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Galatians, Chapter Six, Lesson Two

SPIRITUAL REAPING           Page 4
V. 8 (Cont'd.)

** What does it mean to "sow to the flesh"?

The British evangelical leader John R. W. Stott has written, "Every time we allow our mind to harbor a grudge, nurse a grievance, entertain an impure fancy, wallow in self-pity, we are sowing to the flesh. Every time we linger in bad company whose insidious influence we know we cannot resist, every time we lie in bed when we ought to be up and praying, every time we read pornographic literature, every time we take a risk that strains our selfcontrol we are sowing, sowing, sowing, to the flesh".
(The Message of Galatians [London: Inter- Varsity, 1968], p. 170).

Our life then becomes corrupted by the seeds of sin sown in the flesh. Remember, we are the sowers. It is up to us to decide where we will spend our time!

** For a refreshing change of perspective, what glorious guarantee does Paul offer to the Spirit controlled Christian?

"...but the one who sows to the Spirit shall from the Spirit reap eternal life." Herein lies the benefit of "Spiritual Reaping"...eternal life!

** Can you think of some Biblical synonyms for sowing to the Spirit?

1) Walk by the Spirit, Gal.5:16
2) Being led by the Spirit, Gal. 5:18
3) Producing the fruit of the Spirit, Gal.5:22-23
4) Be filled with the Spirit, Eph.5:18
5) Walking in Christ, Col.2:6-7
6) Setting your mind on things above, Col.3:2-3
7) Abiding in the Word of God, John 8:31-32
8) Be a living, holy sacrifice to God, Rom.12:1-2
These all standout as synonyms of sowing to the Spirit and should be manifest in each believer's heart every day.

V. 9 ** This is a lot to take on, as we try to do all of this and be Christians who are "sowing to the Spirit", what might happen to our enthusiasm?

We can get discouraged and weary along the way.

** Why does that happen?

Because we cannot see the harvest, and we do see our persistent failures. The Puritan saint John Brown wrote, "Many Christians are like children; they would sow and reap the same day." It is easy to grow tired of the sowing process, and desire only the harvest of our efforts. Losing heart and growing weary are terms that both refer to becoming exhausted and giving up.
All see - Hebrews 12:1-3

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