Morning, October 20
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Don't be misled--you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.
It would certainly be a surprise if you planted corn and pumpkins came up. It's a natural law to reap what we sow. It's true in other areas, too. If you gossip about your friends, you will lose their friendship. Every action has results.
If you plant to please your own desires, you'll reap a crop of sorrow and evil. If you plant to please God, you'll reap joy and everlasting life. What kind of seeds are you sowing?
Ephesians 4:15  Grow up into him in all things.

Many Christians remain stunted and dwarfed in spiritual things, so as to present the same appearance year after year. No up-springing of advanced and refined feeling is manifest in them. They exist but do not "grow up into him in all things." But should we rest content with being in the "green blade," when we might advance to "the ear," and eventually ripen into the "full corn in the ear?" Should we be satisfied to believe in Christ, and to say, "I am safe," without wishing to know in our own experience more of the fulness which is to be found in him. It should not be so; we should, as good traders in heaven's market, covet to be enriched in the knowledge of Jesus. It is all very well to keep other men's vineyards, but we must not neglect our own spiritual growth and ripening. Why should it always be winter time in our hearts? We must have our seed time, it is true, but O for a spring time--yea, a summer season, which shall give promise of an early harvest. If we would ripen in grace, we must live near to Jesus--in his presence--ripened by the sunshine of his smiles. We must hold sweet communion with him. We must leave the distant view of his face and come near, as John did, and pillow our head on his breast; then shall we find ourselves advancing in holiness, in love, in faith, in hope--yea, in every precious gift. As the sun rises first on mountain-tops and gilds them with his light, and presents one of the most charming sights to the eye of the traveller; so is it one of the most delightful contemplations in the world to mark the glow of the Spirit's light on the head of some saint, who has risen up in spiritual stature, like Saul, above his fellows, till, like a mighty Alp, snow-capped, he reflects first among the chosen, the beams of the Sun of Righteousness, and bears the sheen of his effulgence high aloft for all to see, and seeing it, to glorify his Father which is in heaven.

Romans 7:22  For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man,

Psalm 119:97  O how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day.

Jeremiah 15:16  Your words were found and I ate them, And Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart; For I have been called by Your name, O LORD God of hosts.

Songs 2:3  "If she is a wall, We will build on her a battlement of silver; But if she is a door, We will barricade her with planks of cedar."

Job 23:12  "I have not departed from the command of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.

Psalm 40:8  I delight to do Your will, O my God; Your Law is within my heart."

John 4:34  Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work.

Psalm 19:8,10  The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. • They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.

James 1:22,23  But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. • For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror;

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