Love that is selfish is not love. Joy that comes from vanities and covetousness will fade. Peace that does not trust in the Lord will fall to fear. Patience with prejudice is not patience. Kindness to be seen will only last for a season. Goodness that pleases evil is not goodness. Faithfulness cannot exist with pride. Meekness is lost within an angry heart. Temperance is confusion for those who lack the rest.
We can bear fruit that seems to be of the Spirit, but is it really? Jesus told us that he is the bread and fountain of life. What bread are we consuming? What water are we drinking? Are we eating the moldy bread of man and the wine of vanity? Are we abiding in the vine of Jesus, or are we dying within the vine of this world, choked by thorns?
Why does our fruit not remain? Why is my work so easily attacked and my confidence shaken? I’ll tell you why. Selfishness. Vanities. Covetousness. Mistrust. Prejudice. Fear of Man. Pride. Anger.
It does not matter how good we get at putting on shows of righteousness, the truth will come out and it will be revealed that our legalistic fruit was fake. It matters not if the “real” fruit bears roots in this world, because these fruits will die.
Unless we abide in Jesus, truly seek him, and lay aside the things of this world according to the grace given us, we will not flourish. Not really. The good thing is, Jesus will help us let go of this world. Little by little, we are made free from the things that choke the Spirit from us and stop up the fountain of life within. Little by little, we will grow and bring forth real fruit—lasting fruit that will endure forever. If we believe, if we seek with a sincere heart, if we put our trust in the Lord, then little by little, he will guide us to everlasting life!
I have little real fruit. I’ve had fake fruit. I’ve had worldly fruit. I need lasting fruit that is fit for the kingdom of heaven, and I thank the Lord that by his Spirit, the dead things of this world will have no power over me. Believe the gospel. Be free indeed!
I’m not giving up on KindlingTruth. I am going to take time to allow the Lord to cultivate real, lasting fruit so that I am more effective for those who read the things I write as I better live the gospel I believe in. So, I’m going to continue writing the articles as planned, but on the Lord’s time, not mine. I’m removing intended publication dates.