TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL (Monday 25th January 2021)
“He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap.”
“As you do not know what is the way of the wind, Or how the bones grow in the womb of her who is with child, So you do not know the works of God who makes everything.”
“In the morning sow your seed, and in the evening do not withhold your hand; for you do not know which will prosper, either this or that, or whether both alike will be good.” Ecclesiastes 11:4-6 NKJV
WELCOME TO THE 25th DAY OF OUR YEAR OF HIGHER HEIGHTS
Today is another bright and beautiful day from the LORD. And like I have always shared, for us Citizens of God’s kingdom every day is a seed sown into our lives to bring forth a harvest of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. However, these harvests can only be reaped if we spend the day as we should.
Now, one may ask, how should I spend my day as a kingdom Citizen? The answer lies in a letter Paul the Apostle wrote to his spiritual Children in the Church at Galatia. The very verses that holds what we are looking for says,
“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.”
“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.”
“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” Galatians 6:7-9 NKJV
Hidden in these scriptures is how to spend our day (I mean each day the LORD allows us to see). We are to spend our days not sowing to please the flesh. If we spend our days sowing to please the flesh we will never reap righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost as harvests. We will reap sin, restlessness, and sadness. The Bible says we will reap corruption.
Have you ever heard people say they had a bad day? Why do people have bad days? The reason is simple. They spent a portion of the day sowing to please the flesh!
They responded to all the flesh asked them to do – get angry, respond to a provocation, hate, set your eyes on some explicit pictures, be disappointed, satisfy this carnal craving and etc. We will never have a good day sowing to please your flesh.
Now let us take a closer look at the verses. The first one made it clear that God has set a spiritual law in motion that makes sure that whatever we sow, we reap. If we sow to please the flesh and then go and pray or fast against the harvest of our seed, it will not work. The harvest will still come, leading to a bad day – and sometimes bad days.
For instance, here is a young woman who just fell into sexual love with a man.
(FALLING INTO SEXUAL LOVE ON IT’S OWN IS A SEED WE SOW TO PLEASE OUR FLESH).
Then the flesh will drive her to get herself sexually satisfied. Now while she will be responding to the flesh, she will be enjoying herself – the Bible calls it the pleasure of sin. But after the act reality will dawn on her. Then she will start praying to God not to let anything bad happen.
Let’s assume she spend days fasting and praying about it there will be no result because the law of “reaping whatever a man sows” will override her prayers. For some it might not end in just one bad day but many bad years. That is the reason for unwanted pregnancies, STDs and sexual intercourse induced marriages in the society today!
We must understand that prayers do not work where we have sown to please our flesh. The harvest will be sure because God is not a law breaker. He could suspend laws but does not break them. It is better not to sow to please your flesh than to do it trusting God to take care of the result.
If we do not spend a day cultivating sinful thoughts that pleases the flesh, we will never spend a day committing sin. The Best way to spend your day as a Child of God is to spend it sowing to please the Spirit. Because
“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”
Every time you spend watching a movie that enhances your faith is a seed you have sown to please the Spirit. But every time you spend with a pornographic material is a seed you have sown to please the flesh. If you have experienced salvation, you will discover that it will corrupt your human spirit and bring a terrible result at the end.
Attending a Bible meeting where you are taught the ways of God or listening to a compact disc that contains the good word of God is a seed sown to please the Spirit. Staying away from gossips, sinful people, striving men and women, and whatever does not edify is a seed you have sown to please the Spirit.
You will never have a bad day sowing to please the Spirit.
Now the Bible says we should not grow weary in doing good – in other words we should not grow weary in sowing to please the Spirit every day of our lives. The reason is we shall reap if we faint not! The raw King James version puts it this way;
“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Galatians 6:9 KJV
Reaping the seeds, we sow to please the Spirit has three harvest seasons. I will not go into that now. But the ultimate principle that governs the harvest of good seeds sown is persistence – we must not faint or loose heart. We must keep sowing to please the Spirit!
Our devotional text this morning says we should not observe the winds that come to discourage us from sowing to please the Spirit; terrible winds from unsuspecting people that cause us to faint in the process of doing good.
The Bible made it clear that a Kingdom Citizen who observes such winds will cease sowing to please the Spirit. And that is very true, especially in a world driven by an evil and corrupt system like ours that makes you a laughing stock or a prey for departing from evil.
A lot of righteous young people are being pressured to go the way of sin and corruption. For instance, we have heard of young men and women who have been made to break their virginity on the altar of sin and all forms of sexual perversion because they became a laughing stock for sowing to please the Spirit by keeping themselves pure.
Sadly, I remember one who reaped a terrible harvest that claimed her life after being made to faint by her friends for not sowing to please her flesh. She decided to do it just to escape the evil winds of mockery from her friends. In other words, she fainted and sowed to please her flesh and reaped premature death as harvest.
A major highlight in our devotional text says,
“In the morning sow your seed, and in the evening do not withhold your hand; for you do not know which will prosper, either this or that, or whether both alike will be good.”
THAT MEANS WE SHOULD NEVER ALLOW OUR “MORNING” OR “EVENINGS” TO HINDER US FROM SOWING TO PLEASE THE SPIRIT.
The Bible says weeping may endure for a night but Joy comes in the morning. Our morning represents a time of joy and our evening a time of trial. This scripture then means, in time of joy we should sow to please the Spirit, and in time of weeping (when the evil winds of mockery and discouragement is blowing on us), we should sow to please the Spirit. We can only reap the reward if we faint not!
I believe the message of today’s devotional has been passed. Any problem you create for yourself by sowing to please your flesh cannot be solved by prayer, fasting or giving. It can only be solved through repentance and the healing of the breach; which takes times depending on the gravity of what you did.
Sadly, the principle of seed, time and harvest has been reduced to money-talk by greedy dogs called men of God, consequently, blindfolding us to the real truths God buried in His word concerning it. I did not call them greedy dogs, the Bible called them so. But I trust this morning that the Holy Spirit has enlightened you.
It’s a new Day for you in Jesus precious name. AMEN!
LET THIS SCRIPTURE BE AN ADDITIONAL MEDITATION FOR YOU TODAY!
“Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” Psalms 126:5-6 NKJV