What Are We Producing??
I believe the Lord is pretty serious when it comes to producing the fruit of the Spirit! Our lives are to reflect who Jesus is if we claim to have Jesus living in our hearts. I am sure not saying that this is an easy task because I have to say that this whole week since beginning this talk, I have really been challenged in this area of living this out! And I think if we are all honest with ourselves and each other this is difficult, PERIOD, but that doesn't change the fact that we are called to do it! Being a christian is not a walk in the park and whoever said it was told a big fat lie!! I'm just trying to be as real as possible! Don't get me wrong people, I wouldn't trade this life for NOTHING, because I can't wait for the day when I see Jesus face to face, BECAUSE IT WILL BE WORTH IT ALL!!! But He never said that the road would be easy. If anything, He said the opposite, He said there would be persecution and opposition we would face. I believe it is how we handle it that makes the difference in this dark world. See that is why we are called to be a light in this dark world. Sometimes when we are ready to chuck our fruit at somebody instead of lovingly handing it to someone, HAHA, I hope you get my humor in that, what I mean is, we may feel the need to jack slap someone instead of loving them, but God is calling us to love because that is what is gonna reach that person and change their life for His glory! This is why, how we react and live our lives DOES MATTER!!!!
Matthew 3:8-10, Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God. Don't just say to each other, We're safe, for we are descendants of Abraham. That means nothing, for I tell you, God can create children of Abraham from these very stones. Even now the ax of God's judgement is poised, ready to sever the roots of the trees, Yes, every tree that does not produce good fruit will be chopped down and thrown into the fire.
Matthew 7:15-20, “Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves. You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.
These are pretty powerful scriptures and speak loudly!! I think our Love walk is a very important part of our fruit production as well!! We need to keep our love in check. 1 Corinthians 13, speaks of Love being patient and kind and not being jealous or boastful or proud and not demanding its own way and many other things! So we definitely need to keep our love in check and I think if we can keep an eye on this, it will help in keeping the other fruits in check! We are surely not going to be perfect in this, I am challenged daily in this, but I know that the Lord is calling me to step it up and to grow in Him and to mature as a godly woman. That is what growing is and being a christian is all about. We have to daily take up the cross and put away our flesh and our desires and selfishness and live like Jesus! That's what dying to self is about! Let's do this thing together and keep encouraging one another and LIVE OUT LOUD FOR JESUS so we can see souls brought into the KINGDOM!!
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