Planted - 2018 Vision
Monday, January 8
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.”
If you’ve been on this Earth for any length of time you’ve experienced the effects of lies and falsehoods. Those tactics of the enemy that he intentionally puts in front of you to distract, discourage and destroy you. When you fall victim to the enemy’s deception, it’s easy to get upset, angry and bitter because you’ve been deceived. So before you allow someone, whether they’re an actual person, or a certain doctrine or teaching believed by many, to come into your life, enter into that relationship with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Just because someone has a platform and a following doesn’t mean that they’re seeking all things good and holy. As believer in Christ, it’s your job to know and follow Him first. Everything that you take in as teaching and encouragement should be filtered through your relationship with Him. If something or someone causes you to have a lack of peace, stop. Bring it before Him and proceed as He guides you.
Tuesday, January 9
You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles?
What are you producing in your life that is beneficial to someone other than yourself? When you approach a fruit tree, you don’t look at the all of the leaves and branches with the intention of making a meal out of them. No, you’re looking for fruit. Many believers are excellent at producing vegetation, but that’s only beneficial to them. While vegetation is important because it helps collect rain and sunlight, it doesn’t do much good for anyone except the tree. Fruit is what the world needs from those who follow Christ. For far too long, believers have been putting most of there effort into looking good instead of doing good. While looking good can be useful in drawing someone, they all to often leave hungry because they cannot be filled by you’re Godly appearance. If you’ve been faithful in your church attendance, Bible reading and prayer time, that’s wonderful. What is even more wonderful (and obedient) is when you allow those thing to produce fruit that others benefit from.
Wednesday, January 10
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Fruit is what every believer is called to produce. As good as fruit is to eat, it’s main purpose is reproduction. It’s easy to get offended when someone comes across your path that tries to test your patience, or steal your joy. But if you’ll stop and think about it, the fruit that a tree bears is not for that tree’s enjoyment. You’ll never see a tree consuming it’s own fruit. So why would you think that the fruit the you, as a believer, produce is for you. When someone comes along who tests your patience, or needs some kindness or gentleness, are you willing to let them pick your fruit? Even more, do you have any for them to pick? You see, when you give mercy or joy to someone else it enables them to see it grow in their own life. Just like when an apple is picked and replanted somewhere else, you’ll soon see another apple tree begin to grow. So where do you feel like you’re picked from the most? At home, at work, maybe even at your church? Wherever it may be, if you’ll be faithful to produce and share the Holy Spirit’s fruit, you’ll soon see it being produced in those around you.
Thursday, January 11
So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit.
When is the last time you gave yourself a spiritual ‘check-up’? Jesus tells you how in today’s text. If you’re healthy, you’ll produce good fruit. What kind of fruit are seeing growing from you’re relationship with Christ? If you’re relationship is healthy and strong, in other words, you and Jesus are in a strong, intimate, working relationship through which He’s using your obedience to impact the lives of those around you, then your fruit will show that. But if that relationship is estranged and weak, then the fruit you bear will not be edifying or beneficial to those who need it the most. If you feel like you may be more like the diseased tree than the healthy one, commit to allowing the Holy Spirit to bring healing into any area of your life that may need attention. You may need to ask a trusted friend who loves you to help you recognize areas that you’ve become hardened in. Being a healthy tree requires being in a healthy relationship with your Savior so His Spirit can produce good fruit in your life.
Friday, January 12
33 “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit. 34 You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
The single greatest piece of evidence that indicates the Holy Spirit’s working in your life is what comes out of your mouth. You can tell very quickly if you’re patient, kind, merciful, joyful, peaceful, loving…etc., by paying attention what you speak. The language and tone by which you speak is more than enough evidence to figure out if your relationship with Christ is in a good place. Are you quick snap at someone who tests your patience. Are the words you speak to someone who’s hurting full of mercy, or are they quick to point out the faults in their life that caused the hurt. While training and correction have their rightful place, you must allow the goodness of God to be evident through the fruit that you offer them. Have you allowed the Holy Spirit to make you into a good tree? Is the fruit of your lips uplifting and encouraging? If not, ask the Holy Spirit to help you clean out the things in your heart that make you speak in a discouraging way. You can be that person that brings life and healing to someone who may be hurting and dying.
Saturday, January 13
18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.
One of the lies that the enemy will put in front of you to keep you from bearing good fruit is that your not able to bear good fruit…yet. Either you’ve not been born again long enough, or your life isn’t in a good enough place yet, etc. He will throw every excuse in the book at you to try and get you to not step out and produce the kind of fruit that can be a blessing to others. The truth is this, whether you’ve been born again for 30 seconds or 30 years, the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead is alive in you. He can and will enable you to be a blessing in the lives of others. It doesn’t take a seminary degree to be good to someone. You don’t have to be a Bible scholar to be kind. You can be recognized by the fruit of the Spirit no matter where you’re at in life. It just takes you allowing Him to use you in the place where you’re currently at. Choose to be a bearer of good fruit.
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