I think that when we want to get back to the heart of God, we need to look to nature. We as humans have corrupted God’s original plans. So I want you to look at yourselves as trees. You know, Jesus saw us as trees. In Matthew 7:16-20 (AMP), He said,
16You will fully recognize them by their fruits. Do people pick grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles? 17Even so, every healthy (sound) tree bears good fruit [worthy of admiration], but the sickly (decaying, worthless) tree bears bad (worthless) fruit. 18A good (healthy) tree cannot bear bad (worthless) fruit, nor can a bad (diseased) tree bear excellent fruit [worthy of admiration]. 19Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and cast into the fire. 20Therefore, you will fully know them by their fruits.
So what kind of fruit are you bearing? What does your fruit look like? Let’s take time to look at some of the things God tells us will show that we are true Christians. I am not going to tell you how to do these things, nor what I believe they are, I am going to give you background information on the word and maybe some on the text. These are pages of Bible study notes, with very little of my opinion and comments.
Eph 4:1-3 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, “with all HUMILITY and GENTLENESS, with PATIENCE, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (ESV)
Jas 3:13-18 Who [is] wise and knowledgeable among you*? Let him show by his good conduct [that] his works [are] in humility of wisdom. But if you* have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your* heart, stop boasting and lying against the truth. This is not the wisdom descending from above _but_ [is] earthly, physical [or, unspiritual], [and] demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition [are], there is rebellion and every wicked deed. But the wisdom from above is first indeed PURE, then PEACEABLE [or, free from worry], considerate, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial [or, free from prejudice] and sincere. Now the fruit of such righteousness is sown in peace by the ones making peace.
One more thing to think on is how Satan could use various things for his good. We are at war, everyday, in a Spiritual warfare. If you like to read and are interested, C. S. Lewis wrote an interesting book of “letters” in the book titled, THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS. You can read some information on it at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Screwtape_Letters You can read the letter’s at The Screwtape Letters Honestly, I haven’t read it all yet. But I try to find something that might work with what I am researching at the moment. They tend to bring things to a visual point that is hard to miss. When you read “enemy” in the letters, it is referring to God. It is talking about a recent convert to Christianity. When looking through these pages and looking at the fruit on your tree, think about what he has written here. It may be useful to seek out some close family and friends that are willing to be honest with you and ask them to examine your fruit. Take their feedback and apply it. If you are not willing to do this, then you may be experiencing what is written about in this “letter” (III):
MY DEAR WORMWOOD,
I am very pleased by what you tell me about this man’s relations with his mother. But you must press your advantage. The Enemy will be working from the centre outwards, gradually bringing more and more of the patient’s conduct under the new standard, and may reach his behaviour to the old lady at any moment. You want to get in first. Keep in close touch with our colleague Glubose who is in charge of the mother, and build up between you in that house a good settled habit of mutual annoyance; daily pinpricks. The following methods are useful.
1. Keep his mind on the inner life. He thinks his conversion is something inside him and his attention is therefore chiefly turned at present to the states of his own mind—or rather to that very expurgated version of them which is all you should allow him to see. Encourage this. Keep his mind off the most elementary duties by directing it to the most advanced and spiritual ones. Aggravate that most useful human characteristic, the horror and neglect of the obvious. You must bring him to a condition in which he can practise self-examination for an hour without discovering any of those facts about himself ,which are perfectly clear to anyone who has over lived in the same house with him or worked the same office.
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