Weekly Devotional: Gems from Pastor Jim 10/4/2021

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by Jim Hughes

CrossMatt. 7:20 “Yes, the way to identify a tree or a person is by the kind of fruit that is produced.”

What kind of life we live reveals who really controls our lives. We do not have to do all the things the world does in order to be under Satan’s control. We can be “good people” in the eyes of the world and go to hell when we die. In fact, I believe most people fall into that category. What makes a person good and acceptable to God is not what we do; it is in whom we put our trust. Without putting our trust in Christ, we may do much good in the world, but we will lose our souls.

It doesn’t matter what we profess to be; if our living doesn’t match up to our profession, we are not who we claim to be. We cannot live in fellowship with Christ and fail to produce godly fruit. A child of God shows the characteristics of God in his life. God is holy and His children show evidence of holiness in their lives. The only way to really know what that means in practical terms is to open up God’s Word and take note of what He says about how we are to live. A closed Bible results in ungodly living.

Good fruit is only produced on properly nourished trees. There has to be amble amount of necessary ingredients for it to grow and produce. It is the same with our souls. We must feed our souls what they need in order for them to grow and produce. We must be vigilant in what we allow our souls to feast on. No one can properly take care of your soul for you but you. A neglected soul will produce bad fruit that is of no eternal value at all. Only a soul that produces good fruit will see God.

When properly taken care of, our souls will produce much good fruit that brings honor and glory to Christ. You are what you produce.

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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