Daily Bible Studies & Sermon Notes


A New Harvest
Pastor Craig Kessel
Gal 6:7-9; 5:19-23
Who we are as people today—our faith, relationships, health, habits, temperaments and overall condition—has much to do with the results of our past thoughts and actions. Those who matured and learned to act wisely yesterday have wisdom today. Those who save wisely today will have plenty tomorrow. However, those who spend everything they have today will have little or nothing in the future. The Apostle Paul warns the Galatians that we all sow into our lives and will eventually reap a harvest. Our past will catch up with us whether good or bad. God calls His children to live in relationship with Him and desires holiness lived out in obedience to His Word. Like a loving parent He desires good things for His children. He also gives His children free will but also warns us that there are consequences to all of our actions. Some have experienced the blessing in living in God’s standards while others have found that living in their own way eventually brings disappointment, pain and sadness. Let’s have a fresh look on how to live out our lives today that will promise us a blessed tomorrow.

Natural and spiritual laws
Law of gravitation: On earth what goes up must come down.

Spiritual law of the perpetual evil of the sin nature: The sin nature is our human nature with its corrupt desires, resistance to God and insistence of going its own way. There is nothing good in the sin nature. “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked” (Jer 17:9). The word desperate could also be translated as “incurably.” The heart of man is literally “incurably wicked.” That is why we have the need for a Savior.

Spiritual law of continual conflict: There is a continual conflict between what the sin nature wants and what the Holy Spirit wants in the life of a believer. “For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature” (Gal 5:17).

Spiritual laws of the harvest: Whatever a person sows, whether good or bad, they will reap the same in kind. This law applies to everyone, whether they are a believer or not. Based on what we sow, there is either blessing or punishment. There are consequences to our words and actions.

Spiritual laws of the harvest
1) We reap much of what we did not sow.
• Much that we reap, we never planted.
• Positively, we can reap the blessing from good parents.
• Positively, we can reap blessings from God as He provides for us (Mt
6:25-34).
• Jesus said that God extends His blessings to all men as “He
makes the sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the
just and unjust (Mt 5:45).”
• Negatively, we reap the consequences from abusive or neglectful
parents.
• Negatively, we can reap the consequences of a crime, violation or other
act that harms us or a loved one.

2) We are responsible for our harvest (v7).
• We are responsible for our choices, Christian or non-Christian.
• We reap a harvest of our own planting.
• We are not able to make God look ridiculous by outwitting Him and
evading His laws.
- God is not mocked­—to turn up the nose or sneer at and treat with
contempt.
- God knows all things; He sees everything that we do or think, whether
publically or in secret. “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s
sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to
whom we must give account” (Heb 4:13).
• Paul warns us not to be deceived—led astray, led away from the truth, to
go off course and get off of the correct path.
• To grow and change spiritually, to walk in freedom, we need to take
responsibility for our actions.
• Human nature has a great capacity for self deception.

3) We reap the same as what we sow (v8).
• Everything produces after its kind.
• No one can sow what is evil and reap what is good.
• He who sows to his flesh will reap what the flesh can produce.
- Sowing to the flesh—pursuing fleshly lusts, desires and appetites, giving in to temptation and pleasing our own desires.
Sowing to the flesh begins in the mind. Every time we hold a grudge, entertain an impure fantasy, indulge in self-pity, speak ill of another person or fail to carry out our responsibilities, we are sowing to the flesh. To be self-centered, critical of others and envious is sowing to the flesh (Gal 5:19-21 – Deeds of the flesh).
• Sowing to the flesh reaps from the flesh corruption.
• Corruption—deterioration, decay, rottenness.
• Sowing to one’s sinful nature can bring the destruction of one’s self, the
destruction of relationships, as well as addiction, bondage, slavery to sin,
even spiritual death and hell.
• Corruption can grow to the point that without repentance it can lead to an
eternity without God (Gal 5:21).
•He who sows to the Spirit will reap what the Spirit can produce.
- Sowing to the Spirit—to yield to the Holy Spirit to
lead, instruct and guide us in which we respond in obedience to His influence. We sow to the Spirit when we obey the Scriptures, have Christ-like attitudes and love others. When we choose to forgive, we are sowing to the Spirit. When we take our thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ, we are sowing to the Spirit (2Co 10:3–5). When we refuse to share something negative about another person (even though it’s true!), we are sowing to the Spirit. Every time we speak the truth, honor our word, are honest, offer praise to God for His goodness, we are sowing to the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23 – Fruit of the Spirit).

4) We reap in a different season than we sow.
• Paul says don’t be deceived. Why this warning? It is because we don’t reap immediately after we sow.
• We don’t plant seed today and harvest our crop tomorrow.
• There is a season before we actually reap and eat off of our harvest.
“When the sentence for a crime is not quickly carried out, the hearts of the
people are filled with schemes to do wrong” (Ecc 8:11).
• If we could always see the long-term results of our choices, we would
probably always sow to the Spirit.
• Repentance, making life changes also takes time before we reap a better
harvest.

5) We reap more than what we sow.
• This principle operates both positively and negatively.
• The more we sow to the Spirit, the more we will reap the blessings of a righteous harvest.
• The more we sow to the flesh, the more we will reap the sorrow of an
unrighteous harvest. This principle shows us why it is better to be saved
early rather than late in life. “For they have sown the wind, and they shall
reap the whirlwind” (Hos 8:7).
• There is a chain reaction that takes place when we do wrong (Jos 7 –Achan’s disobedience and punishment).

Sowing to a new harvest (v9)
• Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.
• We cannot do anything about last year’s harvest, but we can sow for a better harvest this year.
• We have been given the gift of repentance; we can choose to sow for a new harvest.
• Confession and forgiveness in no way stop the harvest. I will have to live with those consequences. But with the grace of God I can change, and my life can change.
• Paul says, don’t lose heart; life change and transformation take time.
• Learn to feed your spirit (worship, prayer, Bible study, accountability, receiving healing).
• Remove the temptations that feed the flesh (media, bad company, substances).

Questions
1) What have you been sowing into your life, marriage, children and friendships?
2) How have you seen the law of the harvest at work in your life?
3) What changes can you make that will feed your spirit and not the flesh?  


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