Archive for July 2011

For most of my life, I thought that when Jesus said, “A tree is known by it’s fruit”, He ment the fruit of saved souls.  And that said to me that I was supposed to go around leading people to Christ.   I was pretty bad at it, since I didn’t know how and I didn’t know enough to ask God what to do.  I thought that my very salvation was at stake if I didn’t lead people to be saved.

But I just received revelation as I was reading Matthew 12:33-37.  Jesus was talking to the Pharisees when He said, “make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt and his fruit corrupt, for a tree is known by it’s fruit”.  Then I realized that everything that we say and do plants seeds into the hearts of others.   Jesus was also talking about what is in our hearts and what comes out of our mouths,  (for out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks), vs.34b.  If we have anger and resentment and fear in our hearts, we will surly dump it onto others.  We need to be watching what we put into our hearts: ideas, opinions of others, what we see on television and hear from the radio.  There are many outside sources that speak to us and can color our insight and pull us down. 

What we see and hear is a seed that is planted in us and grows into a tree.  If the tree is to produce good fruit we must guard our hearts and keep bad stuff out.  We cannot always avoid negative comments and people, but we can pray that the Lord will clean that stuff out of us before it takes root and becomes a part of our attitudes and behaviors. 

Have you ever noticed when you are around negative people, that before long you are feeling depressed or angry, and sometimes even joining in on the ‘bashing session’?  We can be pulled down so easily.  In Matthew 12:36-37,Jesus says,”But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.  For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Our fruit is every word that falls from our lips, whether uplifting or negative.  Let’s try to speak life and good things to and about others.  Let’s lift each other up.  We will be happier and so will they.  I think our Lord wants our lives to be filled with joy and blessings, for us and others.

Our words are our seeds that we cast in every direction, into other hearts.  What kind of fruit are we producing?  What kind of fruit do we want to produce?

The Lord is trying to tell us that a flood is coming.  Only this time it is a flood of His glory.

Habakkuk 2:14, For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.  (The glory of the Lord will fill the earth and flood it with the knowledge of Him.  Not one person will have an excuse for not believing in God when they see and experience His glory.)

Luke 17:26-30  And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will also be in the days of the Son of Man: They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all… (v.30) Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.  (I believe that this will be the day of salvation for many, and the day of offence for some.)

Ezekiel 47 Then he brought me back to the door of the temple; and there was water, flowing from under the threshold of the temple toward the east, for the front of the temple faced east, the water was flowing from under the right side of the temple, south of the altar. (v.3) the man measured 1000 cubits and he brought me through the waters, the water came up to my ankles.  (INCREASE)

(v.4) Again he measured 1000 and brought me through the waters: the water came up to my knees. (BURSTING FORTH)   And again he measured, and the water was up to my waist.  (RAPIDS)

(v.5)  And again he measured 1000, and it was a river that I could not cross for the water was too deep, water in which one must swim.  (FRUITFULNESS)

The water represents the Holy Spirit.  The water to the ankles is the increase of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is increasing more and more upon the earth right now.  Water to the knees is getting hard to walk in, and it is the bursting forth of the Spirit, which could happen at any time.  Water to the waist is very hard to traverse, and you are in the rapids, but once the water gets so deep that you cannot walk in it and must swim, you are completely engulfed in the Holy Spirit and you start to become fruitful.  At this point, God can use you because you are completely relying on Him for everything, including your very life.

I am very excited to be living at this time when the glory of the Lord could fall at any minute.                     Thank You Lord.   Even so, come Lord Jesus!!!

This week, July 3, 2011, my pastor talked about a vision the Lord has given him.  It is all backed up with scripture too.  Gen. 2:1o: Now a river went out of Eden (Delight), to water the garden, and from there it parted and became four riverheads.

The name of the first river is Pishon (increase) spiritual visions, increase in the anointing.  The name of the second river is Gihon (bursting forth).  The name of the third river is Hiddekel (Tigris, rapids), for only those who are watching.  The name of the fourth river is Euphrates (fruitfulness), anointing, power, glory.  The rivers in Genesis are a foreshadowing of the Holy Spirit, and His workings.

This is the river of increase:                                                                                                                                                 Noah and the Flood:  Gen. 7:4 For after seven more days I will cause it to rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and I will destroy from the face of the earth all living things that I have made.  Gen. 7:10 And it came to pass after seven days that the waters of the flood were on the earth.

This is the river of bursting forth:                                                                                                                               (v.11) All the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.  (v.12) And the rain was on the earth forty days and forty nights.  (v.17) Now the flood was on the earth forty days.  The waters increased and lifted up the ark, and it rose high above the earth.  Gen. 7:18-20  The waters prevailed and greatly increased on the earth, and the ark moved about on the surface of the waters.

This is the river of rapids:                                                                                                                                                  And the waters prevailed exceedingly on the earth, and all the high hills under the whole heaven were covered.  The waters prevailed fifteen cubits upward, and the mountains were covered.   (v.24) And the waters prevailed on the earth one hundred and fifty days.

(v.8:4)  Then the ark rested in the seventh month on the mountain. (v.8) Besides the raven, Noah sent out a dove, who if he found no appropriate resting place would return to it’s former resting place, and so it returned.

This is the river of fruitfulness:  (v.10 & 11)  And he waited yet another seven days, and again he sent the dove out from the ark.  And the dove returned with an Olive tree leaf in it’s mouth.

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