What do you expect to happen in this situation or in that circumstance, and what are you doing to expect that expectation?
The Word tells us what we do, what we give our time and attention to, are the results we should expect.
Galatians 6:9 Do not be deceived and deluded and misled; God will not allow Himself to be sneered at (scorned, disdained, or mocked by mere pretensions or professions, or by His precepts being set aside.) [He inevitably deludes himself who attempts to delude God.] For whatever a man sows, that and that only is what he will reap. 8 For he who sows to his own flesh (lower nature, sensuality) will from the flesh reap decay and ruin and destruction, but he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
God is clearly saying if we sow, if we plant seeds so to say - toward living His way, we will reap eternal life, but on the other hand if we sow to our flesh we will reap destruction. God is also suggesting that some of us think we are sowing to the Spirit but we are just saying we are, or pretending to.
Normally someone who loves God isn't intentionally sowing to the flesh or pretending to sow to the Spirit, but without allowing God to to teach us and correct us that may be exactly what we're doing.
I think we often get to that place because we tend to like to do what is comfortable and what is doable on our own - without God. It seems easier because the actual act of sowing to the Spirit takes a commitment of our time, and having to live in that unseen realm (by faith) which for many tends to be too expensive, and too uncomfortable. When we choose to become independent of God, we are naturally sowing to our lower nature and will eventually reap destruction. In God's perspective we can see that taking the time needed to sow toward Him, isn't too expensive and living by faith not too uncomfortable.
Many are sowing to their flesh and don't realize it - and then in a crisis when God is the only answer, they expect God to show up and do an instant miracle. I am not saying if you get in that predicament God won't show up when you call out to Him, or that He won't do a miracle, but what I am saying is we shouldn't have to run to God in a crisis. It is God's intention that we live in His Kingdom all time, that we be blessed all the time, but we can only do that by constantly seeking to live by His standards. We have to be constantly looking to Him for direction and correction of how to live in His Kingdom where all His blessings are. Which is sowing to the Spirit.
Thank God, if we go to God at anytime no matter where we're at - He will show up. God is in love with us and He is faithful, even when we haven't been faithful and He will take care of our need right where we're at. God will instruct us and He will correct us to get us on the good path He has for us, that leads to the good life here and that eternal life with Him when we leave here. But, we have to be willing to be corrected, we have to decided to trust Him, we can't be self willed.
Recently God said that to me 'self-willed' in fact a few times before it sunk in. I didn't want to hear that, but I knew what He was saying and I knew I needed that correction to be right with Him. If I am self-willed, doing what I want to do, then I am letting my lower nature rule and denying God His place in my life, which gives room for the enemy to come in my life and take over.
I have given God permission to correct me all the time, which is why He corrects me when I need correcting, He is faithful! God won't interrupt you in your ways of doing to be as His, if you don't invite Him to.
Even though I don't always like what God confronts me with, and sometimes try to get Him to reconsider His direction to me, He is faithful to remind me that I have asked Him to correct me, and that His correction is for my good.
It's not always easy on my own to do that correction, but God makes it easy when I make the decision to cooperate with Him. That is what makes serving God so easy, He does all the hard stuff, all we have to do is cooperate with Him.
To conclude, we can't intend or pretend to be Christians, but we have to constantly be sowing to be one. Seeking God to know Him and to do His will is sowing to the Spirit, and then we will reap from the Spirit all the good God has in mind for us!
The most important thing in life we often forget is that this flesh life here is temporary and our focus shouldn't be on temporary things, but those things that are eternal!
We can ask ourselves as a check, are are we seeking true salvation, a life dependent on God, or ourselves? Are we sowing toward stuff, or to be like God? Are we being transformed for His Kingdom living or are we sowing toward our destruction? Is our blossom in who we say we are in Him, showing His true nature or that of our flesh?
Whatever it is we're sowing, where we're planting our time and energy now, is what we can expect to see blossom - or decay in our lives.