Pastor Mac Hammond | July 11, 2021
This weekend, Pastor Mac was back from vacation, ready to minister truths from the God’s Word about Mysteries of the Kingdom. This week, he talked about the mystery of sowing and reaping. This principle helps us identify where certain problems—and good things!—come from. People are quick to blame the enemy when they see adversity in their lives, but sometimes problems come from the seed they have sown. You see, when you sow weed seeds, you’ll receive weeds in return. When you plant good seed, you’ll receive a good harvest.
What you sow, you will reap. This is a simple principle that is vital to understand. The seed you plant throughout your life will create a corresponding harvest.
We see this truth every time someone plants a natural seed. An apple tree cannot produce oranges and a carrot seed can only produce carrots. How does this principle translate into our daily lives? First, we have to know the seed is the Word of God and the heart of a man or woman is the garden in which that seed is sown. Practically speaking, the seed is the concepts and perceptions that are based in God’s Word. The idea that God is love is a seed. The idea that God wants you well is a seed.
The seed of God’s Word gets planted through our speaking, our behavior, and through the investment of our finances. When we speak, we are speaking principles that will reap a harvest. When we act, we are planting seed that will have good or bad repercussions. The way we use our money will reap a harvest that corresponds with principles that you are financially supporting. Good seed that is planted in good ground will reap a corresponding harvest of good things.
When your harvest comes, your harvest will be for someone else. An apple tree doesn’t eat its own apples, and a person won’t eat the produce of their own harvest. We plant seed so others can partake of the fruit of God’s kingdom. To hear more, listen in to Pastor Mac’s full message on the principle of sowing and reaping!
Mark 4:3-20 KJV
“Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow: and it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up. And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: but when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred. And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
“And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable. And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: that seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.
“And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables? The sower soweth the word. And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts. And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; and have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended. And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, and the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.”
Galatians 6:7 KJV
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”
1 Corinthians 10:13 KJV
“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
Galatians 5:22-23 KJV
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
Galatians 5:22-23 Amp.
“But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [that can bring a charge].”
1. If you see a bad harvest in your life, what’s one thing you can do to change it?
2. What’s one way you can plant a seed or a God-idea in someone else’s life today?
3. How do you cultivate the garden of your own heart?
4. How can you increase the harvest of good things you’ll receive in your own life?
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