Do you consider yourself a good tree? How can you make that assessment? Well, let's take a look at scripture, Matthew 7:16-20. My reference is the Women's Devotional Bible (NIV).
16 -By their fruit you will recognize them....
17 - Like wise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.
18 - A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.
19 - Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
20 - Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
When was the last time you bit into a sweet, juicy piece of fruit? Did your taste buds burst with excitement? Did your stomach sing the jingle of sate? I'll bet your lips began to utter songs from your heart of hearts and your feet went pat-a-tat-tat. That's what SHOULD happen when you encounter trees that bear good fruit. The best way to tell if the fruit you encounter is bad -- take a closer look. "One apple can spoil the whole bunch if it lingers in the basket long enough."
Sure, the fruit may look spotless on the outside but venomous and spotted on the inside. Wolves in sheep's clothing is very common these days. All who aver Jesus is Lord has not encountered the true Savior. In the end, Jesus will command those strangers to depart from him because he never knew them.
Can a bad tree bear good fruit?????...well....take a closer look at it's produce.
"Watch closely. Look deeper. Listen with careful caution." These exercises will deter you from camping underneath a bad tree and stuck with sticky sap.
Pastor Doris G. Deckard
- Pastor Deckard
- Dallas, Texas, United States
- Pastor Deckard is a native Texan and lives in Dallas with her family. She preached her first sermon in 2004 and was ordained in 2008. Pastor Deckard has continued to preach and teach at Church of the Solid Rock. She has made her life all about service and participated in many workshops and seminars, from parenting symposiums to diversity conferences along with speaking engagements. Pastor Deckard has traveled locally and internationally, preaching and singing for the Lord. She is a Partnered Ally with the University of North Texas Equality and Diversity Programs and received many awards for her various community-outreach programs and volunteer services. One ministry very close to her heart is Sand Branch. As a Preacher of the Gospel, Pastor Deckard desires to introduce more souls to Christ as she encourages others to focus more on spirituality and their relationship with the Lord. Pastor Deckard founded D. G. Deckard Ministries in 2007, a 501c3 Christian organization. She is also the founder and Pastor of Church the Solid Rock, Dallas TX; a place of worship, acceptance and spiritual growth.
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