Dear Saddleback Family,
In last weekend's message Pastor Rick shared with us God's 12 laws of planting and sowing. As you go through your week, use the Message Action Plan to help put the things you've learned into practice.
If you missed the massage, click here to watch it online.
DARING TO PLANT IN FAITH
Daring Faith: The Key To Miracles – Part 6
Don't be misled: No one makes a fool of God. Whatever a person plants, he will harvest. Galatians 6:7a (Mes)
Prayerfully read through these 12 laws of planting and harvesting, asking yourself these three questions as you read. You may need to read through this list and verses several times before the answers begin to become clear.
- What seeds does God want me to start planting?
- If I haven't planted them, how can I start planting today?
- If I have planted them, how can I patiently wait on God today?
God's Laws of Planting and Harvesting
- Everything Starts as a Seed
God said, "Let the land have seed-bearing plants and trees that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their varieties."
A "seed" is anything valuable that I give away.
- Nothing Happens Until the Seed is Planted
Jesus said, "Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, it cannot reproduce. But if it dies, it will produce much fruit."
Jesus said, "The kingdom of God is like someone who plants seed in the ground. Night and day, whether the person is asleep or awake, the seed still grows, but the person does not know how it grows."
Mark 4:26-27 (NCV)
- When I Have a Need I Should Plant a Seed
Do your planting in the morning and in the evening, too! You never know whether it will all grow well or whether one planting will do better than the other.
Ecclesiastes 11:6 (TEV)
- Whatever I Plant is What I Will Reap
You will reap exactly what you plant.
Galatians 6:7b (TEV)
The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others, and ignoring God, harvests a crop of weeds. That's all he'll have to show for his life! BUT the one who plants in response to God, letting God's Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life.
Galatians 6:7b-8 (Mes)
- I'm Not the Only Sower
"I sent you to reap where you didn't plant; others had already done work before you, and you will gather the harvest."
- I Always Reap in a Different Season Than I Sow
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven . . . A time to plant and a time to harvest . . . A time to scatter and a time to gather . . .
- I Must be Patient and Not Give Up
Let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't get discouraged and give up.
Galatians 6:9 (LB)
- I Always Reap More Than I Sow
"Some seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, multiplying thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times."
- I Increase my Harvest by Planting More Seed
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will reap generously. Each one should give what he's decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
2 Corinthians 9:6-7
- The More Seed I Plant the More God will Give me
For God, who supplies seed to the farmer and bread to eat, will give you more and more seed to plant and will make it grow so that you can give away more and more fruit from your harvest.
2 Corinthians 9:10 (LB)
- I Plant by Faith, Not by my Feelings
Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy. They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest.
Psalm 126:5-6 (NLT)
- The Best Time to Plant is Now
Those who wait for perfect weather will never plant seeds; and those who look at every cloud will never reap a harvest.