December 2017           "A Journal of Biblical Understanding"           Volume 13           

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Are You Weary? Discouraged? Beaten Down? Look UP!!!

Gal 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

So... you call yourself a  Christian!  You are busy struggling, and striving to do all the good you can, to help as many as possible!!   Feeding, clothing and giving shelter to those in need!!!
Preaching and teaching 'that old, old story' to any who will listen...  But things aren't going well!  Evil is on the rise, and terrible things still happen to 'good' people!  It's easy to get discouraged- to feel like quitting! Giving up!

We live in an evil world!! Ungodliness is increasing! Sin is rampant! In this world, no matter what you do, evil seems to prevail! These things can cause one to be discouraged. IF you are discouraged, maybe there is a reason!

What can it be?

Do you want to be in God's Kingdom? Will you be in that Kingdom?

Some... Will Not!

Mat 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Mat 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
Mat 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Did you know...

Just because a person wants to be a Christian, or calls themselves a Christian, doesn't make them a Christian!

In Matthew 7, we find a group of people who won't be in God's Kingdom!

They feel that they should be, but Christ has a different view!

These people acknowledge Him as "LORD"... They have spent a lot of time and energy 'doing good'... they have preached and taught in His Name, and prayed for those with demonic influence- they have done 'many wonderful works- IN HIS NAME! They have made great effort to 'do good', and they have given Christ all the credit! And yet, they will not be in the Kingdom! 

Why?

What is it about these people.... these 'MANY' people that will prevent them from being saved?

Verse 21 "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven."

They have failed to DO the will of the Father!

All the GOOD they have accomplished, is tainted... it is corrupted! It is good mixed with evil!

By their FRUIT ye shall know them!

What's wrong with doing good???

What's wrong about feeding the hungry? What's 'wrong' about clothing the naked, and sheltering the homeless??? What's 'wrong' about preaching Christ and proclaiming that 'old, old story'???

Friends, all the 'good' in this world is corrupt... IF it is mixed with evil!

In the Garden, there were two special trees... the Tree of Life, and the Tree of The Knowledge of Good and Evil. Adam was warned not to eat of the wrong tree! He disobeyed and was cast out of the Garden...

It's all about the Fruit!

It's all about WHAT we do! What we DO IS our fruits!!!

The FRUIT of that wrong tree, is a mixture of good and evil... (it's not PURE EVIL, but 'good' mixed with evil...) sort of like CANDY mixed with Arsenic! It tastes 'good', but it's deadly!

The point is, GOOD FRUIT vs EVIL FRUIT. It's all about the FRUIT!

Mat 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Mat 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
Mat 7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
Mat 7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Mat 7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
Mat 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

This world is well fed on the fruit from that wrong tree!! The GOOD that this world is able to accomplish is the 'good' that is in that mixture!  It is NOT "Godly Good", it is worldly good, and it is corrupted and evil.. It is satan's idea of what is good... not God's!

Verse 23, "...ye that work iniquity."

The devil has his idea of 'good'... it is not the same as God's idea of good.

GOOD- mixed with iniquity -- THAT is the FRUIT from that wrong Tree!

Iniquity is LAWLESSNESS!!! The devil denies that God's Law is necessary and the majority have agreed with him... the majority of those who call themselves 'Christian', look to, and worship the TRUE GOD, but they do it.... their way! They refuse to acknowledge His Law in their lives, and they preach against it! They are 'LAWLESS" - and all the good they can do is useless and corrupt! Candy mixed with poison!

From where do they get their 'good'?? From that corrupt and evil Tree! Yes, They are sincere!! They want to serve the True God! They strive to do good in His Name, and give Him all the credit! Yet they fail, because their FRUIT is evil! In the end, they are told to DEPART.... Christ never knew them!

Many go about saying, "It's so 'good' to know the LORD" - and yet, does the LORD KNOW THEM? Or to be more precise -- Does the LORD know YOU?

One who calls themselves a "Christian", while preaching that 'old,old story', and yet denies the LAW of GOD, is a FALSE PROPHET!

If you are striving to do good, and yet feel weary........ if your efforts aren't bearing good FRUIT, and you feel discouraged.... maybe it's time to reconsider your opinion of God's LAW!

No matter how much 'good' you do...Living a lawless life as you preach and teach AGAINST God's LAW is working iniquity!

No amount of 'worldly good' will compensate for that!

God is not going to preserve that type of lifestyle!

He is not going to make PRESERVES of EVIL FRUIT!

That wrong Tree is a corrupt tree and it's fruit is corrupt!! One day soon, God is going to hew down that Tree and cast it, along with it's FRUIT and those who insist on living their lives by 'that way', into the FIRE.

So, if you're getting weary of well doing...if you're becoming discouraged, maybe it's God's way of telling you that you're 'barking up the wrong tree'! Maybe God is telling you, "BEGIN TO OBEY ME and I will bless you!"

May God Bless you as you seek His definition of 'GOOD'.

 

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