Planting and Cultivating (10 of 21) by Eddie Snipes

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Planting and Cultivating (10 of 21)
Series: The Promise of a Sound Mind
Eddie Snipes

We've touched on this topic briefly, but in this message we'll dig deeper into how our daily decisions affect life as a whole. Today is the day to prepare for tomorrow's harvest. Let's learn how to grow into maturity by sowing the seeds of joy with intent and purpose.

If a farmer plants corn, he can expect to reap corn. If he plants wheat, he'll reap wheat. Obvious, right? What if he planted weeds, thorns, and briars? Could he expect to reap wheat, corn, or anything of value? Of course not. Yet this is exactly what we do in our daily lives. We invest our lives in valueless endeavors, but then we expect to be fruitful. If I invest my time and energy in negativism, can I expect a return of peace, joy, or happiness? Can I expect a cheerful outlook when I'm cultivating negative emotions in my heart and mind?

The next time you wonder, "Why am I so down?" stop and examine your investments. Consider the words of Galatians 6:7-9

7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
8 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.
9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

Remember our earlier discussions about the flesh? The flesh cannot produce anything but the things of the flesh. To reap the things we value as Christians, we must sow in the Spirit. Only then can peace, love, and joy come to maturity in our lives.

Let's look deeper into this and see how to apply it to everyday life. We'll look at sowing in the Spirit in a moment, but first let's look at the contrast between sowing for either corruption or good. Well doing begins in the heart. We are commanded to love others and to do good from a pure heart. It's not possible to serve God and do good works without first dealing with ...

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