Planting for a Good Harvest – New Years Day 2017
God has been preparing things at DRCC for this year – A Year of Planting
First comes the Rototiller – breaks up the ground to prepare for the planting
Purging / Preparing / Setting up
MSG –“Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.”
NLT –“Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full–pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.”
[Proverbs 11:25]…One who waters will be watered
LOVE & SERVE GOD – RELATIONSHIP – INVESTING IN OTHERS
Where are you positioned to plant?
Plant where God positions you.(Remember Christmas Eve message – give all where you are placed).
Go where the Spirit leads you to plant – [Acts 16:6-7 / 1 Peter 1:2]
The Spirit didn’t allow Paul to go to Bithynia.
Paul was to go to Macedonia Greece. Others would plant at Bithynia.
Make the Most of every Opportunity. [Ephesians 5:15-16] BE INTENTIONAL
What are you planting?
THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK/ACT – BE INTENTIONAL (Philippians 4:8)
T – Is it true? [Ephesians 4:15] “Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.”
H – Is it helpful? [James 3:8-10]“But no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison. Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right!” [Ephesians 4:29] “Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.” SPEAK LIFE
I – Is it inspiring? [Hebrews 10:24]“Let us think of ways to motivate one anotherto acts of love & good works.”BE AN ENCOURAGEMENT TO OTHERS
N – Is it necessary? [Proverbs 10:9] “Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut.”[James 1:19] “… slow to speak” [Proverbs 18:21]The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.
K – Is it kind? [2 Timothy 2:24-25]“A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people. Gently instructthose who oppose the truth…” [James 3:17-18]“But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.”[Proverbs 6:19]“There are six things the LORD hates–no, seven things he detests: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill the innocent, a heart that plots evil, feet that race to do wrong, a false witness who pours out lies, a person who sows discord in a family.” GOD DESIRES UNITY FOR HIS PEOPLE
OPEN YOUR HANDS – POUR OUT FOR JESUS – you will be blessed
“Let us not become weary in doing good for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” [Galatians 6:9] – GET READY TO PLANT IN 2017.