September 12, 2014

Read: Luke 6:43-45 

One of my fondest memories growing up was picking wild blackberries in the wooded areas of my neighborhood with my brother.  When we had our fill from eating them right off the bushes, we would each fill up a large bowl to sprinkle sugar on and eat for dessert that night.  Many summer days included tummy aches and blue-stained teeth.

I also remember the holly bushes in the winter with their bright red berries.  They looked every bit as tasty as the blackberries, but I had been warned on several occasions never to eat them.  They produced poisonous berries, and unless they were totally transformed down to their DNA, they would always produce bad berries.

In Luke 6:43, Jesus used this analogy regarding a man’s heart.  A bad tree cannot produce good fruit.  Before we concern ourselves with the fruit we produce, it is essential that we know what type of tree we are.  Are we a bad tree, separated from God by our sin, laboring in vain to produce good fruit for the world to see?  Or are we a bad tree transformed from the inside, by Salvation through Christ, into a good tree?

Jesus went on to tell us that the source of the fruit in our life comes from the treasure of our heart.  It very simply comes down to a matter of the heart.  When we don’t see the good fruit we hope for in our lives, do we dwell on the missing fruit?  Or do we ask the Lord to reveal the hidden treasures that are bringing forth bad fruit?

Pray:

Adoration: God is holy, mighty, gracious, and merciful. Spend time declaring your love for Him and expressing your thoughts of praise and worship.

Confession: Ask God to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness.

Thanksgiving: Express your thankfulness to God for the blessings He has given you. When we consider that we deserve punishment because of our sinfulness, and instead God gives to us His love and mercy, our only response should be one of thankfulness.

Supplication: Petition God for growth in your compassion and love toward others.  Offer prayers for your loved ones and others who do not know Jesus and for those in need.  Ask God to use you to tell others about Him and show His love. Offer prayers concerning your activities for this day and any special concerns you have.