The Apple Tree

 

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When I was a young girl, we lived in a small town with a acre of land. At the very back of the property on the neighbor’s side, was a huge very old apple tree. This tree was our fort, our hiding place, our space ship and our place where we could be all alone. Yet we were under the watchful eyes of our parents, we felt so grown up and so able to handle life on our own. We were only 8 years old when we finally got up the courage to venture out to the tree. This tree was so old, that the branches were so long that they touched the ground. We would have to part the branches to enter the sanctuary of the “tree”.

Once inside, we could see out, but outsiders could not see in. The tree was about 20 feet across and the dirt under it was worn smooth over the years from all the visitors. The trunk branched out about 4 feet us, and went at a 90 degree angel. This made a great perch for us to sit on and to solve the problems of the world! Sometimes we would tell spooky stories, then we would get scared and run as fast as possible back to our house! The tree was an important part of my childhood.

When I pray to the Holy spirit about message, he always reminds me of things in my past and how then equate to my life now. He instructed me to think about the tree with spiritual eyes.

Matthew 12:33
Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.

Jesus reminds us that we are known by our fruit. This apple tree had great fruit. The branches often broke due to the weight of all the fruit. The fruit was perfect and totally available. Because the apple tree was not easily accessed, very people availed themselves of the fruit. We kids ate what we could, and took some home to our families, but we did not even put a small dent in the full harvest. After a period of time the apples would just fall to the ground and rot. Bees would come around, and worms ate the apples. Now how does this equate to the Word of God?
Because A tree is known by it’s fruit, then people are known in the Kingdom by the fruit they produce. Now fruit is great it is wonderful, but it must be available. Keeping the fruit for you and not sharing it is not Gods best for us. When we hear the word and begin to use the word, it is not just for us. Just like the apple tree, the fruit we produce is to be shared, used and devoured. How can you find fruit when it is isolated in the back of the property?
MAKE THE FRUIT IN YOUR LIFE ACCESSABLE TO ALL WHO ARE HUNGRY.
Let’s take a look at a different type of spiritual fruit that has been given to us by the Holy Spirit. It is called the fruit of the spirit and we will see what we should be doing with the fruit that is operating in our lives.
The manifestation of the Fruit of the Spirit
Galatians 5:22-24:
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Lets look at each of these directly.

Love

1 John 4:12
No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.

Imagine, by loving one another, God dwells in us, and we can take that love and use it to love the unlovable. In the natural world there are times that we encounter those in which we have trouble loving, bur when we use the love of God that dwells in us, we can use His love to love everyone.

Joy

3 John 1:4
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

1. the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation: She felt the joy of seeing her son’s success.
2. a source or cause of keen pleasure or delight; something or someone greatly valued or appreciated:

That is Gods desire, to hear that we walk in the truth. Our joy should be exactly the same, as we minister to others, and see them walk in the truth our joy is exceptionally good!
James 1:2
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;

Even when things look bad, we are joyful because we know the outcome! We know that we always win.

Acts 13:52
And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost.

When you are filled with the Holy Ghost the joy is unexplainable, it is contagious and people want to have what you have!!

John 15:11
These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

Peace

2 John 1:3
Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.

We see that these fruits often go together, they seldom stand alone because they are from God and are to bless us and the others around us.

Patience

Revelation 3:10
Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
Imagine, by keeping patient we will keep us from the hour of temptation which is the tribulation

James 1:4
But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

Patience leads us to a place of contentment, and in our patience we find the truth, which is that our love is eternal, no time, and no limits.

Kindness

2 Peter 1:7
And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity
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Ephesians 2:7
That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

Goodness

Psalm 107:9
For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.

When we are filled with the goodness of the Holy Spirit, the longing of years gone by is fulfilled.

Faithfulness
Lamentations 3:22-24
22It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 23They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
God is faithful in all things, at all times, this is his faithfulness.
Psalm 89:1
I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.
His faithfulness goes generation to generation: even to our generations and the generations to follow.

Gentleness

2 Samuel 22:36
Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy gentleness hath made me great.

Self-Control
2 Peter 1:5-7
5And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
6And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
7And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
charity
1 Peter 4:8
And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.

1 Corinthians 13:13
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

When you have accepted Jesus into your life and have received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, these fruits manifest into your life.

Do not allow these fruits to become like the fruit on that old apple tree, ignored, forgotten and never used as God desired. Do not forget to use these fruits because the word tells us that against these there is no law.
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Because there is no law against these, you cannot fail when you do them. Remember Love never fails. As you go forth in life, share the fruit and don’t end up alone like the Old apple tree.
Genesis 1:11
And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.

Luke 6:44
For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather the grapes.

So let it be said of each of you: You are know by your fruit. AMEN

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