Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Galatians 6:7
Seeking pleasure is the primary goal of the majority of the world. People want to be happy no matter what it takes. Many are willing to do nearly anything, as long as it makes them happy, causes no pain or takes away the pain.
As people are seeking these pleasures, most do not look at the long term effects of those pleasures. They do not care about what will come about from many of those pleasures in the end.
Paul tells the people to not allow themselves to be deceived, because God cannot be deceived or mocked. A person will get what back what he sows out.
While there is nothing wrong with seeking pleasure, most often the pleasure that people seek is sinful. Watching movies or listening to music that promote sin as good or fun. Taking various types of drugs to alter the mind and remove the cares of life. Adultery. Fornication. Pornography. And the list goes on.
Most of these things do not have immediate results that are disastrous. However, there are often long term effects of each. Over time, most of these things will bring about negative effects.
Ultimately all of these things that promote sin and rebellion against God’s commands, will bring about death–eternal death. They can be fun, in the moment and appear harmless, but all sin will end in death, unless one repents and changes.
Some people, in the church, will purposely sin knowing that they can repent later. God is not mocked, He sees the heart. Repentance in that way is not usually a true repentant heart, but a deceived one.
Every believer must be careful in what he is sowing, because he will reap what he sows–life or death.
Everything that you say or do is a sowing. Each time you say or do something, you have a choice as to what you are sowing.
Take note as to what you are sowing. Are you sowing to seek self pleasure through sin? Or are you sowing to seek pleasing God?
If you are seeking self-pleasure, you are sowing to sin, which will bring about separation from God and death in the end. If you are seeking to please God, by living a life of holiness and righteousness, doing what He wants, you will reap eternal life in the end.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know what pleases God; that you will live to please God; that God will give you strength to turn from all sin; and that you will sow to reap eternal life with God.
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.” Galatians 3:13
Regardless of where a person is from, no one likes to have a curse upon them. Everyone likes to have blessings and favor, not condemnation.
In every nation, state or city around the world there are rules to be followed. Most people are willing to follow most of those rules, because not following them brings judgment. They strive to live the ‘good’ life of a ‘good’ person.
In talking about faith and the law, Paul points out that Christ became a curse to redeem people when He died upon the cross.
God made the law so that every person would know and understand what He desires. Part of the law was that if one part of it was broken, not followed, then that person must die.
This is where the curse of the law comes in. No one is able to perfectly obey the entire law his entire life. With this occurring, every person was cursed to die because each one broke the law.
Knowing that this was to occur, God had already planned to send a redeemer, one to pay the price for breaking the law. At the perfect time, God sent Jesus to live on this earth while perfectly obeying the law, then to die upon a cross to pay for the sins of every person for breaking the law.
According to God’s law in Deuteronomy 21:23, Jesus was cursed by God when He hung upon the cross. As Jesus became that curse, everyone who chooses to believe in Him would be released from that curse. All sins would be wiped away forever, giving the believer eternal life.
Just as everyone else has sinned against God by breaking one of His laws, you also have sinned. Doing this has caused you to be cursed with death as punishment. Nothing you can do can change that curse, other than believing in what Jesus did for you.
Hanging on the cross, Jesus paid the price for your sins to remove the curse upon your life. He is ready and willing to forgive you of your sins and give you eternal life. That is the full purpose of why He hung on the cross and died for you.
Accept what Jesus did and be redeemed.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will accept the forgiveness Jesus provides; that you will not strive to work for salvation, but believe in the work of Jesus; that you will fully understand what Jesus did for you; and that you will live to obey and serve God with all of your life.
Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. 2 Corinthians 7:10
Nearly every person has some type of sorrow in their life. Most often the sorrow has to do with something that went wrong. This can be someone did something wrong, made a bad choice, or the loss of someone or something.
Sorrow of a loss is one of the most common sorrows talked about. Everyday there are lists of people who have died and people mourning about it.
The other common sorrow is that one was caught doing something wrong, not sorrow for the wrong done.
As Paul rejoices at the Corinthian church’s repentance he states that Godly sorrow leads to salvation, while worldly sorrow only brings on death.
Most people are very quick to be sorrowful when they are caught in the act or having been proved of doing something wrong. The sorrow is not so much that they did something wrong, but that they got caught and convicted as guilty.
Having a sorrow like this, does not lead to repentance nor change, which in turn will not lead to salvation. Without repentance, God is unable to forgive a person of his sins. Without forgiveness of sins, God is unable to save a person from the consequence of those sins.
Believers who fully understand what Jesus has done for them will regret, with a Godly sorrow, each and every time any sin that they commit. They will strive to change and live for God more and more. They will allow the Holy Spirit to change them from then inside out.
Living in this way leads to life, including eternal life. It allows God to work in one’s life to make him more like Jesus every day.
Just as with everyone else you have made mistakes and sinned against God. You have made choices that were wrong, both against others and against God.
When this is revealed to you, ask yourself what are you to do now. You have a choice to make. You can be sorry that you were caught. Or you can be sorry that you sinned against God and strive to change.
Make the choice to allow God to change you into a new creation. Make the choice to turn away from ever doing that sin again. Make the choice that brings about salvation, not death.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will reveal sins you have committed; that you will repent of all sins before God; that you will have a sorrow for sins that will bring about repentance before God; and that you will know the life God has for you.