How to Bear Good Fruit - Real, Not Artificial

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How to Bear Good Fruit - Real, Not Artificial

Mark 10:18 NKJV

So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God.

I was out of town recently and caught myself conversing with my husband in an agitated manner. I thought to myself, “Why are you acting like this? You can do better.” And I realized that I was very tired and therefore irritable. I prayed, got myself together and apologized to my husband. I asked God for forgiveness for failing that test. When we are tired, we can become irritable and behave in a manner we thought we wouldn’t because we thought we had grown past that. What Jesus said to the young man in Mark 10:18 becomes clear at a time like this. I knew I needed some rest, but I was also reminded me that we’re not any good without God. He’s the only one who is good. When we are good, we are reflecting the character of God that is in us. When we seem to go backwards we’re showing what we are like outside of Him. Galatians 5:22 tells us that goodness is a fruit of the spirit. Jesus said that He is the Vine and we are the branches. Branches do not produce fruit. Branches bear the fruit that the vine produces. If we become detached from the Vine, the only fruit we can have is artificial fruit. We can glue on some fruit but it will not be the real thing. When we spend quality time with the Lord, when we charge ourselves up praying with the spirit, good fruit comes out automatically because we are sucking juice from the Vine. We don’t have to force it. We never advance to the point where we no longer need the Lord because we are good on our own. So let us rest and refresh ourselves physically, but let us also stay mindful of the importance of being refreshed in Christ continually for He is our goodness.

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What Does Tests Have To Do With Joy?

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What Does Tests Have To Do With Joy?

James 1:2-3 NKJV

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 

James said that we could count it all joy when we ran into tests knowing this….. We cannot consider it a joy to go through a test if we don’t know this….The test is an opportunity to grow spiritually. But it is not the test that makes us grow. It is our attitude during the test, our response to the test, and our perspective after the test. We don’t know where we are until we are tested. If we really want to grow, we use the test. We allow the Lord to teach us and train us. If we do not do well, we strengthen ourselves and prepare for the test we know will come again so we can pass it the next time. Our response at the end is not “Here we go again!” It’s “Here we grow again!” We count it all joy.

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Invitation - Accept or Reject

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Invitation - Accept or Reject

John 14:27 NKJV

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Many times when we feel afraid, we are not in a state of fear. We simply have an invitation. Our response and the quickness of our response will determine whether or not we enter a state of fear. Jesus gave us an invitation to enter a state of peace. He asks us to reject the invitation to fear. He told us not to allow our hearts to be troubled. Hence we are informed that we have a choice. There are things we can do to enter a state of peace. We can become enveloped with God’s peace. There are things we can do to enter a state of fear. Those things will cause us to become tense and enveloped with fear from demonic forces. Let us ponder how this happens and the next time we get an invitation, let’s respond based on the state we wish to enter. Know that just like the devil uses images to make us feel afraid, God has images to give us peace. So when the devil offers a picture, ask your Heavenly Father for an picture. He will counteract the negative image and allow us to experience peace instead of fear.

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Mysteries of the Kingdom

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Mysteries of the Kingdom

April 7, 2019 I dreamed that a group of children was on a bus. An adult chaperone lied to one child in order to get him to calm down. The adult appeared to take lying to the child lightly. Another adult who was in a higher position, speaking with the chaperone by phone expressed disapproval after finding out she did not tell the child being disciplined the truth. While rebuking the chaperone, the senior adult spoke about the importance of telling children the truth .

Various passages of scripture teach us to tell the truth. Deuteronomy 6 and Ephesians 6 mention teaching children in the ways of the Lord. This time of the year some people tell children about the “Easter bunny, Easter eggs, etc.” Just as the chaperone in the dream used lying to accomplish her goal, these adults have a goal in mind when they tell lies about “Easter.” Bunnies do not lay eggs but it seems like fun. It is more important that children know the truth than that they have fun. Besides, it is a lie that you have to tell a lie in order to have fun. There can be lots of fun celebrating the truth. We are not commanded in scripture to celebrate the resurrection of Christ, nor are we commanded not to celebrate it. We are free to celebrate anything we want to celebrate about the truth. This Sunday, while many Christians remember that Jesus got up from the grave, some have chosen to label it “Resurrection Sunday” because the truth is the word “Easter” has nothing to do with Jesus. “Easter” comes from the name of a pagan goddess. However, it should not be a contentious point. Many are accustomed to saying “Easter” like we all were before being enlightened. Let those who have chosen to rename the day do so humbly and respect those who use the traditional terminology. The main thing is that we operate in truth as we learn it and pass on the truth to our children.

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Beautiful World

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Beautiful World

Psalm 115:16 NKJV

The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s;
But the earth He has given to the children of men.


After taking a trip recently to the land of Israel to enjoy some of the natural resources, I gained a new appreciation for this verse of Scripture. The therapeutic and healing properties of the Dead Sea and the hot springs were designed by God for mankind. The therapeutic benefits of looking at the waterfalls of En Gedi, the hills of the Golan, the Sea of Galilee and more is amazing. It’s no wonder this was called the Promised Land. Wherever we are, when we see and enjoy the beauty of creation, let us with grateful hearts thank God for giving us this wonderful earth. Imagine! We see all this beauty and it’s not yet as good as it shall be when the earth is prepared for us in the end. Maranatha!

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What is Spring?

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What is Spring?

Genesis 8:22 NKJV

 “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease.”

The Bible talks of 2 seasons - winter and summer. The word “spring” is used a few times in some translations but those passages refer to the beginning of the year, not the season we call “spring.” Autumn or fall is not mentioned at all. What we call “spring” and “fall” are transition periods between the 2 major seasons, summer and winter. The seasons of “spring” and “fall” were added to our vocabulary to describe “seedtime” and “harvest.” These transitional seasons are times of preparation for what is ahead. One of the things we do in the spring is plant vegetation so we will have food in the summer and later in the year. In the fall we prepare for winter. The apostle John spoke about the church being like Jesus when He is revealed in the end. Then John says that those with that hope purify themselves. In other words, John was saying that those who see themselves as being in the transition period between the ascension of Christ and His return are preparing for that glorious event. We must be mindful that although we live “one day at a time” we must live in a way that prepares us for what is ahead. That is another reason we must be close to and led by the Holy Spirit. He knows more than we do about what is ahead of us.

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