It’s interesting that foods are used as metaphors for good and evil.
If a good tree produces bad fruit, then is that tree actually bad and not good, for a good tree would never produce bad fruit to begin with, and so, the tree itself is evil.
You can always tell the bad trees from the good. It is not a secret. You just have to look at its fruit. For example, you can easily observe anger.
“A good tree does not bear rotten fruit, nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit. For every tree is known by its own fruit. For people do not pick figs from thorn bushes, nor do they gather grapes from brambles.
A good person out of the store of goodness in his heart produces good, but an evil person out of a store of evil produces evil” Luke 6:43-44
Using a similar metaphor, if you think of light and dark, darkness is merely the lack of light, this logic could be applied to good and evil as well could it not? If you think of humanity as innately good, and when there is no goodness, we see what we perceive as evil.
We are warned to beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but “inwardly they are ravening wolves.” They have heart-rot that is not evident at first. It is very difficult to know whether a person is teaching the truth simply by knowing some of his or her activities. This is because a snapshot of some activities can outwardly be deceiving.
“Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits.” Matthew 7:15, 16
False prophets are not easily recognizable. They may speak angelically, act immaculately and even look heavenly, but “underneath they are ravenous wolves.” We know you cannot “judge a book by its cover.” The Lord knows that, too. But we have a dilemma. We can see the face but not the heart,
What do we have “underneath” it all? Underneathis the operative word here. We are asked by the Lord to look deep down and see what man is made of. He should be made of Christ. “Remain in Me, as I remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me”. John 15:4How do we know who is the scoundrel and who is the Saint?” “By their fruit, you will know them.” Love produces more love. Forgiveness gives birth to mercy and compassion.
All things and people must point to Him. The true prophets point to God. The false prophets end in themselves. It’s all about them! When everything is said and done the only thing that “remains in me” must be CHRIST. “It is no longer I who live in me, but Christ who lives in me.” Galatians 2:19-21The one who bears fruit is the one who lives in and for the Lord.
“Save us, Lord, who share in your life, and give us Your blessing; be our shepherd forever.” Psalm 27:8-9
By “fruit” he means those words that come forth from the teacher. “For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.”Luke 6:45
Are the teachings consistent with Scripture? What is the source of their teachings?
The Roman Catholic Church introduced the Christian doctrine in the fourth century AD, as a set of principles called the Nicene Creed – voted in place by a council appointed by the Roman Emperor Constantine.
For most religious institutions, the spiritual teacher is chosen because he or she graduated from a seminary college and received a certification of their being a minister. So who is qualifying them? In these fee-based (tuition) seminary colleges, a person simply pays a fee, passes the tests and gets the paper.
Just because someone ministers or helps does not mean automatically that they are good. Further inspection is necessary.
This is why the Holy Spirit must also confirm their teachings from within.Each of us has the ability to check the truth from within – from the Holy Spirit – if we are listening carefully to what is being taught. It must also be consistent with what is coming from the Holy Spirit within scripture.
Just look at any tree with fruit on it, and you’ll see that even the best tree makes rotten fruit now and then. It’s also true that one bit of bad food in a pot of soup will generally spoil the whole pot.
Didn´t you find it rather strange that a majority of the American people didn´t mind Clinton sex scandal with Monica Lewinsky as long he did his job as a president. Hmmmm! What does that say about part of the orchard?
WHAT SORT OF TREE IS YOUR LIFE?
Are you a good tree, or a bad tree? Let the fruits prove it. Take an honest lookand see if the things you are doing are springing from the divine seed of God within, resulting in that which is holy and godly to characterize your life, or whether they are coming from a evil heart of unbelief resulting in the practice of sin and iniquity.
“As for the seed that fell among thorns, they are the ones who have heard, but as they go along, they are choked by the anxieties and (lure of) riches and pleasures of life, and they fail to produce mature fruit.” Luke 8:14
Money has always had meaning for people beyond its purchasing power. for many, money means success, power, and even moral worth. The giving of money has always established the giver as a valued member of a community.
Jesus saw this as a private act of love to be seen by God, not as public act for show and honor. “But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” Matthew 6:3, 4
Usually one is more important than the other. Wealth is the chief rival of our day to God. It is said that money is a good servant but a bad master. Personally we must master money or money masters you. Are we being choked by the wealth and riches of the world so that our faith cannot grow to maturity and bring a bountiful harvest?
“The seed sown among thorns is the one, who hears the word, but then worldly anxiety and the lure of riches choke the word and it bears no fruit.” Matthew 13:1-23.
Then the cares and anxieties of the world and distractions of the age, and the pleasure and delightand false glamor and deceitfulness of riches, and the craving and passionate desire for other things creep in and choke and suffocate the Word, and it becomes fruitless.
The enjoyments in themselves may be innocent, which worldly prosperity enables one to indulge. These “choke” or “smother” the word; drawing off so much of one’s attention, absorbing so much of one’s interest, and using up so much of one’s time, that only the dregs of these remain for spiritual things.”They bring no fruit to perfection”Luke 8:14: a possible promise of fruit—which never ripens. You may realize the truth too late: God expects and requires fruit.
It’s easy to think that we’ve carved our own way, worked hard, proven ourselves, and been blessed by God as a result. There’s some truth to here, but these realities need not obscure the fact that we are all in the positions of influencethat God has us as a result of the generosity of others.
We’ve all had help and we know it.
Generosity is not only primarily about money. We see a need around us and we seek to do something about it.
It often seems like this type of generosity is far more common for believers in the fourth-quarter of their lives. They know that their legacy hinges on the investment they make in others. But it’s often a rare trait for Christians in the prime of their lives.
How generous are you with your valuables; the stuff the costs money or money itself? We are not talking about your time or talent. “Teach us to give and not to count the cost.” St. Ignatius of Loyola
THREE REASONS TO BE GENEROUS WITH GRACE (MONEY)
Grace (money) is entirely about God and His love. We give grace (money) to show love.“Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another”.1 John 4:11
We give grace (money) to prevent conflict.“See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled.” Hebrews 12:15
We give grace (money) because are called to serve one another.“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.”1 Peter 4:10
Are we saying this will be easy? Nope! It won’t. In fact, giving grace (money) is hard. Giving grace requires laying down self and giving priority to others. Giving grace necessitates that we let go of our expectations and focus instead on encouraging others.
We demand grace (money) be given according to our need and yet we resist offering that same grace to others.
We cannot tell what may happen to us in this strange medley of life. But we can decide what we do with our talents and money. That is the real test of living: taking your gifts and making it a thing of worth and beauty. SAY: THE GREATEST GIFT TO GOD IS MYSELF!
“The seed sown on rich soil is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirty-fold.” Matthew 13:23
The shock element of this parable is in the math.The few seeds that find their way to good soil produce a super-abundant harvest. Jesus delighted his audience by pronouncing boldly that this small amount of seed would produce a crop thirty, sixty, or even a hundredfold greater than what was sown! Agricultural historians estimate that this farming method never yielded more than ten to fifteen percent gain.
1 Timothy 6:17
Real Christian generosity seems hard to come by, but when you do see it in action it can be life changing.
Unfortunately, old habits die hard. Over time we tend to hear what we want to hear and to see what we want to see. No matter how educated, talented, rich or cool you believe you are, how you treat people and money ultimately tells all. People should use their talents to make money but money should not take away people’s attention from God, your Creator.
Lord, open my eyes so that I can see again. Open my ears so that I can hear your voice. Lift my heart to you so that I can experience a grace that will produce in my life an abundance that I cannot fathom and that I will share. Let my life become good soil, ready to receive the seed and be “one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit.”
A spiritual life is a life in which our security is based not in any created things, good as they may be, but in God, who is everlasting love. We probably will never be completely free from our attachment to the temporal world, but if we want to live in that world in a truly free way, we’d better not belong to it. “You cannot be the slave both of God and of money”. Luke 16:13 HENRI NOUWEN
The few who do are the envy of the many who only watch.
Money is like manure: it’s not good unless it’s spread around.Francis Bacon
GOD WISHES TO SPEAK TO YOU.
You Have been Given a Great Destiny.
“I love you. I love all My friends and there are many in the world.
There are too many though, that are lukewarm; they are neither hot nor cold. They do things out of routine but their heart is not in it. They go to church but it is to fulfill an obligation and there is not much joy in that.
My people, I hold you in My heart. Know that you are precious in My eyes for I gladly suffered and died for you to make you My brothers and sisters. My Father loves you for He created you and gave you life.
YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN A GREAT DESTINY :to be united with Me forever in heaven. Come read the Bible, especially the Gospels, and learn how much I care for you. Learn from Me for I am your Savior and I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
The Bible is addressed to you, each one of you. Your lukewarmness comes from compromises with the spirit of the world. You are too occupied with material things.You are fascinated with what the world can give even though it does not last.
I am the only one who lasts forever. I alone can fulfill your deep desires and longings of your heart. Break with the ties to the world and find joy in union with Me. Open your heart to My touch and My love. I want a strong partnership with you. I love you.”
The above messages came to Father Melvin Doucette:
Fr. Melvin Doucette was ordained to the priesthood on and joined the Missionaries of Africa for 29 years in Africa. In contemplative prayer every morning, Fr. Doucette receives by interior locution “messages from heaven” to share with the public.
God divinely inspired the BIBLE . How do we know?Each of eight accurate predictions show a high probability mathematically. The probability of one individual fulfilling eight prophecies have odds of 1 in 10 17(1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000). Jesus Christ fulfilled all prophecies, therefore the Bible MUST BE TRUE.
The Old Testament indicates another 40 astonishing predictions.
Christianity experiences stunning growth—from approximately 3.8 million adherents in China in 1956 to an estimated 87 to 100 million Christians today.
In the end, one Christian conversion will benefit the whole family. The gifts of the Holy Spirit of healing and deliverance will help the whole family. A prayer of deliverance of evil spirits will leave any member of the family with a complete sense of peace immediately. A prayer of healing from a Christian disciple produces 80% healing. The remaining healing comes from continued prayer of praise and thanksgiving until all the healing is complete. This healing comes from the Holy Spirit through the power in the Name of Jesus Christ. No other god or deity or doctor uses this power. This proves the TRUTH OF CHRISTIANITY.
BILLIONS OF CHRISTIANS CAN’ T ALL BE WRONG!
Christianity is not a philosophy, but it is a relationship with God, your Creator, in Christ TODAY. It is not knowledge of abstract principles. How do we know this? Healing takes place TODAY in the Name of Jesus Christ.
Many Christian disciples use the gift of healing. They also use deliverance to deliver away evil spirits influencing people. These evil spirits cause depression, addictions and illness through all forms of stress. Only the Name of Jesus Christ makes healing and deliverance possible.
Jesus is alive today!He heals today (through His followers) and in many cases it is realized immediately. How else can you explain the explosion of Christianity, the world’s largest religion, on earth: 2.2 billion adherents, nearly a third (31 percent) of all 6.9 billion people on Earth.
Christians know and feel His Presence; they communicate with Him personally; Christian prayers are always answered.
This author has been given the Gift of Healing only because he is a Christian Lay Missionary, who travels two to three places every year. On his last trip to Columbia he successfully transferred his Gift to his Spanish translators, who were able to heal as he did. He has healed Muslims to their great surprise.
He also delivers away evil spirits along with their healing. All those who are delivered from evil spirits feel a complete physical sense of peace.
DREAMS AND VISIONS
God can give a message to those non-Christians to change their heart. God knows faith will be developed eventually. God will come to you in the form of dreams or visions. So be sensitive to any dreams or visions,when you ask God for it earnestly.