May 7, 2017 – Fruit vs Flesh – Part 3 – Sowing

Introduction

: Last week: Fruit of Spirit

Galatians 6:7-8

NKJ 


Galatians 6:7

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.

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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.”

NLT 


Galatians 6:7


“Don’t be misled — you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.

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Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.”

Before I conclude our time this morning, I promised to look at three specific areas (or at least briefly mention); works of the flesh, that I felt compelled to at least mention.

James 1:19-20, “Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.

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Human anger

1

does not produce the righteousness

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God desires.” (NLT)


orge


{or-gay’}

Meaning: 

1) anger, the natural disposition, temper, character 2) movement or agitation of the soul, impulse, desire, any violent emotion, but esp. anger 3) anger, wrath, indignation 4) anger exhibited in punishment, hence used for punishment itself 4a) of punishments inflicted by magistrates

Application

: I do not have time to delve into all there is to consider when it comes to anger!

Anger is the


natural emotion created in a fight-or-flight situation by the physiology of your mind and body


.  When you sense a threat your mind generates fear and anger.  The fear you generate is part of a flight response from your physiology.

Anger is the emotional energy you generate for the fight against that perceived threat

.  What can be confusing is that your mind creates fear and anger even when the threat is just imagined.

Numbers 5:14 addresses a/the ‘Spirit of Jealousy’

jealous

 =resentment against a rival, a person enjoying success oradvantage, etc., or against another’s success or aavantage itself.

It’s a common misconception that 

jealousy

 is a sign of love.

According to Psychology today: Research has linked several traits to greater jealousy?

Transition

: The 3

rd

emotion / position that I want to mention quickly is that of pride.

Application:

Not all pride is a bad thing.

As a positive emotion, pride typically manifests as an expression of lasting satisfaction. The kinds of thoughts and behavioral patterns that accompany this feeling include happiness, elation, and joy, and we express and communicate this feeling with intense facial expressions — smiling, blushing —  expanded postures  — head tilted, back arched — and wide, extended gestures 

signaling power

… and yes, and the waving of large, colourful flags.

This sort of pride is

 


a deep intrinsic motivator


 

— it can give us a boost towards fulfilling our aspirations and help us minimize focus on difficulties.

When I was looking for a

 positive, motivational opposite of 

Anger

 via Pulchik’s Wheel of Emotion

, I ended up blending 

Optimism

 and 

Anticipation

 (calling these 

Eagerness

) and mixed them with a thing called 

Gratitude

The Dark Side of Pride

Then there’s the other side of pride: the negative, 

“how dare they!!” /

 

“do they know who I am??”

 pride.

This is where the motivational force for perseverance becomes an emotional blocker of stubbornness.

On the Dark Side of Pride, the emotions look nothing like happiness, and the facial expressions include few smiles. Here, the lips may purse, the teeth may snarl, the eyebrows may furrow. This pride starts angry and defiant… and 

stays

 that way.  This pride is 


reactive and externally defined







We’re looking at what other people are doing, saying and accomplishing… and we define ourselves in opposition to them



.

Here on the Dark Side we feel a whole lot of 

Fear

 and 

Envy

.  The fear typically manifests as an extreme desire for 

Control

 or 

Respect

… which leads to 

Anger

, which leads to 

Suffering

.

As for the 

Envy

, the close cousin of 

Resentment

, this is 

a twisted, self-centered form of 

Admiration


. Kierkegaard called it 

“unhappy self-assertion.”

Transition:

So God help us address these matters, by two things: (1)The Presence of God and the Natural Fruit of the Spirit that comes in connection to Him and; (2) Sowing Into our Spiritual man as our opening texts directs!

Interrogative:

What does or is Galatians 6:7-8 talking about?

The Apostle Paul starts off by saying “do not be deceived”. In other words, do not be

mislead

,


do not be trapped into wrong thinking by believing that you can trick or deceive God concerning the life you live


for our life is a open book before God.

Sowing to the spirit or to the flesh? Everyone of us is sowing to one or the other and everyone of us will reap the harvest of what we have planted in our lives.

What we do today will determine who we become tomorrow.

In speaking of tomorrow, it does not mean the next day on the calendar, it means after a while, over a period of time.

Every choice that we make each day is building on our future.

The fruit which I reap will be consistent with the seed I have sown.

Sowing to the Flesh

Sowing to the Spirit

In Ephesians there are four major steps one has to take to pursue God that you might finish the race in strength.

How to sow to the Spirit:

If we are to sow to the spirit the types of things we pursue are methods and means that will develop and promote:

Question

: What are we feeding? Carnal, wordly matters or (eat, plant, spend time with)

Question

: What are our most common / preferred restaurants?

Question

: Who, what and where do you spend the majority of your time because that is what you are sowing into!

Illustration

: I look at my online spending and then discover….did I really go to Patricia’s that many times?

Conclusion

: Let me finish by trying this. I have  spoken the last two weeks about two different sides of a coin. Works of the Flesh and the Fruit of the spirit.

Let’s imagine this coin is a magnet too. A magnet that has two opposing magnets vying for its allegiance.

What direction is your coin going?

Is it connecting and being drawn more often to the flesh or to the Spirit.

The Magnet of your spiritual man has to be a larger and more consistent draw if we are to rise above and be lead and fruitful by God’s Holy Spirit.

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