You Reap What You Sow!

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Pastor Andy Shaffer—July 22, 2012

 Proverbs 11:18—“The wicked man earns deceptive wages, but he who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward.”

 Principles of Sowing and Reaping:

1)    Everything Starts As A Seed!

Genesis 1:11—God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds. And it was so.”

2)    Nothing Happens Until The Seed Is Planted!

John 12:24—Jesus said, “Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, it cannot reproduce. But if it dies, it will produce much fruit.”

3)    Whatever I Sow, That’s What I’ll Reap!

Galatians 6:7—“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.”

4)    I’m Not The Only Sower!

John 4:38—“I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.”

5)    I Always Reap In A Season That’s Different From When I Sow!

Ecclesiastes 3:1-5—“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven…a time to plant and a time to uproot (harvest)…a time to scatter…and a time to gather…”

6)    I Always Reap More Than I Sow!

Mark 4:8—“Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, multiplying thirty, sixty and even a hundred times.”

7)    I Can Reap More By Planting More!

II Corinthians 9—“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

8)    The Time To Plant Is Now!

Ecclesiastes 11:4 (NCV)—“Those who wait for perfect weather will never plant seeds; those who look at every cloud will never harvest crops.”

9)    To Reap A Harvest I Must Be Patient And Not Give Up!

Mark 4:26-28—“This is what the kingdom of God is like: A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head.”

Galatians 6:9—“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”