YOUR FRUIT WILL SMOKE YOU OUT!
Being a Christian comes with a heavy price. Are you ready to pay the price?
Out of the blue in the midst of all the activity this past week, God led to post "Luke 9:23". On asking "why? It's off topic?" But in obedience …..
– “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.”….Luke 9:23 KJV
Today, the answer has come full cycle. For the past couple months or so, many posts in social media; the talk and body language of Kenyans, pointed to the person's party or origin (tribe). Nothing less, nothing more. And responses all followed the same pattern! Without personally knowing the person, their comments or loud [unusual] silence, spoke volumes.
How be it, for the Holy Spirit reiterates every step of the way .."if one is a citizen of heaven, their "fruit" should reflect that!" Christians should endeavor to yield to the guidance of the indwelling Spirit of the Living God.. Romans 8. And the Spirit, who searches the deep things of God and reveals to us things eyes have not seen neither ears heard…1 Corinthians 2:9-10, but Spirit does not do so following the pattern of the world. God's thoughts and ways are not as our thoughts and ways..Isaiah 55:8-9.
But because we belong to Jesus' kingdom, our lives should be God-centered first and then fellow humanbeing-centered. God should always come first and nothing should replace Him on the throne. NOTHING. Then fellow mankind; love your neighbor as yourself. The sum of God's Ten Commandments summarized into two….
– “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”….Mark 12:29-31 NIV
Please get this: the home where we are destined to ~ race, tribe or gender is irrelevant, thanks to the blood of the Lamb of God who sits on the throne!….
– “For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through faith. For as many [of you] as were baptized into Christ [into a spiritual union and communion with Christ, the Anointed One, the Messiah] have put on (clothed yourselves with) Christ. There is [now no distinction] neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ [are in Him Who is Abraham's Seed], then you are Abraham's offspring and [spiritual] heirs according to promise.”…..Galatians 3:26-29 AMPC
Spiritual heirs, should endeavor to exhibit Kingdom characteristics. Our flesh might try to rule over the Spirit, we are human; but we must wrestle down flesh and bring it under subjection in obedience to the Spirit!…. Galatians 5:16-17, 1 Corinthians 9:27. It may be a long, lonely and very narrow road, but we should endeavor not to succumb to "status quo". God must always remain to be God, irrespective of prevailing circumstances here on earth, where issues and people change with the status quo. And then that your "neighbor", fellow human being, should never cease to be so based on the status quo. Never. If we can be bereft of mercy and compassion for a fellow human being based on their earthly orientation, we must re-examine ourselves, if we are in the faith…2 Corinthians 13:5
And finally, the world will know that we are Jesus' disciples by our fruit, most specific, Love, He said..John 13:34-35, 15:8. TO THE GLORY OF THE FATHER. Not fruit that brings His name to disrepute by the world! This past months people have said "these Christians are XYZ". May God forgive us! If we say we love God and hate our brothers and sisters, we are liars…1 John 4:20. And lies has its own vine…John 8:44. An olive Vine produces olives. What's your identity? Who is your vine, judging and evident by your fruit? When people see or hear you, from your "fruit", do they know you are a disciple of Jesus and He is your Vine.. John 15:5 … "that one belongs to Jesus"? Jesus said you will differentiate by the fruit…Matthew 7:16 As one brother says, your fruit will smoke you out.
May God help us to identify, listen to, obey and conform to the voice, teaching and guidance of the Holy Spirit, our Teacher. May we not live to be told at the end of the race, as scripture states "you have no excuse or defense"… Romans 1:20
Prayer: in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, may we live to show Jesus to the world and not bring His name to disrepute. May you help us Lord to subdue the impulses of the flesh and status quo and conform not to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of our minds in line with your perfect will. Forgive us for we have strayed. Forgive us for we have failed to lift your banner High and led the world to judge us and bring your Holy name to disrepute. People have said these Christians are hypocrites. The name of Christ the Lamb of God has been soiled, O forgive us heavenly Father. Teach us obedience obedience obedience. Teach us to surrender and die to self completely. Above all give us hearts of humility and repentance knowing that greatest amongst us is a servant and he who exalts himself shall be humbled. May we remain humble with surrendered hearts. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.
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