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{January 12, 2009}   Fruits ….What are fruits?

You may be thinking of oranges, pineapples, and peaches, but I am referring to a parable that I feel I should share.

Matthew 7:16 says, "You will know them by their fruits.  …" also Matt 7:20 says, "So then, you will know them by their fruits."  Now the entire chapter has a great passage about the narrow gate or narrow path that leads to life and states few will find it.  It also cautions us to beware of false prophets.  BuT what is an attention grabber is this Matt 7:21, "Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven."

Now some people say the fruit is the amount of money you make or the position you have, not entirely true….yes, those are wonderful fruits to have but let me take you to Galatians 5:22-23 "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Now how to judge someone by their fruits, you also must know what are not good fruits and are considered deeds of the flesh.  Gal 5:18-21 "But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law. Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you just I have forewarned you that those who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God."

A Christian may be undergoing trials due to decisions made by others or themselves, by actions of others or themselves.  Just as Joseph was thrown into jail for NO fault of his own, but due to a lie from Potiphera’s wife.  But Joseph did not loose faith.  This story is in Genesis 39 with 23 verses.

I am sharing this because some seem to judge me a lot these days.  My jobless situation is no fault of my own, it just is.  God is preparing the way for something great.  He is moving me elsewhere to do good things, to be the salt and light in the place He is leading me.  I have been showered with an abundance of blessings lately.  I give thanks to Him on most high, God Almighty.  It is because of my relationship through the son, Jesus Christ, He knows me and shows me His love.  "PRAISE you Jesus, thank you God.  Thank  you for those blessings yet to come. In Jesus name, amen"

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Sheila says:

We shouldn\’t automatically assume any unemployed person is lazy or "playing the system". Those are just two of the comments I\’ve heard made about the unemployed people around me. No matter the reason for the unemployment, we need to help people any chance we get. I like your positive attitude. A friend of mine was unemployed for almost a year before finding a job. It wasn\’t that he wasn\’t trying to work, he just couldn\’t find a job. Although there were times he got down, what he discovered and shared with me will stay with me. He said the best thing that came out of his time of unemployment was that he bacame much closer to God and his family. He now feels God put him into the unemployment lines so he could experience the closer bonds.



G says:

Thanks Sheila for sharing. I tell you, I must say I do have more study time then normal. It feels good to grow closer to Jesus. I can\’t wait to return to work. Being home is a drag at times.



G says:

A friend on another site recently asked these questions: Is there a difference in judging actions and judging the person? Is it possible to separate the two?My response: Oh yes, it is possible to separate the two. No human being is perfect. A man or woman may be striving to grow closer to Jesus, yet finds them self in a position where the flesh reacts. It does not mean they are a bad fruit. But this person, once the realization of the sin is recognized this individual should bow down and repent before God through Christ. We may not be sinners any more, but we are capable of sinning. We must allow the Holy Spirit to convict us of our sin, so we may seek forgiveness for those time the flesh is in control rather then Jesus. Christ looks at our hearts that is how He will judge when He returns. We as humans tend to miss-read or miss-judge a person. In result of this, cause persecution towards another believer.In any rate, we should not make a habit of passing judgment for there is only one who truly has the right to judge. The above is to help us judge one\’s character, in the sense to avoid hanging out with the wrong crowd. Like the saying goes, “a rotten apple can spoil the patch or the bucket of apples.” Example: If a person is known to constantly do bad things such as drunkenness (alcohol, liquor, etc) or likes to argue and fight all the time, we are NOT to be around them. Yes, we can witness to them in hopes they will accept the truth and become reborn, but we do not have to hang out with them, doing as they do. Remember, our goal is to NOT be conformed to this world, yet to be transformed.No human who is truly reborn and who is seeking a relationship with Christ will want to do such things as drunkenness (Parties with alcohol, club scenes, nudity bars, etc), participate in outbursts of anger, disputes, or any of the bad fruits listed above. If a person shows signs of jealousy and claims to be a Christian, then perhaps their focus is not on Christ at all, yet the individual whom the jealousy is driven from. This is where a stronger Christians knowing the individual showing signs of jealousy can intervene and point out this flaw and pray asking Jesus to remove it. HE will. If this individual refuses to listen, then there is nothing another person can do, at least the attempt of encouragement and accountability was performed. Christ only calls us to try and help others by sharing His Word and kindly showing correction when and where needed, but we do not have the ability or power to change another person or save another person. Only Jesus Christ can do that.I have a photo of Roman 14:4 I want to share pertaining to this topic of judgment as well.Well the photo will not post, but you can read the verse. 😀 "Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and stand he will, for the Lord is able to make him stand" (NAS)



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