There is a basic law of nature that says, “Things produce after their own kind.” It’s something that the Lord set into order when He created things!
All through the book of Genesis 1 we read the statement: “After its kind.” This means that watermelon seeds do not produce apple trees. They produce watermelons. In the same way, a good tree produces good fruit and a bad tree produces bad fruit.
“A healthy tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a poor tree bear good fruit! Every tree is known by the fruit it bears; you do not pick figs from thorn bushes or gather grapes from bramble bushes. A good person brings good out of the treasure of good things in his heart; a bad person brings bad out of his treasure of bad things. The mouth speaks what the heart is full of,” Luke 6:43-45.
What is true of trees is also true of men. They are known, not by what they say, but by what is produced in their lives. What is on the inside will eventually be known to all by what comes out of their mouths and in their actions.
This means that you can know one of God’s people by how they are manifesting in their own lives the truths of this message.
The Bible tells us that only the Lord is able to see the heart. We look at outward appearances (1 Samuel 16:7).
… But! We CAN tell some things by outward appearances. Outward actions are a “thermometer” of what is going on inside the heart.
It is not enough to SAY the right thing! Real disciples are those who DO the right thing. This is an important message for the church today. We are often very caught up in having the correct theology and current “spiritual vibe” and we ignore the importance of having the correct obedience!
There are only two kinds of builders. There are those who are building upon obedience to the teachings of Christ and there are those who are not. All other foundations are shifting sands. All other foundations lead to eventual ruin.
The wise builder is one who builds his life on Christ. He hears and he believes and he acts to live in obedience and honor to the King.
The hour of crisis is unavoidable. This is not an insurance program against something that just might take place. The storm WILL come. The only question is whether you and I will be ready.
Will our actions and words reflect the work of Christ in our hearts, or will there be the bitter flare of a critical and defiant spirit spewing out harshness and shutting out Godly help when confronted?
Let’s open our mouths and hearts and pray this verse as we humbly ask God to do His needed work in our hearts.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me,” Psalm 51:10.
~ Mary Lindow ©
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|Mary Lindow has a passion for encouraging others in all generations and careers or vocations to live and express excellence through personal integrity, healthy accountability, and wise management of talents and skills. She is a sought after keynote inspirational and humorous speaker and teacher throughout the United States internationally in Ministers conferences, International Spiritual leaders Conferences, and in National and International training seminars for various organizations.|