Acts of God

screenshot-2016-10-06-at-3-13-48-pmHurricane Matthew is about to come along the southeast coast of the United States. I was watching a guy on the news talk about what is and is not covered by various types of insurance. Some people find out after the fact, for example, that flood damage is not covered by a typical homeowner’s policy and you must specifically purchase flood insurance. Wind damage and other “acts of God” may be included or excluded in the fine print of the policy documents. And that statement got me to thinking. Continue reading

False Fruit

wax fruit Fool’s gold is the common term for iron pyrite. More than a few treasure seekers have been fooled by its appearance. While the appearance is very similar, gold is highly conductive, highly malleable, and has been highly sought after since the beginning of history. Fool’s gold has the look but none of the qualities that give the real thing intrinsic value.

Silk flowers and wax fruit are made to look like the real things. Spiritual fruit can be faked as well. The fruits of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5 are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. These will be produced when God’s children live in the Spirit and walk in the Spirit. It is possible to fake the attributes of a godly life for one’s benefit or other selfish motivation, at least for a period of time. You know what they say: You can fool all of the people some of the time, some of the people all of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time. We cannot, of course, fool God any of the time. He’s sees even the thoughts and intents of the heart. While we may win friends and influence people in this lifetime, each person’s works will be tried by fire on the day of judgement.

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