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It is our tendency to not look far enough down the road to see what the end result of our decisions is going to be. That is the definition of a lack of discretion.
Discretion means: Seeing and avoiding thoughts, words and actions which could result in undesirable consequences. Wisdom and discretion are kindred spirits. Two peas in a pod. The quality of a lack of discretion brings to mind the old saying, “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.”
Why am I going on and on about this? Because it’s so serious. It’s so important, that Satan is working night and day against it. Your salvation, and your children’s, and bearing fruit that lasts, was the main topic of Jesus’ last words before He died, and His last instructions on earth.
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.”
Ask God to lead you to those who you should listen to, and pray earnestly for “much fruit” in your lives. Ask Him to show you what is in your life that needs to be “pruned” away in order to be more fruitful. Go through the areas of your life: friends, music, hobbies, books, thoughts, etc., and give them to Him.
Well, I’m giving you advice in this series, and some of you will listen, and will be willing to take the road less traveled, will be willing to be thought “weird” and different, will be willing to turn your backs on the world’s ways, and even many of your friends’ ways, to choose God’s ways, and to bear much fruit.
You will not see the fruit now, but in obedience to God’s Word, you will see it. Trust. You will choose not to risk the consequences of sitting on the fence, or loving the world’s ways. You will choose not to risk your children, or listen to their whines and pleas, because you see far down the road and envision a Godly result that is worth far more than the immediate good and gratification of participation in activities which “everyone” seems to be doing.
Activities which, in some cases, there is nothing “wrong” with, but you will look straight ahead and never swerve in your resolve, because you’re choosing that which is best. You are who I’m writing to, praying that you will sacrifice the good, for the best.
I end with two questions:
Are you saved? Are you doing the will of the Father, or just hearing it. Are you fully surrendered to His will for your life? If not, pray now and give your heart and life to Jesus Christ!
If you are saved, are you committed to choosing His best for you and your children?
Do your thoughts, words, actions, activities, spending, clothes, hair, home, spare-time pursuits, show that you belong to Him, and that you are pursuing “much fruit”? Is your fruit good? Is it going to last? Are you abiding in Him?
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses,
Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.