In Your Bible Read This Out Loud: Galatians
Memorise This Verse: 2 Corinthians
9:6 'Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and
whoever sows generously will also reap generously'
Afterwards Talk About This: Relate
to each other testimonies of when you have given and it was given back
Something To Do Before Next Time: Buy
a packet of seeds and plant them and let them serve as a reminder of the
money you have given.
Written Diploma Work: Write one
side on the ways that the laws governing finances are similar to those
Meditate Word By Word On This Verse:
When you give financially, the bible
likens it to sowing seeds and as the scriptures below show. Just as
there are laws that govern crops and harvest there are laws that govern
financial seed sowing and financial harvests. This section will seek to
draw parallels between the natural and spiritual laws of sowing and
reaping whilst the intention is not to take the analogy too far - there
are some parallels that can be drawn
Galatians 6:7 'Do
not be deceived. God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows'
2 Corinthians 9:6: 'Whoever s ows generously will reap
The Laws operate whether we know about
them or not Genesis 8:22 shows that the natural laws of seedtime and
harvest will always remain in the natural world. In the same way, sowing
and reaping and giving and receiving are financial laws that will always
govern the spiritual world. Ignorance of these laws will be to our
disadvantage Hosea 4:6 says, 'My people are
destroyed from lack of knowledge'
The laws operate for whosoever and are
applicable to all If a rich farmer and a poor farmer sow the same amount
of seed in the same soil they will receive the same size harvest. If a
male farmer and a female farmer sow the same amount of seed they will
receive the same size harvest. If a black farmer and a white farmer sow
the same amount of seed they will receive the same size harvest. The
laws of sowing and reaping aren't racist or sexist and will work for
whoever activates them.
Abide by the laws and you will be blessed
A mere knowledge of the laws will not of itself cause a harvest to come
to you the laws of sowing and reaping are there for us to abide by and
be blessed by. The laws of sowing and reaping are not there to penalise
us but are there for our benefit but we must activate the laws to work
in our favour.
If you sow nothing you reap nothing This
sound so obvious that it is not worth mentioning! yet there are
multitudes of Christians who do not give God a penny yet are praying,
prophesying, begging, pleading, demanding and resisting the devil in
order to get a harvest!. There are no surprise harvests in the natural
realm if you haven't sown any seed and no surprise harvests in the
spiritual if you haven't sown financial seeds.
Your reaping is in direct proportion to
your sowing 2 Corinthians 9:6 says, 'Whoever sows
sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will
reap generously'. If you have seen a steady stream of small
financial harvests and are ready for a stream of large financial
harvests then you need to sow a stream of large financial seeds.
You sow seeds in the knowledge they will
produce a harvest No farmer sows seeds and goes away and forgets about
the field - he is looking for it to produce a harvest. If you have sown
financial seeds don't forget about them - money may leave you hand but
it doesn't leave your life money goes from your present and into your
future - expect a harvest!
Spasmodic sowing leads to spasmodic
reaping If a farmer sows seed in half of his field and not the other
half he will only receive a partial harvest. Likewise, if you only give
occasionally you are not putting yourself into a position to receive a
steady stream of blessings.
Select good soil in which to sow No
farmer would choose to sow his seed on a dirt track or a concrete road
when he had a piece if land with fertile soil in which to sow - clearly
he would sow in the place that would give him the greatest returns.
Likewise, you should be very careful to give to the church,
organisation, missionary etc who you feel will give you the best returns
for your hard earned money - why waste it on unfruitful churches and
Good seeds produce a good harvest Give
God your best and sow your best seeds - give God a tithe of everything
and generous offerings on top give God of your best and believe him for
his many various blessings to be given back to you. Go out of your way
to ensure that you have given the best to God and he will go out of his
way to his best to you.
Bad seeds produce a bad harvest If you
are sowing unrighteousness in your finances it will be multiplied back
to you in the form of a financial famine instead of a harvest. Carefully
evaluate if there is any area of financial unrighteousness that is
causing you to be sowing bad seeds and reaping a bitter harvest. A
Christian indulging in financial unrighteousness is similar to a farmer
sowing thorn bush seeds in the middle of his crop
Respect the time between sowing and
reaping When was the last time you saw a farmer sow seeds on a Sunday
and go looking for a harvest on a Monday night! Unfortunately, many
Christians give in the offering on Sunday evening and look for an
envelope full of cash on Monday morning. Galatians 6:7-10 shows that
there is a harvest coming at the proper time when God deems it fit to
release it to you - patiently wait for your harvest!
Harvest is gradual Jesus spoke of the
harvest being gradual in Mark 4:28 when he says, 'All
by itself the soil produces corn - first the stalk, then the ear, then
the full grain in the ear'. Rather than seeing a massive
financial miracle it would appear that you are more likely to see a
steady stream of blessings in your life as your harvest gradually grows
Each seed reproduces after itself If a
farmer wanted orange trees he wouldn't plant apple seeds as each seed
reproduces itself. Therefore, if you want blessings - sow blessings if
you want friendship sow friendship into other people's lives if you want
people to go out of their way to be nice to you, go out of your way to
be nice to other people.
Each seed produces fruit which contains
more seed with which to sow again Jesus said in John 12:24 'Unless
a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single
seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds'. The laws of sowing
and reaping are such you could plant a single and if you plant all the
subsequent seeds that the initial seed produced it could fill an entire
field - all from planting one single seed.
Don't eat all your harvest 2 Corinthians
9:10 says 'Now he who supplies seed to the sower
and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and
will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness'.
Therefore God puts money in our hands for
1) Bread for food i.e. daily
2) Seed to sow i.e excess money to invest in his Kingdom
Should we choose to eat all our seeds we
will have none left to sow for future harvest when you receive a
financial harvest make sure that you tithe on it straight away.
Don't wait until you are hungry before
you sow your seed. If you wanted an apple pie on Sunday evening you
wouldn't plant an apple seed on Sunday morning. However, many Christians
wait until financial disaster is upon them before they start sowing
financial seeds in the hope to get out of the mess they are in. Don't
wait for the bad times to start sowing seeds but sow in the good times
and the bad times, in fact, sow every time so that you have a constant
Uproot any weeds that could choke the
harvest Jesus warned in Mark 4:19 about financial unrighteousness acting
like weeds, 'But the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth
and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it
unfruitful'. Financial unrighteousness will choke and kill our harvest
and needs to be rooted out of our lives.
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