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“And the axe is already laid at the root of the trees; therefore, every tree that does not bear good fruit is being cut down and thrown into the fire” (Matthew 3:10).

This warning is important.  Only the Lord knows the heart, but there appears to be many who simply give lip service.  Their actions are like the world’s and do not reflect any of the Lord’s commands.  Those who are not rooted in Christ will be cast away.  Where are your roots?  Are you living the life to which you have been called, or is your life no different than the one who hates the Lord?

I know I am conflicted because of this world in which I live, I also know I do not do the things I ought, but also, Lord, I desire to be one who is Yours.  Sink my roots into You and let the fruit that grows in me be Your production.  Guide me in Your goodness to look to You and seek after You always.  May the living water You give flow deep in me always.

Lord Jesus, Master of my soul, You know all that is needed.  You know me better than I know myself.  Guide me in Your goodness and mercy to produce fruit befitting one who is Your follower.  You have forgiven my sins and I am empowered by Your grace.  Help me to live with what You have given me and to fulfill Your Great Commission to go out into the world and obey all that You command. Amen.