Happy Monday! Have you ever went inside a grocery store to select fruit? In the produce, sometimes you are able to look at fruit and know right a way that the fruit is bad. Other times, you need to touch and feel the fruit to know if it is ripe. Enjoy today’s reading as we read about good and bad fruit trees.
BIBLE VERSE – Matthew 7:15-20 NLT
“15 “Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves. 16 You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. 18 A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. 19 So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. 20 Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.”
This week, ask the Lord to lead you to be good trees with good fruit. You may ask, how do I do this?
Well, Ephesians 5:22-23 NLT says:
“22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!“
Allow the Holy Spirit to produce good fruit from you.
Father God, you are good and your word is true. Father, we want to produce good fruit. Lord, teach us your ways daily. As we surrender our lives to you fill us up with your Holy Spirit. Equip and guide us in all of your ways. Lord, don’t let us be led astray by the self-righteous or by religious laws. Lord, help us to read and understand your word so that our hope is in you and not in man. Lord, we pray for our nation today and this week. Lord, the enemy is devising plans to separate our nation by race, religion, culture, haves and have nots. Lord, stumble the enemies plans for today and this week. Lord, wave your hand and cease the chaos and confusion. Open the eyes of the blind and help us to see things as you see them…as you see them…as you see them. Lord, we need you. Lord, give us discernment. Teach us to bear good fruit so that we can stand firm in you. Lord, wherever there is pain and heartache we ask for healing. Wherever there is hunger, Lord feed your people. Lord, wherever there is fear, remove it and replace it with peace and a sound mind. Lord, we put our trust in you. Continue to change us. In Jesus name, amen.
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