Matthew 7:20 Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.
My heart has not been in a great place for some time. I have been very busy (Buried Under Satan’s Yoke) It has been all I can do to spend time in the word because I have too, not because I want to. So what happens is my attitude changes and my fruit becomes sour and my dog returns back to her old behavior and is afraid again. Every day this week when I would come home she would be on her bed terrified. I wouldn’t say a word to her. I would then get her to go outside, while outside I would check her bed and there would be a big a pee stain just like the old days. I really hate admitting this but I have a problem and I don’t like it. My way is not working, I didn’t think I was doing it my way, but every time I get like this it is because I am jealous, angry, self-centered to name a few which means I am doing it my way. I will leave you with a question for yourself and Oswald Chambers’s devo that also rattled my cage this morning.
How is your fruit tasting today?
Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou have paid the uttermost farthing. Matthew 5:26.
“There is no heaven with a little of hell in it.” God is determined to make you pure and holy and right; he will not allow you to escape for one moment from the scrutiny of the Holy Spirit. He urged you to come to judgment right away when He convicted you, but you did not; the inevitable process began to work and now you are in prison, and you will only get out when you have paid the uttermost farthing. ‘Is this a God of mercy, and of love?’ you say. Seen from God’s side, it is a glorious ministry of love. God is going to bring you out pure and spotless and undefiled; but He wants you to recognize the disposition you were showing—the disposition of your right to yourself. The moment you are willing that God should alter your disposition, His re-creating forces will begin to work. The moment you realize God’s purpose, which is to get you rightly related to Himself and then to your fellow men, He will tax the last limit of the universe to help you take the right road. Decide it now—‘Yes, Lord, I will write that letter to-night’; ‘I will be reconciled to that man now.’
These messages of Jesus Christ are for the will and the conscience, not for the head. If you dispute the Sermon on the Mount with your head, you will blunt the appeal to your heart.
‘I wonder why I don’t go on with God!’ Are you paying your debts from God’s standpoint? Do now what you will have to do some day. Every moral call has an ‘ought’ behind it.