Sow – believe ; give – receive

29 06 2009

Day 10

For the benefit of those who have not read our previous pages, this is our 10th page in this Blog and, we recommend that, it would be helpful for you to start from the beginning (Our Story) in order to get the full grasp of this teaching. That said, there will be enough info, on this page, to make it worth your while to read it, even if this is all you read.

A brief summary of our lesson, so far, for anyone just joining in; we have been discussing how to improve your situation (finacially, socially, emotionally, physically and spiritually), within 1 year, using a principle we call the “Doubling Effect”.

This lesson is 2-fold. Our main objective is to show you how easy it is to have your needs met, by helping others, who are in need or lonely or hurting, by just being a “Friend”. The second part shows an example of how the “Doubling Effect” works by having you find a penny (on day 1) and doubling your efforts, daily, for 1 month.

On the previous page, we set up a challenge for you to find someone who could use a friend and, we suggested that you, prepare for a small financial challenge which, we believe, will be a fun and enlightening experience for you.

We need to stop here, for a moment, and reflect a bit. At this point, we should have found an additional $5.12 to bring our collection up to a grand total of $10.23. That is a far cry from the penny we started with and we still have 20 days to go. The question we need to ask is this, have you actually been keeping up and collecting your pennies or, has this whole thing been a struggle for you? You need to be honest here because, face it; you aren’t dealing with us but with yourself. You can’t cheat us; this is for your learning and your benefit.

If you have been diligent and are keeping up – GREAT, this lesson will show you how to improve your results. If, on the other hand, you have not been able to find or keep those pennies, don’t despair, we are here to help, not to judge, and this lesson should show you how to catch up and keep up. If you have decided this isn’t working for you, we want to encourage you to stick around a while because, what we are about to show you could very well explain why it isn’t working and, when you decide to follow what we show you here, you may be surprised by the results.

No matter which category you find yourself in today, one thing is certain, you MUST fully comprehend the principle we are about to show you and, when you understand it, you will also need to believe it and do it because, when you do, it WILL work, it cannot fail.

You’ve heard it said that, it is better to give than to receive but, do you understand WHY? People say it’s because it makes you feel good. Well, that may be true but, let’s take a look at that saying from a slightly different angle. I’m sure you are familiar, to some degree, with the concept of farming (and we are referring to the farming of grain) in which a farmer takes a bunch of seed and spreads it over a patch of properly prepared soil (this is called “sowing seed”); the farmer adds some water and waits for the sun to warm up the soil; this causes the watered seed to germinate and start growing. When it is completely grown, the farmer chops down the plant and extracts what he needs from it; including the seeds it produced. On average, each plant will produce many times more seed than the one originally planted (sowed).

You may not necessarily be aware of this but, it is a fact that, the average farmer never worries about whether or not the seed will grow, he faithfully puts it in the ground and EXPECTS a harvest. Okay, so what, you say. Well, the word sowing (which we said earlier is planting), is basically the same word as giving, because in order to plant a seed, it is necessary to GIVE the seed to the ground.

So, when you give, you are sowing seed. Now, if you understand how to water that seed, all you need to do is let nature take its course and, the seed will grow and, produce a harvest. This principle can be applied in other ways as well. For example, when you give money, presents, love, anything to another individual, you are sowing seed.

What do you suppose would happen if the farmer decided to not replant that new seed but kept it for himself and his family and ate it? The seed would die, of course, and not be able to reproduce, whereas, if he sowed it, he would have much more later.

Most of us never think on this level, but when we give money, presents, love, anything to another individual and think to ourself, “what a nice thing that was for me to do for them, I’m such a nice person” or, “I don’t know why I do this because they didn’t give me anything”, rather than being thankful that we were able to bless them and allowing them to praise us, the seed dies, right there and will not produce any further.

If you want that seed to grow, you must water it. How do we do that? I’m glad you asked; it’s very simple. First of all, it is absolutely imperative to give thanks to the giver of the seed; no, not you, GOD; after all, without GOD, nothing is possible; but Jesus told us in Mark 9:23 that ALL things are possible to him that believes. Secondly, you need to ask GOD to bless that seed, that it may reproduce and multiply; and, thirdly (and this is usually the hardest part), you MUST believe, with your whole being, that this will happen and, envision the crop that will be produced.

The Bible tells us in Luke 6:38 (CEV)

 If you give to others, you will be given a full amount in return. It will be packed down, shaken together, and spilling over into your lap. The way you treat others, is the way you will be treated.

What this means is that, as you give to others (especially to those who are unable to return the favor), you will recieve a full measure in return [much greater than what you gave (sowed)]. The more you give, the more will be returned to you (from other people); but you MUST do it with a willing heart, knowing that you will be rewarded for your giving, otherwise you nullify all your efforts.

This brings us to our second point; which is, being careful what you say. Believe it or not, your words have power. Most people are in the situation they are in, because they constantly say things like, “I will never amount to anything” or, “I’m always getting sick”, or here’s a famous one, “there’s never enough money to pay the bills”. When we consistently speak negatives, we make it impossible for good things to happen. Just because we can’t see something, doesn’t mean it won’t happen.

Here is a small example; you go to work because your boss promised you a pay cheque at the end of the month. You go shopping, using your credit card, to buy things, even though you have no money; WHY? Because you know the money will be there to pay the bill. That is believing for something you have not seen yet.

Use that same principle when you give. Thank God for providing the seed, ask GOD to bless that seed, so you can receive a great return on your investment, so that you will have more seed to sow; expect a return and live as though it is on it’s way, by saying, out loud to yourself or anyone who will listen, that GOD has promised to multiply your seed; and DO NOT DOUBT, but believe, and you WILL receive.

Now, go plant some seed and be prepared to bring in a harvest, after all, we are looking for $10.24 to add to our collection for next time.

See ya on the flip side.

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