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Planting for a Good Harvest Outline

Planting for a Good Harvest – New Years Day 2017

God has been preparing things at DRCC for this year – A Year of Planting

First comes the Rototiller – breaks up the ground to prepare for the planting

Purging / Preparing / Setting up

Luke 6:38

MSG –“Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.”

NLT –“Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full–pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.”

 

[Proverbs 11:25]…One who waters will be watered

LOVE & SERVE GOD – RELATIONSHIP – INVESTING IN OTHERS

 

Where are you positioned to plant?

Plant where God positions you.(Remember Christmas Eve message – give all where you are placed).

Go where the Spirit leads you to plant – [Acts 16:6-7 / 1 Peter 1:2]

The Spirit didn’t allow Paul to go to Bithynia.

Paul was to go to Macedonia Greece. Others would plant at Bithynia.

Make the Most of every Opportunity. [Ephesians 5:15-16] BE INTENTIONAL

What are you planting?

THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK/ACT – BE INTENTIONAL (Philippians 4:8)

T – Is it true? [Ephesians 4:15] “Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.”

H – Is it helpful? [James 3:8-10]“But no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison. Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right!” [Ephesians 4:29] “Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.” SPEAK LIFE

I – Is it inspiring? [Hebrews 10:24]“Let us think of ways to motivate one anotherto acts of love & good works.”BE AN ENCOURAGEMENT TO OTHERS

N – Is it necessary? [Proverbs 10:9] “Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut.”[James 1:19] “… slow to speak” [Proverbs 18:21]The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.

K – Is it kind? [2 Timothy 2:24-25]“A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people. Gently instructthose who oppose the truth…” [James 3:17-18]“But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.”[Proverbs 6:19]“There are six things the LORD hates–no, seven things he detests: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill the innocent, a heart that plots evil, feet that race to do wrong, a false witness who pours out lies, a person who sows discord in a family.” GOD DESIRES UNITY FOR HIS PEOPLE

 

OPEN YOUR HANDS – POUR OUT FOR JESUS – you will be blessed

[John 12:1-12]

“Let us not become weary in doing good for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” [Galatians 6:9] – GET READY TO PLANT IN 2017.

Power of Words

Our words are very powerful. The Bible tells us that our words can kill. We have a choice with regard to the words we speak. We can speak good words, uplifting words. We can speak bad words, words that tear down.

In my lifetime, I have been hurt many times by words. I am sure you can say the same thing. Words kept me from doing things I considered stepping out and doing. Words kept me from writing for many, many years. Words made me think less of myself. Recently, I have witnessed words tear down my child. As a parent, it’s painful to stand on the sidelines and watch it happen. My child, who I see as a great Barnabas to others, was on the receiving end of harsh words rather than encouraging ones. I saw my passionate, free-spirited, sensitive child wanting to quit, wanting to be far away. Despite working so hard, doing so great, beating personal records, sacrificing so much—it didn’t matter. Despite encouraging others to do their best—it didn’t matter. All of the positive accomplishments were blinded by the cruelness of a few.

We all have to face the wrath of some harsh words from time to time. They break us. The devil loves to use them to keep us from doing what will glorify our Father more. Remember today the importance of the words you speak. Do you want to build up or tear down? Do you want to encourage or discourage? Do you want to grow or destroy? Speak words of love. Speak words of truth. Speak words of grace. There is power in your words.

“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” – Proverbs 18:21 [NIV]

Social ImMEDIAte

I love social media. Over the years, FearNot Ministries has continued to have a presence on many social media sites to share the Gospel and encourage people to dig deeper into God’s Word and engage in a closer, more intimate relationship with Christ Jesus. Social media can do great good; however, like anything that can be used for good, social media can present some problems. What grieves me most is seeing how people take to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with personal issues that involve others or could demean themselves.

God’s Word clearly tells us to speak life to others (Ephesians 4:29). Our words have the power to kill or the power to build up; our words have the power to destroy or to encourage (Proverbs 18:21). We have the option to choose what we say—and our very goal for the words we speak. The Bible says we should speak with people, expecting to bring out the best in others in conversation (Colossians 4:6). What an aim! God’s Word also tells us how to approach fellow believers we have issues with so that we can do so in a loving and graceful manner that will still hold the person accountable. The Bible says to first go to the person alone. If the person will not listen, take another person with you (Matthew 18:15-17). The Bible says when a fellow believer has a different opinion as you, you are to treat them gently (Romans 14:1). Posting something on Facebook for a large swarm of people to see is destructive. Not only does it damage those it involves, but it shows non-believers something far from Christ, and can become a stumbling block to those seeking to know more about Jesus.

As you interact online, remember to share the love of Christ. Remember that anything you post could be seen by more than just you. Remember that your words have the power to destroy. Speak life. Speak using good discernment (knowing what is right and what is wrong). Speak with love. May your words be few and your love and grace runneth over.

Seek the Truth

Every time I reach my hands into the kitchen drawer with the cooking utensils, it seems like I am pulling out the wrong item. I want the metal tongs but pull out a metal spoon because I focus only on grabbing something metal. I want a heavy duty plastic spoon but instead retrieve the heavy duty plastic spatula. Often we quickly reach for the item, see something that closely resembles what we want, and we make the grab not realizing until it is too late that our eyes have played tricks on us.

This happens in life all of the time, but sometimes it occurs in areas that are more detrimental than simply selecting cooking utensils while preparing a meal. We see something that isn’t the Truth, but it appears to sound like the truth so we support it. Sometimes we find ourselves out in the world of social media and there’s a photo shared with some description. Everything looks to be true. We start commenting on the injustice we see in the photo or we share the photo with others, helping to assist in the lie, not realizing that it is in fact a lie. Some photos are photo shopped or taken out of context, but we have already shared them with our co-workers, family and friends. They have shared the same photos and stories because they trust you. Later it is found that the photos were doctored, the story isn’t even true, and the Truth itself is in question. You went from trying to be a compassionate person showing the injustice or bad situation, only to finding yourself in a bad situation.  Proverbs 18:21 reminds us that there is both life and death in our words.

God calls us to be watchful of our steps and of our words. We are to be careful with the words we speak so that we do not tread on the ground of slandering others. Instead we are to be encouraging, speaking love, and being a light for the Truth. It is so easy to get caught up in sharing something as simple as a photo. It doesn’t seem so dangerous, but still there are dangers. If we expect people to believe the Truth when we present it, we want to guarantee that we are not sharing lies with others—we want to protect our moral authority.

“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” – Ephesians 4:29 [ESV]

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.” – 1 John 4:1 [ESV]

 

Watch Your Mouth

We often take things back. We can return a shirt that is the wrong size to the store where we made the purchase. We can take back library books so that we can make new choices. We are able to return so many things, and we are able to make changes to items as well if we do not like them. If we are not happy with something we wrote, we can edit and revise it instead of tearing up a piece of paper and writing it again. We can add more seasoning to our meals to make them change their taste. One thing we cannot take back or change is our spoken words. As they flow from our mouth or off of our fingertips while we are engaging online, they are gone. We may be able to delete comments we make online; however, people saw them and words are powerful. This is why Proverbs 21:23 says, “Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble” (ESV). It is so easy for us to get into trouble.

There are times when we want so badly to shout back, to get in an argument to plead our case. We sometimes engage in discussions with people to stand up for what we believe in, to defend what we believe in and who we care for, to protect ourselves and others, and there are even times when we want to show someone that we are right and they are wrong. The Bible says, “There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts” (Prov. 12:18a ESV) and “death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Prov. 18:21 ESV).

It is important to be mindful of our words. When we say something, it says something about us. Matthew 15 says that “what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person” (v. 18 ESV). When we speak or write, it is how we express ourselves. What people hear– the words, along with the tone, body language, and facial expressions — will be how they form many opinions about you. The written words can be worse, for they many times do not go away. That mean, unpleasant letter you wrote a former friend may still be out there. Those comments you left online may still be viewed. These words do not simply hurt the person they are directed at, but they hurt you even more.

We are to love one another like Jesus loves us. We are to build each other up and support each other through life’s journey. We are to be a comfort and a blessing to others. In accomplishing these tasks, it is most important that we watch our mouths. Instead of taking the energy to speak negatively, we can use that same energy and speak positive thoughts into our lives and the lives of others. We can be an encouragement and a blessing to so many if we are able to take time to think before we speak– if we take the much harder step to act in grace instead of acting out in emotion. Next time you speak, remember the power of your words and decide if you wish to have a life built around the positives or the negatives. The choice is yours.

“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”
– Ephesians 4:29 [ESV]

Click here to read “Your Words and Your Life” by Joyce Meyer, an excerpt from Change Your Words, Change Your Life.