Tuesday, September 24, 2013




 


43 For there is no good (healthy) tree that bears decayed (worthless, stale) fruit, nor on the other hand does a decayed (worthless, sickly) tree bear good fruit.

44 For each tree is known and identified by its own fruit; for figs are not gathered from thornbushes, nor is a cluster of grapes picked from a bramblebush.

45 The upright (honorable, intrinsically good) man out of the good treasure [stored] in his heart produces what is upright (honorable and intrinsically good), and the evil man out of the evil storehouse brings forth that which is depraved (wicked and intrinsically evil); for out of the abundance (overflow) of the heart his mouth speaks.

46 Why do you call Me, Lord, Lord, and do not [practice] what I tell you?

47 For everyone who comes to Me and listens to My words [in order to heed their teaching] and does them, I will show you what he is like:

48 He is like a man building a house, who dug and went down deep and laid a foundation upon the rock; and when a flood arose, the torrent broke against that house and could not shake or move it, because it had been securely built or [a]founded on a rock.

49 But he who merely hears and does not practice doing My words is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation, against which the torrent burst, and immediately it collapsed and fell, and the breaking and ruin of that house was great.

 (Luke 6:43-49 AMP)

Don’t Make This Hard
– The interesting thing about writing devotionals is I never have anything in and of myself to offer you unless it is God inspired.  The Lord led me to this passage still looking at what the fruits of faith look like.  Don’t make this hard.  We listen to the Lord our God then we must DO what He says.  That’s it, we listen and we do with a joyful heart.

Talk to God – Heavenly Father, thank you for creating in me a new and clean heart with an outflow of good and honorable thoughts.  Father thank you for opportunities to practice what you tell me to do.  I love you Lord.

 

2013 © - Sherry Chester – Radiant Life Publishing™



 


43 For there is no good (healthy) tree that bears decayed (worthless, stale) fruit, nor on the other hand does a decayed (worthless, sickly) tree bear good fruit.

44 For each tree is known and identified by its own fruit; for figs are not gathered from thornbushes, nor is a cluster of grapes picked from a bramblebush.

45 The upright (honorable, intrinsically good) man out of the good treasure [stored] in his heart produces what is upright (honorable and intrinsically good), and the evil man out of the evil storehouse brings forth that which is depraved (wicked and intrinsically evil); for out of the abundance (overflow) of the heart his mouth speaks.

46 Why do you call Me, Lord, Lord, and do not [practice] what I tell you?

47 For everyone who comes to Me and listens to My words [in order to heed their teaching] and does them, I will show you what he is like:

48 He is like a man building a house, who dug and went down deep and laid a foundation upon the rock; and when a flood arose, the torrent broke against that house and could not shake or move it, because it had been securely built or [a]founded on a rock.

49 But he who merely hears and does not practice doing My words is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation, against which the torrent burst, and immediately it collapsed and fell, and the breaking and ruin of that house was great.

 (Luke 6:43-49 AMP)

Don’t Make This Hard
– The interesting thing about writing devotionals is I never have anything in and of myself to offer you unless it is God inspired.  The Lord led me to this passage still looking at what the fruits of faith look like.  Don’t make this hard.  We listen to the Lord our God then we must DO what He says.  That’s it, we listen and we do with a joyful heart.

Talk to God – Heavenly Father, thank you for creating in me a new and clean heart with an outflow of good and honorable thoughts.  Father thank you for opportunities to practice what you tell me to do.  I love you Lord.

 

2013 © - Sherry Chester – Radiant Life Publishing™

September 24, 2013

h2h w/ Sherry Cheste

 


43 For there is no good (healthy) tree that bears decayed (worthless, stale) fruit, nor on the other hand does a decayed (worthless, sickly) tree bear good fruit.

44 For each tree is known and identified by its own fruit; for figs are not gathered from thornbushes, nor is a cluster of grapes picked from a bramblebush.

45 The upright (honorable, intrinsically good) man out of the good treasure [stored] in his heart produces what is upright (honorable and intrinsically good), and the evil man out of the evil storehouse brings forth that which is depraved (wicked and intrinsically evil); for out of the abundance (overflow) of the heart his mouth speaks.

46 Why do you call Me, Lord, Lord, and do not [practice] what I tell you?

47 For everyone who comes to Me and listens to My words [in order to heed their teaching] and does them, I will show you what he is like:

48 He is like a man building a house, who dug and went down deep and laid a foundation upon the rock; and when a flood arose, the torrent broke against that house and could not shake or move it, because it had been securely built or [a]founded on a rock.

49 But he who merely hears and does not practice doing My words is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation, against which the torrent burst, and immediately it collapsed and fell, and the breaking and ruin of that house was great.

 (Luke 6:43-49 AMP)

Don’t Make This Hard
– The interesting thing about writing devotionals is I never have anything in and of myself to offer you unless it is God inspired.  The Lord led me to this passage still looking at what the fruits of faith look like.  Don’t make this hard.  We listen to the Lord our God then we must DO what He says.  That’s it, we listen and we do with a joyful heart.

Talk to God – Heavenly Father, thank you for creating in me a new and clean heart with an outflow of good and honorable thoughts.  Father thank you for opportunities to practice what you tell me to do.  I love you Lord.

 

2013 © - Sherry Chester – Radiant Life Publishing™

Monday, September 23, 2013


Examine and test and evaluate your own selves to see whether you are holding to your faith and showing the proper fruits of it. Test and prove yourselves [[a]not Christ]. Do you not yourselves realize and know [thoroughly by an ever-increasing experience] that Jesus Christ is in you—unless you are [counterfeits] disapproved on trial and rejected? (2 Corinthians 13:5 AMP)

The notes in the Reformation Study Bible, provided by Ligonier Ministries, sheds light on this verse in a very clear and succinct way. Each individual person is responsible for examining and testing their own life according to scripture, see 1 Cor. 11:28; Gal. 6:4.

"Paul’s words help clarify the doctrine of assurance of faith. Paul asks the Corinthians to examine their own lives for evidence of salvation. Such evidence would include:
* trust in Christ (Heb. 3:6),
* obedience to God (Matt. 7:21),
* growth in holiness (Heb. 12:14; 1 John 3:3),
* the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22, 23),
* love for other Christians (1 John 3:14),
* positive influence on others (Matt. 5:16),
* adhering to the apostolic teaching (1 John 4:2),
* and the testimony of the Holy Spirit within them (Rom. 8:15, 16)."

Examine Yourself – Put your life to the test. God looks for genuine proof of love, faith, and growth in the lives of His people. The basis of God’s revelation of Himself is done by the example He sets for believers in Jesus Christ. Therefore it is imperative to avoid, run away, and shrink from spiritual complacency. The definition of complacency throughout the Bible can be stated as, "A self-satisfied state of negligence or carelessness, especially in relation to one’s personal situation (Source - Dictionary of Bible Themes). Choose to live by the power of God.

Talk to God – Father God, it does not take much self-examination for me to see I need more of You. Forgive me for spiritual complacency that crept in and robbed me from walking in greater degrees of Your power. Father, I desire the fruits of faith to be self-evident in my life not through words but actions and attitude of the heart.  Oh how I love and need you this day.  You alone are worthy of all praise, honor and adoration God, in Jesus’ name Amen.

alone are worthy of all praise, honor and adoration God, in Jesus’ name Amen.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Get Glad


Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing” (Psalm 100:2 KJV).

Dictionary.com defines gladness as a “1. feeling joy or pleasure; delighted; pleased: glad about the good news; glad that you are here. 2. accompanied by or causing joy or pleasure: a glad occasion; glad tidings. 3. characterized by or showing cheerfulness, joy, or pleasure, as looks or utterances. 4. very willing: I'll be glad to give him your message. 5. Archaic. to make glad.”

To “serve the Lord with gladness” literally means we are delighted, cheerful, willing and down- right pleased to do things unto and for the Lord.  When there is gladness in your heart and mine there is expressed joy and appreciation that flows from within and expresses itself outwardly.

 

Don’t let the enemy rob you of joy and gladness by telling you that you are too tired, too busy, or have too much to do in order to serve the Lord with a good heart motive and cheerful disposition.  There is a difference between doing something and doing it willingly.  I was reminded of that yesterday when cooking some smoked sausage for my husband.  I did it, but the attitude was not one of willing cheerfulness.  “Why?” you ask.  I lost my joy due to a momentary lapse of self-pity.  All better now as I serve the Lord with G-L-A-D-N-E-S-S.

 

Let it be Real in You – God is not only looking for our willingness to serve Him, He wants us to be ‘happy campers’.  Has it ever occurred to us that God does not like seeing a frown on our faces?  A life intertwined with the Lord is satisfying and gratifying. Be glad in the midst of your circumstances. Remember, this is the day the Lord has made.  Therefore, I will rejoice and be glad in it.

 

Talk to God – Father, forgive me for times I let the enemy tell me that serving you is not a joy when you are the expressed author of true joy and gladness.  Thank you for reminding me that it pleases You to have whole hearted gladness in all that we do unto You..  I look forward to this day of resting, abiding, and being hid in Christ Jesus as I ser You Lord with GLADNESS IN MY HEART.

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