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Bad Fruit – Good Fruit – No Fruit

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For a couple weeks I have been pondering:

So then, you will know them by their fruits. ~ Matthew 7:20

Today, I just want to take a couple minutes and think about the flip side of abiding. We have been talking about how to abide in Christ, how to be plugged in. We looked at the fact that if you are connected to the vine, fruit comes naturally.

I wanted to weave in one final word on fruit today, from Jesus’ parable of the soils.

the worries of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. ~ Mark 4:19

If walking by the Spirit is how to bear fruit, and it is, then these three bits of ugly will completely undermine all your aspirations to bear Godly fruit. These three life activities demonstrate that you are not abiding, or walking in the Spirit.

  • Worries of the world
  • Deceitfulness of riches
  • Desires of other things

Three (not so) little (not so) white lies our enemy uses to keep us from fruitfulness.

  • Lie One: You can’t trust God.
  • Lie Two: God is holding you back.
  • Lie Three: God is not enough.

Don’t fall for this garbage – There is no safety, no satisfaction, no true joy, outside the place of abiding.

I can tell you from experience, the Christian life without fruit is miserable. Walking through a life marked with worry, greed or lust while trying to pull off Christianity will turn into a life sentence rather than life abundant.

Today, my call to you is: go 'all in', fix your eyes on Jesus, and plug into the vine. [Tweet This]

That is the recipe for the ABUNDANT life:

Abundant Joy
Abundant Peace
Abundant Fruit

BenThanks for coming by.

Come back soon!


0 thoughts on “Bad Fruit – Good Fruit – No Fruit

  1. joseph elon lillie

    This is a good word Ben. Our culture presents us with multiple opportunities to stumble into these fruit-stealing mindsets. We must consciously chose to avoid them and embrace abiding. Thanks for the reminder.

  2. Caddo-Jael

    I'm not having trouble with "riches" or "other things"; not currently believing the lies you mentioned. Abiding, here. God bless you and the fam--love, sis Caddo

  3. Debbie

    I really liked how you broke it down for us (ME!) from the life activities to the lies. Revealing the lies is so helpful, Mr. Ben .. thank you! When you put it like that, then we can see more clearly what is going on when we start wanting other things, or are worried about things we don't need to be, etc. God bless you and yours and the fruit that you bear for Christ!

    1. Ben Nelson

      I am learning in my own life, most of my failing revolves around a lie I am believing. Our enemy is the father of lies, and temptation most often is rooted in lies- false promise to answer some legit longing in our heart.

      It does not take away our culpability, but for me at least, it opens my eyes to the fact that i am being duped, and undermines the power of it.

      There is always an antidote to a lie - the Truth.

      When I am tempted to sin, and I know it is sin, but feel like i can't resist, if i can grasp that it is in fact a lie, it gets me angry at the tempter, and i can hear the voice of truth!

      Sorry - i am preaching to my self at your expense.

      thanks much for stopping in Deb. It's fun to grow together in this wonderful abundant life. isn't it?



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