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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions For May
The Consuming Of Good Fruit

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

James 3:9-18 KJV
(9) Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.
(10) Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
(11) Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?
(12) Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.
(13) Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
(14) But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
(15) This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.
(16) For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
(17) But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
(18) And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

As a little boy picks apples he goes through the tree he has climbed, saying here is apple and yuck it has a worm, throwing it to the ground. The little boy looking hard for the most edible apple in the tree, yet only finding a worm or a bad spot in the apple making it inedible. The fruit the devil offers is never any good. It looks good and seems delicious to the taste not like the worm in the apple, but in truth it gives one a tummy ache. If Eve could tell her story of picking the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil would she simply say I got a tummy ach and could not see the holes where the serpent had gone through the fruit in the tree making it bad. The fruit Adam and Eve ate was no good for you and me. The devil took what was in the center of the garden and turned it into deception, lies, and inedible fruit. It is fruit that produces guilty, anxiety, anger and repentance in oneís life. No one wants the fruit of knowledge of good and evil while the fruit of the Spirit is presence, but as soon as God was not in the garden temptation came to Eve. Even though God is everywhere, there are times in our life that we are tempted to eat the fruits of evile whether seeable that it is bad for us or not, instead of the good fruits of the vine and the tree of life.

In our life as born again believers we consume doubt, envy, anger, and desire of sin of sensual nature. Our humanity that chases sin is in battle to the ways of God. Our desire to walk by the Spirit, live by Godís grace and wisdom and by the Word through Christ Jesus, is not always the main staple of diet for a believer, but it should be the most desired meal in the universe. When the desire the fruit of God we desire peace not only with God but with our fellow man. The fruit of God is wisdom, peaceful able, gentleness, and mercy with out partiality. Fruit that shows no hate but only love, longsuffering and gentleness. In truth we all desire these things, but are we willing to consume the fruit of righteousness to have them given back into our life. We need to be like the little boy going through the fruit we consume and saying there been a serpent there looking for fruit that good to eat instead.

Dear Heavenly Father help us to desire peace and the fruit of faith and righteousness. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study for Devotion: Galatians 5:22-26 KJV
(22) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
(23) Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
(24) And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
(25) If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
(26) Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.


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