He That Scattereth Increaseth

IS thy cruse of comfort failing?
Rise and share it with another,
And through all the years of famine
It shall serve thee and thy brother. 12-Grow Love

Love Divine will fill thy storehouse,
Or thy handful still renew
Scanty fare for one will often
Make a royal feast for two.

For the heart grows rich in giving;
All its wealth is living grain;
Seeds which mildew in the garner,
Scattered, fill with gold the plain.
Is thy burden hard and heavy?
Do thy steps drag wearily?
Help to bear thy brother’s burden;
God will bear both it and thee.

Numb and weary on the mountains,
Wouldst thou sleep amid the snow?
Chafe that frozen form beside thee,
And together both shall glow.
Art thou stricken in life’s battle?
Many wounded round thee moan;
Lavish on their wounds thy balsams,
And that balm shall heal thine own.

Is thy heart a well left empty?
None but God its void can fill;
Nothing but a ceaseless Fountain
Can its ceaseless longings still.
Is thy heart a living power?
Self-entwined, its strength sinks low;
It can only live in loving,
And by serving love will grow.

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Negative Expectations/Inner Vows

This was such an insightful lesson study, that I felt led to share with the Guard Yo Heart/Tea Among Friends followers. I certainly pray that it is as revelatory to you as it was to me.

 

Negative expectations are unbiblical belief systems that generate sin energies.

Negative expectation defined: an unbiblical belief system which has been established in your heart. It may be against yourself, others, authorities, institutions, or God. Most of these are established on an unconscious level, so we are generally unaware that we are holding them. Yet all must be repented of. They can come from word curses spoken over you or word curses you speak over yourself. Someone may tell you that you are stupid or you may tell yourself you are stupid. Both of these word curses will likely produce a negative expectation that you should act as if you are stupid.

Negative expectations can also come from your heart digesting a negative experience and then creating a negative belief from the experience. For example, if you open your mouth to share and are ridiculed for it, you could begin to believe the lie that, “If I ever open my mouth, I will be put down.” The list of negative beliefs are endless.

Negative expectations Activate the Law of Faith:
Often these expectations are self-reinforcing, for whatever you expect and believe will happen, most likely, will happen. The Bible is clear to say that whatsoever one believes for he will receive. “According to your faith, be it unto you.” (Matthew 9:29) “All things are possible to him that believeth.”(Mark 9:23) One’s faith makes even what appears impossible, possible. So, even if it were unlikely that I would fail in life, if I believe I will, I will. Because I have sown a judgment or belief system in my spirit saying I am going to fail, several biblical laws are activated in my life. “As a man thinketh so is he.”
(Proverbs 23:7)

Negative expectations Activate the Law of Judgment:
The first is the law of judgment which says, ” Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with that judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged.” (Matthew 7:1-2) Therefore, there is now an opposite force that is activated in the universe that comes back against me and performs the judgment on me which I have made about others. If you judge(or expect) people to be unfriendly, they will be unfriendly toward you. Obviously, it may take some extremely unfriendly people awhile to warm up to your friendliness. This is where the law of sowing and reaping comes in. You sow into a person’s life for a while and eventually you reap a harvest.

Negative Expectations Activate the Law of Honoring, Loving, Fearing rather than a negative judging of others:
The Bible tells us what our attitude is to be: “Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.” (1Peter 2:17) Remember, we will receive back the judgment we send out. Wouldn’t it be nice to receive back honor and love from others and blessings from God, because we reverence and obey Him? When we disdain others, we cut off any gifts or blessings God may have planned for that person to give us. Honor obviously begins with our parents, as that is one of the Ten Commandments. God even has a promise for keeping this particular commandment. “Honor thy father and thy mother; that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.” (Exodus 20:12)

Negative Expectations Activate the Law of Sowing and Reaping:
According to the law of sowing and reaping, I must reap a harvest in light of what I have sown. “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” (Galatians 6:7) “Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy.” (Hosea 10:12) “Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.” (Job 4:8) This would mean I should expect judgments to come back to me in the same areas I have made them. For example, if I have made a judgment against people who are overweight, then I may find that I have put spiritual laws in motion which end up myself becoming overweight. Or I might find that I draw an overweight spouse to myself. Even if she is slender when we marry, my gale-wind judgment being constantly sent forth from my spirit says I don’t like people who are overweight, and that I won’t approve of her if she becomes heavy. This will cause a constant belittling of her self-worth as I criticize any and every activity that I see her doing that could cause her to gain weight. Eventually she succumbs to the constant criticism and the negative expectation that she will become heavy, and I receive back exactly what I’ve judged. I now have an overweight spouse.

Negative Expectations Activate the Law of Multiplication:
“For they sow the wind and reap the whirlwind.”(Hosea 8:7) When sowing a negative expectation, I sow to the wind, and now I must reap the whirlwind. You may only sow a small seed of anger, but you will reap an entire crop of wrath, because one little seed sown can produce hundreds of seeds in return.

In conclusion: Examine your beliefs and judgments to ensure they line up with the Bible. Those that don’t line up with the Bible need to be repented of and replaced with a more biblical belief system.

The goal is to remove all negative judgments and expectations about the world, life, people, institutions, and God that attract negative to you, and replace with Biblical expectations that release God’s grace and life out through you and to you. The reverse of negative expectations is Spirit-anointed expectations. You will receive whatever you believe because your faith ensures that you will receive. Your faith draws it to you. Speaking the word has the power to transform. (Hebrews 4:12)

Questions for Discovering the need to replace Negative Expectations:
1. Lord, what negative confessions come out of my mouth?
2. Lord, what negative expectations are in my heart?
3. Lord, what things do I believe that do not line up with what the Bible and Spirit are revealing to me?
4. Lord, what expectations are robbing me of love, joy, and peace?
5. What expectations keep me from giving thanks for all things and in all things?

~Graves

Encourage Others In The Lord

How Should We Encourage Others In The Lord?

By Angie Lewis

The command for Christians to encourage one another is found throughout the bible. In fact, encouragement can drastically change a person’s life! We all tend to get distressed from time to time and need encouragement. Maybe someone you know is lonely, depressed or even bedridden. Encouraging others is being a friend.

Be Appreciative

Build up the downtrodden for this is what God wants us to do – it is part of our stewardship as Christians to encourage others in the ways of the Lord. Show them how much you value him or her for who they are. It will make a world of difference towards their attitude. When we build up those who are hurting it ultimately makes us feel better too. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Be Respectful

Respect is an important component in all of our relationships with others. We should always try and be respectful towards those who are having a bad day, even if they are not being so kind. It may be the disgruntled young girl at the check out counter who hurriedly hands you your change, or the grouchy boss who is disrespecting his employees. Where does that leave you? Should you become a chameleon because someone else is having a bad day? I think not. Turn your cheek and detach from the negative emotions of others. This is the only way to remain respectful. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness. James 3:18

Pray and Fellowship Together

To help the trouble-hearted there is no better way to encourage them in the faith than to come together in prayer and fellowship. This does not have to be in Church – God’s Spirit is not just in a Church building but is everywhere you are. Invite a friend over for dinner or backyard barbeque. Tell them about what God has done for you in your life. How has Christ blessed you and your family? How was your life before you accepted Christ into your life? Be a witness for Christ and encourage those to be more encouraged in Jesus Christ with you! How good and pleasant it is when fellow believers live together in unity. Psalm 133:1

Praise God With Songs And Hymns

Is there someone you know who is depressed or bed ridden with an illness? How can you bring joy to them? What about music? Grab your karaoke machine, guitar, and keyboard and make someone happy singing and playing songs. There is no better way to uplift the discouraged than through songs and hymns that praise our Lord and Savior. Record a CD of your musical talents and hand them out to those who are homebound. Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:19-20

Have A Forgiving Heart

Jesus instructs us to forgive our enemies, so how much more should we then forgive strangers, friends, co-workers, parents, children and spouses? Forgiveness is something Christians must do every single day. In fact, there is always someone who needs our forgiveness. This is why it is a good idea to just “be a forgiving person.” Encourage yourself by being forgiving and encourage others through the forgiveness you have in your heart. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:2-3

Be An Accepting Friend

Acceptance is being patient and long-suffering. Don’t offend a friend because you cannot accept something about them. We can continue to love them by shinning our light, but we should not think more highly of ourselves than we ought to. If we are loving the same Christ then what is the problem? Should we allow petty differences to bring dissention in our relationship with others? I don’t believe that is what God wants us to do. Jesus came to bring us love not rules. Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. Romans 12:3-5

Seed-Time And Harvest

As o’er his furrowed fields which lie
Beneath a coldly-dropping sky,
Yet chill with winter’s melted snow,
The husbandman goes forth to sow,

Thus, Freedom, on the bitter blast
The ventures of thy seed we cast,
And trust to warmer sun and rain
To swell the germ, and fill the grain.

Who calls thy glorious service hard?
Who deems it not its own reward?
Who, for its trials, counts it less
A cause of praise and thankfulness?

It may not be our lot to wield
The sickle in the ripened field;
Nor ours to hear, on summer eves,
The reaper’s song among the sheaves.

Yet where our duty’s task is wrought
In unison with God’s great thought,
The near and future blend in one,
And whatsoe’er is willed, is done!

And ours the grateful service whence
Comes, day by day, the recompense;
The hope, the trust, the purpose stayed,
The fountain and the noonday shade.

And were this life the utmost span,
The only end and aim of man,
Better the toil of fields like these
Than waking dream and slothful ease.

But life, though falling like our grain,
Like that revives and springs again;
And, early called, how blest are they
Who wait in heaven their harvest-day!       – John Greenleaf Whittier

Our Field Is The World

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Our field is the world!–let us forth to the sowing,
O’er valley and mountain, o’er desert and plain,
Beside the still waters through cool meadows flowing,
O’er regions unblest by the dew and the rain;–
Let us scatter the seed, though in sorrow and weeping,
Though fields should be verdureless, wintry, and bare,
The Lord of the harvest hath still in His keeping
Each seed as it falls, and will guard it with care.

Our field is the world!–let us forth to the reaping;
The long day is waning, the eve draweth nigh;
Faint omens of storm up the heavens are creeping,
And the sigh of the tempest is heard in the sky;–
The work-hour is brief, but the rest is forever,
Then stay not for weariness, languor, or pain,
But forth to the harvest with earnest endeavor,
And gather with gladness the sheaves that remain.

Our field is the world!–let us forth to the gleaning,
The stores may be small that our labors reward,
Yet One from the height of His glory is leaning,
Attent to behold what we do for the Lord;–
Where, haply, some reaper has passed on with singing,
O’erladen with sheaves for the garner above,
May yet be some handfuls that wait for our bringing,
To crown with completeness the stores of His love.

Our field is the world!–whether sowing or reaping,
Or gleaning the handfuls that others have passed,
Or waiting the growth of the seed that, with weeping,
On rocky and desolate plains we have cast,
Yet each for his toiling, and each for his mourning,
Shall sometime rejoice when the harvest is done,
And know, in the flush of Eternity’s morning,
That the toil, the reward, and the glory are one.

– Mrs. J. C. Yule

Our Field Is The World

Our field is the world!–let us forth to the sowing,
O’er valley and mountain, o’er desert and plain,
Beside the still waters through cool meadows flowing,
O’er regions unblest by the dew and the rain;–
Let us scatter the seed, though in sorrow and weeping,
Though fields should be verdureless, wintry, and bare,
The Lord of the harvest hath still in His keeping
Each seed as it falls, and will guard it with care.

Our field is the world!–let us forth to the reaping;
The long day is waning, the eve draweth nigh;
Faint omens of storm up the heavens are creeping,
And the sigh of the tempest is heard in the sky;–
The work-hour is brief, but the rest is forever,
Then stay not for weariness, languor, or pain,
But forth to the harvest with earnest endeavor,
And gather with gladness the sheaves that remain.

Our field is the world!–let us forth to the gleaning,
The stores may be small that our labors reward,
Yet One from the height of His glory is leaning,
Attent to behold what we do for the Lord;–
Where, haply, some reaper has passed on with singing,
O’erladen with sheaves for the garner above,
May yet be some handfuls that wait for our bringing,
To crown with completeness the stores of His love.

Our field is the world!–whether sowing or reaping,
Or gleaning the handfuls that others have passed,
Or waiting the growth of the seed that, with weeping,
On rocky and desolate plains we have cast,
Yet each for his toiling, and each for his mourning,
Shall sometime rejoice when the harvest is done,
And know, in the flush of Eternity’s morning,
That the toil, the reward, and the glory are one.

– Mrs. J. C. Yule

True Peace

Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance. The Lord be with you all! 2 Thessalonians 3:16

Everyone is looking for peace. Some travel to other countries or try alternative philosophies and lifestyles to find inner peace. Some even think that food, drink, and relationships will satisfy the holes in their heart that only God alone can fill. These things will only provide a once-in-a-while peace. Nothing everlasting.

The Word of God tells us that it’s not what we eat or drink that provides lasting satisfaction. True peace and joy comes from listening to Holy Spirit, knowing God, and faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

As you go throughout your day, be a person who sows in peace and raises a harvest of righteousness. Look to Jesus, apply the Word of God for growth, meditate on it, and experience true peace.