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Jacob
by Annagail Lynes
10/11/05
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After Jacob swindled his brother, Esau, out of the first-born rights, after Jacob tricked his father, Isaac, into giving him the first-born blessing, Jacob’s life should have been smooth sailing, right? Wrong! Things were about to become even worse.

In Chapter 28 of Genesis, we read that Isaac sent Jacob away to Padan-aram to find a wife among his mother’s people.

There he fell in love with a beautiful, attractive woman named Rachel. In order to marry her, Jacob had to work for her father, Laban, for seven years. No problem, he probably thought, I do anything to make Rachel my wife.

The wedding day came. As custom dictated, his wife-to-be wore a veil. They had a feast to celebrate his marriage–eating, drinking and having a good time.

It wasn’t until the next morning that he realized he had been duped...and that instead of marrying Rachel, he had married Leah, Rachel’s older sister.

Laban had tricked him into marrying Leah. He had been tricked just as he had tricked his brother out of the birthright. He had reaped what he had sowed.

The same is true in your life.

What you sow–words, actions, thoughts–you will reap. You can’t sow carrots and reap broccoli. It just doesn’t work that way.

If you sow good things, you will reap good things. If you sow bad things, you will reap bad things. Especially in the area of your mouth.

If you are constantly putting yourself down, if you are constantly speaking negative words, negative circumstances will come to you.

If you are constantly speaking positive words about you and your life, you will have positive circumstances.

Mark 11:23 says that you can have whatever you say...whether negative or positive.

You cannot speak negatively about everything in your life and expect to receive positive results. Negative words and thoughts produce negative results. Positive words and thoughts produce positive results.

Change what you are sowing, and you will change what you are reaping.




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