Yesterday morning, as I walked around the campground and tried to pray, my prayer thoughts went like: "Lord, I don't want to spend energy trying to impress people, just You." Then the thought came to me, that He doesn't want me spending energy trying to impress Him. For He seemed to say as much; and then awakened my mind to the fact that what He really does want is obedience from me.
Here is a command for all of us to obey.
"Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your fallow ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, until He comes and showers righteousness on you" Hosea 10:12
"Sow for yourselves righteousness." Both Old and New Testaments teach us the spiritual principles that you reap what you sow. If you plant wheat, you do not harvest corn. See the beginning and ending of this verse, for if we sow righteousness, then we will receive showers of righteousness. Can you see this as a continuing cycle?
Then in the middle of the verse, it says we can,"Reap the fruit of unfailing love." When righteousness has been sown, we will begin to harvest the fruit of unfailing love. God loves everyone, but the fruit, the benefits of that love, come to those who are moving to establish God’s righteousness as the standard for their lives. There are many unclaimed blessings. One of the most neglected is the fruit of unfailing love. It only comes to those who have sown righteousness in their lives.
1 John 3:7 "Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as He is righteous."
May His blessings be on you today, and always remember that you are loved!!!
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Henry D. is from Southern Indiana and writes these wonderful daily devotionals to encourage those at the Dogwood Community Church located in Paoli, Indiana. Henry has graciously agreed to share these wonderful devotionals here at Without Excuse Ministries to encourage you our valued guest!