July 18, 2022 Verse Of The Day

Galatians 6:7 What Will You Reap?

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.

Romans 6:11 Dead And Alive

In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Romans 6:11

Giving up something is often very difficult to do for most people. This is especially true if it is something that they really love doing or having. It has no bearing on whether it is bad for them or not.

Most people struggle with dieting, even though most often it is something very good for the overall health. As they are going through the withdrawals, they feel as if they are dying and have no life left, even though it is bringing them a better life.

Paul tells the believers that they must consider themselves as dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Sin is something that is fun to do on the surface, despite the damage it does to the individual and to others. Humans are born and allowed to sin until the point it just becomes a natural part of who they are. It is a built in habit, until one becomes a believer in Jesus.

Once a person is a believer, he is to count himself dead to sin. Giving up sin is a dying process. It can be, and often is, painful and slow. Yet, through Jesus, God has given each person the power and ability to turn away from sin. It is all a matter of choice, just as turning away from sweets when on a diet.

When a person begins to realize that he can have a real life in Jesus, then he is more able to allow himself to be dead to sin. As a dead person, sin will no longer have any pull, attraction or control over the person.

He will be dead to sin, but alive in Christ Jesus. That life is greater than anything sin can offer.

As a believer, allow yourself to die to sin. Do not allow sin to be in control of your life. Instead of looking at sin as something you must give up, look at Jesus and see Him as life you are picking up.

The life Jesus offers will give you peace, joy and a life that will extend into eternity, not just a simple momentary pleasure that ends in depression, greed and death. It may be painful in the moment turning from sin, but the end results are worth it.

Are you dead to sin and alive in Christ Jesus?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will guide you in turning from sin; that you will know the life Jesus offers you; that you will know the peace you have in Christ Jesus; and that you will be alive in Christ Jesus.