Adam and Eve’s sin created reverberations that are still affecting everyone born. David succinctly spoke of it in Psalm 51:5. It says, “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.” The seed of our conception was corrupted with sin. Mankind’s first sin was rooted in deception. Have you ever considered that your sins are rooted in deception?
There were other reverberations. In Genesis 3:16 God told the woman, “…I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; in pain you shall bring forth children; your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.” In verse 17 He told Adam, “…Cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life.” Verses 18-19 said that there would be thorns, thistles, and sweat.
Disobedience has consequences that reverberate. Here are questions I wrote in my journal: What has brought toil into my life? What thorns and thistles plague me? What thought patterns are sowing weed seeds?
When we are tempted to sin, we have two choices. We can deceive ourselves and enter in, or we can turn away through truth. We know from Galatians 6:7 that we reap what we sow. There are two kinds of sowing. Verse 8 says, “For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.” Here are two facts: we reap more than we sow, and we do not reap in the same season that we sow in.
In Mark 4:13-20 Jesus explained the parable of the sower. Verse 14 says, “The sower sows the word.” We may have sown to our flesh, and are still reaping those consequences. Yet we serve a God of grace. He redeems all things. Nothing is in vain because He works everything in our lives for our good. When we implant Scripture into our hearts, we change the soil. It is much like tilling to remove rocks or clods that would keep the seed from sprouting. Verse 20 says of the seeds, “…the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit..” Are you allowing God’s word to enhance the soil of your heart?
God’s word is alive. The new seeds that we sow are fertile and ready to produce. When we plant His word into our hearts, it changes our whole life. When the Lord shows me a hidden sin that I am still reaping from, I confess it. Then I ask Him to sterilize the seeds that I sowed in my disobedience. I don’t want those weed-seeds to continue to propagate. Weed-seeds are rogue thoughts that oppose God’s word, His will, and His ways.