Matt. 7:15-17 “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16“You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? 17“So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.”
Definition of “good fruit“: Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”
Gal. 5:17-18 “For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.”
Definition of “bad fruit”: Gal. 5:19-21 “The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
As you can see from the pictures, a tree that is free of fungus (sin) bears good fruit. A tree that has fungus (sin) bears bad fruit. When I first came to the Lord, He gave me a dream in which He showed me three trees that were full of fungus. Due to the fungus these trees were unable to produce any fruit. I was instructed to remove the fungus from the trees, and put them into garbage bags to be burned. I was told that once the fungus was removed that the following year, the trees would then produce good fruit! Thank you Lord!
I then began a process in my life through the recovery group called Celebrate Recovery. In this process I began to recognize what my sins were, ask God for forgiveness, and not allow them back into my life. I was in the process of removing the fungus (sin) from my life. I did this process for about three years in Celebrate Recovery. This was one of the best things that I ever did for myself. Through that process I learned so much about myself, and about the Lord. I learned how selfish and self centered I had been. I learned how unforgiving I had been. How full of sin I was and how much I needed Jesus.
Taking that long look in the mirror was a hard pill to swallow. I was so ashamed of how I had treated people — and if you’re one of those people who thinks “I don’t sin” or “I have no sin” or “I treat people really good”, please really ask yourself honestly what the truth of these are.
We ALL sin and we ALL fall short of the glory of God, but Jesus is faithful and just to forgive us our sins if we confess them to Him, He says that He will then cleanse us from all unrighteousness! That is GREAT news. Sin is fungus in our lives.
I am a continual work in progress and I am so thankful to the Lord for His mercies that are new every day, and I am thankful for the relationship I have with Him today.