“Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire”.
Bearing good fruit should – indeed, must be – a labour of love for our Lord: before the harvest time occurs. What wonders then follow!
“Bear fruits in keeping with …”
What an incredible impact the preaching of John the Baptist had! We do not realize this at first – but there are clues here and there – look at Acts 18:25 and 19:3. Paul comes across those at Ephesus who knew only the baptism of John– a vast distance from the Jordan.
What stood out in Luke 3 today was the bluntness of John’s message; it was far from being simply an appeal to love your neighbour as yourself – which is the substance of the preaching in many churches today. They had to examine themselves and change their ways and “bear fruits in keeping with repentance” – to put it bluntly, to show they were repentant by actions – not just words.
Many had a certain pride in being children of Abraham – some today feel they can at least say,
‘I have a Bible in my house – and I read it – sometimes’.
John was the one sent to “prepare the way of the Lord” (verse 4) of whom Isaiah (40:3-5) had prophesied. John detailed what the Lord, the Messiah, was to accomplish. What he did not realize, in common with everyone else, was that the Messiah would have to come twice! Only part of what John preached was accomplished by Jesus – the rest awaits the Messiah’s now imminent second coming – and how awesome are the words that apply to that coming!
“His winnowing fork (used in harvesting) is in his hands to clear his threshing floor, and to gather the wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire” (verse 17).
Chaff are ears of wheat that are useless, they have failed to produce; how much chaff can God see in the world today!!
Let us make sure we are not among the chaff! Let us all “bear good fruit” for John also preached,
“Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire” (verse 9).
Bearing good fruit should – indeed – must be – a labour of love for our Lord – before the harvest time occurs. What wonders then follow!
- Looking for True Spirituality 5 Fruitage of the Spirit
- Bearing fruit
- You cannot change anything in your life with intention alone
- Members of Church in Bakersfield, California Upset After Receiving Letters Banning Them (sanctifiedchurchrevolution.blogspot.com)
According to BlackChristianNews.com, in the meantime, Pastor Alfred sent letters out to certain members, banning them from attending, citing “offensive behavior.”
Possibly, these church members were causing such a disturbance, he could have lost his focus while preaching God’s Word or just felt uncomfortable with them there, especially is they disrespected him. Of course, we don’t know all the details, but there has to be a reason these church members were no longer allegedly welcomed at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, of Bakersfield California.
- Challenge Without Condemnation (biblicalpreaching.net)
People feel the challenge of God’s Word on their lives, but the weight of condemnation is a pressure we aren’t intended to carry.
- Psalm One (davidartist.wordpress.com)
How happy the man godless guidance won’t walk,
He won’t stand with sinners, sit with those who mock.
But rather the law of the Lord, his delight;
He meditates in His law both day and night.
- The Daily Gospel and Readings 19 February 2015 (prayersandmeditations.com)
If you obey the commandments of the LORD, your God,
which I enjoin on you today,
loving him, and walking in his ways,
and keeping his commandments, statutes and decrees,
you will live and grow numerous,
and the LORD, your God,
will bless you in the land you are entering to occupy.
- Faith In Action ‘Through Freedom and Fruit’ (mylordmyfriend.com)
Kindness demonstrates what we need in our own lives, should be extended to all we meet.
Goodness, we are not good in our own eyes, but we are en-clothed in all He is. Out of His goodness, we will touch many lives.
- Fruit of the Spirit (Part 2): Joy (defendingcontending.com)
tears may endure for the night but joy comes in the morning. Don’t give up hope. Everything happens for a purpose to those who love God. He will complete the work He’s begun in you if you will surrender and allow Him to do so.
- 10 Scriptures for Those Hoping to Find Love (mommadjane.com)
Just remember that God knows your heart and does want the very best for you.
- Rejoicing In The Lord (pureglory.net)
Our health may go, the job disappear, the mortgage be past due, people lie and gossip about us. But the joy of the Lord gives us strength.
- The Association of Welcoming & Affirming Baptists (AWAB) Which Appears to Include National Baptist Convention Leaders, Dr. Jerry Young, Dr. Julius Scruggs, and Dr. Frederick Haynes, Respond to Rev. Dwight McKissic, Rev. Randy Vaughn, and the National Bapt (blackchristiannews.com)
If you have a personal connection or relationship with Dr. Young and Dr. Scruggs, please tell them that they need to hurry up and publicly denounce the invitations to the homosexual ministers, otherwise as the current president and the immediate past president, they will be seen as complicit with it. In addition to that, Dr. Jerry Young should tell Dr. Forrest Harris and the American Baptist College not to have the lesbian minister and the two pro-homosexual pastors as speakers. And that will put an end to this demonic fiasco.
- Ministry Prep –Lectionary Reflection for Lent 1B (bobcornwall.com)
Jesus is getting word out – perhaps so that when people start seeing stuff happen whenever Jesus is around they’ll begin to put things together. Jesus has been talking about God’s realm, he’s doing interesting things, including healings and exorcisms, so maybe that hoped for time of deliverance is at hand. Not only that, but he starts his ministry in Galilee – a place far from the center of power, reminding us that God often works first and foremost among those living on the margins. This message will be good news to those who hear and sign on.