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YOU SHALL KNOW THEM BY THEIR FRUITS
Christianity Oasis Ministry has provided you with this You Shall Know Them by Their Fruits study. This You Shall Know Them by Their Fruits study looks at the You Shall Know Them by Their Fruits message and asks why is the You Shall Know Them by Their Fruits verse important and how does the You Shall Know Them by Their Fruits statement affect your Christian walk. Let us seek and find the truth within the Bible in this You Shall Know Them by Their Fruits Bible study, shall we?


 

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THE VIRTUOUS WOMAN
A RECIPE

STEP #23


Welcome back ...

Today's Virtuous Vitamin is
~GOOD WORKS~
performance of righteous acts

 

Proverbs 31 ... Verse 31
Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

 

YOU SHALL KNOW THEM BY THEIR FRUITS


Welcome back my friend and cohort in TRUTH!

I'm so proud of you for your enthusiasm to become more virtuous for your beloved Jesus, and as we uncover more and more mysteries of TRUTH together, I have to ask, can you feel your values changing? Have you started to replace old habits with new ones? And how do you feel inside ... Do you feel like a better person for it?

All those positive results are the fruits of your hands! You decided to improve yourself. You decided to commit to the challenge of this program. You decided to stick with it, even though you may have experienced obstacles of many kinds along the way, from time constraints to illness to difference of opinion about something in the program to peer pressure, etc., etc., etc. No doubt, dozens of things have nudged you and said, "Ohhhhh, just give it up already." But here you are, devoted to your cause, and you have already been rewarded with better values, new habits and an overall better feeling of well being about yourself. Those are the fruits of your hands and those rewards will continue to grow, as long as you choose to continue on a virtuous path. 

WHERE'S THE LOVE?

 Lots of people are proud of the works they do, but their heart isn't in them. If you do things (works) for the Lord out of obligation, or for recognition, it's much different than if you do them out of love

Matthew 7:20-21
Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in Heaven.

I'm sure you've heard the phrase, Talk is cheap. And it's true ... Worthless in fact. A man's (or woman's) word means nothing until it has been fulfilled. A woman can talk about her virtues 'til she's blue in the face, but unless she practices what she preaches, her words are empty. There's no fooling God.

Galatians 6:4
But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.

Galatians 6:7
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Being virtuous is a choice thatís up to you. God gives you the choice to make your own decisions. Itís never too late to begin. Every day is a new day ... A fresh start. Every moment is a new moment. No matter what, you arenít a hopeless cause. Read the New Testament. Get to know the character of Jesus' Apostles at the beginning of their walk with Christ. They weren't a group of virtue filled fellas right from the get go. It took time. It took faith. One Christian songwriter describes them as "a band of unschooled ruffians and a few old fishermen." Some of the un-virtues they possessed were doubt, fear, pride, jealousy ... Paul even described himself this way:

1 Timothy 1:15
This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

Peter, the rock upon whom Jesus said He would build His church, had so much cowardice at one point that he denied emphatically to some gals at a campfire that he had ever even known Jesus ... Yet, these were His Apostles! Jesus knew that they would need and depend on the Holy Spirit after He left. Don't believe that He can't change YOUR life. Remember, if you're not asking for something that seems impossible ... You're not asking for enough. You may think that you've done some unforgivable things in your life and there's no way you could ever make up for them, but that's exactly the reason why our Lord died for us. THAT IS THE GRACE OF GOD. There is one string attached ... You have to be genuinely sorry for what you did wrong.

Ephesians 2:8
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God ...

2 Chronicles 7:14 
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

There is only one unforgivable sin.

Mark 3:28-29
Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation.
2 Peter 2:20-22
For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

Hebrews 6:4-6
For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the Heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put Him to an open shame.

Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is a very sensitive issue. There are so many people who believe that theyíve ruined the hope of their salvation because sin in their life continues, even after theyíve been saved or reborn. Nothing could be further from the TRUTH. Remember, sin is sin because you know youíre doing something wrong. 

James 4:17
Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

If you did something that you didnít know was wrong, it wouldnít be sin. When you sin, subconsciously (or maybe even consciously sometimes) youíre saying, I know this is wrong, and Iím gonna do it anyway. Yes, itís ugly and shameful and you downright hate to admit it, but itís the TRUTH.

Somehow, we donít want our sins to be ďbadĒ sins ... We feel like we can live within our own skin more comfortably if we think that we only tell ďwhiteĒ lies. Friend, thereís no such thing. Sin is sin. Itís all bad. If you look at sin in general, you could probably say that the majority of sins are repeat offenses. Unfortunately, when youíre saved, or reborn, sin doesnít magically disappear from life. You donít become perfect. But your attitude, and your determination to avoid and resist and reject temptation is what changes. You still have the sin ďgeneĒ from our earthly ancestors Adam and Eve, but when youíre reborn in the spirit, you decide to manage your ďinherent geneĒ differently.

Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is when you forsake Him and NEVER return.

That is the only unforgivable sin.

Everyone sins, and Iíll tell you one of my favorite things again, Our sin canít possibly outdo Godís Grace. Donít ever forget that. If youíre worried that youíve fallen away and blasphemed the Holy Spirit, chances are you havenít, because if you did, you wouldnít care. You certainly wouldn't be concerned about whether or not you're virtuous if you did. If youíre still worried, why not try charity, as Peter suggests.

1 Peter 4:8
And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.

Be careful that once you change your life, and are reborn, that you do not judge others who havenít found TRUTH yet ... Or even still, those who know TRUTH, but haven't decided yet to dedicate their lives to it. 

WOW ...

... is a word you may say to yourself after reading that last sentence ... Because once we see the light, we feel so compelled to help others, and sometimes even over-help those who have yet to see the light that we've seen, or have only seen a glimmer. But let me ask you a question. Let's just say, for the sake of example, that when you found Jesus and opened your heart to the TRUTH, you were 37 years old. When you were 28, chances are you knew who Jesus was ... In fact, you probably knew quite a bit about Him, and if you didn't, you had the opportunity and the resources to find out. But you just weren't ready yet. You chose not to find out. And perhaps you can look back and find reasons why you didn't accept and choose Christianity as your walk until you did. There may have been experiences you had to go through that would allow you to know something first hand in order to help another struggling soul that will go through the same thing in the future. There may have been so much worldly influence with a stronghold on you, that you couldn't have devoted your life without doubting that you did the right thing, or that you were missing something greener back on the other side of the fence. 

My question to you is this ... Isn't it the epitome of hypocrisy to judge another for not choosing to be reborn when WE are ready for them to be? Do not they get to choose their own time, as we did? Was smoking cigarettes A-okay only until you quit, and then once you quit, THEN it became unhealthy for all mankind? How did that happen???

Yes, it is our duty and desire to spread the Word of God. Yes, it is our duty and desire to help lost souls to find their way into or back into the flock. Yes it is our duty and desire to warn those we see are astray. NO, it is not our duty or desire to judge anyone who doesn't do what we want, when we want it. Everyone is different. Everyone's time is different. Everyone's emotions and circumstance and heart is different. Don't ever forget that you were once where they are now, and if anyone judged you for not accepting the Lord as your Savior immediately upon invitation, it may have (and probably did in many cases) scared you into closing your mind and heart to it until another shepherd with more understanding and patience and mercy came along to guide you with more tender loving care, or maybe not even another shepherd, but just another time in your life when YOU had more understanding and patience and a clearer understanding of mercy.

Those who are lost can't understand as you understand until they are reborn and their spirit is renewed. 

John 3:3
Jesus answered and said unto him,
Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.

But to judge them, is not what the Lord taught us.

Matthew 7:1-5
Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.

Judgment, and warning are two different things. Once you know TRUTH, it is your obligation to bring the light to others and blow the trumpet ... Without judgment.

I must accentuate this once more because it is so important, it is our duty to warn, but not to judge, and it is often a very difficult operation to present warning to lost sheep without sounding judgmental. Pray about it and don't be afraid to tell a sheep that you are warning and not judging, and remind them that you were once lost too. They will trust you more for it.

Matthew 10:16
Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

God loves all of His children. He wants everyone to have the chance to renew their lives and not be lost sheep anymore.

Ezekiel 33:11 
Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways ...

Help bring the lost back to His flock. He is depending on you. You are His watchman.

Ezekiel 33:6, 8-9
But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand ... When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.

Just remember, to extend the same kind of grace to the people you take under your wing, that the Lord extends to you, and praise Him for it, every single day.

Even though this Step was on the last verse of the scripture, it's not the end of our program. Don't forget to come back for Steps 24 through 28! See you then.


STEP #23

Meditate on:

GOOD WORKS

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CASTING CROWNS

 

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