Have you ever noticed how far we go in a situation before we call on the Lord? It seems that some Believers try all their arsenal of human resources in anticipation that they can handle the problems that are hindering their life style. Many times our human approaches to problems and difficulties have led to an increase, not a decrease, in the severity of the challenge. The more the Believer reverts to carnal (worldly) responses, the more the problem magnifies itself. As the problem gets bigger, we suddenly realize that there is a rider clause attached that expands that one problem into numerous problems. It is only when we become overwhelmed by these challenges that we finally petition the Lord for help. When we ask God for His assistance, we quote every Scripture we can find that deals with receiving what we desire. It is like reminding God what He has said and then claiming those verses as ours. If, for some reason, He does not answer our prayer, we take it personally by opening the door to Satan’s opinion as to why our prayers have failed.
Many of the problems we face in life are brought about by our own failures, or to be more precise, a failure to implement the provisions God has provided for us. The Bible states that God has “…given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him.” (11 Peter 1: 3) By failing to realize what those “things” are, we are ill equipped to take on the problems of life. When we decide to respond to our problems in a non Biblical way, we will not be able to experience victory. For some unexplainable reason we have failed to understand or grasp the teaching of “Sowing and Reaping.” Galatians 6:7 states that “…whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap.” Many of the mistakes that are made by Christians today are the result of our bad choices. Not understanding that, we cry out to God to deliver us. Let’s say we have not taken care of our bodies. Due to overeating we have allowed our health to be brought into jeopardy. With physical issues we call on God to bring healing to our bodies. We have sowed gluttony to our bodies and have reaped ill health. What is God suppose to do about it? The overeater has brought desecration to his “temple,” not God. Yet we want God to deliver us.
If a Christian’s problems are a result of sowing to the flesh, which can be mental or physical, the first thing he needs to do is to ask God for forgiveness. As God forgives, the forgiven will get back to the Word and begin to “sow to the Spirit” which will bring about those allusive victories over life’s problems. (Galatians 6:8)
As one sows to the Spirit, one will also experience the “fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5: 22, 23) which will help usher in that peace that passes all understanding. (Philippians 4:7)