Daily Devotional – 3/5/15 “What are you sowing?”

When you step in the snow, don’t your shoes and pants get wet? When you step in mud, don’t your shoes get dirty? When you put your hands in a bag of chips, don’t they get greasy or covered in the flavor of the chips? And when you dig a hole and plant a seed, don’t you reap from that which you sow? Then what makes you think the same thing won’t happen when you sow spiritually? When you sow something good, you reap something good but when you sow something bad, you reap something equally bad, don’t you? Well, that’s what the word says. Galatians 6:8 says, “Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” See, at some point you’ve got to get to a place where you no longer want, no you should get to a place where you no longer need to live to please folk because when you live to please folk, you’ll sow into things that can send your soul to hell. You’re sowing unsportsmanlike conduct to your coworkers and then you have the nerve to get mad when no one will support you. You’re sowing anger into every relationship you get in and then wonder why no one will stay with you. You steal for a living and then get mad when you get arrested. You raise more hell than the devil then you got the audacity to get mad when the Pastor won’t choose you to chair a program or sit on the trustee board. You stay in folk business but don’t understand why no one tells you anything. You ruin every party but don’t get why no one invites you anywhere. You need to look into what you are sowing.

And please, PLEASE stop blaming God for everything we go through. Baby, don’t you know if God would pay us back for most of the things we did; most of us would be raggedy, good for nothing nobodies worth nothing! We get back what we put out, we reap what we sow! What are you sowing? Stop blocking your blessings by being jealous of somebody else blessing, rejoice with them until yours come. Stop throwing rocks and hiding your hands, stop hating on folk, stop putting your angry mouth on the man or woman of God (pray for him or her) and stop talking about the church (work to make it better). For Proverbs 6:16-19 says, “Here are six things God hates, and one more that he loathes with a passion: eyes that are arrogant, a tongue that lies, hands that murder the innocent, a heart that hatches evil plots, feet that race down a wicked track, a mouth that lies under oath, a troublemaker in the family.” Be careful what you sow because that’s what you’ll reap. What are you sowing?

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Daily Devotional – 3/5/12 “When you sow dirty, you get dirty!”

Didn’t your mom tell you that if you play in dirt you get dirty, if you walk through mud, you usually get some on the bottom of your shoes and if you are around somebody throwing dirt a little might spill onto you? Well, this is the same thing as spreading lies, gossiping and backbiting against folk – you’re playing in dirt. Haven’t you heard that whatever you sow, you shall reap? This wasn’t just talking about seeds for vegetables, fruits or flowers but it is also taking about sowing seeds of deceit, lies, etc. Proverbs 22:8 says, “He who sows wickedness reaps trouble, and the rod of his fury will be destroyed.” If you’re constantly planting trouble for other folk, you’re bound to harvest that same trouble. Take as an example, you and your friend decide to go to the mall to shoplift and you ask her to get you a few shirts while you stand watch and once you both get home, you find out that she didn’t get your shirts but she got a few for her boyfriend, so now you’re pissed off. You decide to go to the store to turn her in but what you didn’t think about is once they look at the security videos, they see your crazy butt as a lookout so now you both get arrested. See, while you’re plotting evil for other folks you need to take into consideration the same evil for yourself. The bible says in Zechariah 8:17, “Don’t scheme against each other. Stop your love of telling lies that you swear are the truth. I hate all these things, says the LORD.” Why are you mad at me because of the favor that God is raining down on me? Don’t be jealous, get smart and stand beside me so that some of this favor can fall on you too. There’s no need of trying to push me out the way to get what God has for me because you might not be able to do the same thing with the blessing that he sends me. See, God may have given you the ability to write but it may be poetry and not a devotional. He may have given you the ability to cook but it may be for pastries and not soul food. He may have even given you the ability to speak but it may just be evangelizing and not Pastoring. And just because I am able to do something better that you think you’re good at, you don’t have to sow seeds of failure in my life.

Haven’t you figured it out yet that when you sow ugliness in other folk life because you’re not accomplishing what you want in your life, you are blocking your blessings? Don’t you know when you plant seeds you’ll reap a harvest of whatever type of seed you plant? When you plant a seed of failure in my life, you reap failure. When you plant a seed of hurt, you reap hurt. When you plant a seed of death, you reap death. Don’t believe me, Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 says “For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest.” Whatever is planted has to be harvested at some point and time. When you put your mouth on folks and start wishing bad for their life, you’re going to reap the same thing. Why do you think you’re having is so bad during this life of yours? Every time somebody makes you mad, you start telling all the stuff they did or used to do even though you promised you never would without even realizing you’re also telling on yourself. Let me throw this in for free- you allowed somebody else to use your child on their tax return and they promised to give you a few bucks for it but when the time came they stopped answering the phone. Now you decide to turn them in to IRS and they got audited and guess what, so did you. Why? Because this was a mess to begin with so you had to know nothing good would come out of it so while you are telling on them you’re also telling on yourself. (What you sow, so shall you reap!) Oh, don’t think that because you turn somebody in for stealing, you will get a few favor points from God when you bought what they had before turning them it – you are just as guilty.

Stop sowing seeds of malicious intent into folks lives for Proverbs 6:16-19 says, “Here are six things God hates, and one more that he loathes with a passion: eyes that are arrogant, a tongue that lies, hands that murder the innocent, a heart that hatches evil plots, feet that race down a wicked track, a mouth that lies under oath, a troublemaker in the family.” If you fall under any of these, then God isn’t pleased with you. Just because somebody else got the job you wanted, it doesn’t mean you keep trying to get them fired when they make a mistake because you can lose your job just as fast. The only thing you should be sowing in dirt is those things that are supposed to be. Stop sowing death and sow life. Stop sowing lies and sow truth. Stop sowing backbiting and sow friendship. Stop sowing hate and sow love. Stop sowing hurt and sow help. Mahalia Jackson once said, “If you dig one ditch you better dig two cause the trap you set just may be for you.” Be careful when putting down traps for other folks because you may just forget where it is and fall into it yourself. God doesn’t need you to handle getting even with folks down here because he’ll have the last say so up there. So when folks hurt you, lie on you, stick knives in your back, and slap you in your face while kicking you when you’re down, let God handle it. No need of sowing seeds of revenge because you’ll only reap regret. God is capable of doing just what he said he would do, so let him handle it. Throw out all the seeds of doubt, lies, slandering, back stabbing and hate because they’ll only reap you the same thing to harvest.