Just now, in fact, only a few minutes ago, these words came into my mind: A good tree cannot bear bad fruit and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. (Matthew 7:18).
That got me thinking.
In another place, we are told, “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” (Philippians 2:12).
You see, we need to take stock of what we truly value. If we cherish Christ’s commandments, we will want to keep them. If we cherish what He did on the cross of Calvary, and I mean, truly cherish, then this will be seen by our everyday actions and reactions to whatever situation we find ourselves in. One day, we may see blessing after blessing fall into our hands. The next, it’s as if we’ve been thrown into a cauldron of curses. What do we do and how do we react on the bad day? It’s not a simple thing to keep your head when everything you touch seems to go wrong, and then some! Your reactions to whatever befalls you on the bad day will prove how your heart really works and how much Scripture you’ve really taken in. I’m only writing this because I gave some bad reactions to various situations that happened yesterday, seemingly pouring out from a never-ending series of nagging nuisances.
We’re told that the heart is desperately wicked, who can know it? (Jeremiah 17:9). This is proved by the first words that I heard from the Holy Spirit just a few moments ago. It was a chastisement and a warning. We must overcome the wiles of the enemy, whatever they may be and for whatever unknown reason he sends them. Oh, he is allowed to send them. Just read Job! We must be tested. The Lord says: “Behold, I once more shake heaven and earth so that only the things that are unshakeable may remain. (Hebrews 11:24-25). Well, we need to ask ourselves: Are we unshakeable? Have we built our house on the Rock, or on the sand? If we need forgiveness, we have our Advocate, Jesus Christ the Righteous One. (1 John 2:1). If we hear His voice in a chastisement or a warning towards us for whatever reason, we must run to Him and ask for His pardon. His forgiveness is the only way we are going to survive the wrath of Almighty God when it is poured out.
The Lord bless and keep you.