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Daring Faith: The Key to Miracles – Part 6

(adapted from Rick Warren, Saddleback Church, Apr.25-26/15) https://youtu.be/XsOwtKr6olg
Apr. 9, 2017  Jn.12:23-26; Gal.6:7-10  Play AUDIO (32 kbps mp3)

God: “As long as the earth endures, there will be seedtime and harvest…” - Genesis 8:22 (NIV)

Don’t be misled: No one makes a fool of God. Whatever a person plants, he WILL harvest.” - Galatians 6:7a (Mes)


1. Everything starts as a seed.

God said, “Let the land have seed-bearing plants and trees that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their varieties.” - Genesis 1:11


2. NOTHING HAPPENS UNTIL the seed is planted.

Jesus said, “Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, it cannot reproduce. But if it dies, it will produce much fruit.” - John 12:24

Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is like someone who plants seed in the ground. Night and day, whether the person is asleep or awake, the seed still grows, but the person does not know how it grows.” Mark 4:26-27 (NCV)

3. WHEN I HAVE A NEED I should plant a seed.

Do your planting in the morning and in the evening, too! You never know whether it will all grow well or whether one planting will do better than the other.” - Ecclesiastes 11:6 (TEV)

4. Whatever I PLANT is what I will reap.

You will reap exactly what you plant.” Galatians 6:7b (TEV)

The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others, and ignoring God, harvests a crop of weeds. That’s all he’ll have to show for his life! 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 6:7b-8 (Mes)

5. I'm not the only sower.

I sent you to reap where you didn’t plant; others had already done work before you, and you will gather the harvest.” - John 4:38

6. I always reap in a different season than I sow.

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven… A time to plant and a time to harvest… a time to scatter and a time to gather…” - Ecclesiastes 3:1-5

7. I MUST BE patient and not give up.

Let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we WILL reap a harvest of blessing IF we don’t get discouraged and give up.” - Galatians 6:9 (LB)

8. I always reap more than I sow.

Some seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, multiplying thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times.” - Mark 4:8

9. I increase my harvest by planting more seed.

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will reap generously. Each one should give what he’s decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” - 2 Corinthians 9:6-7

The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller.” - Proverbs 11:24 (Mes)

10. THE MORE SEED I PLANT the more God will give me.

For God, who supplies seed to the farmer and bread to eat, will give you more and more seed to plant and will make it grow so that you can give away more and more fruit from your harvest.” - 2 Corinthians 9:10 (LB)

11. I PLANT BY FAITH, not by my feelings.

Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy. They weep as they go to plant their seed, BUT they sing as they return with the harvest.” - Psalm 126:5-6 (NLT)

12. The best time to plant is now.

Those who wait for perfect weather will never plant seeds; and those who look at every cloud will never reap a harvest.” Ecclesiastes 11:4