WHAT IS FRUIT?
“”Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep, but are really wolves that will tear you apart. You can detect them by the way they act; just as you can identify a tree by its fruit. You don’t pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles. ” – Matthew 7:15-16 (NLT)
True believers are known by their fruit: their character: “the way they act”!
“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.” -1 Corinthians 13:1-2.
Gift is not fruit!
You may be gifted to move mountains, heal the sick, raise the dead, speak with tongues of fire, and all; if you do not have a good and godly character you are nothing! Gift can never equal Fruit! Godly fruit is your Visa into Heaven.
Fruits are cultivated, gifts are given.
We should cultivate godly character, and keep it even in extreme conditions. That is why Jesus said “if your fruit remain”. (John 15::16)
Everyday, things threaten your fruit; your character! The North and South winds would always blow upon you. What fragrance (character) would you display?
“Awake, O north wind; and come, thou south; blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out. Let my beloved come into his garden, and eat his pleasant fruits.” (Song of Songs 4:16).
People, things and circumstances would be used against you; how would you react?
Your character would either make the Holy Spirit take delight in you or get repulsed from you!
WHAT KIND OF TREE IS MAN?
Man as a tree, is the moveable double or replica of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The Tree, though rooted to a spot in the garden, has the power of knowledge: good and evil knowledge. Man not rooted at a spot, has the power of knowledge: good and evil.
In Ezekeil 8, God took the prophet into a wall and showed him a chamber.
“Then said he unto me, Son of man, dig now in the wall: and when I had digged in the wall, behold a door. And he said unto me, Go in, and behold the wicked abominations that they do here. So I went in and saw; and behold every form of creeping things, and abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel, pourtrayed upon the wall round about. And there stood before them seventy men of the ancients of the house of Israel, and in the midst of them stood Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan, with every man his censer in his hand; and a thick cloud of incense went up. Then said he unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen what the ancients of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the chambers of his imagery? for they say, The LORD seeth us not; the LORD hath forsaken the earth.”
“…. Every man in the chambers of his imagery?”
Should your heart be split open, what kind of images would be found there? Would they be things you would be proud of? Would they give glory to God?
“Every man,….. his imagery.”
This is the CHAMBER OF THOUGHT in the heart of Man; where he thinks, imagines and creates his actions; where his secret motives are rehearsed before being played out!
“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” – Proverbs 4:23.
It is the power house in Man, from where the issues of his life flows! Whatever a man is, is from here, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” (Prov. 23:7)
If a man is godly, it is from here, if he is ungodly it is from here! Man becomes what is in this chamber!
“A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. ” – Matthew 12:35.
He is THE product of his thought. His emotion, intellect, imagination, memory and will are rooted here.
A Chamber is a Judge’s room for hearing cases that need to be taken out to Court. It is a place for private hearing; a room where two parties are listened to privately. It is a secret place.
The mind is like a Judge’s Chambers. Here two parties, good and evil, are heard without any one else knowing or hearing. But you, the individual, being the Judge presiding over the Chambers, hear both parties in order to make a decision.
It was not supposed to be so! We were not supposed to be there, judging good and evil.
“And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil.” – Genesis 3:22a.
“Man is become”, has become; meaning he was not like that before! Not like what?
“To know good and evil”, he now judges!
Man has usurped God’s place: to judge situations, take decisions and lead himself!
It was not so!
This was exclusively God’s Chambers! God desires to be here; alone. The place He called “My Sanctuary”.
Paul, speaking by the Spirit of God confirms:
“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” – 1 Corinthians 3:16.
But another image is seen here! An image that desires to have the place, by manipulating man, putting him there and turning him against God!
“For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:” – Isaiah 14:13.
Man has glorified himself under the influence of Satan!
For as long as man sits there against the will of God, he remains under the control of Satan.
The question is, how did the image get here?
Man brought it in when he opened a door that should have remained shut!
To be continued.