Hosea 10:12 “Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.”
Many come to our program, RU Recovery, and want help with the results of decisions made. The fruit of those choices has brought them heartache, pain and separation. Some fruit is devastating and long-lasting and others only time can heal.
Yet, when we present the cure to what ails them, we begin to find out what it is for which they were truly searching. On the one hand are those who, once the consequences to their decisions are not immediate or costly and are taken out of the way, they seem to disappear. On the other hand are those who are no stranger to these situations and desire more than just the pain to go away, to be free of their addiction, or to get off paper.
It is the seeking heart; the one who desires true change that will experience the transforming power and freedom of what Jesus has to offer in John 8:32.
John 8:32 “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
We call it the “Doctrine of Replacement”.
We all know the consequences of bad decisions – we have all made one or two in our lifetime. But when you and I choose to read our Bible in the morning, seek God with our whole heart, pray and obey instead of hitting the snooze, racing off to work and reaping the fruit of those decisions; we begin to see the fruit of seeds sown to righteousness as the verse today describes.
The Law of Sowing and Reaping is elemental. It has roots in the Garden of Eden. Eve chose. Adam chose and we have been living with the consequences of that decision ever since. Lest we condemn them for their choices, we must examine our own ‘garden’ and it’s fruit.
In the message presented last night, we asked the question;
“Does your walk equal your talk?”
We took the last verse in James chapter 4:
“Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.”
If you have been in church for any length of time, you have heard much truth; truth for which we are responsible to obey. As the verse states, if I know truth and don’t do it, it becomes sin to me. My pastor quotes this statement often:
“The more you know and don’t do, the more sinful you become.”
Wow. I have been saved now for over twenty eight years. In that time, I have heard thousands of sermons, read through my Bible at least twenty eight times, and know much truth. But it is truly convicting when I look back on truth I’ve read and try to verify ‘knowing’ that truth or backing it up with evidence in my life…
“Does my walk equal what I know?”
I cannot listen to the enemy’s accusations without the knowledge that the sin that I have committed; obedience I have omitted, or the regarding of iniquity in my heart is under the blood.
Yes, I did it. I sinned. That is what true confession really is. Not just and admittance of guilt, but an agreement with God that we stepped over the line willingly, wantingly; desiring what we knew was wrong.
As you go off into your day today, think about your steps, your speech, the company you keep and the things you will watch and hear and ask yourself:
“Can someone watch my life and find me guilty of being a Christian?”