I am beginning to see more and more that what we are experiencing in our present lives is connected to what we have previously sowed. And I also continue to see more and more in scripture to support this way of thinking. Below is some of what I have been studying today.
Psalm 128:1-2 – Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks and lives according to His commandments. For you shall eat the fruit of you labor of your hands; happy shall you be, and it shall be well with you.
Everyone will eat the fruit of their labor. God will not be mocked. Whatever a man sows that will he reap. If I live according to God’s will and ways, eating the fruit of my ways will make me happy and things will be well with me. If I don’t live according to God’s will and ways, when I eat the fruit of my labor, it will make me unhappy and things might not be well with me.
In trying to solve problems with people, many times the root is in the principle sowing and reaping.
People think that what they are going through is just arbitrary or somehow God trying to work something out in them. The neglect to see that what they are going through is just the results of everything planted into their lives in the past.
God in most cases doesn’t just pull up the plant by the roots without giving them a new gardening kit. Otherwise, they will replant what they are used to planting and re-reap what they have always reaped.
Transformation doesn’t come by God just reaching in and changing things without our help; transformation comes through not being conformed to the present age but by being renewed in mind. It is in putting off the old man and putting on the new man.
Ephesians 4:23-24 – And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude], And put on the new nature (the regenerate self) created in God’s image, [Godlike] in true righteousness and holiness.
Be constantly renewed. This is an active continuous process. Continually have a fresh mental and spiritual attitude.
I have been made new in Christ, but I have to PUT ON the new nature which has already been created.
How do I do this? By being constantly renewed in the spirit of my mind, by not being conformed to the way everything around me things but putting on God’s thoughts and God’s ways.