Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Watch them Apples.

Proverbs 11:30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.

Throughout the day, what fruit are you sharing?

Have you eaten from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil or the Tree of Life?

Recently, I realized I have eaten from the Tree of knowledge of good and evil and shared the poison fruit to others. Yikes. That is not a good thing.

How easy it is to be right. Solid logic, pointing out where others have erred, and yet be so wrong.

 I heard Miss Kitty on the old show Gunsmoke say - "Well, Matt, people are what they are." So profound.

Are we to rail at a vessel of earthen clay - being what they are? Not that we aren't to proclaim truth. But that truth is to bring life.

Pharaoh was as much a vessel as Moses. Both made by God, both with a destiny. Both had to make a choice.

Moses proclaimed the awesome power of God and, along with his brother Aaron, was God's spokesman.  He didn't go after Pharaoh on tabletbook ( tb instead of fb now) In fact the one thing Moses did do in the flesh was to kill an Egyptian and that sent Moses into the wilderness for 40 years.

Like the proverbs above - we are to proclaim the Tree of Life. The Good News that - no, you don't have to be perfect in fact you can't be perfect. But One has come, Jesus, who was and is perfect, who laid His own life down, that we who are imperfect and believe on Him might take up His Righteousness and walk in the assurance of eternal life. Proclaim Life.

So what if you're right and they are ignorant. So what if they are walking in the flesh and doing all sorts of evil. In their hearts they know and will give an account. Pray for them, proclaim and walk in life before them.

The Fruit of the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil brings death. A tempting succulent fruit that kills. Beware for it is full of pride, arrogance, envy, strife and even murder. For when we have eaten of that tree of death, how easy it is to call those in error names.

Ask God for wisdom. And proclaim the Tree of Life for that is what conquers death. Offer those around you a bite from the sweet fruit of life.

GALATIONS 5 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Go win souls, not debate.

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