by Bailey Smith

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Five Fruitful Failures (3 of 13)
Bailey Smith

Galatians 6:7-8 reminds us, "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 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."

It is not only true that success breeds success, but it is true that failure breeds failure. Sometimes the most fruitful things in all of the world are failure and sin. Sin has its way of multiplying and snowballing in its effect to an extent that sin which is begun is hardly recognized when it is through because of how it seams together.

The Old Testament prophets said that the fathers had eaten sour grapes and the children's teeth were set on edge. Sin has a way of doing that. Just like a pebble thrown into the lake, the ripples seems to keep going out. Man cannot hope to sow briars and one day harvest corn. It won't happen. "For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." When a person sows sinful failures, they are going to continue and there is going to be unbelievable tragedy when a person has forgotten God's principle that whatever he plants, he will one day harvest. Whatever sin, whether it be sin of commission or sin of omission, he will reap.

We will see in the Scriptures where men who failed bore the bitter fruits of their sinful decadence and failures.

Our first reference is in Daniel 5:1-4: Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and drank wine before the thousand. Belshazzar, whiles he tasted the wine, commanded to bring the golden and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the temple which was in Jerusalem; that the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, might drink therein. Then they brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the house of God which was at Jerusalem; and the king, and his princes, his wiv ...

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