Galatians 6:7-10 NIV, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”
The road to victory is placed before your life, as well as the road to destruction. God permits us to choose the path we will travel. These ways are polar-opposites, one offers life, while the other offers dead.
In order to obtain the blessing of God, one must fashion his or her life after the Spirit. Living and walking in the Spirit assures us progressive success.
II Chronicles 33 exemplifies what happens when we choose the wrong path. Manasseh was the king of Jerusalem around BC 698. His reign was filled with things that were abominations in the sight of God; simply put, Manasseh was take a trip down the road of destruction.
Manasseh, after being carried away to Babylon, “humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers” (II Chronicles 33:12). The king found a new way; actually it was “the old path, where the good way is” (Jeremiah 6:16).
The lesson gathered from this mans life is simple, journey only on the path that leads to life. Jesus called this path the narrow way. We also understand from this mans life, that if we are going the wrong way, God’s mercy is great and His grace can retrieve. However, the consequence of disobedience will leave a lasting mark. “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap” (Galatians 6:7).
Even after Manasseh repaired the altar of the LORD, and commanded Judah to serve the LORD God of Israel, the seeds of the past began to grow. Amon, Manasseh’s son, “did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, as did Manasseh his father: for Amon sacrificed unto all the carved images which Manasseh his father had made, and served them; and humbled not himself before the LORD, as Manasseh his father had humbled himself; but Amon trespassed more and more” (II Chronicles 33:22, 23).
I am not at all suggesting that the sins of the fathers will automatically be placed upon the sons. Ezekiel 18:20, “The soul that sins, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.” However, I am suggesting that we all have the tendency to follow in the steps that have been blazed before us. No doubt you have heard, the best way to lead is to lead by example. A father should consider his actions, because his children will likely behave the same way. Of course, the child can be sickened by the deeds of the father and respond in the opposite way. Yet often the child will mimic the parent, be it good or bad. (The responsibility we have as parents should not be taken lightly; be aware of the seeds you are planting).
Deuteronomy 30:15-20. Verse 16, “I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that you may live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou go to possess it.”