From JO’s sermon tonight:
when we face difficulties, it’s easy to become ingrown, to where all we think about is my problem, illness, hurt, bills, loneliness; as long as we’re only focused on ourselves, we’ll get stuck where we are; in our time of need, we have to learn to sow a seed; the way to get what you want is by giving away what you need; if you need happiness, don’t sit around in self-pity, go out and make somebody else happy; God will use that seed to bring you happiness. this goes against human nature, but when God sees you getting outside of yourself, when He sees you being good to somebody even though you’re struggling, that’s the seed God will use to bring a harvest back into your own life.
when you reach out to others, the seed you sow will come back to you
sometimes you can’t solve your own problem, but you can solve somebody else’s problem; God will enable you to help others, and if you’ll sow a seed and help others, that’s what’s going to bring your own harvest; we pray for God to answer a prayer, but many times God doesn’t send the answer were asking for, He’ll send a need, and in that need is the seed that holds the answer; what God is asking you to do, the people He has in your life, they hold the seed to your prayer being answered; if you reach out to them, God will bring your own harvest
when you reach out and give of your time, energy, pray for people, encourage someone, then that seed that holds your answer is being watered, it’s taking root
Trust in the Lord and do good
it’s not enough to just trust in the Lord, you’ve gotta move on to step 2, be good to somebody; as you help others, God will help you; some of you would see a prayer be answered, see a situation turn around, if you’d just take time to be good to somebody; you’ve gotta sow a seed in your time of need
Job 42:10 (NIV)
After Job had prayed for his friends, the LORD restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before.
you can’t have a harvest without sowing a seed; when you get outside of yourself; instead of just looking for a miracle, when you become somebody’s miracle; when you not only trust God but you do good, that’s when God will begin to answer those prayers; it’s so easy to become consumed by our problem, finances, health, sometimes if you would stop praying for yourself so much and start praying for somebody else with that same passion and intensity, then God would answer your own prayers
It’s fine to pray for yourself, but keep it in perspective; God already knows what we need; we’re spending our time telling God what we need, while God is waiting for us to go out and sow a seed
when you’re in a time of need, don’t get depressed, sow a seed, go out and be good to somebody
many times the answer to our own prayers comes from helping somebody else; you being good to them can be the seed God uses to bring your own dreams to pass
if you lost your joy, go out and help somebody else get their joy back; you may have had a bad break, don’t sit around feeling sorry for yourself, reach out to somebody else
A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.
when you go through a disappointment, you’re hurting, you’re tempted to live in self-pity, get your mind off yourself, your problems, heartache, loss, and go be good to someone else; when you reach out to others, healing comes, joy comes, refreshing comes, a new season will come
many times the answer to your prayer will come through helping somebody else; it may be difficult, life is not always fair; when you go through a disappointment, instead of feeling sorry for yourself, waiting for everybody to cheer you up, you’ve gotta dig your heels in and say no, God didn’t bring me this far to leave me, I’m not gonna live my life depressed, I’m gonna go out and be good to somebody else
7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness will go before you,
and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.
9 Then you will call, and the LORD will answer;
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.
God is saying “when you meet other people’s needs, I will always meet your own needs”
God wants to use what you’ve been through to help other people get through it; out of your pain can come your purpose; one of the most powerful things you can do when you’re hurting is to go out and be good to somebody else; your new beginning, your next season, is connected to you helping others; as you refresh others, God will refresh you; instead of living need minded, we should live seed minded; when we have a need, not “who can help me?,” turn it around, “I’m in need, now where is a seed I can sow, who can I be good to, who can I bless, encourage, cheer up?” the way to get what you want is by giving away what you need; some people are waiting for their ship to come in, the problem is they haven’t sent their ship out; when you give happiness, favor, you’ll receive happiness, favor; it’s not enough to just trust God, let’s move on to step 2 and be good to somebody; if you’ll learn to sow a seed in your time of need, God promises your light will break forth like the dawn; your healing will come, your problem will turn around, your relationship will be restored, and your dreams will come to pass