Roots and Fruits

Have you ever heard the saying “your roots will determine your fruits”? It’s so simple and yet so profound.

In the natural world you wouldn’t expect an apple tree to produce orange fruits or a peach tree to bear bananas. The day you see that happen, start running. LOL!! (Sorry, but I had to insert a little humor).

Take a minute to look at the tree in the picture above. What’s impressive is the extensive root system that brings structure, strength, stability and sustenance.

So now, you and I are trees. And if we’re rooted and grounded in the word of God, we will be “like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither”  Psalm 1:3.

Jeremiah says “but blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit” Jeremiah 17:7-9.

Amen, amen, amen.

Here’s a challenging question. What fruits have we been producing? The Bible teaches about fleshly and spiritual fruits. But what are these? It’s taken me many hard and long lessons to come to the conclusion that any thought or action vaguely resembling a fleshly fruit always leads to disaster. After all, the flesh and the spirit are always fighting against each other; only one can win!

But thank God for clarity. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” Galations 5:22-23. Jesus said “Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them” Matthew 7:17-19.

By their fruit, we will recognize them…By my fruit, they will recognize me…By your fruit, they will recognize you. It doesn’t get any more straight forward than that.

     Father in heaven, thank you for your Word which always brings clarity and direction. Holy Spirit help me to be a tree that brings forth good fruit in due season. In Jesus name. Amen

Be blessed.

Thank You

Have you ever felt like you’ve been taken for granted?

Maybe at home by your spouse, family member or even your child. You might have felt that way at work; underappreciated by your co-worker or boss.

But how many times have you failed to show appreciation to these same people? We get so busy with responsibility that often times we might think about saying “thank you” but never get around to doing it.

Does God feel underappreciated? Does He only hear “thank you” when He’s saved us from another disaster? Or when we’ve been blessed with some form of increase?

Let’s be more like David when he said “I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” Psalm 34:1

To be honest, the mere fact that you can read this post is a reason to give God thanks.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.” Psalm 107:1

     Father, today I thank you for just being you…never changing, never failing. For being faithful even when I wasn’t faithful. Thank you for your protection, provisions and promises. In Jesus name, Amen.

Stay blessed.

 

 

 

 

His Plans for Me

I never fully appreciated the significance of Jeremiah 29:11 until I took the time to read and dissect the first 10 verses preceding it. As I studied it in more detail, I thought about how the people must have felt about their situation; knowing they were God’s chosen people but living as captives in an oppressive environment. I’m sure they began to doubt God..that’s human nature. When things are going well, it’s easy to trust Him; not that easy when things are falling apart.

This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says to all the captives he has exiled to Babylon from Jerusalem” Jeremiah 29:4

1. Be Productive.    Verse 5-6. Build homes, plant gardens, marry, have children. He instructed them to be fruitful and multiply even in an environment that was oppressive and unhappy.

2. Be Prayerful.     Verse 7. Pray for the prosperity of the place or situation in which you’re placed. “It’s welfare will determine your welfare.”

3. Be Patient.     Verse 10. This period of bondage is for an appointed time. Your enemy, your oppressor, your captor, has no control over your situation or circumstance. Your future is in God’s hands.

How can you be sure?

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “they are plans for  good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” Jeremiah 29:11

Believe that all of His promises are fulfilled with ‘Yes’ and that every word will come to pass.

Stay Blessed.

 

Speak The Word

I am the righteousness of God

I am the seed of Abraham

Therefore:

I walk in Odedience to God

I walk in the Favor of God

I walk in the Anointing of God

I walk in the Blessings of God

I walk in Victory with God

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue” Proverbs 18:21.

So speak The Word….choose life!

Stay Blessed.

 

Another Chance

Today is Sunday. The start of a new week. If God opened your eyes today, it is because He has given you another chance to be better than you were the day before. Don’t take it for granted.

    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own   understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take”. Proverbs 3:5-6

Stay blessed.

 

Nevertheless, Thy Will Be Done

It’s ironic that someone who writes an inspirational blog would become discouraged and depressed. Ironic, not hypocritical. Ironic because, based on what’s happening in my life right now, I’m experiencing moments of doubt, and frustration; knowing the promises of God over my life, but becoming anxious and impatient. It would be hypocritical to make you believe my life is perfect because I inspire you with my writings, quoting God’s word.

Two important and relevant verses of scripture come to mind.

Jesus, knowing that he was to be crucified, prayed three times in the garden of Gethsemane. “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” Matthew 26:39

Paul wrote “I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  2 Corinthians 12:7-9

Wow!!!!

Thank you Father that even during my moments of frustration and anxiety, you are always there. To guide me when I’m lost, to comfort me when I feel lonely. To remind me that every word that you spoke concerning my life shall come to pass.

So, remember these things as you get ready to start the new week. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-8

Stay Blessed.

 

He Did It!

“God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us. The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.”  Romans 8:3-4, 11

 

The Gift That Expires

I’m working on developing a habit of cleaning out my wallet every week. I don’t do much online shopping, so after a while there’s a ton of receipts stashed in my purse. Which is great except there’s been times when I needed to return an item but once I found the receipt, the return date had passed. Now, it’s one thing if it isn’t a lot of money. However, when I’ve spent a considerable amount, the thought of losing my hard earned cash is extremely frustrating. I don’t want a store credit; I don’t want to haggle or argue with the cashier. I just want my money back.

I laugh when I remember how I’ve sat in the parking lot trying to basically conjure up some story to explain why I waited to make the return. Take my advice, unless the item is defective, an aggressive approach never works in your favor. Experience is the best teacher.

As I was sorting through my wallet I started wondering how many people miss the opportunity to give their lives to Jesus, not realizing that at death it’s too late.

Let me give you an analogy as it relates to a life of faith. I realize there’s no monetary value on salvation because it’s priceless. But just stick with me. Imagine that you got a gift card worth a 1000 times your current income. Several opportunities came up, but by the time you remembered to use it, it had expired. How frustrating and sad is that? Going through this journey of life without accepting Him as your savior would be like having that gift card for years, then dying without using it.

Jesus said “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 

Losing a ton of money pales in comparison to losing your soul. That’s the significance of the verse that says “what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul.” Mark 8:36

And unlike the retailer who might make an exception to their return policy, God’s word is clear. “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” Hebrews 9:27

Remember, salvation through the acceptance of Jesus, is a gift. “Not by works, lest any man should boast.Ephesians 2:9

Don’t make the mistake of taking time for granted; don’t think you have all the time in the world. This gift expires upon death and it is final. Think of it as a win-win situation: you’ll have the comfort of knowing you lived your earthly life with Jesus and the certainty of where you’ll spend your eternity.

Stay Blessed.