Friday, October 13, 2017

Bring Forth Fruit

Matthew 3:10
And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

Are you producing fruit in your life? Is it good fruit, mediocre fruit, or poor fruit? Scripture tells us (in multiple places) that God will cut down any that does not bring forth good fruit.

How can we make sure we are producing good fruit?

First, we need to be fed. Just as fruit trees need water and sunlight to grow, we need the Living Water and the Sonlight to produce good fruit.

Fruit trees need to be planted firmly in good soil with a good root system.We need to have our firm foundation in the Rock. He is our root system as that is how we take up our nourishment.

Fruit trees that grow wild may still produce fruit, but they are small and not the best looking. Why? Because so much energy goes to the suckers on the tree. To help the tree produce bigger, better looking fruit, it needs to be trimmed. Let Christ trim off the suckers of your life. Pruning is not always pleasant and may create stress to the tree, but the tree is healthier in the long run and so will you be.

Is your root system in Christ? Are you feeding on the Living Water and Sonlight? Are you asking Christ to prune you?


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Change

I read this quote on a friend's facebook page the other day. I can't stop thinking about it.


Friday, October 6, 2017

Obedience Not Happiness

Genesis 16:8-9 KJV
8 And he said, Hagar, Sarai's maid, whence camest thou? and whither wilt thou go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai. 9 And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands.

God sees all things. He knew what kind of situation Hagar had run away from. He knew she had been dealt with harshly. Despite her hard situation, He told her to go back.

He told her to not only go back, but to submit herself to her harsh master. She wasn't supposed to go back and fight for better treatment. She was supposed to go back and submit.


Many Christians think that if they aren't happy, they aren't supposed to stay in a situation. They think God would want them to be happy. However, we see here that happiness isn't what God desires. Sometimes He allows us to go through difficult times. We must be obedient and follow Him wherever He sends us.


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Evil Hearts

Mark 7:21-23 KJV
21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: 23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.

We recently experienced the worst mass murder in the US (besides abortion, but that is for another day). The atrocity that that man did is great. Many people are talking about how evil he was. Some are talking about gun control because it must be because he had access to guns.

However, scripture explains that the evil didn't come from an outside thing such as a gun, but from within the man.

"For from within, out of the heart . . . "

Evil is in the heart and then manifests itself outwardly. Let's look at those outward manifestations: evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, coveting, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.

Do you see that listed right alongside murders, adulteries, and blasphemy is evil thoughts, coveting, foolishness, lying (deceit), and pride? All of those are considered evil in the sight of God.

I am praying for the people of Las Vegas, but I am also taking the time to examine my own heart. Do I have evil in my heart? I suggest we all consider that we may be just as evil in the sight of God. Repent if you find foolishness, covetousness, deceit, etc. in your heart and pray for others as well.


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Wedding Cup

Here is the sermon for 10-1-17. Somehow the recording got paused so part of the scripture passage is not here, but it is 1 Corinthians 11:19-34.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Throw Back Thursday

I've been complaining (yes, I have actually complained) about being too busy. I know it is wrong for me to complain, but I have been overwhelmed with all that needs to get done-school, canning, finishing the garden, sewing, cleaning, decluttering, etc.

Today, this reminder popped up in my news feed as well as the fact that I read an article this morning in one of my favorite magazines (Keeper at Home) on this very topic. I figured if it was something I needed to be reminded of, someone else may as well.



Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Salvation

My children are required to do a page of writing everyday. They get to choose what they write on, but they do have to write every day. I then check the paper for grammar and spelling errors. They fix it and turn it back in. 

One day last week, Dara chose to write on her thoughts about salvation and I wanted to share it.



The word "salvation" primarily means deliverance. But here I am using it in reference to spiritual deliverance.

Now you may wonder what does it mean to be spiritually delivered. And delivered from what?

Let me explain to you how it is the greatest salvation ever, and what it means.

First, to be delivered from something, you would have to be in bondage to that very thing to begin with. And since this is spiritual deliverance, that means it is our souls that are in bondage.

In the beginning, humans were made free and faultless and put in a perfect world with only one rule. This rule was put in place for our safety. The first human beings were deceived and believed that if they broke that rule they would gain more freedom. But in doing so, they actually put themselves and all their descendants after them in bondage. They chose to obey the voice of lies instead of the voice of truth and the consequence was bondage to sin instead of the freedom of righteousness. The price needed to gain freedom back was the blood of a righteous man. But how can mankind come up with righteous blood while in bondage to sin? That is where salvation comes in. But let's go back . . .
Our creator is God. He is the one who made us righteous and gave us freedom. And He is the one who made the rule we disobeyed that brought us into bondage.

Now, you would think that because he lost us to a bondage we chose he would give u on us. But . . .He didn't. Being holy, he had what was needed to free us. And even though it cost Him, he sent it. He sent his perfect, only Son to die a horrible sinner's death so that all of humankind would be free.

Isn't that amazing!


But there is a dad part-not everyone wants to be saved. Many people are still deceived that they have more freedom in sin than they do in righteousness. They think that if they choose the righteousness, they are slaves to God. But He is the one who sets us free and keeps us safe. And they think that if they choose sin, they are free. But that sin consumes them and controls their life. How is that freedom?