Message Aired week of June 5 - June 11, 2011
“God is not Mocked”

        Greetings in the name of Jesus! Hi, I'm Pastor Don Guthrie and I want to thank you for joining me today as we
look into God’s Holy Word to learn how we can become more faithful followers of Christ, and a better witnesses to
the world.

       Pray with me. Lord, I come before you this day, in the name of Jesus. I ask that you anoint me with your Holy
Spirit and that you speak through me.
Open our heart and ears to receive your word and to be touched by your
Spirit. AMEN

       Folks, I am appalled by the things I see happening around the world today. I am even more appalled by what I
see happening in the church, and by what I see people doing who claim to be a followers of God. I understand how
and why those who are not Christians do sinful things, they don't know any better, but for the life of me, I cannot
understand how people who go to Church, who read their bible, and give their heart to God, can commit sin and act
as though it means nothing to them.

       I want to be careful that I do not judge, but the bible does tell us that we can tell them by their fruits, and from
the fruit, we can determine what vine they are attached too. If they are attached to Jesus, the fruit they produce
should be the same type of fruit that Jesus produced. If the vine they are attached to, is the world, then the fruit they
will produce will be worldly.

Galatians 5:16-25
16. I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
17. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are
contrary to one another, so
       
that you do not do the things that you wish.
18. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
19. Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness,
licentiousness,
20. idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,
21. envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just
as I also told you in time
       
past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness,
23. gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
24. And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
25. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

        Did you catch what it said in the last two verses in this passage? Paul wrote in verses twenty-four and five:
Listen to them again.

24. And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
25. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

       If we are Christ’s, and if we are attached to the true vine, we ought to have crucified the flesh, with the
affections and lusts that plagued us before, and we should be producing the fruits of Christ. Paul went on to say, if
we live in the Spirit, or in other words, if we are following the Spirit, the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ, we ought to
also walk in the Spirit, or in other words, we ought to be doing what the Spirit of God tells us, both from the Spirit
inspired word of God, and by the Spirit’s directions in our heart. Then we will be walking as Christ walked, and
producing the same type of Fruit that Christ produced. Love, Joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
meekness, and temperance, instead of the Fruits of the world.

       I have a great burden for the Church of today, and for many who are in it. I see very little evidence of Christ
being produced by the people who are in the Church. Now this is not true for all, for there are some producing
wonderful fruit, and Christ is being glorified through them. But there are many more who are not concerned with
what they're producing, or even if they are growing fruit at all. If they are producing thistles, instead of fruit, they
could care less. I'm speaking of those who attend church, if they feel like it, read the bible if they want to prove a
point to someone when they get in an argument, and pray and praise God, if they have a problem or a sickness that
they need to overcome.

Galatians 6:7-8
7.   Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also
reap.
8.   For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to
 the Spirit shall of the
     
Spirit reap life everlasting.  

       What you sow is what you grow, and what eventually you will have to harvest. This is especially true of our
children. Folks, your children are watching you. They see everything you do, and they notice what you don't do as
well. They know if you read your bible, they hear you when you curse, they hear you lying to your neighbor, and
they listen to see if you tell dirty jokes, or use God’s name in vain.

       The words you are using, the things they hear or see you doing are seeds planted in them. When they're away
from you, and at a place where you can't hear or see them, they will be acting and talking the same way you do. If
they hear you telling lies, they learn to lie. If they hear you telling dirty jokes, they will tell them as well. If you refuse
to Go to Church, your children won't go either. In everything they see you doing, seeds are being planted.

       Some time ago, there was a family whom I was trying to get to come to church. They told me their son had
been begging them to go to Church. I repeatedly told them they had better take their son while he still wanted to go,
and finally after a lot of inviting and urging them, they started attending and the boy loved it. They attended about a
year, and all at once they stopped coming. Someone said something that hurt their feelings, and that was that. Now
the boy is getting older, and I don’t know if he still wants to go to Church or not. I've invited, and urged them, but they
will not return. Seeds are being planted.

       One of my pet peeves is when children are kept out of church in order to play in some sporting event, and the
parents are comfortable to let them stay away from Church, and they attend the games as well. What they are doing
is teaching the child that if they think something is  more important then Church, stay at home. Seeds are being
planted.
       
       Moms and Dads comes home from work on an evening when there are Church Services and say, I’m too tired
to go to church tonight; I think I'll stay home. Sometimes it because the children have a favorite show that's to be
aired, and sometimes it’s one of the parents who want to watch a show on TV, so they stay at home and watch TV
instead of going to church. Seed are being planted.

       Some time ago I signed up to be on Facebook. Facebook is one of the social network sights on the Internet. I
have been blessed by the many Christian people I have run across online, and I enjoy reading their post about God,
and their faith in Jesus. I like to post things as well, bible verses, Godly sayings, and things that have touched my life
and brightened my day. These things are fun, and rewarding to all. Yet there is a dark side to Facebook, one that
bring me to tears, and makes me wonder about the seeds that many parents have planted in their children’s lives.

       When one has a friend on Face book, their friends show up as well. Many of those friends are children, some
who have or are attending the church where I preach or a church I preached at in the past. Some are children of
families I have learned to know over the years.

       What brings me to tears is some of the things I've read on their pages, and have seen posted on their walls. I
along with others have been trying to flood facebook with the bible, and other good things, hoping it will influence
what's being posted there.

        If you have s child who is on Facebook, I would urge you to sign into face book, become a friend of your child
and see what things they are posting, and what kind of friends they have. Also, It also might be a good idea to listen
to their CD’s and look at the movies they're watching. But first, you need to look at the things you're listening too,
and at the things you're watching. Take a look at the things you're reading, and listen to the words you are saying.
You cannot tell your children not to do something, if you are doing it yourself. Children do and repeat what they
learn, and they learn most of what learn from us at home.

Galatians 6:7-8
7.   Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also
reap.
8.   For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit

     
reap life everlasting.  

       All of what I have been saying goes much deeper. What we sow is what we reap. If we live a life that is not
pleasing to God, we will be judged by him. If we lie, we will answer to him as to why we though we could tell untruths
and get by them. If we commit adultery, we will answer for that as well. Jesus said if we look upon someone and lust
after them in our heart, we have already committed adultery. If we hate our neighbor, we will answer to God. Jesus
said if we hate, it is the same as committing murder. And the list could and does go on and on.

       The bottom line is, what we do, the way we act, what we believe and what we teach others is seeds being
planted. Seeds that will grow in our own life, and seeds that will grow in the life of our children. What comes out of
those seeds is what we become.

       If when God harvest’s the earth, he finds only junk coming out of our seed, junk that has filled our heart and
minds, junk that has been the center of our life, he will cast it aside, and we will be thrown into an eternal hell to
suffer for ever and ever.

       If on the other hand, when God sends his angels to harvest the earth, he finds the fruits of the spirit, and the
love of Jesus coming forth form us, we will enter into life everlasting, with Jesus in heaven. That's where I want to be.

       Have you ever wondered what Jesus meant when he spoke of being cast into outer darkness where there
would be weeping wailing and gnashing of teeth? I believe much of that will come from mothers and fathers who
failed to teach their children, from preachers who failed to preach the gospel, and from unbeliever who refused to
listen to the gospel and heed it's message. When they are cast into outer darkness, into hell, they will eventually
come across those who steered them onto the wrong path. Can you imagine being cast into hell and come across a
preacher who did not preach repentance and because of it you were cast into hell? You can bet there will be
weeping, and wailing, cursing, and yelling, as you beat on that preacher, gnashing his teeth, and tying to kill him,
which you cannot do. The same applies for a parent, when a child finds them in the dark. They will try their best to
kill their parent, and their will be weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth.

       They will be screaming as they beat on them, "Why didn’t you tell me? How could you have been so dumb?
Why didn’t you take me to church? Why didn’t you force me to go?  How could you have lived your whole life and
never accepted Jesus nor told me about him?" Folks You reap what you sow.
       
       For He that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the
Spirit reap life everlasting.  

       Living your life other than how the bible tells us to live, is playing with fire, and I do mean fire, eternal,
everlasting fire, in the pits of hell, where you will suffer for ever and ever. Jesus did too much, to allow you to mess
around with your salvation. He went through hell on earth, so that we would not have to face hell. He suffered and
died, so that we would not have to suffer for your sins, and so we could have eternal life. It is not OK to sin and it is
not OK for man to change what God says is sin, and justify it in their heart. God has never changed, and he never
will. What he said was a sin a thousand years ago, is still a sin today.

       What kind of seeds are you planting with your lifestyle? Are you planting seeds which  will produce a Godly
harvest or are you planting seeds that will reap destruction? Someday soon, Jesus is going to return. In the book or
Revelation he is pictured as coming on a cloud, with a sharp sickle to reap the harvest of his followers. Then an
angel follows him, also with a sharp sickle, and he will reap the sinners.

       The harvest is ripening and our seeds are growing, Are you ready for the harvest. Remember,  God is not
mocked: whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.AMEN
      
Don Guthrie
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