Testing the Fruit
In the times that are to come be certain that you will hear many kinds of testimonies. Some will be real, others will be false.
When we are uncertain, it is best not to rush to come to a conclusion. We must test the testimony against God’s word and His character. Then we must test the fruit.
This may not be immediately evident but it will come with time. Every seed that is planted will bear fruit. The nature of that fruit is subject to the nature of the seed.
While some seedlings should be gently nurtured to maturity, others should be plucked by the roots with extreme prejudice and immediately cast into the fire. It may be painful now but it could be nearly impossible later.
Now is a season for faith but also a season for discernment. Meditate on this word and examine it against God’s so that it remains and you can draw from it when needed.
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world,” 1 John 4:1-4.
“I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings,” Jeremiah 17:10.
Separation from Sin
What separates us from the suffering we endure at the hands of sin?
The most tremendous sacrifice mankind has ever witnessed!
I will never feel worthy.
I will never be worthy.
This is the nature of grace.
Jesus died for our sins.
We have nothing to offer in return.
All of our offerings look like dirty rags when held up to the light of His pure, unselfish love.
He plays no favorites.
All who ask for mercy, receive mercy.
It comes down to three nails and a tree, the place where my Savior died for me.
His name is Jesus. He paid the price to free us from sin and death. There is no other name by which men can be saved.
~ Mitch Salmon