Last fall, I wrote about sowing the indestructible, unshakeable Word of God into our lives and marriage in Beyond My Wildest Dreams. Something I didn't mention was what do to with all the bad seed we'd spent years sowing into our lives!
You know what I'm talking about...all those horrible things we'd said to and about each other. When we recognize that the words we speak are powerful, they are seed, they go forth and accomplish that which they are intended, we realize it's as true with the words of death we speak as the words of life.
Don’t be misled: No one makes a fool of God. What a person plants, he will harvest. The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others—ignoring God!—harvests a crop of weeds. All he’ll have to show for his life is weeds! 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 6:7-8
As our marriage imploded, God stopped me in my path. I realized I had been sowing seeds of the flesh, seeds of my will and my desire to control, seeds of isolation and the destruction of our marriage. I had to take ownership of my beliefs, attitudes and words, hold them up against the Word of God, see how they were so far apart, and repent. I sought God's forgiveness, (and Scott's, when he would listen) and began to sow new seeds of righteousness- of submission, love, grace, mercy and legacy. It is only through the grace of God we can reap a different harvest.
I said, ‘Plow new ground for yourselves, plant righteousness, and reap the blessings that your devotion to me will produce. It is time for you to turn to me, your Lord, and I will come and pour out blessings upon you.’ ~Hosea 10:12
Yep, I prayed against the things we'd said and done in our past, I prayed against the consequences of our ignorance and running from God. I continue to pray for Him to search me and show me my iniquities, so I could continue to repent and walk differently.
I wouldn't let anyone sow bad seed into our lives! From the moment I understood the power of our words, I would not permit anyone to speak death into Scott's life or our marriage. It's so easy to speak death, isn't it? "Honey, he is living with his girlfriend, he is never coming home" or "He'll never change." NO! I rebuke that! I come against it in the name of Jesus- my husband WILL come home, he WILL turn his heart toward God and me. Sometimes it's as simple as listening to yourself talk about your spouse with other people...would you be hurt or angry to hear your spouse speak about you the way you speak about him/her?
You will have to live with the consequences of everything you say. - Proverbs 18:20 Good News
What you say can preserve life or destroy it; so you must accept the consequences of your words. - Proverbs 18:21
When we sow, we will reap abundantly more than we planted, right? When a farmer plants one seed of corn, he doesn't expect to reap one seed of corn, he expects to reap a tall stalk with many cobs: a bounty! That is how God designed it, so that when we sow, we reap abundantly more than we planted....which is a good thing when we're sowing the indestructible Word of God into our lives and marriage. And conversely, multiplication magnifies what we'll reap when we sow selfishness. There is no such thing as sowing a little sin- the consequences will be vast and wide. Even when we seek and grant forgiveness, there are still consequences for our actions.
The moment to moment decisions to speak life, to sow righteousness into your life and marriage is a mission in and of itself. Don't compound your mission by allowing yourself or others to speak death into your life and marriage- it doubles your work as you pray crop failure over their words and then sow the indestructible Word of God!
Where are you praying for crop failure in your life?
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