Sowing and Reaping

2 Timothy 3:1-5

1 But understand this, that in the last days will come (set in) perilous times of great stress and trouble [hard to deal with and hard to bear].

2 For people will be lovers of self and [utterly] self-centered, lovers of money and aroused by an inordinate [greedy] desire for wealth, proud and arrogant and contemptuous boasters. They will be abusive (blasphemous, scoffing), disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy and profane.

3 [They will be] without natural [human] affection (callous and inhuman), relentless (admitting of no truce or appeasement); [they will be] slanderers (false accusers, troublemakers), intemperate and loose in morals and conduct, uncontrolled and fierce, haters of good.

4 [They will be] treacherous [betrayers], rash, [and] inflated with self-conceit. [They will be] lovers of sensual pleasures and vain amusements more than and rather than lovers of God.

5 For [although] they hold a form of piety (true religion), they deny and reject and are strangers to the power of it [their conduct belies the genuineness of their profession]. Avoid [all] such people [turn away from them].  Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC) 

Galatians 6:7-8 (AMPC)

Do not be deceived and deluded and misled; God will not allow Himself to be sneered at (scorned, disdained, or mocked by mere pretensions or professions, or by His precepts being set aside.) [He inevitably deludes himself who attempts to delude God.] For whatever a man sows, that and that only is what he will reap.

One kernel of corn will produce a corn stock with two or more ears. Lets say this stock has two ears. Each ear will average about 800 kernels so two ears per corn stock will have about 1600 kernels. If you’re a farmer that’s great. But if you’re dishonest, that’s an overwhelming return on your investment of sin!

Have you noticed that when you do something displeasing to the Lord He says little or nothing? The reason is that it isn’t necessary for Him to say anything. Your investment of sin will come back to you many times over! Those who practice sinning while claiming God’s name (Christian) wonder why they don’t have the relationship with Jesus that they want.

I John 3:4, 6 (AMPC) (emphasis mine)

4 Everyone who commits (practices) sin is guilty of lawlessness; for [that is what] sin is, lawlessness (the breaking, violating of God’s law by transgression or neglect—being unrestrained and unregulated by His commands and His will).

6 No one who abides in Him [who lives and remains in communion with and in obedience to Him—deliberately, knowingly, and habitually] commits (practices) sin. No one who [habitually] sins has either seen or known Him [recognized, perceived, or understood Him, or has had an experiential acquaintance with Him].

These verses are saying that habitual sin is not consistent with the Christian walk. Our political leaders, our entertainment industry, our sports clubs all glamorize gross sin. Worse, America exports sin. Even as Daniel prayed prayers of repentance in Daniel 9 by identifying with his nation, so let those of us who understand who we are in Jesus pray repentance and turning from sin for our nation.

 

A Vision

20 March, 2020. In the wee hours I saw an American flag with a yellow circle/heart bound in red located in the blue field of stars.

Interpretation

Flag – nationality, I.e. America.

Circle – God as eternal; an everlasting covenant.

Heart – the real person; God’s measure of a person.

Yellow – spirit of fear, sin, judgment, curse/plague.

Red – sin, wrath of God, Blood shed for sin. Holy Spirit fire, fear of the Lord.

Blue – Holy Spirit, healing as a heavenly reality, reminder of seeking the Kingdom of God FIRST.

Stars – promise of revival in God’s appointed time.

Interpretation:

This simple vision is layered in meaning. The almighty, uncreated God has come down to observe the nation of United States of America. He sees fear and confusion. Chaos. Because of their broken covenant with Him, Americans are experiencing curses on their lives and bodies, plagues, financial hardship. Their sin has brought judgment. But Jesus’ blood is available for those who will humble themselves and repent and exchange fear that has torment for fear/reverence of God. The Holy Spirit is reminding Christians to seek FIRST the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. If American Christians turn from their wicked ways, God will bring revival according to His purity and holiness. Without holiness no man will see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14; Matthew 5:48)! Look up the commentaries on these two verses to see how men have negated their clear and obvious meaning.

American Christians are being addressed here because judgment begins at the House of the Lord.

I Peter 4:17 For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?

Holiness is more than believing in God and reading your Bible. Even the devils believe God exists and fear Him. Holiness is the business of revering God and developing intimacy with Him, seeking to please Him every day in all our ways. God the Father is preparing a pure and holy Bride for His only Son! Holiness is not “seeker friendly”, it is intensely Jesus-centered worship and obedience.

Philippians 3:8-11 AMP 

8 Yes, furthermore, I count everything as loss compared to the possession of the priceless privilege (the overwhelming preciousness, the surpassing worth, and supreme advantage) of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord and of progressively becoming more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him [of perceiving and recognizing and understanding Him more fully and clearly]. For His sake I have lost everything and consider it all to be mere rubbish (refuse, dregs), in order that I may win (gain) Christ (the Anointed One),

9 And that I may [actually] be found and known as in Him, not having any [self-achieved] righteousness that can be called my own, based on my obedience to the Law’s demands (ritualistic uprightness and supposed right standing with God thus acquired), but possessing that [genuine righteousness] which comes through faith in Christ (the Anointed One), the [truly] right standing with God, which comes from God by [saving] faith.

10 [For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope]

11 That if possible I may attain to the [spiritual and moral] resurrection [that lifts me] out from among the dead [even while in the body].