By: Darrelyn L. Tutt"As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly."Proverbs 26:11andTwo Trees"For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs; nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh."Luke 6:43-45-----Illustration with 26 - Look at the number closely and enlarge it and you'll see the entire framework of the tree. Let the base of the #6 touch the bottom of the #2 and you should be able to see the formation of a tree trunk. With the open hook of the #2 create a full flowering tree and bring it around to the tip of the #6. Perfect. Let's utilize the loop of the #6 sitting at the base of the tree as a basket and fill it with either good or bad fruit. This illustration serves as a reminder that the fruit of the tree attests to the health of the tree ... either good or bad.----- The Proverb and parable, while utilizing different "graphics," assert similar lessons to ponder and glean from. Consider:A fool remains a fool and doesn't change; he returns once, twice, and three times, to an unfruitful and unproductive way of life. Like a dog returning to his vomit he remains what he is and retains his earthly and former appetites. Eating up the vomit of the food he's just digested, he gourges himself on his own filth and devours himself, literally, yet again.The fool displays his truest self in animalistic fashion ... for that is his passion.Foolish. Resistent. Unrepentent. Unfruitful.*It is the message of the corrupt tree which brings forth corrupt fruit.----The two trees fortify us with a beautiful contrast of both good and bad fruit ... and we shall close with the health of the productive, fruitful, and thriving.Matthew 3:8 suggests that good fruit begins with repentance:"Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance."The "firstfruits" of salvation begin with the key ingredient of confession and remain a lifelong "core" of the sanctifying process ... enabling the production of extraordinary and ongoing yields.Dry seasons and drought are active participants in the life of a healthy tree, along with pruning and trimming ... but the "good" tree is safe; its roots are firmly grounded and extend deep into the fertile soil of God's word and His truth.Difficult seasons shall be sustained and the husbandman shall see her through.(Jeremiah 17:7-8 & Psalm 1:3) Repentant. Responsive. Fruitful. Faithful.Hmmm.It's just so good to be an offshoot of the true vine.(John 15:1-8)Abide in Him, remain in Him, The fruit will come.-----THREE SUGGESTIONS1) Start at the beginning and ask God to highlight arenas of sin requiring confession and honest admittance of our truest selves.2) Remain focused on all that is necessary for the growth of a healthy root system and trust Christ to take care of the fruit on the branches.3) Give thanks for whatever season Christ has brought you too ... He will be faithful.
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