Scripture: Luke 6:43-4543 “For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit, 44 for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thornbushes, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. 45 The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
Observation: Genesis spoke quite a bit about the covenant God made with Abraham. Interestingly, Holiness Today magazine came today and it is all about covenants. Can’t wait to read that now, but my draw was to several things in Luke. We read of hypocrites trying to discredit Jesus using the Law which they had twisted. Jesus calls the twelve to follow him ‘after he prayed all night’ (definite lesson there). We have the beatitudes and the call to love and not judge. What drew my attention though was fruit. I’ve had some inner turmoil going on lately so this one really spoke to me. My heart has struggled against some feelings of heaviness, not even knowing for sure what is causing it, but suspecting: I’ve been working too many hours. There has been a lot of illness around me. The news has not been at all uplifting. Social media has been rather negative lately with all the political messes. I’ve really not been getting enough sleep. This passage made me realize that the heaviness I have been experiencing is probably coming out in my actions and words.
Application: We need to protect our health and take care of ourselves. Turn our burdens over to Jesus. We need to stay connected to the vine (John 17). If we do, the fruit we bear will be of the vine. God is love, so if we are connected with the Lord, we will bear forth love. We need to protect our hearts from taking on evil. It is so easy to fall into traps of anger and frustration. If we keep our eyes on Jesus, that cannot happen, because Jesus is the light and will dispel all darkness.
Prayer: Dear Lord, we can’t control any of the things going on around us, but we can protect our eyes from seeing things we don’t need to see, and we can protect our ears from hearing what we should not hear. Father, I do ask for your touch of healing over many of my friends who are struggling with ill health. I do ask that you would guide us in taking care of our bodies, which are your temples. Dear Holy Spirit, I pray that you hear the cries of my friends who are in Kansas this week for the Waiting Sacred Assembly. I join my heart with theirs Lord as they cry out for revival.