By their fruit you shall know them
In our last letter, we spoke about Satan’s desperate attempts to impose his way of life, especially when we look at the state of our governments. The determined attempts to destroy anything good: the breakdown of the family – through the LGBT movement, free sex, etc.; child sacrifice – abortion on demand up to and beyond birth; the loss of freedom – through the socialist agenda and gun control; the denial of religious freedom – through censorship and the courts. And more, lots more. It is very easy to become demoralized and feel all is lost.
But all is not lost. We are just going through the period of tribulation spoken of in the bible. This is the time just after the second coming of Christ and Satan is fighting for his life. God has promised us that His Kingdom will be built on this earth. We just need to hang in there – remain faithful but be open to receiving the Lord at His second coming.
In Matthew 22 Jesus warns believers that the supposedly faithful may miss the marriage supper of the lamb and the simple everyday folk will be the ones to attend the feast. We have to be ready to humbly hear the word of God, accept it, believe it and act on it instead of stubbornly sticking to our own religious perspectives. God can open or harden our hearts based on our sincere and prayerful seeking, asking and knocking – and also based on our willingness to hear the answer whether it be what we expect and want or not. The ultimate litmus test is given us by Jesus – “by their fruits you shall know them.” This has always been my own personal standard by which I judge whether something or some inspiration is from God or from the other guy. What are the fruits – the results?
It is easy to see the fruits of Satan, but sometimes recognizing God’s fruit can be a little more difficult. One needs to listen to the quiet voice within and fine tune your conscience through prayer and study of the bible. Is the fruit one of goodness, love, and living for the sake of others?
Jesus told us when He was asked which the greatest commandment was: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. And the second is like it – you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27) The attitude of first loving and respecting God, and then living for the sake of others and being ready to protect them. This is the good fruit and the foundation of a free society.
You can read much more about this in our book From the Cross to the Crown and Beyond.
May God Bless you.