There are really only two ways about it. Paul lets us know in no uncertain terms that what we sow, we shall reap. In our verses today:

“Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.” Galatians 6:7-8

Planting seeds of the flesh reaps corruption. And I don’t know about you, but I find that I do this without even realizing it when I don’t take my thoughts captive. It goes something like this: I wake up tired, feel grumpy, see the dirty dishes someone left in the sink, get angry and the start to my day is entirely in the flesh instead of the Spirit.

My mind is walking in the flesh instead of the Spirit.

When we invest ourselves in the flesh, it leads us down that path. We continue on the way of the flesh, and for a time it feels good. It feels good to be angry about those dishes until I see the hurt in my loved one’s eyes; then it no longer feels good, but sad and destructive. In the end, sowing in the flesh leaves us feeling empty and used. And I use a small example of dirty dishes in the sink, but sowing in the flesh can have huge ramifications. Walking down the road of sowing in the flesh can lead to bigger things like extramarital affairs or addictions. Our flesh is no joke.

So how do we do battle against the flesh and sow instead in the Spirit?

1. Preach truth to your heart. It all begins and ends in our verses from two weeks ago. It is remembering and preaching to our hearts the truths of Galatians 4, that we are NO longer a slave but instead we are a child of God. A child of God!!! Let that sink in again and again. Go back and read all of Galatians 4 today to set your mind and sow those words into your heart.

2. Choose to invest your heart, mind, and life in sowing in the Spirit. Set your mind on things above: things full of truth, goodness, and beauty. Practically this means getting into the Word each day, listening to worship music, surrounding yourself with friends that inspire and spur you on, choosing books and television that inspire truth, goodness, and beauty.

3. Don’t give up. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Our memory verse this week reminds us that sowing is an action word. It requires work, and choosing to sow in the Spirit instead of the flesh challenges us to work hard and not grow weary. Hang in there, in due season we will reap!

4. Pray. The Bible tells us to pray without ceasing {1 Thessalonians 5:17}. And while that might sound overwhelming, it can simply mean to carry on an ongoing conversation with God in your heart and mind. Ask Him for help and strength throughout the day, thank Him for the blessings He’s given you, and tell Him your struggles.
Galatians Week 6 Memory Verse

Friends, I hope and pray you are encouraged by God’s Word. In Him, we’ve got this!!

Praying for you today.

With love from Uganda,

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Joy Forney

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