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BITTER GREEN FIGS FROM THE TREE OF LIFE
By Martha © 1998, Revised 2012
Book Two Of Eight

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Book Two Of Eight
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I have ministered to many around the world by personal letters for decades, and in these letters are hidden tidbits of manna, and mixed in with the every day counseling and answering letters are hidden crumbs of wisdom, and hidden secrets of the scriptures, and hidden thoughts of the LORD as He ministers those things each believer needs to hear, words of comfort, and sometimes even rebukes, coming from the Spirit of Prophecy as the Holy Spirit answers troubled hearts and weary minds with a touch of the bread from heaven. This treatise is formed from bits and pieces of some of the letters that the manna from heaven might be given to all who believe, and some are literally, bitter, green figs, hard truths and new. These are treasures from the Holy Spirit, pearls from the Kingdom of Christ Jesus, precious fruits from the Tree of Life.

Chapter 15 On the Sayings of Jesus

In the parable of the sower and the seed, the Kingdom of Christ Jesus is the sower, but we are the soil into which the seeds fall, the Word. If we have sin, and if we love our sin, and if we love the world and the flesh, we are consumed by our own sins and the Christ sown in us perishes. That light that is lighted and that is born in every man, the conscience of the discernment of good and evil, perishes, and that person condemns his own self, not having received with faith the love of the truth and righteousness. That is the first seed cast where satan steals it because a man does not understand and if a man does not understand, he is a lover of self, sin and the flesh. Every soul must understand that GOD is a righteous GOD and that the love of evil will destroy any understanding and all understanding concerning the righteousness of Christ and of GOD.

While the LORD tarries is when the powers of darkness sow their seeds. As in the garden of Eden in the absence of the LORD, satan overthrew Adam and Eve. In the absence of Adam satan overthrew Eve and in the absence of the LORD satan also overthrew Adam. If we do not understand that the absence of the LORD in and of its own self puts us as easy prey to the powers of darkness, we are blind and deaf to the spiritual powers that surround us. After the LORD Jesus ascended to the heavens, having left the earth, satan cast his own seeds into the earth, he continuing to cast his wickednesses and unclean doctrines into the earth. For the LORD Christ cleansed the earth of its sins, and then again did satan defile it. And this defiling came directly by the hand of the powers of darkness, yet the wheat, the truth remained pure, and did not turn to become tares as did in the beginning of time, all becoming lost, and cursed and damned. In Christ, there is a pure wheat that shall survive all the way to the ending of the world, that the pure truth can be sought, found, believed, and save those who find it.

Now, the grain of mustard seed that was sowed in the earth that grew into this great tree, is that grain of the Word sown in Genesis concerning the Woman and her seed, the Manchild, it being sowed in the beginning, but a mustard seed, bitter, mustard, and yet it grows and continues to grow, the prophets adding words unto it, over and over, watering it, and it continues to grow all the way to the ending of the world, Jesus Himself adding unto the scriptures prophecies concerning her, and she grows and grows, becoming a giant tree that covers the whole earth and the birds come and nest in her branches. This Kingdom that was sown in the beginning shall bear her fruits in the ending. And she is bitter, and her fruits bitter, and her truths bitter, and her seeds, bitter. She is a dry tree, an unwatered tree, an unknown tree, a new planting, bearing new seeds and new truths.

The man that sowed good seed in his field, when the seeds came up, also tares came up with the good seed. The foolish and unwise say, If a work is in Christ and of GOD, leave it alone. GOD will take care of it if it is of Him. They said of Christ. Leave Him alone. If He is of GOD, He will succeed in that which He is doing, and lest we be fighting GOD, let us not touch Him. And if He is not of GOD, GOD will destroy Him Himself. So let us just watch and wait and let GOD take care of it, for if it is not of GOD it will come to naught. Now, this is a renegade mind from the truth and a reprobate mind. For if a man sows corn in his field and tends it not, what kind of harvest shall he have? And if he tends it not, will it not be plundered and stolen as fast as ears appear upon the stalk? And what of the insects? and the weather? and the dunging? and the weeding? So the Kingdom of GOD is likened to tender plantings and seedlings that need tending. And so, Jesus said, The children of the world are more wise than you of the Kingdom of GOD, for they tend to their fields well and know to do it lest their harvests perish or are stolen. But you children of the Kingdom of GOD are lazy, unconcerned, lovers of self and pleasures, despising the cross of responsibility, and say, let it be. GOD will tend to it. GOD will care for it. GOD will nurture it. If it is GODís let Him take care of it.

The Kingdom of GOD is as a baby thrust out of the womb of its mother. How shall it survive if it is not cared for? For even GOD placed the child Jesus into the womb of a virgin, Mary, and then placed both Mary and Jesus into the hands of Joseph that they might be cared for and protected and sheltered. And of course, Mary, knowing it was a miracle child in her womb, would have had a fearful burden all the days of her life. For her favour toward her firstborn would have been despised, both she and her firstborn. And Joseph, would he not have loved the seeds of his own loins more, and doubting time and time again the virginís conception, as we of flesh and blood do when the vine is unattended? and when faith is unwatered? and when the Word in us is not allowed to grow and bear fruits unto eternal life?

Likewise shall the Woman and her seeds be cast into the earth, and the same shall be said of her. Let her be. If she is of GOD, He will take care of her. If she fails, she is just not of GOD, and her works shall come to nothing. Is not the grain of corn of GOD also, yet men tend to but grains of corn and seeds of wheat? Will these things survive without the caring and tending of men? If she is not of GOD, He shall destroy her, they have said. Remember, truth and reality agree! Has GOD destroyed the atheists? the false religions? the witch doctors? the seers? the witches? the false prophets? the false ones? the evil enemies of the truth? In Revelation it is not GOD who purposes to destroy the woman and her seed, but the dragon, the devil, filled with rage against both her and her seed, for they keep as written, the commandments of GOD and the sayings of Jesus.

We all have been a long, long time coming to a responsible faith, a true faith, a pure faith, a faith that is perfect, filled with understanding.

Read the parable of the sower found in Matt. 13:19-23. There are particular scriptures of importance regarding this parable. Matt. 13:19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the wayside. 20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; 21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. 22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. 23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

Jesus did not explain this parable unto men immediately. He went on with the parables on the good seed, and the mustard seed, and the woman and the leaven, and the treasure hidden in a field, and the pearl parable. These parables all run together as a story, as one instruction, as one understanding.

THE SOWER AND THE SEED
THE PARABLE OF THE GOOD SEED AND THE BAD SEED (WHEAT AND TARES)
THE MUSTARD SEED (HEALING LEAVES)
THE WOMAN AND HER LEAVEN
TREASURE HIDDEN IN A FIELD
THE MERCHANT SEEKING PEARLS

Then Jesus spoke the instructions concerning these parables just listed that are joined as one lesson and one instruction . . . . MATT. 13:52 THEREFORE EVERY SCRIBE WHICH IS INSTRUCTED UNTO THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS LIKE UNTO A MAN THAT IS AN HOUSEHOLDER, WHICH BRINGETH FORTH OUT OF HIS TREASURE THINGS NEW AND OLD.

We understand from these words of Jesus that the Kingdom of GOD and the understanding of it would come in the ending of the world. It is when it is in its fullness that it would be manifested, for while it is yet in the earth, and unfulfilled, it is hidden in the Word. The Kingdom of GOD is hidden till the ending of time and then it is manifested by a Woman and her leaven, and a Woman finding the lost coin, and by a Woman and her seeds and her Manchild coming into the earth. Then at that time, all the sayings and parables of Jesus shall knit themselves into an understanding. Now, the Kingdom is as a treasure hidden in a field. If Jesus had unveiled the Kingdom of GOD to men, He certainly would not have spoken of its being sealed, veiled, and hidden until the ending of time.

Understanding! What a treasure! For without understanding does the world perish in its sins and corruptionís. So, now going back to the treasures hidden in the sower parable, the understanding comes in these words.

1. This is he which received seed by the wayside.
2. He received the seed into stony places.
3. He received seed among the thorns.
4. He that received seed into the good ground.

This is the simplicity of its understanding: 1. This seed is he which received truth by the wayside. 2. This seed is he that was in stony places. 3. This seed is he that was with the thorns. 4. This seed is he that was in good soil.

This seed is he. . . .this seed is he. . .. this seed is he. . . .retain this saying in your mind. This seed is he!

The parable of the sower and the seed is in its own simplicity understood. For the Word being pure seed, fell upon those that were in specific places. The first seed fell upon those on the wayside. The second seed fell upon those who were in stony places. The third seed fell upon those that were dwelling with thorns. And the fourth seed fell upon those that were hungering and thirsting, upon those that were seekers of truth and righteousness.

Where was Judas abiding when he heard the WORD? when the seed was sown in him? We know Judas abided with the money belt, abided with the scribesí and phariseesí approvals, old doctrines, old truths, old wine, and we know one other thing concerning Judas. Judas abided in his sin, with his devil, with his immorality, with the beast, with homosexuality consorting with unclean men and unclean spirits and wickedness. This is but one example of he which receives seed by the wayside, in sin, abiding sin, remaining in sin, retaining his sin, receiving the truth in his sins still, by the wayside, out of righteousness, and abiding in sin. This is he, one abiding with the blind, being blind, consorting with the unrighteous that hold the truth in unrighteousness. Therefore, because of the sin of homosexuality amongst the priests in the days of Christ, did Christ say, you must be more righteous than the scribes and pharisees to enter into the Kingdom of GOD, and He even called them snakes, and serpents, their father being the devil, they being sons of the devil, satan. And we know the snake and serpent to be the beast, the homosexual snake, the beast in the garden of Eden that Adam and Eve both entered into immorality with, Cain being the firstborn to come from the womb of Eve, he being satanís child, an unclean homosexual spirit and a murderer. Judas right from the beginning abided with his serpent and his uncleanness and his snake. Because of that sin and evil, the murderer satan entered into him as he did into Cain when he rose up in the field against Abel and when Abel resisted his immoral advances, Abel being righteous, Cain slew him. Because of Cainís uncleanness did GOD reject his sacrifice, saying to him, sin lies at your door and your desire is unto your sin.

The second one received the truth with joy at first, for it appeared to allow his sin as well as his salvation and forgiveness for the allowances of his weaknesses. For under the law, Judas as well as all sinners, could go and sacrifice a goat over and over and over again, sin and sacrifice, sin and sacrifice, as the priests did also, or a lamb, they always having a sacrifice for their sins while continuing in them, and here comes Jesus and says, This is a lie. You cannot do this. You must cease these things. They received the word in sin in the stony places with joy, using the Word to grant forgiveness as we hear out of the mouths of every homosexual and lesbian today, GOD loves me. He made me this way. I was born this way. How can I be condemned if GOD made me this way? With joy they say, I sin not and am guiltless! In Christ Jesus I am guiltless and forgiven even if it is a sin to do so, which it is not, GOD having made me this way. And they add unto these words that one who opposes their iniquity is preaching hatred.

And of course, as written, it says, GOD has turned these over to a reprobate mind, these that would not retain GOD in their knowledge, and that this reprobate mind is also filled with all manners of wickedness and evil. Rom. 1:24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: . . . . . . . .26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. Now those that consent to acknowledge these that do such things as brethren, shall receive the same judgment as those who commit such things, they having agreed and giving consent to such wickedness.

Now, we know personally of one who received the word in stony places . . .having a heart of stone, fearful of persecution, fearful of death, fearful of loss, fearful of everything, and he is angry at discipline, angry at loss, angry at the cross, angry all the time, angry, angry, angry at everyone and everything, filled with bitterness, and then this anger seeded into a deep depression and sorrow when understanding came, that the cost of eternal salvation is so very great, and then the exchange was made. He returned to the joy of the flesh, the world, the comfortable doctrine of salvation, the peace and safety salvation, the allowable doctrine of life here on earth and in eternity as well, the broad path to destruction doctrine, and the approved traditions and doctrines that have stood since the beginning of time in the hearts of the rebellious, the lovers of the flesh and the world. These have been captured by the will of satan, those who love this life and this world, having hearts of stone, hearts hardened to the truth, unable to receive or believe. This is he . . .As you read, never forget we are speaking of seeds, of this is he!

And then we come to the he that heard the Word midst the thorns . . . .and who are the thistles and the thorns? those that love wickedness! How can those children of GOD who have earthly companions that love sin hope to endure in faith when their companions, friends, and loved ones are those who not only love sin and wickedness, but hate GOD? They live midst the thorns and the thorns will overthrow them, and take all the life from them, all of it, ensnaring them, causing them to become in bondage to the spirits of sin and unbelief and wickednesses. These are they that dwell amongst the thorns, loving the thorns that love the wickednesses of the flesh. These that are caught up in the cares of this life, the loins, the belly, and the love of a life, a demand for a life, and a family, and career, and friends, and being deceived concerning the love of this world, err from the faith and perish. The WORD of GOD never perishes. The seeds perish. Remember the word, the seed is he . . . or she . . .It is not hard to see seeds perishing. . . . .the WORD never perishes. The seeds perish!

Now we come to the good soil, that he, that she, good soil. Where are they? How are they good soil? They are those that are already washed in repentance, despising evil and seeking for good, obeying the conscience that is able to save, already believing though not understanding, already washed in the love of GOD and already turned from the flesh and the world and this life and sin. These already despise their weaknesses, sins and their own corruptions. These are they . . .good soil! These love righteousness! These are hungering and thirsting for righteousness, despising iniquity, being seekers of the truth.

Those who receive the Word with joy, first love it, and then begin to become its accusers! The Word penetrates their ears and their minds, but not their hearts of stone, they in their hearts already having determined to choose to obey or not obey. These first receive the Word with joy and then turn to despise the responsibilities of it. And we know that they are those who also have received the Word first with joy and then turn to depression, and they enter into a lukewarm state, loving nothing, hating nothing, unable to break the shackles of the bondage of depression and sorrow, neither hating anything nor loving anything. Anger causes one to be active, and to become responsible, not necessarily destructive, but constructive. Anger will cause one to do good or to do evil. We are speaking about the long enduring anger that has fruited into depression that causes apathy and an uncaring heart to become crushed in blackness, unable to love or to hate, an anger that has risen with the sun over and over again and has set with the sun over and over again. The scriptures say, Would that you loved or hated, but because you can do neither, I spue you out of my mouth. Would that you were hot or cold, but you are as lukewarm vomit. You do not hate evil nor do you love righteousness. You are lukewarm!

And we have those who come to hate the Word of GOD that requires them to forsake everyone, everything, even oneís own life in order to be given life. The world will cause you to sin, and the love of it cause you to perish. The flesh will cause you to sin, and the love of it cause you to perish. The love of friends will cause you to sin, and commit idolatries. The love of brethren, family and life will cause you to turn from GOD and seek after that sustaining force in this world that will sacrifice the Spirit to retain the flesh in everything, to save the life, from the least thing to the greatest thing, all things in the flesh and heart and mind and soul becoming magnified as a threat to the loss of the life, and the Spirit of GOD becomes the greatest threat, and so one will either cling to the Spirit for eternal life or rebel against it and flee it lusting yet for this life, and they will either run after the Holy Spirit to attain it or run after it to find a refuge in it by faith, following the blind that preach believe only and thou shalt be saved, disallowing all the other commandments and burdens of the cross of righteousness. Remember, we are the seeds that shall live or die, be saved or perish.

When you can understand that you are the seed itself, you will get serious and sober minded as to where you are, midst the thorns, or on the wayside, or with a heart of stone, or are you good soil? The wayside is the seed. The stony heart is the seed. The thorn is the seed. The good soil is the seed. The good soil is both the soil and the seed. The stony place is both the stone and the seed. The wayside is both the wayside and the seed. The thorn is both the thorn and the seed. And we see that Judas was by the wayside, and had a heart of stone, and was also midst the thorns. He was all three of these perishing seeds. The seed is the life. One must take the life from the wayside, from the thorns, and from the stones, and get it out of the pathway of perishing and plant it into good soil, bringing the life all the way out of its perishing place and get it into a place of safety.

Does one sown by the wayside ever escape its captivity? Does one sown in a heart of stone ever escape its captivity? Does one midst the thorns ever escape its captivity? And if one is good soil are they from the beginning good soil? We now come to the fruiting of the good trees and the bad trees. The knowledge of what seed we are comes with the fruiting. We see the fruits and can determine where we were and where we were is where we are! What we are is what we were! What fruit we bear determines what we were in the beginning. Our ending in other words, determines our beginning also. For a good tree bears good fruits and sheds its bad fruits. Every day we are growing more and more into righteousness and dying more and more to evil. Every day we become born again. Every day we die, and every day we are born. Our own flesh stalks us every day as a tasty morsel and as eatable prey.

GOD in the beginning set forth a law of evil and of good in His own creation, to test the loyalties of every being He created and does create. For satan, a tree of both good and evil, as wicked as he is, is still filled also with good to deceive those who love evil. And the righteous filled with righteousnesses are still in the flesh, and those that seek to find fault in them to continue in their own unrighteousnesses shall find the fault. For the unrighteous lovers of this world and this flesh call all the righteous wicked and call the wicked wicked also. Those that look for wicked fruits shall find them in the redeemed and in the damned. For did not satan find wickedness in GOD His creator and His Father? And did not men seek to find wickedness in Christ? And do they not seek and find wickedness in all flesh? And do they find it? Of course! For no flesh is perfect without first having sinned, being born in sin, and having the fruits of sin in their lives. And these fruits are found out and manifested somehow, and sometime, and somewhere.

Jesus said, I am called a glutton and a winebiber. Because Jesus drank wine and ate with sinners and ate those things forbidden in the Jewish law, He was branded and counted as a sinner. So sin is even manufactured in the minds of the unrighteous, no one nor anything being holy to the unholy, for to the impure, nothing is pure. For it is written concerning Jesus, He became sin for us and for our sakes. For Jesus, though conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of Mary, was still born under the law, born from flesh, thereby taking upon Himself the temptations of the flesh and the passions of the flesh, sinning not in anything all the days of His life. He sanctified His own self, resisting sin all the days of His life, sinning not in any small or great thing, being pure, becoming the pure Lamb of GOD that was sacrificed for the sins of all flesh. Jesus became perfect, is the Word of GOD concerning Him. He was tempted in all things whatsoever like we are tempted, yet without sin, is the Word of GOD concerning Jesus. He was born with a quick understanding of the fear of GOD, is the Word of GOD concerning Jesus. He despised evil and loved righteousness from the womb, is the Word of GOD concerning Jesus. Good soil!

So there are none good, and none that have not sinned. And those fruits of our sins are in this flesh and in this world and in this life and shall be found out and used against even the righteous that no longer are born of sin but are born from above, washed in the blood of the Lamb, they having been delivered and cleansed of every sin of the flesh. And the seeds, the good soil and seeds, grow and fruit good things in the earth, love and peace, all things righteous and good. And the wicked, and the unbelieving, fruit all things wicked. But the lukewarm, the hostile, the rebellious, bear both evil and good and say, we are saved. These have great works, and some evil. These do great works of honour and good, but have some evil. These are the most corrupted trees of all, these that do great works in the earth of good, while coveting their little beds of evil. These do works to be seen of men, and to receive honour from men, and these earthly rewards are their portion.

The redeemed honour no wickedness, nor do they despise their enemies. The brethren they love and despise them not. They lay down their lives to the brethren. Hereby you know the good seeds and soil, those that lay down their lives unto the brethren. Those that seek their own lives and their own ways are yet of this world, and are of the wayside, and are as stones, and are thistles and thorns. Where are the thistles and thorns and tares? Many are midst the wheat!

The holy do not lay down their lives to husband, wife, children, or family, nor to employers, nor to the world in any fashion, but to the brethren, for the brethren are their body and flesh, and the body and flesh of Christ Jesus Himself. Thereby did Jesus say the world knows we are of Him, when we lay down our lives to the brethren, not family, but brethren, not churches, but brethren, not doctrines, but brethren, not children, but brethren, not husband, but brethren, not wife, but brethren, not ideas, but brethren, not works, but brethren, not ministries, but brethren. Hereby shall they know you are my disciples, Jesus said, by the love you have one for another. It is so written. And we know we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. Those that have passed from death unto life love the brethren, and lay down their lives to the brethren, as Christ laid down His life to us, His brethren! Those that turn from the brethren, those that return back, those that retrieve their lives, go out from amongst the brethren because they are not one of the brethren, nor do they love the brethren, nor have they passed from death unto life, but have passed from life unto death, returning to those things of the former life, having forsaken the new life for the old, having cast away the new wine for the old, saying the old is far better.

When we understand that loving the brethren is what salvation is, when we understand that loving the brethren is loving Christ, and when we understand that that is what righteousness is, and when we understand that that is the only path of salvation that we can enter through to gain eternal life, we would cast from ourselves the shackles of satan and get ourselves into that inner holy of holyís where He is even now. We have entered into Christ and He into us. That is salvation. Till we have entered first into Him and He into us then, and the Father also, we have not entered into Christ. When we have entered into that laying down of the life to the brethren, from the heart, and this is evidenced by the overcoming of sorrow and depression, and all anger, entering into the joy of the LORD and His life, we have not entered into Christ nor He into us, but yet abide in the earth, and underneath the soil, being seeds that have not yet grown and matured and fruited into the eternal life of Christ that passes us from death into life through the brethren. Do we not yet understand that we pass from death unto life through the body, the brethren? We need to understand these things.

The churches think they lay down their lives to one another and to Christ and to the gospel. They tithe. They go to church. They preach. They teach. They minister. They pray. They set the church apart from themselves and call this salvation. The church, when sitting inside of us, is therefore our salvation. We are the temple. We are the church. When the church sits in us, and we become a house for the believers, we are then in the church and the church in us.

The Bride, preparing herself in righteousness and in a righteous garment, is this oneness, this purity of faith and doctrine and flesh filled with the Kingdom, clothed in a righteousness that is unseen and unheard of by the naked eye of man except to accuse it and call it wickedness, this laying down of the life unto the brethren. This saying kept is where we shall never taste of death, the laying down of the life unto the brethren. So we are good seeds, and where are we? We abide with the brethren! We eat, sleep, labour, and dwell with the brethren and amongst the brethren, having forsaken our lives and all that we own and have owned, dwelling with the brethren, dwelling with Christ, abiding on the vine! We have laid down our lives unto the brethren, the body of Christ! And it is for this we are despised and hated and rejected and call wicked! This is the godliness that shall be accused, and shall suffer.

Faith and love alike are as lakes of water that rise and fall with the using, and these must be filled by the rains from the heavens, and by streams and underground rivers that keep the lakes filled with pure water. As water is lost, it must be resupplied. And as water is taken from the lakes, it must be resupplied. For faith is as a lake that uses up its own water, and must be continually supplied. And love is as a lake that is continually drained of its water and it must be continually supplied.

Our faith becomes overthrown and we wonder where it went. Our love is cast down and we wonder where it went. Our lakes have become dry and we wonder why we are empty, lacking strength, and are filled with doubts and confusions. We go to our well of faith and find only an echo of the bucket falling down the shaft into an empty well, banging on the sides as it falls, and when we pull it up, it is not filled with water to drink, but is covered with mud and stinking leaves that have fallen into the well. And we turn to our lake of love and find it empty and containing nothing, having had no rain for so long, and having had no caring for so long, now being dry, caked, and all the water gone. Faith nor love exist and abide without continually being nurtured. The faith we had as a child is not strong enough to carry the burdens of adulthood. And the faith we had as adults is not strong enough to carry the burdens of aging and dying. And the love we had as a child that was so trusting and innocent, is not sufficient to carry the sorrows of being wounded and crushed so many times. Where are those who would fill the lakes back up with love, and trust, and faith, and strength, and hope? The same ones who drained the lakes cannot re-fill them, for if they came and found the lakes full again, they would only drain them again. So we need to let go of those who are but seeds along the wayside, and but seeds midst the thorns, and but seeds midst the stones. We need to nurture and be nurtured by the good seeds that fall into the good soil.

For Jesus preached to thousands and thousands, and thousands again, and had thousands of followers that believed in Him, but the time came when He had but a handful of twelve who still believed, for all that heard the Word and received the Word had to pass through the parable of the sower, and then, even then, out of the twelve that believed in Christ Jesus, one betrayed Him unto death. Out of thousands, there were but a handful of seeds that fell into good soil. All the thousands believed for a time. But their love and their faith had to pass through the testing of the parable of the sower. Down through the pages of time, few come through the parable of the sower and are found in the ending of it all, to be good soil. A man is not saved in the beginning of his faith, but at its ending, as written. Therefore do the scriptures say again and again, He who endureth to the end shall be saved, and he who endureth not, returns to perdition.

TABLE OF CONTENTS Chapter 15 On the Sayings of Jesus
Chapter 16 The Black Monkey
Chapter 17 The Eternal Values
Chapter 18 The Treachery of Wolves
Chapter 19 WORD of the LORD
Chapter 20 The Life of a Disciple
Chapter 21 When the LORD Appears

Excerpts Taken From Bitter Green Figs From The Tree Of Life, Book Two Of Eight
Written By Martha ©