March 15, 2020: SOAP #3754:   Deuteronomy 28-29; Galatians 6

Scripture:  Galatians (NIV) 6:6 Anyone who receivesinstruction in the word must share all good things with his instructor. 7 Donot be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 The one whosows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; theone who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap aharvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us dogood to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

Observation:  Myattention was drawn to verse 10.  I havelearned that when we see the word 'Therefore,' we should see what it is therefor.  What follows 'therefore' is relatedto what came before.  In verses 6-9 weread that we should consider wealth, material possessions, knowledge, andunderstanding as seeds that we can sow. They can be sown into the world to benefit ourselves OR in other peopleand their ministries.  Either way, weshould expect to reap a harvest. 

God wants us to do good to all people, especially fellow believers.  This is not a universal command for us tomeet the needs of every believer in the world, but 'as we have opportunity.'  Opportunity may be limited by distance.  It may be limited by availableresources. 

Application:   Opportunitymay become known by hearing about a need. Opportunity may become available by extra material things or finances givento us or we discover among our possessions. (Actually, they are not our possessions, but HIS!)  As we grow in our spiritual walk, we willfind the Holy Spirit directs us to opportunity for which we must give in faiththat He will provide.     

Prayer:  Holy Spirit, as I grow in my spiritual walk,I find you often speak to me about finances and material possessions.  May I be an avenue through which you canbless others.  Amen

Pastor Leon

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