Complete In Jesus Part 15

In this week’s blog I will give some practical steps on how to sow to the Spirit. For those who did not read last week’s blog there is a law of sowing and reaping that is found in Galatians 6:7-9 which says:

6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.  6:8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.  6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. (Emphasis supplied).

Ephesians 2:1-3 and various other scriptures tell us that we are born in the flesh and therefore it is natural for us to sow to the flesh. However, in order to reap the blessings of God we must learn how to sow to the Spirit which is not natural for us. Notice what we are told in I Corinthians 2:14:

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned. (Emphasis supplied).

This makes it abundantly clear that in order to sow to the Spirit we must allow the Spirit of God to control our thinking. But how do we do that? In order to answer that question I will use a quote that answers this question in the most practical way that I have ever found. It is a little long but I will quote it in its’ entirety because it addresses every problem we face in trying to sow to the Spirit. It is found in the book entitled, Steps to Christ on page 47 and it reads as follows:

Many are inquiring, “How am I to make the surrender of myself to God?” You desire to give yourself to Him, but you are weak in moral power, in slavery to doubt, and controlled by the habits of your life of sin. Your promises and resolutions are like ropes of sand. You cannot control your thoughts, your impulses, your affections. The knowledge of your broken promises and forfeited pledges weakens your confidence in your own sincerity, and causes you to feel that God cannot accept you; but you need not despair. What you need to understand is the true force of the will. This is the governing power in the nature of man, the power of decision, or of choice. Everything depends on the right action of the will. The power of choice God has given to men; it is theirs to exercise. You cannot change your heart, you cannot of yourself give to God its affections; but you can choose to serve Him. You can give Him your will; He will then work in you to will and to do according to His good pleasure. Thus your whole nature will be brought under the control of the Spirit of Christ; your affections will be centered upon Him, your thoughts will be in harmony with Him.  {SC 47.1}

In my next blog I am going to begin analyzing this quote to bring out the practical steps it gives us on how to practically sow to the Spirit daily. Until then I leave you with this portion of scripture to ponder and pray over.

8:5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  8:6 For to be carnally minded [is] death; but to be spiritually minded [is] life and peace.  8:7 Because the carnal mind [is] enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. Romans 8:5-8 (Emphasis supplied).