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Be Strong

July 7, 2009

Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for and hope for and expect the Lord! -Ps 31:24

AND remember timing is everything 🙂

But I trusted in, relied on, and was confident in You, O Lord; I said, You are my God. My times are in Your hands -Ps 31:14-15

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, does not faint or grow weary; there is no searching of His understanding. He gives power to the faint and weary, and to him who has no might He increases strength [causing it to multiply and making it to abound]. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and [selected] young men shall feebly stumble and fall exhausted;

But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired. -Isa 40:28-31 AMP

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Know Those Who Labor Among You

July 7, 2009

1 Thessalonians 5:12, 21 AMP
Now also we beseech you, brethren, get to know those who labor among you [recognize them for what they are, acknowledge and appreciate and respect them all]–your leaders who are over you in the Lord and those who warn and kindly reprove and exhort you. ……  But test and prove all things [until you can recognize] what is good; [to that] hold fast.

We are supposed to know those who labor among us. We are supposed to test and prove all things … until we can recognize what is good. How can we recognize what is good?

Matthew 7:15-20 (NLT)
The Tree and Its Fruit

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? 17 A 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.

You can identify people by their actions – their character – their fruit. What is good fruit?

Galatians 5:19-23 AMP      Now the doings (practices) of the flesh are clear (obvious): they are immorality, impurity, indecency, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger (ill temper), selfishness, divisions (dissensions), party spirit (factions, sects with peculiar opinions, heresies), envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like. I warn you beforehand, just as I did previously, that those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [that can bring a charge]. 

James 3:13-18     Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility (gentleness, meekness) that comes from wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth {don’t brag/boast about being wise, that is the worst kind of lie} . This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, unspiritual, of the devil. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder, confusion and every evil thing. But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no partiality and is always sincere. And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteosness.

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Two Kinds of Fruit

Two Kinds of Wisdom

Godly Earthly Godly Earthly
love  enmity full of mercy full of pride
joy  drunkenness
peace  strife peace loving bitter jealousy
patience  selfishness meekness selfish ambition
kindness  anger humbleness arrogance
goodness  impurity pure mixed
faithfulness  envy  sincere  hypocritical
gentleness harshness gentleness forceful
self control  jealousy willing to yield controlling
       
harvest
righteousness
harvest
disorder, confusion
harvest
righteousness
harvest
disorder, confusion