Fruits

Fruit Bearing

It keeps ringing through my mind, and is worthy reminder to all. Salvation is not a feeling, it is a fact. Just as we see a doctor, getting better is a visible fact, not a feeling. A patient does not gets discharged because he feels better, but because the doctor can VISIBLY see he is better. The FRUITS of the medical treatment shows. The patient is happier, stronger, not going back to it’s old ways (Yes, when we are sick, we behave differently). Everything is visible. Yet! Are we so blinded that we can say we feel we are saved when there is no visible fruits?

The bible says the Fruit(Note the singularity) of the Holy Spirit, not Fruit’s’. So it means when you have received the Holy Spirit, you will receive the FRUIT! Which means when you get an apple, you get the full apple, and not something that looks like an apple or part of it!
Gal 5:22-25
KJV 22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
AMP 22But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, 23Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [[a]that can bring a charge]. 24And those who belong to Christ Jesus (the Messiah) have crucified the flesh (the godless human nature) with its passions and appetites and desires. 25If we live by the [Holy] Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. [If by the Holy Spirit [b]we have our life in God, let us go forward [c]walking in line, our conduct controlled by the Spirit.]

**** Do not be decieved ****
Do not be blinded to the feelings. Do not put our salvation to what people say about us., or even about what we feel. Please ensure. All of us individually are accountable to God. The devil is most pleased when we rest on the assumption that our faith is genuine. The devil is most please when all we are doing, is trying to live a Christian life without having given up our life to Jesus and let Jesus take hold of our life and LIVE!

Test! Being religious does not make one saved. Obviously anyone can tell whether one is walking with Jesus if that person does not go to Church with his fellow brethren to worship. A person who is away from church is like a sheep away from the fold, the home base. An obvious target for the roaring lion to consume. A Christian who does not pray regularly, purposefully, intentionally is one who just exercise when he feels like it, without a regular routine which will make one stronger. Or perhaps, the exercise is lacking entirely.

2 Cor 13:5
KJV Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
AMP Examine and test and evaluate your own selves to see whether you are holding to your faith and showing the proper fruits of it. Test and prove yourselves [not Christ]. Do you not yourselves realize and know [thoroughly by an ever-increasing experience] that Jesus Christ is in you–unless you are [counterfeits] disapproved on trial and rejected?

Phil 2:12
KJV … work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
AMP … work out (cultivate, carry out to the goal, and fully complete) your own salvation with reverence and awe and trembling (self-distrust, [a]with serious caution, tenderness of conscience, watchfulness against temptation, timidly shrinking from whatever might offend God and discredit the name of Christ). God has given us very much visible signs for us to “test the Spirits” lest we fall prey into false teachers that leads us away from God. All these visble signs are very important.

**** WARNING! ****
The fig tree cursed (cursed does not mean the modern cursed meaning, but rather judgement) by Jesus, shows God judgement upon Israel. (Matt 21:18-22; Mark 11:12-14) As explained in gotquestions.com (http://www.gotquestions.org/curse-fig-tree.html)

“Jesus was effectively denouncing Israel’s worship of God. With the cursing of the fig tree, He was symbolically denouncing Israel as a nation and, in a sense, even denouncing unfruitful “Christians” (that is, people who profess to be Christian but have no evidence of a relationship with Christ). …. Jesus was pronouncing His coming judgment of Israel and demonstrating His power to carry it out. It also teaches the principle that religious profession and observance are not enough to guarantee salvation, unless there is the fruit of genuine salvation evidenced in the life of the person. James would later echo this truth when he wrote that “faith without works is dead” (James 2:26). The lesson of the fig tree is that we should bear spiritual fruit (Galatians 5:22-23), not just give an appearance of religiosity. God judges fruitlessness, and expects that those who have a relationship with Him will “bear much fruit” (John 15:5-8).

**** CONCLUSION ****
May we seek the God which much humility through Jesus Christ, our blessed redeemer. Reflect. Men sees our actions, God sees our heart. May God reveal the state of our heart.

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~ by ymsim on 2010/10/04.

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