Thursday, July 14, 2011

Fruit?

As I wrote in yesterday's Life with Lynnie  (LwL) entry, we are not in control.  God is.

In addition to being obedient to God's calling to preach a Gospel message to all the creatures of the earth and planting those seeds for Christ, by posting Christian entries on Facebook (FB), there is another reason I feel the need to do this.  Others need lifting up, encouragement and friendship in this dark world.

Okay.  You may not agree that this is a dark and dying world.  That's your prerogative.  You can think what you like.

Yes, God made this world a beautiful place.  Life should be good.  But, for some of His children, who are attacked by the evil one, life is one huge trial.

Laugh if you like.  The truth is, we live in Satan's domain.  God has allowed him dominion over the world.  There are many who don't belong to God, who belong to Satan, who don't even realize it.  I'm talking about all who do not trust in Jesus for their salvation.

Some people think they don't need God or Jesus.  But, they are wrong.  They just don't know it.

Meanwhile, those who are God's children are sometimes attacked over and over again, throughout their lives.  God told us we shouldn't be surprised at the fiery trials that we will experience in our lifetimes (1 Peter 4:12).  We will experience trials and tribulation.

The good news is that He also promised us that when we walk through the rivers, the water will not overflow us and when we walk through the fire, we won't be burned (Isaiah 43:2). 

God promised to always be there for us.  And, of course, He told us that two (2) was better than one (1), that when one was down, the other could lift them up (Ecclesiastes 4:9).

That's the final reason I will not give up posting Christian stuff on FB.  I cannot believe how many fellow Christians I have met, prayed for and continue to lift up both in prayer and in real life, encouraging them.

I believe that is one thing that every child of God needs to be doing.  Lifting up others, encouraging them...and being truthful and honest with them.  About what God told us to expect in life, and about what we believe we need to be doing, daily.

Just as I needed lifting up and being encouraged the other day, when my knee gave out on me.  That day, when I fell, possibly breaking my nose, but certainly bashing up my face, head, and body.

We all need each other.  Those who are not there for others, are not being obedient to God's calling.  May God bless those who are, for there are many out there, who need a kind word, a smile or a helping hand up in some situation they are facing.

God told us that we shall know them by their fruit (Matthew 7:16).  You'll be able to recognize a loving Christian heart, just by the way you are treated.

Do you have fruit of the spirit?  Hopefully, you do.  People can tell.  And, not just fellow believers.

Of course, I suppose you would have to know if you are saved, wouldn't you?  Because if you are not saved from an eternity in Hell, by trusting in the Saviour, our Lord, Jesus Christ, nothing else matters. 

So, my friends, if you are saved, I pray you exhibit fruit of the spirit.  If you are not yet saved, I pray you will trust in Jesus...before it's too late.


Until next time...

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