Believing the Promises of God - in His Word

Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed… Without weakening in his faith… Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised. ~ Romans 4 [selected 18-21]

Thursday, July 30, 2009



Deuteronomy 29:17-19 (New Living Translation)
17 You have seen their detestable practices and their idols made of wood, stone, silver, and gold. 18 I am making this covenant with you so that no one among you—no man, woman, clan, or tribe—will turn away from the Lord our God to worship these gods of other nations, and so that no root among you bears bitter and poisonous fruit.
19 “Those who hear the warnings of this curse should not congratulate themselves, thinking, ‘I am safe, even though I am following the desires of my own stubborn heart.’ This would lead to utter ruin!


Matthew 7:19-21 (Amplified Bible)
19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and cast into the fire.
20 Therefore, you will fully know them by their fruits.
21 Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father Who is in heaven. [underline, Italic, bold added]

As I was cutting up the fruit for my delicious lunch I came to the last melon - a beautiful green honey melon - perfectly formed on the outside. But when I raised the knife and cut into it - it actually exploded and blew out fumes of gas from the rottenness inside. Now there is some 'fuel' for more intense thought. Whew!

FRUIT can take us on a long journey of thought...
What thoughts does God bring to your mind when you see this picture of the rotten fruit [compared to the bowl from the last post]? What does God's Word say [speak to you] here? Can you grasp it? It's deep.

Choosing JOY,
[JESUS - The One I THIRST For]


Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

Spoke volumes! May I never be rotten on the inside with only a plastic facade on the outside!

Yolanda said...

The outside allures and may be pleasing to the eye, but truly it is what's on the inside that nourishes and causes the taste buds to come to life.

Eye candy vs tasty for the soul.

May I be tantalising....tasty.....nutritious. MOUTH WATERING.

Farmgirl Cyn said...

To me it (the beautiful melon) is a picture of most false converts...those who look the part on the outside, but there is no real change. There will be many who say "Lord Lord....we did all these things in Your name...and He will say, "Depart from me, I never knew you." Sadly, we know many like this. There is no real fruit in their lives, yet they refuse to see.

Loren said...

May we all belike a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.

and may it prosper unto the Lord!

Thankyou for sharing and teaching today!

Crown of Beauty said...

Dear Stephanie,
Thank you for visiting my blog and your kind comments. I love you blog. I just finished reading the four most recent posts. THe post about favor is powerful. And I noticed that you always end your posts with "Choosing Joy." Would you believe about two weeks ago, I had a post by that very title!

I know we visit other people's blogs by divine appointment. It is a privilege for me to get to know you.


Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

A wonderful post....sorry I have not stopped by recently...My blog reading has been so little the last few weeks...but have a few free days to catch up.