The Proof Is in the Fruit - Your Daily Forward Devotional

The Proof Is in the Fruit

July 15, 2020

Read 1 John 2: 3-6

We know that we have come to know Him if we keep His commands. Whoever says, “I know Him,” but does not do what He commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys His word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in Him: Whoever claims to live in Him must live as Jesus did.

Reflect

How do you know for sure that you are a Christian?

When I was a little girl, I was afraid of dying and finding out the hard way that I was not really a Christian. I prayed the sinner's prayer and asked Jesus into my heart almost every night. I desperately needed some assurance of my salvation!

Now that I have grown up in both my age and my faith, I know that I am saved because I have confessed that I am a sinner and I have confessed that Jesus is my Lord and my Savior. I know from Ephesians 2:8 that I am saved by grace through faith in Christ Jesus. And I know from John 10:28-29 that I am His and no one can snatch me out of His hand.

But the evidence of my faith and the proof that I have been saved is in my lifestyle and my behavior. I am changing. Not overnight, but gradually. The more I know Him, the more I love Him. And because I love, I seek to obey Him. I try to follow His example and walk in a manner that honors Him.

However, my efforts to improve myself will never be enough. I am not able to be fully obedient in my own strength. Thankfully, when I accepted Christ, I was given the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit’s power in me that is transforming my heart, changing my desires and renewing my mind. The fruit of the Spirit is growing in my life.

Look for evidence of the Holy Spirit working in your life. Christians are sinners who are being changed. Is your faith producing fruit? The proof is always in the fruit.


Pray

Lord, I want to be obedient to You. Guide my actions and convict my heart by your Spirit so that I will choose to live in a way that brings honor to You. Thank you for saving me by your grace. Amen.

 


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I'm confident about my salvation by faith in Christ Jesus, but i know that i must appreciate and i should embrace the gift of my celestial father.
Philippians 1:6 -He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it
As we commune regularly with our Father, He will guide on the what and how should we do things that honors Him and His people. Then we grow our relationship with Him including our behavior towards obeying His Words.
DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER; JESUS PLEASE PRAY FOR ME & ALL MY FAMILY TO LIVE FOR YOUR WILL @ AND HELP US LIVE FOR YOU WITH YOU IN OUR LIVES ;BODY;SOUL ;AND MIND;THANKYOUJESUS!@1
I love this. I too have suffered from wondering if I’m truly saved but I’m changing little by little into the person he wants me to be. Thank you Lord.
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What a Friend we have in Jesus. He has pruned me and now I bear much fruit. Thank you Lord.
Amen!! Thank You Jesus ✝️🙏🇺🇸
As a Christ follower I should walk like I am belong with Christ and God, I should walk like that i really mean that i am Christ follower.
Ezk.36:26 says God took out My stony heart and gave me a new heart and jer.31:31-34 tells of New Covn't. Predicted and fulfill with Jesus at death burial and ressurection. So I was given a new obedient heart And Spirit and on heart was written the command of God which is love , love others,love God and receive God love for the believer .. so what was written on new heart and the Holy Spirit with in me is New Covn't predicted and fulfilled. Now since the law of sin and death came in with Adam, the new heart and spirit with the righteousness of God we were made or transformed , as new creation or new birth. Then old sinful nature is defeated now have a new righteousness which by the Spirit we grow and change our mind with command written on ❤️ new heart...thus the Spirit of life against fleshly mindsets to renew mind by new Covn't instructions by faith ,. We made heaven ready ..
Amen and Amen‼️🙏🏻
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The only way we can have fruit is to be connected to the vine. I pray I will stay connected to You, Lord Jesus.
".... And, they shall know we are Christians by our love". Thank You!
Amen🙏 ! Thank You Jesus for dying for my sins! This song from childhood "sums" it up: "Thank You Lord for saving my soul. Thank You Lord for making me whole. Thank You Lord for giving to me Thy great salvation so rich so free".
Because you realize that you are a sinner and need help you have had your eyes and heart open to God’s love. Pray humbly to Jesus and he will strengthen you with his love and forgiveness. His saving grace is greater than any of your sins so confess your sins over and over until the Lord gives you victory. He is patient and we must trust him daily that he will never leave you. Then by reading his word and the work of the Holy Spirit you will be changed and your life will give Jesus glory and your heart will be filled with great joy. Thank you Jesus.
There is all hope for you! Trust in God and be patient. Believe in yourself and disregard the negative people!
Thank you lord Jesus for bringing me to a saving knowledge of you. AMEN
DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER;JESUS PLEASE FILL ME WITH OUR SPIRIT@THANKYOUJESUS!@1
Call on Jesus. His name is victorious. He is ‘the winner man’. By His grace we a more than conquerors. Kyle you are not a loser. Tell satan you are a winner and you belong to Christ the living God. Shout it out. Call on Jesus to strengthen you in time of conflict. March on dear christian. March on.
Kyle Satan tells you that you are a loser but God loves you! We will never be perfect this side of heaven. Our daily walk is the process of sanctification and it's sometimes difficult. Continue to let God change you through the renewing of your mind. STAY in the Word!
Yes, the key word here is obedience to His Word. Lord help us to know You please You, and to make you Known.
Sometimes, when I look at my experiences, I think that GOD predestined me to be a loser, and therefore, I figure, "What's the use?"I don't think I'll ever live up to those standards. Is there ANY hope for me?
Yes, this is so true! Anyone can say they love Jesus but they must also obey Him.