Friday, April 27, 2018

So, Is There Fruit?

So, Is There Fruit?
John 15:1-2 
I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

In John chapter thirteen, Jesus and His disciples celebrated the Passover and Christ announces, “One of you will betray me.”  In chapter fifteen, Jesus is teaching His disciples through imagery what the vine and the branches represent. In the Old Testament, the vine is commonly used as a symbol for Israel but in the New Testament, the Vine or the “True Vine” is specifically identified as Jesus Himself. In this metaphor of the vine and the branches, there are two types of branches: 1. (branches that bear fruit) and 2. (branches that do not bear fruit). With this vine, Jesus illustrates the fundamental secret of the Christian life, "Abide in Me, and I in you" (John 15:4). 

Could there be a good tree with no good fruit? No! Would every Christian have good fruit? Yes!  Every good tree brings forth good fruit, and every corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit. A good tree can't bring forth bad fruit; neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. The true Christian cannot continually bear evil fruit. There must be the good fruit that comes from the life of God in him (Matthew 7:17-19).

Are you a fruit-bearing Christian or are you one who is bearing no fruit at all? Are you playing church, professing to be a Christian, but have never possessed the good seed of the Gospel? Beware my friend–––professing is claiming or pretending to attempt to make something that is not the case appear true. Possession is belonging to, being completely under the influence of, and being controlled by and empowered through the Holy Spirit of God. Are you professing to be a Christian or are you possessing Christ?

Lord, I know I belong to You completely and that I am abiding in the “True Vine.”

Friday, April 20, 2018

Free Indeed

Free Indeed
John 8:32,36 KJV
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed

Harriet Tubman was a black slave during the 1800’s. As a young girl, she was beaten and whipped by her various masters. She suffered a traumatic head wound when a slave owner threw a heavy metal weight intended for another slave. The damage to her head caused dizziness and pain throughout her lifetime.

After the Master of the plantation died, she heard a rumor that she was going to be sold the next day. Late that night Harriet slipped out into the darkness and began to run. Her father had told her, “If there’s no moon shining, feel for the moss on the trees, moss always grows on the north side.” Harriet made her way to the state of Pennsylvania where she was, “free.” Harriet was helped by the “Underground Railroad” which was not a railroad at all but a chain of people wanting to help those in slavery to be set free. 

Harriet made 19 trips back into dangerous situations to help free over 300 people from slavery. During this very difficult time in her life and in the lives of her family, a $40,000 reward was posted for her capture. She knew God was in charge and she continued to help all those she could until she died at the age of 93. In these many years of turmoil in her life, she was called, “Lady Moses” because of all the people she led out of slavery.

Being enslaved to another human is unthinkable but being a slave to your own sin is damning. Life without Christ is meaningless and ends in eternal death. Jesus has come to set the captives free and in Him, you are free indeed. If you don’t know Christ as your personal Savior, I pray you will put your faith in Him, the One who makes you free. 



Lord, thank You for the truth that makes me free.

The first battle of the Civil War began on April 12, 1861, at Fort Sumter. Harriet Tubman was freeing slaves long before the start of the Civil War and was noted in saying that there were two things that sustained her during this time: the pistol at her side and her faith in God. 

Friday, April 13, 2018

Waiting Patiently

Waiting Patiently
Psalm 40:1 KJV
I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.

I dislike waiting! Do you? Waiting to hear from someone you love, waiting in the doctor’s office, or waiting at the hospital for a doctor’s report. Waiting, waiting, waiting, and yet, God’s Word instructs us to wait. We as Christians need to learn to wait in faith for God to move on our behalf.

The word patient or patience is derived from the Latin word, “patientia” from “patior,” to suffer,  to endure. The Lord not only tells us to wait but to patiently wait on Him. The definition of the word patience is: “willingness to put up with waiting, pain, troubles, or hurts; calm endurance without complaining or losing self-control.” This explanation of the word patience is what God wants for us while we wait for His will in our lives. A willingness to wait and suffer if need be, without losing self-control, is most definitely the working of the Spirit of God. 

Abraham Lincoln said, “Nothing valuable can be lost by taking time. A man watches his pear tree day after day, impatient for the ripening of the fruit. Let him attempt to force the process, and he may spoil both fruit and tree. But, let him patiently wait, and the ripe pear at length falls into his lap!”  Don’t rush God with what He has in store for you.

Patiently waiting on God honors Him and gives Him time to work in our lives His way. This truly is the highest expression of faith and will bring to the soul, rest. Quietly waiting on the Lord, allows us to know Him, and His depth of love. We would truly never know what it means in II Corinthians 12:9, “My grace is sufficient for thee” if our pain would quickly flee. Let us arm ourselves with the same mind as Christ as we wait patiently, and by faith, equip ourselves in prayer.


Lord, I know You have heard my cry, I will wait patiently for You.


Friday, April 6, 2018

Who's a Fool?

Who’s a Fool?
Psalm 14:1a 
The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”

The Bible has much to say about a fool and who he is. The word fool can mean:  purposeless, without cause or intelligence. A fool is someone who ignores the Word of God and whose heart turns towards foolishness continuously. Fools do not always learn their lessons as we see in Proverbs 26:11, “As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly.” Fools do the same foolish things over and over again leading to their own destruction and humiliation. 

Fools hate knowledge, they plot out evil schemes and will eventually cause themselves heartache with their proud speech. Foolish people have a quick temper, make fun of sin and bring grief to their parents. The Bible gives explicit warning to individuals to not associate with fools, “Leave the presence of a fool, Or you will not discern words of knowledge” (Proverbs 14:7). If you walk with the wise, you will become wise, but if you accompany fools you will suffer the consequences of their folly––harm (Proverbs 13:20).

 A notable definition of a fool is found in Psalm 14:1 and 53:1 which gives us a record of what the fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” Their ways are disgraceful, corrupt and there are none among them that do good. The meaning of both of these Scriptures is simply, fools do not believe in God.  It is wicked to challenge God, and a denial of Him is often accompanied by an abominable lifestyle. As Christians, we should be exhibiting love and compassion towards those that have turned their hearts away from God. Believers that walk in wisdom may be instrumental in turning a heart away from destruction and to eternal salvation (James 5:20). The good news of the Gospel is that God’s forgiving grace is greater than all our sin (Romans 5:20). 

 Lord, may I walk in Your wisdom before a lost and dying world.