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Scripture Of The Day:  Luke 6:43-45 (ASV)

“For there is no good tree that bringeth forth corrupt fruit; nor again a corrupt tree that bringeth forth good fruit. For each tree is known by its own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. The good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth that which is evil:for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.”  – Luke 6:43-45 (ASV)

What Kind Of Fruit Grows On Your Tree?

Good Morning Everyone,

There are a lot of good old-time preachers  like Charles Spurgeon, Oswald Chambers, and Smith Wigglesworth…but anyone who has known me for a while knows that J.C. Ryle has become my favorite of the old-time preachers.

In fact, the Christlike Ministries NWA Daily Devotional and Scripture of the Day for Thursday January 29, 2015 comes from the first thing I read this morning.

“For there is no good tree that bringeth forth corrupt fruit; nor again a corrupt tree that bringeth forth good fruit. For each tree is known by its own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. The good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth that which is evil:for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.” – Luke 6:43-45 (ASV)

And here’s the quote by J.C. Ryle that inspired today’s devotional, and then we’ll get right into today message.

“A tree may always be known by its fruit, and a true Christian can always be discovered by their habits, tastes, and affections.” ~ J.C. Ryle

Let’s think about his last statement for a moment.  “A true Christian will be discovered by their habits, tastes, and affections.”  I could end this message right there, but how many of you know the Lord won’t allow me to leave it there?  I mean, this is literally the first biblical thing I saw today, and here I am writing the daily devotional already.

Most people when they talk about the fruit that Christians produce they will always talk about the fruits of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23 (NASB) which are…

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. – Galatians 5:22-23 (NASB)

But here, J.C. Ryle talks about taking a look at the kind of fruit that can really be seen, and the kind of fruit that really goes to show the real character of the person.  Yes, the fruits of the Spirit are also, but how many of us (myself included) thought about our habits, tastes, and affections being fruit that can also be discovered.  I would say that our habits, tastes, and affections will show more of what’s really in the root of our hearts then anything else.

We just talked yesterday in”What’s On Your Mind” about how what we put on Facebook and Twitter really reveals what’s on our minds, and this is an extension of what we were talking about.  This really puts into perspective what we were talking about yesterday…and how it is that the world sees the Body of Christ as a bunch of hypocrites.

This is the Holy Ghost right here…are you ready…

Everything you do in the natural is the fruit of what is in your roots. 

Listen, I often talk about sowing and reaping because this principle always works, and we are always going to see the fruit that we sow, and that’s what Jesus was getting at when He expounded on what He was talking about in our Scripture of the Day in Luke 6:43-45.  Let’s go back to it…

“For there is no good tree that bringeth forth corrupt fruit; nor again a corrupt tree that bringeth forth good fruit. For each tree is known by its own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. The good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth that which is evil:for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.” – Luke 6:43-45 (ASV)

No good tree brings forth bad fruit and no bad tree brings forth good fruit.  A good tree produces good fruit.  If your sowing good things into the soil of your heart you’ll reap good habits, tastes, and affections.  If you are sowing worldly things into your soil you are going to produce a harvest full of worldly habits, worldly tastes, and worldly affections.

What do your habits, tastes, and affections say about the kind of seeds you are sowing?  When we add today’s message to what we talked about yesterday…keep in mind that what winds up on our Facebook and Twitter feeds is an extension of what is in our hearts, and coming from our mouths.

So…what kind of fruit is growing on your tree?

Let’s Pray:

Lord, we thank You for always loving us enough to deal with our motives, and reminding us that while we see the fruit…You see what is being sown into our roots.  Lord, we like the Psalmist ask You to search our hearts today, and reveal the areas where we need to sow better seeds so that our fruit will reveal more of You to the world. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

In Closing:

Well, if this message doesn’t get you thinking then I don’t know what will.  I have to add this small disclaimer again.  I’m not getting into your business telling you to clean up your Facebook and Twitter timelines, and post nothing but Bible verses.  Just like yesterday’s message this is just about getting us to think about the things we are putting on display.

I have had to remove a lot of things from my Facebook and Twitter feeds because I call myself a pastor and man of God, and so I have to be aware of the kinds of things that are in my feeds because there are plenty of people following me in the shadows wanting to see the kind of habits, tastes, and affections I am embracing and putting on display for them to see.

So, this isn’t me scolding us…it’s just me writing what the Lord wants me to write, and challenging us to think about what we’re displaying for the world…and making adjustments where it’s necessary.

Have a blessed day in the Lord!

Blessings & Grace’;

Pastor B

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