• Mary Grothe

Do not be deceived

We have some big life changes coming up. I will announce them as they are ready to be announced. But for today, I will share the lesson I am learning in this season we are in. 

Galatians 6:7-8 ESV

7 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 8 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.

Seems straight forward, right? Oh, it is. But even those of us who walk in step with Jesus have desires of the flesh and sometimes they get the best of us.

Sometimes, we convince ourselves that what we are yearning for is of the spirit and what God wants us to have. God will plant dreams inside of us, but if we then try to turn them into something ourselves and not wait on Him, we will have an Ishmael. Not sure what that is?

Ishmael was Abraham's first son. God planted a dream inside of Abraham that he and his wife, who was far past the age of having children, were finally going to be blessed with a child. When it didn’t happen as fast as Abraham wanted it to, he made an arrangement with their handmaiden Hagar, who had their baby Ishmael. Later, they were blessed with a son Isaac (Genesis 16:3). 

God’s promises and the dreams he plants inside of us are to be on His time, not ours. For me, this is one of the biggest battles of my flesh versus spirit. I have been fortunate in my life. I have accomplished a lot. I am grateful for the talent and gifts God has given me. But sometimes I am too fast paced for my own good. Just because I can doesn’t mean I should. Chasing after earthly desires brings happiness which is not everlasting. It’s temporary. Joy comes from the Lord and it is everlasting. 

Who is high-urgency and driven like me? Ever “make something happen” and then realize it wasn’t what God intended for you? 

I will have some updates for you all in the coming weeks.

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