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Topic: YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW (05/02/19)
- TITLE: Crops for a Harvest!
By Patricia Hatch
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Overtime we have found there are many scriptures and ideologies that quotes has been established from or used in reference too from the bible. I would like to address a few of these quotes and elaborate on them.
Before I start I would like bring to recall how Lucifer came to tempt Adam and Eve in (Genesis 3) with the words of God. He deceived them by omitting words, twisting and changing words.
Since the beginning of time society has continued this practice. In doing this it changes God's word completely and weakens it. That's what we find in a few of these quotes that I'm going to address today.
First, I would like to look at how we often quote â€œ this too shall pass.â€ That phrase is used by many people in the church today. Nowhere is that quote found nor established in the word of God. This quote firmly establishes a ho hum mind and heart set, which is against what the Bible teaches.
Quote number two states â€œ money is the root of all evil.â€ This puts a sour taste in a person's mouth and mind when in fact (1 Timothy 6:10) declares â€œfor the LOVE of money is the root of all evil.â€ Money itself is not the root of all evil.
I am sure you have heard â€œwhat goes around comes around.â€ This quote puts a whole different meaning to the actual word of God. (Ecc 1:9) records how history repeats itself.
How about â€œGod works in mysterious ways.â€ This is quoted more times than not but religious people. This quote is No where in the Bible, and should not be taught that it is.
There again we've taken biblical scripture reduced it down to a quote that has a tendency to make one feel good about themselves. It also allows one to think they have legal right to judge others.
Last but far from least we hear the following quote. â€œYou will reap what you sow.â€ Society has a tendency to connect the quote with the way we treat others, when if fact, that is far from biblical truth. Sowing and reaping is used in the Bible in conjunction with sowing the word not only in your own life, but the life of others, and in conjunction with tithing, offerings and alms. I like to say (Matthew 25) is the totality of sowing and reaping throughout one's life, and into the life of others.
In closing I would like to encourage all when you read the Bible to read every written word. Omit nothing. Change nothing and twist nothing. When we quote the Bible we need to quote every word exactly as it is written. One or two words can change the whole concept of the word of God.
The last chapter of Revelations has warnings of adding to God's word or taking away from it. It is impossible to receive the full blessings of God when we make choices to change, twist or omit God's word.
(Matthew 4:4) declares man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.
(Isaiah 55:11) says so shall my word that goeth forth out of my mouth, should not return to me void but shall accomplish that which I please and prosper in the places sent. These two passages reveal the importance of quoting God's word accurately.
When we sow the word of God into our life and in the life of others it will determine what we reap and sow. The Bible compares it to planting a crop in a field and expecting a harvest. Are you sowing God's word of love, sharing the plan of salvation and life change? If so, you have a mighty harvest to reap. Or are you quoting phrases taken out of context from the society we live in?
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