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Wherefore by their fruits you will know them  (Matthew 7:20).  Their fruits?  What fruits?  What did Jesus mean?
 
How do people know that you are a Christian?  They can't see your heart.  They can't see your faith-but they can see the results of it.  Jesus said, "By their fruits you will know them"  (Matthew 7:20).  Your fruits are your actions – what you do and the results of your choices.
 
The only way someone can determine whether you are a follower of Jesus is not only by your profession of Him, but by the evidence they see in your life.  That evidence should be spiritual fruit.  But what is this fruit?  Galatians 5:22–23 gives us the answer: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.  Against such there is no law."  The Fruit of the Spirit, then, is the true character of the Christian life that replaces the self-life, or old man,  as the Scriptures label our sin nature (Ephesians 4:22-24).
 
Jesus taught His disciples they could only be fruitful as a direct result of abiding in Him; a relationship that is carefully nurtured.  Jesus explained how He would make it possible for them to abide in Him and bear the same Fruit.  He would send the Holy Spirit after His death—the mind and power of God—to abide in them and guide them (John 16:5-7).
 
The Holy Spirit is the Christ-life within us that produces the Fruit of godly character in us.  As we abide in Christ, keeping a close, obedient, dependent relationship with Him, the Holy Spirit can work in us, creating and producing the Fruit of the Spirit.  The more one abides in Christ, the greater the manifestation of the holiness and divine nature of our Lord Christ Jesus is able to be seen through us in our life and work.
 
Abraham was a good example of a true servant who became predictable in his willingness to obey God, no matter what was asked of him.  Even when God tested him by commanding him to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice, Abraham obeyed!  As he stretched out his hand to slay his son God intervened, telling him, Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me  (Genesis 22:12).  Though he had failed at some moments earlier in his life, Abraham had overcome and grown and now he was known by his deeds – by his fruits.  God says in the Bible that He blessed Abraham and his descendants Because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws  (Genesis 26:5).
 
The principle of fruit-bearing is literally a life principle.  Life develops from a life source; it cannot be manufactured.  Fruit is not made; it grows as the requirements of the life principle are met.  In other words, Fruit is born in our lives as we are connected to our life source, which is Christ (John 15:1-11).  Fruit does not come of man's labor.  It requires his diligence, but it is neither his invention nor his product (John 14:15).  Fruit is God's work, it is not of man's producing.
 
Solomon wrote long ago, Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.”  (Proverbs 20:11).  So, what about you?  If you are known by your fruits/deeds, how would you be known?  What are the fruits of your life so far?

 
 
In order to bear good Fruit, you must first join your life to Jesus Christ (John 14:6).  In order to join your life to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, you must believe in Him and receive His offer of forgiveness (1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Romans 10:9-10).
 
You can use the following prayer or your own wordsLord Jesus, I believe You are truly the Son of God, who came in the fleshI believe You died for me and that Your blood pays for my sins and your resurrection provides me with the gift of eternal lifeI receive You as my personal Savior and LordThank You for saving meHelp me to live a life that is pleasing to YouAmen.
 
The tendency to sin remains part of the human experience, but as a Believer, you have been set free from sin’s power over you and no longer have to give into it (Romans 6).  Willingly turn from your sins and nail your natural evil desires to the cross, how, by daily confessing your sins (1 John 1:9), committing your sinful tendencies to God’s control (Philippians 2:13), crucifying them, and moment by moment drawing on the Holy Spirit’s power to overcome them (Galatians 2:20; 5:24; 6:14).
 
Contact us and let us know you received Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord on 301-873-2500 or myfaithwalk@aol.com so that we may pray for you and with you.

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