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WHEN WE SOW, WE WILL REAP SPIRITUALLY AND NATURALLY The Bible teaches us to sow, and we will reap. One term found in the Bible is seedtime and harvest, and another is giving and receiving. Sowing and reaping is a spiritual law that governs this universe. It is a law that was created by God. 2 Corinthians 9:6 (NKJV) But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.This law works for both Christians and non-Christians alike. It is a spiritual law that governs the natural realm. When we sow, we must do it by faith. What do I mean by faith? We must believe this law always works; when we sow, we will surely reap. We will reap not only in the realm of the spirit but in the natural realm as well. Let me give you a few examples. When we sow into a church or a ministry, we will reap in two ways:1. When we sow into a good ministry, we will see the fruit that the ministry bears. We get to witness a greater number of people whose lives will be touched by that ministry. This is reaping spiritual fruits.2. The spiritual law of sowing and reaping will multiply back to us the finances we sowed. Regardless where we sowed into (be it good or bad ground). When we sow our gifts and talents, our natural giftings and talents will increase in our personal lives. It is reaping in the natural. The law of sowing and reaping always works. But of course, we need to follow the Holy Spirit's leading and be wise as to where we should sow to reap both spiritually and naturally. It does not matter whether you sow into Israel, or the church or the lives of preachers, you will reap spiritual and natural fruits. The Jews were God's chosen ones to bring forth the Saviour, Jesus Christ. After Jesus died and rose again and ascended into heaven, we see the birth of the church. Every believer is a Jew spiritually, a son of the Heavenly Father whom He loves, a member of the body of Jesus Christ and Jesus is the Head of His own Body. We are one with Jesus for we are in Him because He is in us. Israel had their temples in the Old Covenant, a place where they went to worship. We are the temple of the Most High God, and we are the temple of the Holy Ghost. A Christian is not inferior to a natural Jew, nor is he inferior to Israel. Sowing into a preacher's life to help him or her in the ministry, or a pastor so that there is food for his family and they suffer no lack. Or sowing into the lives of full-time leaders and workers in the church, so that they will not be like some poor church mice having barely enough finances to live by, is no less than sowing into the Jews or the nation of Israel. The son of the Father's love (a believer) is not inferior to Israel's Jews. When you sow into the local church or sow into some ministry, you will not be less blessed than if you sow into Israel. The body of Christ whose head is Jesus, is not inferior or less than Israel or the Jews of Israel. Sow where the Holy Spirit leads you, and you will be walking in the obedience of faith, and you will access His grace of sowing and reaping.Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Church SingaporePlease visit our website at faithchurch.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

WHEN WE SOW, WE WILL REAP SPIRITUALLY AND NATURALLY 

The Bible teaches us to sow, and we will reap. One term found in the Bible is seedtime and harvest, and another is giving and receiving. Sowing and reaping is a spiritual law that governs this universe. It is a law that was created by God. 

2 Corinthians 9:6 (NKJV) 
But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.

This law works for both Christians and non-Christians alike. It is a spiritual law that governs the natural realm. 

When we sow, we must do it by faith. What do I mean by faith? We must believe this law always works; when we sow, we will surely reap. We will reap not only in the realm of the spirit but in the natural realm as well. Let me give you a few examples. 

When we sow into a church or a ministry, we will reap in two ways:

1. When we sow into a good ministry, we will see the fruit that the ministry bears. We get to witness a greater number of people whose lives will be touched by that ministry. This is reaping spiritual fruits.

2. The spiritual law of sowing and reaping will multiply back to us the finances we sowed. Regardless where we 
sowed into (be it good or bad ground). When we sow our gifts and talents, our natural giftings and talents will increase in our personal lives. It is reaping in the natural. The law of sowing and reaping always works. 

But of course, we need to follow the Holy Spirits leading and be wise as to where we should sow to reap both spiritually and naturally. 

It does not matter whether you sow into Israel, or the church or the lives of preachers, you will reap spiritual and natural fruits. 

The Jews were Gods chosen ones to bring forth the Saviour, Jesus Christ. After Jesus died and rose again and ascended into heaven, we see the birth of the church. Every believer is a Jew spiritually, a son of the Heavenly Father whom He loves, a member of the body of Jesus Christ and Jesus is the Head of His own Body. We are one with Jesus for we are in Him because He is in us. Israel had their temples in the Old Covenant, a place where they went to worship. We are the temple of the Most High God, and we are the temple of the Holy Ghost. A Christian is not inferior to a natural Jew, nor is he inferior to Israel. 

Sowing into a preachers life to help him or her in the ministry, or a pastor so that there is food for his family and they suffer no lack. Or sowing into the lives of full-time leaders and workers in the church, so that they will not be like some poor church mice having barely enough finances to live by, is no less than sowing into the Jews or the nation of Israel. The son of the Fathers love (a believer) is not inferior to Israels Jews. 

When you sow into the local church or sow into some ministry, you will not be less blessed than if you sow into Israel. The body of Christ whose head is Jesus, is not inferior or less than Israel or the Jews of Israel. 

Sow where the Holy Spirit leads you, and you will be walking in the obedience of faith, and you will access His grace of sowing and reaping.

Rev. Cheong Yew Kwong
Faith Church Singapore
Please visit our website at http://faithchurch.sg
#goodtoread

1 Corinthians 9:9–10 (NLT)9 For the law of Moses says, “You must not muzzle an ox to keep it from eating as it treads out the grain.” Was God thinking only about oxen when he said this? 10 Wasn’t he actually speaking to us? Yes, it was written for us, so that the one who plows and the one who threshes the grain might both expect a share of the harvest.Paul quoted Moses' law in the Old Testament to apply it to the New Testament church. If the ox comes to a point where it has nothing to eat, and not being able to plough the field and having seeds not being sown, there will not be a harvest in due season. If the ox is partially fed and is half weak, it can only plough half the field, hence the yield will be halved, figuratively speaking. In other words, when they fully or partially muzzle the ox, it will affect their harvest too.In the Old Testament, the way they supported the high priest and priests, and the maintenance of God's temple were through tithes and offering. If they do not bring their tithes and offerings, the high priest and priests would have nothing to meet their needs, and the temple will suffer ruin. God had Moses instruct them in Deuteronomy, not to muzzle the ox that treads out the grain. God knew there would be times the Israelites would not bring in their tithes and offerings. Paul quoted Moses' law to apply it to the church; that they must not muzzle the ox. He instructed the church in Corinth not to muzzle the pastors; instead, they are to be supported. The way to support the pastors, staff, and the church's maintenance is through tithes and offerings. Tithes belong to God, and offering is the seed we sow. Figuratively speaking, the church is the field. 1 Corinthians 3:9 (NKJV) For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building.If the people in the church do not support the pastors and staff, the field will suffer; just like the field the ox ploughs will suffer no harvest.Kenneth E. Hagin said in his book published in 1994, Biblical Keys to Financial Prosperity: I’ve been in the ministry since 1934. Let me tell you something that I have learned about honouring those God has placed in the office of pastor. This is not something I think. It’s not something somebody told me. It’s something I know! The reason you should honour the office of the pastor and honour the man who stands in that office is that those who do will prosper in life!Paul went on to say this.1 Corinthians 9:11–12 (NLT)11 Since we have planted spiritual seed among you, aren’t we entitled to a harvest of physical food and drink? 12 If you support others who preach to you, shouldn’t we have an even greater right to be supported?The pastors and teachers in the church sow spiritual food for the people to grow strong spiritually. They watch over the field in prayer and water it with the Word, so that the field produces a good harvest - that you may prosper and have success in your life. They are entitled to receive from the church to meet their natural needs. In the Tabernacle of Moses, the tithes and the offerings of the people of Israel met the needs of the priests. They also helped in the temple's maintenance. Similarly today, the tithes and offerings of the people help meet the needs of the pastors, teachers, and supporting staff, and pay for the church premises' maintenance.Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Church SingaporePlease visit our website at faithchurch.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

1 Corinthians 9:9–10 (NLT)
9 For the law of Moses says, “You must not muzzle an ox to keep it from eating as it treads out the grain.” Was God thinking only about oxen when he said this? 
10 Wasn’t he actually speaking to us? Yes, it was written for us, so that the one who plows and the one who threshes the grain might both expect a share of the harvest.

Paul quoted Moses law in the Old Testament to apply it to the New Testament church. If the ox comes to a point where it has nothing to eat, and not being able to plough the field and having seeds not being sown, there will not be a harvest in due season. If the ox is partially fed and is half weak, it can only plough half the field, hence the yield will be halved, figuratively speaking. In other words, when they fully or partially muzzle the ox, it will affect their harvest too.

In the Old Testament, the way they supported the high priest and priests, and the maintenance of Gods temple were through tithes and offering. If they do not bring their tithes and offerings, the high priest and priests would have nothing to meet their needs, and the temple will suffer ruin. God had Moses instruct them in Deuteronomy, not to muzzle the ox that treads out the grain. God knew there would be times the Israelites would not bring in their tithes and offerings. 

Paul quoted Moses law to apply it to the church; that they must not muzzle the ox. He instructed the church in Corinth not to muzzle the pastors; instead, they are to be supported. The way to support the pastors, staff, and the churchs maintenance is through tithes and offerings. Tithes belong to God, and offering is the seed we sow. Figuratively speaking, the church is the field. 

1 Corinthians 3:9 (NKJV) For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building.

If the people in the church do not support the pastors and staff, the field will suffer; just like the field the ox ploughs will suffer no harvest.

Kenneth E. Hagin said in his book published in 1994, Biblical Keys to Financial Prosperity: 

I’ve been in the ministry since 1934. Let me tell you something that I have learned about honouring those God has placed in the office of pastor. This is not something I think. It’s not something somebody told me. It’s something I know! The reason you should honour the office of the pastor and honour the man who stands in that office is that those who do will prosper in life!

Paul went on to say this.

1 Corinthians 9:11–12 (NLT)
11 Since we have planted spiritual seed among you, aren’t we entitled to a harvest of physical food and drink? 
12 If you support others who preach to you, shouldn’t we have an even greater right to be supported?

The pastors and teachers in the church sow spiritual food for the people to grow strong spiritually. They watch over the field in prayer and water it with the Word, so that the field produces a good harvest - that you may prosper and have success in your life. They are entitled to receive from the church to meet their natural needs. 

In the Tabernacle of Moses, the tithes and the offerings of the people of Israel met the needs of the priests. They also helped in the temples maintenance. Similarly today, the tithes and offerings of the people help meet the needs of the pastors, teachers, and supporting staff, and pay for the church premises maintenance.

Rev. Cheong Yew Kwong
Faith Church Singapore
Please visit our website at http://faithchurch.sg
#goodtoread
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