Your Harvest Begins With Obedience
- Tuesday, October 15, 2013
In Part 1 we learned...
1. We reap much we did not sow
2. We reap the same kind as we sow
In Part 2 we learned...
3. We reap in a different season than we sow.
4. We reap in more than we sow
5. We reap in proportion as we sow
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sow, this he will also reap (Galatians 6:7).
6. We reap the full harvest only if we persevere
Have you ever felt discouraged, downtrodden or defeated by the struggles of everyday life or unmet desires
Have you ever wanted to check-out, quit or give up?
I have, more times than I’d like to admit, but I know those thoughts come from the enemy in order to break my will and derail me from living according to God’s Word (rather than following the world).
Maybe you’ve given, served and sowed your entire life and never received so much as a “thanks” let alone a harvest of any kind. Why should you continue to live in a way that hasn’t produced results?
Because according to the sixth law of the harvest, we reap the full harvest only if we persevere.
I have strong Christian friends who gave in to their desire of just “wanting to be a husband or a wife” and married a non-believer only to end up in misery and divorce.
I’ve witnessed others who never dated their entire life and had their first date (and met their spouse) well into their forties. I’ve seen former co-workers go through interview after interview only to get the “perfect” job after months of searching. And I’ve known of those who have been blessed abundantly after years of seeking a child.
Sometimes I wonder what would have happened had Noah listened to all of the naysayers and gave up on building the ark, Moses stopped at the Red Sea (and turned back), and Billy Graham quit evangelizing after his first negative response?
For every discovery, invention, and life changing moment, there were years of disappointments, struggles, second-guessing, frustration and doubt that preceded it.
We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope (Romans 5:3-4).
As an “experienced” single, I have gone through bouts of thinking I’m not good enough, I’ll never be desired by someone, and I’ll be alone the rest of my life. Thoughts of “loosening my standards” (that have been founded on God’s Word) have crossed my mind, but I have hope that has been built upon years of perseverance.
The enemy is always on the attack and wants to discourage us from being all we were created to be and have all we are meant to experience. He wants us to do away with our values, give up on our beliefs and compromise our standards. We see how the lack of morals has affected relationships within our culture over the years.
There will be trials and we will suffer, whether through relationships (or the lack of), financially, societal persecution or in a number of other ways. In order to overcome, we must persevere in an intentional way every moment of our day.
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