“No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks. Luke 6:43-45 (NIV)
Do you want your life to bear good or bad fruit? That is an easy question to answer. Of course, I want my life to bear good fruit. Who, in their right mind, would want to live a life that bore bad fruit? It is the desire of my heart to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. You have heard me say that many times. Yes, I have heard you say that repeatedly. I will never tire of hearing you say that to me. I’m glad about that.
You have a very large role in determining the quality and the amount of fruit you will bear for me. How is that? What you store up in your heart and mind will come out of your life. What do you mean by that? How can I store up things in my life? Everything that you take into your heart and mind gets stored up in you. Everything that you hear and see will be stored in you. Everything that you think, say and do gets stored in you. I didn’t realize that.
You may not be aware of it, but, there is a daily battle in a war going on over your heart and mind and life. What does that mean? The battle and war that I am referring to can be expressed with one question. What is that question? What are you allowing to be stored up in you? I’m not sure what you mean. Are you allowing my word to be stored up in you? Are you allowing what is good and right and true to be stored up in you? Are you thinking thoughts that are pleasing to me? Are you going and doing what I ask of you? Are you putting into practice all that I am showing you? These are all ways to store up good things in my heart and mind. That’s right. If I store up all these good things in me, I will bear an abundance of good fruit for your kingdom. Yes, you will. If I do just the opposite and store up a lot of garbage in my heart and mind I will not bear good fruit for you. In fact, my life will bear bad fruit. That’s right. Whatever I store up in my heart and mind will one day come out. That’s true. Will you store up good things in your heart and mind so your life can bear good fruit for my kingdom? Yes Lord, I will.
Lord, In the past I have stored up a lot of garbage in my heart. Help me to guard my heart. Help me to store up your word in my heart. I want all the good that has been stored up in my heart to come out. I want to bear an abundance of good fruit for you. Amen
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