvest if you do not sow any seed. Everything we plant is an act of faith. (Hebrews 11:6) God’s law of reproduction starts in Genesis 1:12. Genesis 8:22 tells us that seedtime and harvest will never close. Everything in life starts as a seed! Relationships - marriage - business - education - church - success!

3.  Galatians 6:7 “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.”  Whatever you dish out, you are going to get back.
            Anger—anger comes back.
            Kindness—kindness comes back.
            Critical—criticism comes back.
            Mercy—mercy comes back.
            Cheat—you will be cheated.
            Forgiving—forgiveness comes back.

Proverbs 26:27: “Whoever digs a pit will fall into it. And he who rolls a stone will have it roll back on him.”

You sow a thought, you reap an act. You sow an act, you reap a habit.
You sow a habit, you reap character. You sow character, you reap a destiny.

You are responsible for the consequences of your life.

4. You are not the only sower. You are reaping both good and bad from what other people are sowing around you. The people beside you, people in your family, your parents and grandparents have been sowing. In many ways you reap what the previous generation experienced.

Break generational sins. Refuse to pass it on to the next generation. Everything you do has consequences, both good and bad.

You can’t change the past, but you can change the future by the choices you make today! John 4:38 “I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors.”

5. You always reap in a different season than from when you sow. There is a time delay from when you make the effort, from when you make the deposit and when you get the fruit. There is no such thing as “instant success.” It takes time to grow, to gather, to learn, and to mature. Ecclesiastes 3:1 “To everything there is a season….”

6. You always reap more than you sow. There is the law of multiplication. Mark 4:8 “Some seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, multiplying thirty, sixty and even a hundred times.” Not all plants bear all its fruit at the same time. Sow a variety of good seed every day and maintain a good harvest continually.

7. You can increase your harvest by planting more seed. This is the law of proportion. You always reap in proportion to what you sow. This is true in every area of our lives. 2 Corinthians 9:6 “But this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” God loves a cheerful giver because He loves the attitude of the heart!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A Father's Eyes

During 7th and 8th grade at Abraham Lincoln Junior High School, the two years I attended they only offered flag football. Although it was competitive with all the other public schools in the city, I didn’t want to play flag football. After all, I had been playing junior tackle league for three years and was planning on playing High School football freshman year and throughout High School, which I did.

Instead of playing flag, I contacted my best friend’s coach who was head coach of St. James football team in the parochial league. After pulling a few strings for me, I was allowed to play on the team—tackle football! It was a time I’ll never forget. One of my teammates mother had died and his father raised him. He loved to play football and his father made sure that he was always there to cheer his son on. I can still see his dad over on the sidelines cheering and clapping. “Come on son, give all you've got!”

One day during practice, the coach Tippy (his nickname) met Billy with a telegram. Billy was shocked to read the message contained in it. Swallowing hard, he mumbled to the coach, “My father died this morning. Will it be alright if I miss practice today?” The coach put his arm around his shoulder and said “Take the week off son. Don’t even come to the game on Saturday.” On the day of the game, we were getting beat badly by St. Peter’s. The coach and us players had lost all hope when we saw Billy coming towards us. Billy ran up to the coach and begged him to allow him to play. At first Tippy wouldn't let him play. However, after a lot of persuasion the coach gave in.

No sooner had Billy joined playing with us, we started to catch up  and eventually tied the game. With just a few seconds left in regulation, Billy intercepted a pass and ran it back for the winning touchdown! We all went crazy!

After the game, coach Tippy went up to Billy when seated alone in the corner of the locker room and asked “Hey Billy, I can’t believe it! You were fantastic! Tell me what got into you? How did you do it?”

He looked at the coach with tears in his eyes and said “Well, you knew my dad died, but did you know that my dad was blind?”

Billy swallowed hard and forced a smile “Dad came to all my games, but today was the first time he could see me play and I wanted to show him I could do it!”


“The Father of a righteous young man has great joy, he who has a wise son, delights in what he sees.” Proverbs 23:24 (NLB)

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

CHURCH - FELLOWSHIP - FAMILY

I am a church man. I love the church. Church life, church fellowship, and church family has had such an important place in my life. The church is God’s own institution and plan for families to grow together in our faith and in healthy relationships.  Jesus referred to the church as a corporate body of believers where each individual is a part of God’s building. (I Corinthians 3:9-11)  He also refers to the church as a collective group of believers who gather together in a community called a local church. (Matthew 18:17)

The purpose of God for the church both corporately and collectively is for Christ-centered fellowship with other believers in Christ. “….and our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ.”

There are some biblical conditions of fellowship with one another that work successfully when we commit to them.

1. A basic commitment to one another. “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.” Romans 12:10

2. A commitment to “Agape” love. Agape is a one-way love, which loves “in spite of” not “because of.” The people’s behavior does not affect our commitment to love. Jesus said, “A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so love one another.” (John 13:34) Since there are no perfect people in the church we should be able to unconditionally love each other.

What is the purpose of fellowship and family in the church? When we unite together we are “mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.” (Romans 1:11, 12)

We are devoted to serving one another in the faith. “The first converts in Achaia of the household of Stephanas devoted themselves to the service of the saints.” (I Corinthians 16:15) We can all be engaged in loving ministry to others. So many people get help and encouragement from others who serve in the local church.

When we study the results of the early church in the book of Acts, we discover the pure unity of heart and soul among the believers. They physically expressed their commonness by sharing with anyone who had need. (Acts 2:44, 45)

  *They had a healthy “fear of God.”  (Acts 2:43)
  *They were “full of joy” and had “favor with the people.” (Acts 2:47)
  *“New believers were added daily.”  (2:27)
  *“All needs were supplied.”  (Philippians 4:19)
  *Leadership emerged from within. (I Corinthians 16:15, 16)


I’m so proud to be part of a thriving healthy local church!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Power of God Within Us!

Most of us realize the great struggle we face as believers in dealing with our own nature and our flesh—neither of which is subject to the will of God. (Romans 8:7)  If I asked “How many of you would like to have more power in your life, you would probably answer, ‘Yes I would!’” We all want God’s power working in our lives. Not to have power over others, but to have power over ourselves. Our greatest enemy is not the devil, nor is it others. Our greatest enemy is ourselves. We struggle much more with ourselves than we do with the devil.

As Christians, we have to face the truth about ourselves and be exposed to our own honest evaluation as to things that have to be changed in the light of God’s will for our lives. Yet, we know that in God’s eyes He sees us through the grace of Calvary; He sees us in light of what we can become in Him. What we become is through the working of His own grace in each one of us.

God desires to form Himself in us. John 1:11, 12. “Those that receive Him are given the power to become the sons of God.” But Christianity is much more than about being saved. God also has empowered us to live a life victoriously to overcome bad habits, to witness to the unsaved, to live a faithful life, and to do the works that Jesus would do. He empowers us to live a glorious life!

2 Corinthians 3:18 “….we are changed into Christ’s image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” Our darkened world will only recognize God’s true light as it is reflected by the Lord’s glory through those who have been transformed into the likeness of Christ. It is important how we live and act, as well as what we do. Why? Not only for our best interest, but for the sake of others who can’t see God through any other means except us.

This challenges me not to focus on myself and my own weakness, but on the power of Christ in me so that others might see His glory in me and come to know Jesus as Savior. I believe that our greatest witness to this world comes more through our lives and Christian love than by our best words. This thought makes me more dependent upon Christ which increases power over my weak flesh.

Paul writes that we are “jars of clay” in which the treasure of Christ and the Gospel is concealed within, that when opened up to others will reveal that the all surpassing power is from God and not from us. 2 Corinthians 4:7  This indicates that you and I have power living within us and a light is shining in our hearts of the knowledge of the glory of God. God desires to show Himself alive through each one of us. Let us become more Spirit and Christ minded today that we may enjoy the peace and life under God’s control rather than a self-controlled life. Romans 8:5-8