I. What happened to David.
2 Samuel 15:13–14 NLT - A messenger soon arrived in Jerusalem to tell David, “All Israel has joined Absalom in a conspiracy against you!” “Then we must flee at once, or it will be too late!” David urged his men. “Hurry! If we get out of the city before Absalom arrives, both we and the city of Jerusalem will be spared from disaster.”
A. David and Bathsheba
David takes her forces himself on her and kills her husband.
B. How did we get here?
2 Samuel 12:11–12 NLT - “This is what the Lord says: Because of what you have done, I will cause your own household to rebel against you. I will give your wives to another man before your very eyes, and he will go to bed with them in public view. You did it secretly, but I will make this happen to you openly in the sight of all Israel.”
David repents but everyone knows
C. His family and kingship in shambles
3 son’s dead.
Many men died in the civil war.
2 Samuel 12:8–10 NLT - I gave you your master’s house and his wives and the kingdoms of Israel and Judah. And if that had not been enough, I would have given you much, much more. Why, then, have you despised the word of the Lord and done this horrible deed? For you have murdered Uriah the Hittite with the sword of the Ammonites and stolen his wife. From this time on, your family will live by the sword because you have despised me by taking Uriah’s wife to be your own.
If you plant corn…
II. Don’t be surprised when you reap what you sow.
Galatians 6:7–8 NLT - Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.
A. You always reap what you sow. You plant corn you get corn. Read backwards You DO NOT reap what you DO NOT sow.
There is no way out.
The consequences of your actions are not your Harvest
B. Sowing destruction
We only think about what is best for us.
C. Sow to please the Spirit
You will reap life, overflowing, the abundant life, the living water
III. You get to pay the price
Galatians 6:9–10 NLT - So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.
A. In time you will receive your harvest but you have to pay the whole price.
To choke out weeds you have to sow more grass.
Sow with abandon. Winter wheat can choke out the weeds.
B. Do you pick and chose who you do good to? Do good to everyone.
You reap what you sow; its going to happen to you.
C. Your conduct is all you.
You reap what you sow and you never reap what you don’t sow so sow it thick.
Sow with abandon. Cover the ground to choke out the bad you have already sown. Choke it out with Good…. Sow to the Spirit and you will reap Life….
IV. Sowing Seeds of righteousness
Proverbs 11:18 (CSB) - The wicked person earns an empty wage, but the one who sows righteousness, a true reward.
A. There are many ways to invest our lives but none offers greater rewards that the pursuit of Righteousness
We concentrate on not falling into temptation
We do not concentrate on how we can do good today.
B. Every area of our lives should reflect the holiness of God, which is ours by salvation
Thoughts – so we think of nothing not apropos for a child of God
Actions – so that our lives demonstrate that we serve a Holy God
Our integrity- so that we are above reproach in all our relationships
C. Are you taking God’s righteousness in your life for granted.
Righteousness is something that you must allow the Holy Spirit to work into your life.
Matthew 6:33 NLT - Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
D. There is a great reward in sowing righteousness
Galatians 5:22–23 NLT - But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!
When we live in His spirit this is a description of our lives.
Love, Joy, peace, kindness, goodness,, faithfulness, gentleness, self control!
Psalm 126:5-6 (CSB) - Those who sow in tears will reap with shouts of joy. 6 Though one goes along weeping, carrying the bag of seed, he will surely come back with shouts of joy, carrying his sheaves.
If you want to harvest righteousness in our life tomorrow you must plant seeds of righteousness today. Don’t be afraid of your sowing wickedness! You acts of goodness and righteousness are 250 times more powerful! Now is not the time to whine--it’s the time to sow! Sow with abandon and choke out the weeds. Sow to the Spirit and reap a life worth living! You don’t have to reap what you sow, you get too! I am a child of God. I can and will make a impact. For a 1000 generations!
Hosea 10:12 NLT - I said, ‘Plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will harvest a crop of love. Plow up the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and shower righteousness upon you.’