What’s Growing?

Background Story: The book of Galatians was written by the Apostle Paul as a letter to the Galatians.

Read Galatians 6: 7-10

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. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. 10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

Big Idea: We grow what we plant.

If you want to grow a tomato, you wouldn’t plant a cucumber. If I want lemons, I’m not going to plant an apple tree. It’s a simple straight forward concept. Yet as Christians, we sometimes forget to plant the right seed to grow the harvest we are hoping to see in our lives.

Our hearts are like the soil and as we pray to overcome struggles and patterns of sin, we need to be aware of what seeds we keep throwing at our heart. We will continue to grow what we plant. If low self-esteem is a struggle, spending all your time on social media comparing yourself to others is not going to help. If lust and sexual sin are problem areas, watching pornography is going to stunt you from seeing victory. If discontentment is hard, surfing the web for the next item to buy won’t help.

So if you are looking for victory over a personal struggle, thought pattern, or sin in your life, you have to change what you’re planting. The Word of God has the power to transform us and every situation. Check out these verses from God’s word about the way the Bible transforms us and brings victory over sin.

“How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” Psalms 119: 9-11

“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither.” Psalms 1:1-3

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Galatians 5:22-23

Today, confess any personal struggles and secret sins to God knowing that He loves you. Search for Bible verses about your specific struggle and start memorizing them, putting them deep in your heart. Get support by asking for help and accountability from your youth pastor, pastor, or Christian friend. Keep praying because God is stronger than any struggle you are facing!

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