SOWING SEED

Luke 8:11
Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
Before I can tell you about my ministry and how you can partner with a seed of $……. (haha!), let us examine something together. You were probably told that your health and/or financial situation will not change until you have sowed a seed of….. (you know how much). Perhaps you have given much already, if not all, and still nothing has changed. Did God lie about His Word? Certainly not! He’s not man. Were you coerced into paying for what Jesus’ blood purchased for you? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? (Romans 8:32)
Friends of God, the seed is the Word of God. This Word was with God from the beginning and by the same were we made, with all that was created by Him. (See Genesis 1; John 1:1-4). The seed has life in it and that’s why it’s able to produce after its own kind. Science agrees with this too.
Any wonder that Jesus would use it for an illustration and explanation of the Kingdom of God and its principles?
Of increase and multiplication
He said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how. (Mark 4:26-27)
Of the Blessing
In Genesis 22:18 God said to Abraham, “In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.” Remember that the seed referred to here is Christ (see Galatians 3:16)- who also is the Word (John 1:14).
Of diligence
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 (Ecclesiastes11:6).
Of practical living
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap (Galatians 6:7).
Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the Lord blessed him (Genesis 26:12).
Of generosity
But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:6-8)
This is where I believe the topic on giving money, being referred to as “sowing seed”, has been misinterpreted. God is honored in our giving and He deserves our best. The tithe belongs to Him and He commands a blessing on that (See Malachi 3:10-12). This is not say “give more and get more”. We give because we have. We give because we love God, who loved us first.
I believe also that as the Church, the body of Christ, we can do better to encourage our members to give generously to the work of the ministry than to coerce them or at worst threaten them with failure and poverty. People will cheerfully give from an understanding that they are already blessed, that they have an abundance for every good work, and that they can be a blessing.
May we encourage each other to sow the right seeds, to sow to the Spirit, to receive God’s Word (Seed) with meekness and diligence to do according to all that’s written in it, and to be generous on all occasions. We shall reap if we do not lose heart.

YOU MUST KNOW

2 Peter 1:2-3
Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue
A friend shared how embarrassing her experience flying for the first time was, when she turned down an offer to be served food and drinks on the plane. She was afraid she would have to pay for it like we do during bus stops on long journeys.
Child of God, everything you need and ever will (in this life and the one to come) has already been provided. God has not left us to wander about in the dark nor has He hidden anything from us. He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? (Romans 8:32)
His perfect will, promises, plans and purpose for our lives are all revealed in His written Word. Knowledge of this will save us the trouble we go through worrying, guessing, trying and failing. Does this mean we will not suffer from anything negative? Certainly not! We know that all things work together for our good (Romans 8:28).
The sad reality however, is that some people may never get to know what belongs to them, owing to their ignorance of the Word. God in Hosea 4:6 says, My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Now those times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent (Acts 17:30). Keeping a Bible closer to your head when you sleep may not guard you from the attack of the enemy, but reading and understanding it will surely keep you from his lies.
Remember it is not just the truth but rather knowledge of the truth that will set you free, as you give yourself to the study of God’s word and continue in it. (See John 8:31-32). This experiential and revelational knowledge is available for us all. The Holy Spirit in you will guide you into all truth. You won’t need to say, “so and so said”. You will quote and speak from an abundance stored up in you.
God’s Word will renew your mind and transform you from the inside-out. You will be empowered to believe, to do, to live and to speak right. With this you can command your destiny. (See Joshua 1:8).
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