Your Next Step …
(The One Step that Changes Everything)
Make One Eternal Decision from God’s Perspective: Make one wise, rational. spiritually informed decision regarding your eternal future … in other words:
“Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that will he also reap. For:
- the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but
- the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.“
Now this question presents itself: Will I honor this principle of sowing and reaping?
If I sow watermelon seeds: Should I expect to reap a harvest of cucumbers?
Would that be irrational? illogical? Why should my spiritual Eternal Life be any different?
If I sow the carnal seeds: of fear, doubt, disobedience, discontent, division, and dishonor towards my parents and others—What kind of harvest shall I reap?
If I sow seeds of blaspheme towards God’s name; sowing abusive language towards his people; sowing bitterness, gossip, division, evil suspicions, religious hypocrisy, jealousy, telling dirty jokes about his children—What should I expect to reap in those relationships? If I sow slander and anger: rage and pride; selfish ambition and rebellion to God and His Kingdom—What kind of harvest do I deserve to receive?
That’s a lot of sowing right? Too bad, people don’t realize why their lives are in the pits, and such a mess. They just keep reaping what they have sown.
Yes. All kinds of evil have been done against people. And yes. It is true God allows all kinds of evil to be done. Because he has given free will to men to sin or to do righteousness. But we are not defined by the evil that has done to us. We are defined by how we choose to respond and deal with the evil that has been done to us. Do we follow God’s path? Or do we follow the path of the world? That is either the bitter, or the glorious choice before us.
People are every bit as close to God or as far away from God as they want to be. Once we get real about this, we can begin to have breakthroughs that will change our lives. But as long as we blame God and others for our mistakes and hellish sowing of evil seeds, not much is going to change. And unfortunately, we deserve what we get.
So the first step in preparing for heaven is to get our lives right before God. WE MUST DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM OF LYING. We must: 1) realize the lies we have believed, as well as 2) take ownership over ALL the lies we have told in the past, and the ones we continue to tell: A) tell to God, B) tell to ourselves, and C) tell to those around us.
But before we can solve this problem of lying, we need to see and recognize how deep the problem goes, and where are the problem is coming from, and how we have willfully and freely participated in the problem, and have dramatically increased our guilt, shame, and damnation and the process.
We need to see, and know for certain, the problems in the world, that we hate the most, are often do directly or indirectly as a result of our own participation in the lying systems that created those problems. And we need to acknowledge that we have done nothing to correct our own behavior that has created those problems. And we also need to recognize that we are too cowardly, too easily manipulated, to easily deceived, to easily controlled, and overpowered, by the systems of men, and peer pressure, and evil all around us–to stand against the lies that create the problems that we hate the most. We are manipulated by our own fears and doubts, by our own insecurities and misinformation, by our own addictive lifestyles and our social agendas, and our own wicked rebellion the king who sits on the throne of heaven.
We need to recognize the lies we believe and tell as though they were the truth, are the very things that are destroying our lives from the inside out. We need to stop blaming the exterior world, for our interior sin, lies, and rebellion. We need to get off our sick and sickening high and lofty demonically inspired worldly morally self-righteous hobby horse.
Things like climate change, racial discrimination, saving the whale, equality of outcome, while we destroy innocent children in their mothers wombs. We need to reject all the smoke and mirrors of this world. And see the smoking gun that is right in front of us, and right inside of us.
Fake lies makes some people feel better about themselves, and morally superior to others, but in reality they are ever more corrupt due to the moral platitudes that they cling to. It is our own internal spiritual depravity that will need to be addressed, before we can do one shred of good for those in our external world.
Ignoring our internal spiritual problems will never solve them. We must be honest. We must be Truthful. We must take responsibility and accept the blame for the part we have played in the wrongs we have done.
That is called repentance. Without that first step, we aren’t going anywhere but backwards. And without God’s help in walking out this process, we are like the man trying to swim up stream in a current that is 2 miles per hour faster than his ability to swim. After two hours of swimming he will be two miles behind where he began. Do you know anyone like this?
Before we can experience true repentance we need to get honest with God about how we have broken His moral laws, and how we are not the “good people” we suppose.
Yes, I am a good person if I compare myself to Hitler. I haven’t murdered 6 million Jews, but guess what? Adolf Hitler is not the Gold Standard God uses to judge every man’s character and behavior. The standard God uses to judge the character, behavior, mind, and spirit, that produce evil behavior, is as high above men’s standards, as the heavens are above the earth. His standard is so much higher than ours, that we must throw out our own standard and see that it is, like a dirty menstrual cloth, or an adult diaper full of diarrhea.
That is how God looks at men’s standard of his own righteousness. It is not acceptable to him at any level. And men who strut around in their own self righteousness are like wicked idol worshippers who are vile in his sight. If you want to see a true revelation of the standard God uses as his eternal and unmovable standard to judge men by you have to look and SEE the One he sent into this World [Yod-Hey-Vav-Hey] the One of Salvation, the One with Deliverance, the One of Perfection, to understand what is acceptable in his sight.
The Standard God uses is the One who lived and walked among us, to show us God’s Standard, and we hated Him and God’s Standard so much that we put Him on a cross to get rid of Him 2000 years ago.
And guess what, we’d do it all over again today, if we had the chance.
In fact, we do it right now, and every moment, of every day that we dishonor, disrespect, disobey, and disregard His Word and His Will. Every time we lie, and blaspheme his name: We nullify and reject all that God has done to bring us His Life. And then, we mock and denounce those who try and tell us about His Word.
We are not any better than the men who drove the nails into God’s Hands. (Yod-Hey-Vav-Hey.) Behold the Hand, Behold the Nail. Jehovah. YHWH. A.k.a. Yahweh.
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The Bottom line here is: 1) We get to choose, to sow eternal treasures into our lives during a certain window of time, and at the end of that time, 2) Our choice will be final, and 3) it will determine our eternal destination, just as it should.
We have been given plenty of time to make our choice, so it is only fair that we will reap what we have sown.
Those who have sewn to the flesh, will from the flesh reap corruption, and destruction. Those who have sewn into the spirit will from the spirit reap eternal life.
We can all grasp this principle of sowing and reaping. Sowing to the flesh reaps destruction. Sowing to the Spirit reaps eternal Life. Which is better in the long run? Which do you think would be best for yourself, your family, your friends?
Funny thing: There is plenty of pain involved in both paths. In fact there are two kinds of pain, for every farmer and every builder, every soldier, and every athlete. 1) The pain experienced in the process preparation, and 2) the pain experienced due to the lack of preparation.
- The Diligent Farmer’s Life: There is pain and hard toil and labor under the hot sun, to prepare the soil, plant the seeds, water the seeds, weed the land, and then there is the hard labor needed to carefully and judiciously harvest the crop and store the crop so that it won’t get ruined and will be food and income for the entire family. And at every step there is hard work involved, and manual labor that is necessary to be performed. At every step the farmer has no guarantee that the crops won’t fail. In fact, he knows that except for God’s miraculous intervention, the odd’s are that the crops will fail from time to time, and the good and wise farmer even has a back up plan for such disasters. He knows will come.
- The Lazy Farmer’s Life: The lazy farmer doesn’t like pain and tries to avoid it at every turn. He also doesn’t like to plan ahead. He says, “The future will take care of itself.” Which is true, but it doesn’t benefit those who are too lazy to plan for it. The lazy farmer doesn’t work the land as diligently as the Diligent Farmer does. As a result, he experiences less pain in the short run. But his harvests are not as good. His crops are not as high quality, his income is much less, and his preparation for eventual disaster is non existent.
So when trouble does come, the lazy farmer, (who is also a foolish builder), he may perish due to his lack of preparation, while trying avoid painful labor. He will experience long term pain in the loss of his crops, and possibly, the loss of his farm, the loss of his home, the loss of reputation, the loss of his family, and the loss of his wife life, and the loss of his own life. When the rains come, and the floods rise, and wash away his house that was built upon the sand, that will put the final touches, on his attempt to avoid the pain up front, he will experience pain in spades in the end result.
When trouble comes upon the Wise Farmer, (who is a Wise Builder), He will remain strong and steady. The same hard labor he put into building His House: digging his foundations deep; and fastening them upon the Rock; is the same kind of diligent labor he put into managing His Land, creating channels for the water to flow around his prized gardens and high priority crops, and animal husbandry resources. On the day the floods came His Home Stood Secure.
Matthew 7:24-29 (NIV)
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” 28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.
Do successful soldiers experience 2 kinds of pain, similar to successful athletes, and farmers?
2 Timothy 2:4-7 (NIV)
No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer. 5 Similarly, anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown except by competing according to the rules. 6 The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops. 7 Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord [YHWH] will give you insight into all this.
It would be foolish to think that these three normal natural careers would be successful without experiencing much pain.
Always remember there are two kinds of pain. One kind prepares us for trouble ahead. Another kind is a result of not preparing for the trouble ahead. Now just apply that principle to your eternal life, and see how it plays out.
Yes, there are grave difficulties and sacrifices one is expected to make in order to follow after Yeshua. The Apostles made these sacrifices with great Joy, even as Yeshua made His with great Joy.
It is harder to set the record more straight than by relying on the Words of Hebrews Chapter 12:
For the joy set before him, [YHWH, THE ONE WITH NAIL SCARED HANDS] he endured the cross [COVERING IT and the ground all around him with his own blood], scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God [IN HEAVEN WHERE HE NOW REIGNS SUPREME AND CALLS FORTH HIS HOLY ONES, HIS DISCIPLES WHO WALK IN HIS FOOTSTEPS, WHO LISTEN TO HIS VOICE, AND FOLLOW HIS COMMANDS, as opposed to fake followers, fake believers, and fake converts, who do not listen to his voice, who do not follow in his footsteps, who do not example his behavior, his will, his mind, his word, and most of all do not display the glory of his life. If all those who claim to believe in him did these things this world would have been transformed by now]. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. [Do you see the clear expectation here? He endured opposition, and you shall endure opposition. He was tempted to grow weary and give up the fight, and so will you grow weary and be tempted to give up the fight. But because of his example, you should take heart, and not grow weary, and not give up your fight against all the powers of darkness in this world that want you to follow their path, and example their lifestyle to all the world. Those who choose to speak the truth, and live the truth, and proclaim his name will be persecuted.]
4 In your struggle against sin, [and against the powers, attitudes and mindset of this age] you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5 And have you seriously forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says,
“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline,
and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,
6 because the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”
7 You must: Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? 8 If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline —then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. 9 Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! 10 They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. 11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
12 Therefore You Must: strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. 13 “Make level paths for your feet,” so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.
If I turn my back on His Message and His Call, and His Lifestyle, His Mission, His Word, can I truly call and proclaim myself a disciple of YHWH, a Disciple of His FATHER YOD-HEY-VAV-HEY, a disciple of his Kingdom, His Righteousness, His Holiness, His Obedience, have I truly been born again of a new nature, or am I just playing charades? Playing a game with religion? Just punching my religious time card? Just going about my business as though God did not rise from the Dead? Ascend into Heaven, and Sit Down and the Right Hand of God, and Now Sits there watching every move I make, and every one I don’t make, to increase His Harvest in His Heavenly Kingdom in this Dark and wicked world. Am I a crew representative of his on this planet? Or am I still a representative of the kingdom of darkness on this planet? I cannot be both. I must choose one or the other.
If I sow fleshly seeds: What kind of spiritual harvest should I expect to Reap?
Are you getting the big picture? How will this harvest affect my Eternal Life?
In other words, if I sow to the flesh, I should not expect to reap a harvest of Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Gentleness, Self-control, in Eternal Life.
These fruits BTW are the spiritual Fruits of God’s Kingdom. They are identifiers of those who are walking with God and those who are not walking with God (Read Galatians Chapter 5). They quickly identify what Spirit I am of, and what spirit is working and moving and loose all around me.
If I don’t Have His Fruits in Abundance in my Life, that is a pretty clear indication, that something is missing in my spiritual Life.
That means that I am not abiding in HIM (read John 15), then that I am “abiding in” (listening to, following, obeying) something, OR someone, other than Him.
John 8:31-32 (ESV)
31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
John 15:4-7 (KJV)
4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
So the bottomline is we need to learn to daily, hourly, moment to moment learn how to sow our good seeds by faith in the Holy Spirit of God …