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You Reap What You Sow | A Good Seed Produces Good Fruit

A New Beginning / Greg Laurie
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June 15, 2022 3:00 am

You Reap What You Sow | A Good Seed Produces Good Fruit

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June 15, 2022 3:00 am

So many say they’re glad they came to Christ for forgiveness of sin and only wished they’d done it sooner. You don’t hear many say, “I went back to partying and drinking and waking up with hangover – I wished I’d done it sooner.” Few would choose pain and heartache over peace and freedom. Today on A NEW BEGINNING, Pastor Greg Laurie shows us a man of great power who sowed evil, and we’ll see he reaped the fruit he deserved. Today, it’s a look at the law of sowing and reaping.

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Today's episode of a new beginning is brought to you by harvest partners, helping people everywhere know God. Learn more@harness.org and while you're there, browse our library of free e-books designed to help you grow in your faith. Everyone is going to read, so whatever amount shown that Willie also read Pastor Gregori's is your good.

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You some verses in this world you pursued that others corruption your review life. Others feel used. You feel you I became brought only wish it on your many say yeah I went back to waiting sooner. You would choose pain and hard today on a new beginning. Gregori shows this amount of power showed evil, see today is a look at the law of sowing. Well we are in our lives message in the book of Esther, have you enjoyed the book of Esther. I have a lot of fun to study for even more fun the freezer so this is the final message will read Esther chapter 5 in the title of the messages you reap what you sow.

Enter the villain of the story. Payment who hatches a plot to exterminate more decay I and the Jews.

And so Esther says more to get okay to go to the king. So our story begins in Esther chapter 5, verse one. Let's read together. Three days later, Esther put on her royal robes and entered the inner court of the palace just across from the King Saul, the king was sitting on his royal throne facing the entrance and when he saw Queen Esther standing there in the inner court.

He welcomed her, holding out the gold scepter to her.

So Esther approached and touched the tip then the king asked her what you want. Queen Esther, what is your request. I'll give it to you. Up to have of the kingdom that Welliver pleases your majesty but the king and Haman come to the door banquet I prepared for the king so the king turned those attendance at that told him to come quickly to a banquet as Esther has requested so king. The king and Haman went to Esther banquet there drinking wine that the king said Esther tell me what you really want. What is your request.

I'll give it to you. Even up to half of my kingdom as to reply. This is my request and deepest wish. If your Majesty is pleased with me and wants to grant my request come back with Haman tomorrow. It is amazing.

Seemed like she would just close the deal right there.

You know, outed Haman and his plot revealed that she was a Jewish girl and this was attack against her and her people, but she's waiting she's waiting for the right tribunal. Timing is everything, because a lot of times were impatient.

Are you an impatient person I can be, but we need to understand there's a time for every event under heaven. The Bible says time to be silent in a time to speak now Haman is so excited. He's thinking everything's going my way. All of my scheming mom plotting my undermining is finally coming to fruition.

The queen is invited me to a banquet with the king verse five what a happy man. Haman was busy left the banquet. Everything's going my way, to wipe out the Jews powerful all its awesome that he's on his way home, walks by more tequila and once again more decay.

I will not bow before him just six he goes home to his really, really creepy wife that was as bad as for her name is Irish.

He says that more tequila is driving me insane. He won't bow down before me. I want to kill him really soon.

She says why don't you build a gallows, maybe 75 feet high and they could be hung publicly for as rebellious as wife is a great idea. Joy brings in the building crew working for the night.

He can't wait to complete the gallows so we can hang more like AI high for his transgression.

So as you look at the three gunmen think something big going well. I mean, there's this horrible threat against the Jews.

Haman's empower. The king is in doing anything about it but God is always on the move and as I said earlier. As we began this study, though the name of God is never mentioned specifically in the book of Esther the hand of God is evident in every single page on the Lord was working through events now in the see how everything came together, and there was a lot of reaping what it been so so I debated up I should just paraphrase this and tell it to you but I want to have you read it with because this is one of the most powerful narratives in the Bible to draw.

Bring your Bibles today your Bibles to grab your Bible look at it.

Esther chapter 6, verse 14, Morgan read a bunch of verses you're gonna love this reading from the new living translation while they were still talking.

The king's units arrived and they came into the banquet. Esther had prepared so the king and Haman went to a growing Esther's banquet. There were drinking wine that day and the king asked her, tell me what you want. Queen Esther, what is your request. I'll give it to you. Even up to half of my kingdom and so Queen Esther replied, if your Majesty is pleased to be want to grant my request. My petition is that my life and the lives of my people will be spare key. So Esther's been waiting for the right moment. And now she's going for verse seven for my people, says that's been sold to those who would kill slaughter and annihilate us who would dare do such a thinking Xerxes demand who would dare touch you. I love verse six Esther replied this wicked Haman is our enemy.

Imagine the scene. There's a man sitting there like all know she's Jewish, what it says next Heman grew pale with fright before the king and queen. This is the king jumped up to his feet and arrange going out into the palace garden but Haman stayed behind the plate froze live with Queen Esther Breen knew he was doomed in this very felony capture Queen Esther was her climbing just as the king returned from the palace guard means that all are you going to assault the Queen right here in the palace before my very eyes.

The king roared and as soon as the king spoke is attendance covered Haman space signaling is due, then the hard bone. One of the king's eunuch said hey king came in to set up a gallows that stands 75 feet tall and is own courtyard. The king says paying Haman on it so they hang Haman on the gallows. Set up for more decay.

I the king's anger was pacified and on that same thinking.

Xerxes gave me a state of Haman, the enemy of the Jews to Queen Esther stop there. Talk about poetic justice. Alright, so where we learn from the story number one God is always present and at work in our lives as Christians, whether we feel him or not. God is always present and at work in our lives as Christians, whether we feel him or not he was at work in the life of Esther. He was at work in the life of more decay. I he was at work in the lives of the Jewish people and we see how God worked through such ordinary human events, insomnia, the reading of a book.

The anger of a man in the timing of events so I don't know what you're facing right now. But God's at work. I don't see him. He's at work.

I don't feel if he's at work he's working behind the scenes he promises to work all things together for good to those that love God and of the called according to his purpose. Number two God can take impossible situations and turn them around for his glory. God can take impossible situations and turn them around for his glory. Are you facing an impossible situation as it deck stacked against you. Have you been given no all listen to this God can change that is Gabriel. The angel said to Mary would be the mother of Jesus with God all things are possible in this look like an impossible situation for sure but the Lord enter the end point number three you will reap what you sow. Again, I want to emphasize. I can be positive or negative for Haman.

He reported he so his treachery is deceitfulness his envy his hatred all came back, he hung on his own gallows, but Mordechai's faithfulness is honesty, his integrity. Also, the honesty and passion of Esther that was rewarded as well in just a moment.

Pastor Greg emphasizes the practical application we find here in the story of Esther stay with us so many sinners have commented on the help they received from these daily messages God's word ministers to them and often gets them through some of her darkest hours dear Pastor Greg, I wanted to let you know how much your daily radio ministry is meant to my wife and I at the beginning of the pandemic.

My wife started chemotherapy for breast cancer. It was a difficult time for us both, but I was thankful that I was able to be home during this time to help many mornings I would make breakfast and we listen to a new beginning on the radio while we ate your messages and especially your kindness that you always express for preaching was so important to us to give us hope to face this difficult challenge. Looking back, with my wife now healed of her cancer. Both have such happy memories of those morning spent listening to you. We will always be in your debt for your messages and your kindness. Thank you.

These daily studies minister to you and your family to let us know. Tell us your story by calling 1-866-871-1144 special number 866-871-1144 now. Pastor Greg continues this message from the book of Esther called. You reap what you sow. As life goes by, you realize that it's a good decision to obey God know some of you are young, let me say something to and hear what I'm saying and I guarantee what I'm telling you is true, and if it isn't, you can come to me later and I'll give you your money back, but this didn't cost you anything. Here's my advice to you, do what God tells you to do in life. Follow the word of God, they'll be times when it's very difficult to make that stand for Christ very hard for you to hold your ground do what is right before God.

I know there are people in life that seem to get ahead. They cut corners. They tell lies there dishonest they get the promotion they get the attention you labor away faithfully, quietly, and no one notices you. It's all going to come out in the wash because everyone is going to reap what they sow. Just know it's going to look back in your life you'll find some who pursued fun when you pursued thing.

Some pursued parties and you pursued prayer, some pursued sexual pleasure you pursued sexual purity. Some pursued this world you pursued the next. And while others reap corruption or deadness your reaping life while others feel used. You feel new seat so so to the spirit put God first in all things every day. From the moment you get up to the time you go to bed you either. So, to the spirit. So to the flesh, so you get up in the morning you can go ahead and check out how many followers you have on Instagram or many friends you have on Facebook by the weather not your friends and in the know you can be obsessed with things that are secondary or you can say, to dedicate this morning.

The first things first, opening the word of God and letting God speak to me through the Scripture and then you make decisions through the day. What you're going to listen to what you're going to do, who you going to hang around with. Who's going to influence you who you're going to influence and you'll find that you reap what you sow it comes out of this so thoughts reap an act so and at reap a habit so I haven't reap a character so a character, reap a destiny.

It starts with the thought what you let into your mind what you contemplate what you ponder.

Fill your mind with the things of God. So to the spirit. You will not regret it. I was reading the new site yesterday about a man from Malaysia, known as the snake whisper that you read this article. He has great skills in handling venomous snakes, specifically cobras. He was featured on a TV program Asia's got talent. He was a firefighter. He was even training other firefighters on how to handle venomous snakes. He without these snakes, he would get them to do what he wanted them to do and they wouldn't bite him. He was a snake whisper. One day he was working with one of his things and it bit him and he died. Moral of the story don't mess around with poisonous snakes seriously, what would you think you're this sin was burnout so I can handle that.

I know this is been the downfall of Betty, but it will never be my downfall. I can control this by I can keep a handle on this issue, and one day to get control of your life. I'm sorry you're not the exception. Don't play with said Orson will play around with you one last thought, which is a preacher's way of saying I'm going 20 more minutes and I'm not Esther was willing to lay her life down for her people. She said to Wernick AI. Okay, go to the king, and if I die I die. But I'll die trying.

I'll do what I can. What she didn't have to die ditching.

She lived many more years and because of her sacrificial act save the lives of many will in the same way Jesus was willing to lay his life down and he did die he had to die because there was no other way to make us right with God. I went to the market the other day second market story and one message as I was coming out I was with my granddaughter Allie and there were these two sweet little old ladies sitting there. They must've been in their mid-90s and in one of them said hello hello Greg, I try to do the wrecks and I'm sorry I said hi yes yes we went to Intellivision nights ago. Thank you. It's great that you goblins usable goblets you if I walked over to tell me your name and the one was named Maria and there were some were chatting these two sweet little old ladies. We pray for you. Thank you so much for praying for me. There's another elderly woman standing there on a walker and then the two sisters from Romania said good day for she doesn't believe in God. I look over this lady she's like what happened.

The lady said II didn't say they believe in God, I'm just not sure it's hard to believe in God. I simple tell me why she said well there's just so much suffering in the world I said it's really true. A lot of suffering.

Lotta horrible things happen.

That's because of sin, why, why did God let that even happen. Why doesn't God just get control of all of it, what, why would all these horrible things have to happen will because God gave us a free will using we can be good, just all I've heard that before.

You know I have children I tell them what to do a Telemann right and wrong are and they should do what I tell them why doesn't God do that for us.

Actually he does is called the Bible. And he gives us absolutes for life, but unfortunately we don't always do what he wants us to do.

She said well it just doesn't seem fair.

I simply listen, God loves you. You think God loves me and she says me. I said I know God loves you he loved you so much. He sent his son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for you will. That seems very mean on the part of God to lead Jesus supper like that is ma'am, it's because he loves you and Jesus paid the price for your said it was hard for her to get that and she said I I'm a good person. I said you send Eidson were all sinners and we all need Jesus.

So we talked about it for a little while and I invited her to church to so pray for that lady.

I didn't catch her name but listen, here's the other thing is a lot of people say this will this just doesn't seem fair now, but that's why Jesus died. He died on the cross and took good judgment that should come upon you, upon himself. Why is this important because, listen to me you're going to reap what you sow.

See if you believe in Jesus and asked him to forgive you everything you have ever committed throughout your entire life and there's a lot of them. By the way, will be forgiven arrays and removed instantly. But if you did not ask Jesus to forgive you every sin you committed in your life will come back to haunt you. And you'll face the full repercussions of them. That's pretty scary. You wanted and you don't have to do that but if you reject God's offer of forgiveness through Jesus Christ friend you have sealed your own faith. Don't blame God for anything. It'll be on you he has this great offer. The Bible calls it the unspeakable get or it's also translated the indescribable get it so awesome. It's so amazing it's so free and all you have to do is reach out until Lord forgive me someone in a closing prayer now and if you're not sure of your sin is forgiven, it kind of freaked you out a little bit when you think about reaping. What's also I strongly urge you to believe in Jesus. He died for you.

He rose again from the dead, and he's here with us right now standing at the door of your life and knocking me insane if you hear his voice and open the door he will come in. This can be the moment where your life changes you've made a lot of bad decisions you done a lot of stupid things you have a lot of regrets. You can't change that you can change your past, but you can be forgiven of your past because of the sacrifice of Jesus.

He will do that for you if you will ask him to. The Bible says that we will confess our sin, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. As we pray now, I'll encourage you to say yes Lord, I'm sorry I'm a sinner. Forgive me come in the my life and she will do that for you today the top of our heads. Father, thank you for loving us so much that you sent Jesus Lord Jesus, thank you for coming and lean your life down for us. And now I pray for any person here or any person listening or watching wherever they might be. Help them to see their need for you help them come to you.

Help them to believe in you.

Now we in Jesus thing Pastor Greg Lord, pointing out the need to come to the Lord to find forgiveness for our sins and the hope of heaven, and if you like to follow through and make a change in your relationship with God today. Pastor Greg will help you do that in just a moment.

So please stay with us yesterday were making available your new book called Lennon Dylan, Alice and Jesus in your subtitle you call it the spiritual biography of rock 'n' roll.

Yes it's full of stories of rock icons use meteoric success, but then often soon after self-destructed my day.

Let's talk to somebody who may be listening to us right now. Maybe a young person who who really, really, really wants to be famous or wealthy you are adored by a stadium full of exuberant fans and of so many young people want to be a tick-tock sensation, YouTube influencer, drawing on the insight in this new book what your message to them. So many of these artists of days gone by, that it become iconic didn't have social media in their day, but they had it all. They had massive success global fame. You know they had private jets and Bentleys and mansions and yachts and you name it they had it, but they saw that wasn't the answer and I think of stories I read even recently of young influencers, young people who have had great success on social media platforms that have taken their own lives and it just doesn't make any sense to us. But in the way it makes total sense. Because of you think that fame or having more followers are having more people know your name will make you happy you going to be very disappointed when you reach the pinnacle and find it is not the answer. So what I want to say to those folks is, Christ is the answer.

No, God may bless you with success. God may bless you with fame. God may bless you with other things but don't make that the sole purpose of living here is what the apostle Paul said he said the live is Christ.

For some people if they were honest they would say to live is possessions. Their motto would be he who dies with the most toys wins.

I would just add to that he who dies of the most toys wins Nothing. Another might say for me to live is success well yes you can have success but Jesus said, what is it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul. Somebody else might say I live for this other thing live for Christ. Put God first. Jesus said seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be added to you. In context he was talking about what you eat or what you drink, or what you wear. God will take care of all of the needs of your life but don't make those things.

The focus of your life.

May Christ, the focus of your life and if you do you'll find the meaning of life.

Yeah, that's good insight and there's a lot more coming your way in pastor Greg brand-new book called Lennon Dylan, Alice and Jesus. So can we send a copy to you. It's our thank you gift for those who can partner with us right now. Your investment helps keep Pastor Greg's insights coming your way here on a new beginning, and they help us reach out with the gospel through our large-scale evangelistic outreaches such as Boise harvest just a few weeks ago. So your investment is an investment in change lives. Contact us today by calling 1-800-821-3300. We can take your call anytime at 1-800-821-3300 or write a new beginning.

Box 4000, Riverside, CA 92514 or go online to harvest.org and then here's pastor Greg once again let me close with this thought. Would you like Jesus Christ to come into your life would you like your sins forgiven.

Would you like to fill the hole in your soul. Would you like to go to heaven when you die. If so just stop what you're doing and pray this prayer with me. You can pray it out loud if you like you can pray it in the quietness of your heart. If you choose, but pray this prayer. This is a prayer of asking Jesus Christ to come in your life. Pray these words Lord Jesus, I know that I'm a sinner but I know that you're the Savior who died on the cross for my sin and rose again from the dead, I'd sure from that sin. Now, and I choose to follow you from this moment forward.

Thank you for hearing this prayer in answering this prayer in Jesus name I pray, amen.

Hey, did you just pray that prayer if so I want to congratulate you and be the first to say welcome to the family of God.

That's right, you have a whole new life in front of you now, and to help you begin to live this new life. Pastor Greg would like to send you some free follow-up resources called the new believers growth bracket.

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