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FRUITS FROM THE TREE OF LIFE
By Martha © 1996, Revised 2012
Book Four of Nine

Excerpts From Fruits From The Tree Of Life, Book Four Of Nine
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190. On woe is me syndrome . . . .The scriptures speak it straight, hard, narrow, and truthfully. The Word of GOD is sharper than any sword, having two edges that cut going in and coming out. The scriptures tell the churches of Jesus Christ to refuse the widows that are not full of good works, faith and love, having served the brethren faithfully with a history of faithfulness to Christ Jesus.

But there is another admonition in scripture pertaining to us, we who have no husbands, and that is this word ‘wanton’, and another word ‘passionate’, and yet another word ‘lonely’, and the church is told to reject those consumed with these things seeing as they have forsaken their first love to have been overcome with the passions of the flesh. When one is discontented with Christ, that He is not sufficient, they will become lusters of the flesh. Of course Christ is not sufficient for the flesh. Christ is a Spirit, not flesh and blood that He will hold us, and touch us, and comfort us carnally in our complaints to Him about ‘I ain’t got nobody’ stuff.

It is good that a woman marry, yet the scriptures tell us if we are not married to not seek after marriage. We need to be about the business of the LORD Jesus Christ and His Kingdom. I am not in a hurry to become of the class of mankind that has ‘trouble in the flesh’. Been there! Done that! There is much more to life, much, much more!

Jesus is a Spirit. GOD is a Spirit. They do not become chickens for us to eat when hungry nor become a fire when we are cold. If we expect Jesus to pamper us, to hold us, to comfort us carnally, we shall grow exceedingly unhappy with Him and call Him uncaring, without compassion, without understanding, and without regard for our ‘necessity’ as though we would simply die and cannot live.

Christ’s Kingdom is not a Kingdom of the flesh. It never has been. It never shall be. Christ’s Kingdom is spiritual. The only comfort we ever have in this lifetime is ‘righteousness’. That is where peace comes from. That is where torments and fears and passions are all put to death. That is where all loneliness dies, in ‘righteousness’ alone. If one is wanton, has passion out of control, they are not only in unrighteousness, they are in rebellious sin against the scriptures and against the righteousness of Christ.

If we who are in Christ are still lonely, depressed, and in despair, we have ourselves not been cleansed of our sins, and if we are not cleansed of our sins, then we have not forgiven somebody for trespasses against us or we possibly have not forgiven GOD, seeing as he controls all things, even the hands that nail the nails into our hands and that lift us up upon our crosses every day. GOD holds the heart even of every Judas in His hands, yet for Christ to be forgiven, and for Christ to be resurrected by the Spirit of holiness, even He had to say on that cross, Father forgive them. That is exactly where all of our peace lies, all of our righteousness lies, all of our joys lie, in our forgiving all men every trespass against us that we ourselves might be also healed of all things, and healed especially from lonelinesses and depressions, and this ‘I can’t stand this’ and ‘I don’t want to live’ and ‘I can’t take any more’ stuff. If we do not forgive, not only are we not forgiven our sins, but we are not healed of them, nor do we gain power over them, nor shall we stand against them. They shall overthrow us again and again and cause us to perish.

One thing I marvel at is after watching over a couple of decades the unmarried seek to the world for marriage, leaving the love of Christ to do so, believing He is following after them to walk with them when the commandment to us is to follow after Him, understanding the reasons they are doing what they are doing is because they neither forgive others nor are forgiven their own sins, being unpurified, unsanctified, and unsaved, and they are going to form a marriage standing on such quicksand? They build not their houses on the Word and believe they shall stand against adversities? They build not their salvations on obedience and believe they shall not be overthrown? They build not their souls on righteousness and believe they shall enter into the Kingdom of GOD by another righteousness other than the righteousness of Christ? Never happen! The staggering truth I have witnessed and have suffered from is that neither do they forgive me. They forgive not and therefore they shall forgive their spouses when ‘troubles in the flesh’ come? Being forgiven is being forgiving. That is the whole of salvation!

We ought to more than forgive all men all trespasses seeing that the Word of GOD puts all men under the sentence of death. How can we add to that? We cannot. We trust the merciful just judgment into our Father’s hands knowing that He alone knows the hearts and souls of every man and that He is not unjust toward any. If we desire GOD to forgive us, we must also forgive everyone their trespasses against us. Our forgiveness for our sins is accomplished by our forgiving others.

What a snare it is if we ever put our eyes on our own sufferings and get them off of the blood that ran down the cross, coming out of a holy Son of GOD that we might be saved from destruction, sin and damnation. If we allow ourselves to get leavened with all that could have been or should have been done for us in our lifetimes, who could bear it? Would that not fill us with such intensities of pains and sorrows and hatreds that our souls could not bear it?

My prayer for myself and others is that we forgive all men and GOD Himself even for the way things have been, the way things are, and the way things shall be, for that is the only way into the Kingdom of GOD where salvation dwells. Sorrow of mind says GOD has sinned against us. How has GOD sinned against any? The narrow, narrow way into the Kingdom of GOD and His peace is found by few, for it is the simplicity of forgiving all men for all things. The promise of the abundantly supplied life of all necessities in Christ Jesus is the commandment of forgiveness found in the Kingdom of GOD, and first, must one seek righteousness, and then they shall find the Kingdom of GOD and the doorway into it, forgiving all men and GOD Himself for all things.

191. On temptation . . . . .To them that believe, power is given to become a son or a daughter of GOD. And to become is not saying, is already become, but power is given to become. And it is written that those that are born again keep themselves and satan touches them not. Although we are given power, and although we are given righteousness in Christ, we are commanded to abstain from the very appearance of evil, to shun evil, and to avoid temptation because usually temptation is greater than our strength, for the spirit is willing to be righteous, but the flesh is weak.

192. On conversion . . .When sin causes us to take a good clear look at not only what we have done, but that we do what we do because of what we are, that is that awakening that must take place before repentance can come through conversion.

Conversion is not a giving up but an adding unto. It is a changing from what we are born into in the carnal flesh, into what Christ is in the spiritual, and our carnal flesh literally taking upon the spiritual Christ. Conversion is something we receive, not something we forfeit.

Obediences of observation, and not necessarily of commandment, bring great blessings. To pray the LORD’s prayer every day comes with great blessings. To lift one’s food heavenward for the Father to bless it as Christ Jesus did, brings great blessing. It is something Jesus did. I desire to do what Jesus did. He lifted up His food to be blessed. I lift up my food to be blessed. These little things help keep my heart and mind in Christ and more anchored in Him in a world of chaos and death and pain. It is so easy to let spiritual things go lacking in obedient discipline, for they are not as the daily chores of life that are so visibly seen, and more so seen if left undone. Yet the spirit grows weak if not tended to, and sometimes we do not know our spiritual lack till we fall into a hole or find ourselves without purpose or find our hearts broken by What am I alive for, anyway?

So we pray the LORD’s prayer every day, knowing that it is the power of GOD unto salvation. Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed is thy name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen. Consider the power in this prayer. The gift of salvation is in this prayer, for the Kingdom of GOD is entered into by the gift of forgiving, not forgiveness, but forgiving. That is what I do, and it is called conversion, and GOD then forgives me. The will of GOD that is done in heaven is forgiveness, and I must also on earth do that will of GOD, forgive those who trespass against me.

Spiritual wholeness is a matter of concentrated effort, concentrated learning, concentrated work, and concentrated ceaseless endurances to continue growing in the grace and knowledge of Christ. You will find that it grows in strength and power and knowledge and can stand great sufferings and onslaughts against it. Walking in and with Christ is a walk of suffering, intense suffering, and if we accept that right in the beginning, we weather every storm and come through every battle maybe scarred and bandaged, but triumphantly the better for it and also enduring in our salvations.

The Holy Spirit is inward. It is not in the flesh. The Spirit is not seen, but heard. It is a voice. It must be heard. We as carnal beings want to see it and touch it and feel it. The Spirit is a voice and it is within us. It becomes mature and becomes louder and clearer and more easily and readily noticed and heard by continual listening, continual entreating, continual seeking after and a continual submitting to.

Once we come through the cleansing and purification and sanctification of the flesh through the knowledge of the scriptures and the obedience to them, we then come into that garden of Eden once again where the flesh is at rest and the mind at peace and the heart without hungering and thirsting for the world or anything or anyone it contains, and the soul is free from the pains of sin. Once we understand that we must be converted before we can repent, must be enlightened to what the problems are concerning our natural birth into sin and our supernatural birth into righteousness, we readily learn to repent quickly that righteousness might cloak us more and more and more with every repentance.

Salvation is being saved. GOD did not create us to be throw-a-ways. GOD created us to save us, not to discard us, to keep us, not to cast us away. We are not created to destroy or for destruction. GOD in Christ Jesus re-creates us into what was created in the beginning and lost through sin. GOD cleanses us for salvation, not for a casting us away from Himself. We are created in His image in Christ, holy, and it is that image that shall be saved and not damned. If we can but understand conversion, being re-created, not created, but re-created, we will not be offended at having our old skin of corruption discarded and a new white garment take its place. It is called eternal life. It is called putting on immortality. It is called taking off corruption and putting on incorruption. Conversion is a change of mind, and repentance is a change of heart, and sanctification is a changing of the flesh.

When we are converted, and when we repent, and when we are re-created into a new creature in Christ, we yet remain within the full powers of our own wills, just as Adam and Eve in the beginning when they were created without sin. Now having the chains of sin broken, and the powers of sin slain in us, we being free now from sin have a choice to sin or not sin, be righteous or not be righteous, the choices being in us to make whereas before we were born in sin, slaves of sin, and destined for certain damnation, helpless, sitting in total darkness and blindness. And now we shall face all the forces of evil, all the powers of that darkness, satan and all of his demons and devils tempting us to fall, to return to sin, and to deny Christ. Satan does not willingly set free his slaves, his captives, his Kingdom dwellers, but will do all things he can to retrieve every single soul into his dominion of damnation. He will be angry you have taken on another King and another LORD. He will with violence and force oppose your salvation. He will be an enemy to the end. Therefore is it written, Those that endure to the ending shall be saved.

193. On hungering . . . .Sometimes we become fat on the Word, and full spiritually, sitting around like fat, lazy gluttons, just feeding ourselves with spiritual things, slaying our own hunger. I think the most deadly thing that we can do to our spirits is to lose that hunger for righteousness and the love of the Word. It is so easy to lose that first love, as it says in Revelation, warning us to return to our first love. If we do not come to Christ for righteousness above all things, then what is there to sustain us through times of sufferings? Sometimes I get a glimmer of what His purity is like, and it is surely a pearl to be sought after. It is spiritual suicide to ever forget the purpose that we came to Christ in the first place for, righteousness.

We must never lose that hunger for truth and the seeking of righteousness in every situation. Once a man stops eating, he dies. So is it in the spiritual. We have such a powerful enemy in the powers of darkness, to neglect anything is to give him a real stronghold. How we desperately need the Spirit of GOD, for who are we to stand against such an enemy? When we first come to Jesus, we are in love with all the right things. We must maintain, and retain, and nurture that love as life itself.

193. On hungering . . . .Sometimes we become fat on the Word, and full spiritually, sitting around like fat, lazy gluttons, just feeding ourselves with spiritual things, slaying our own hunger. I think the most deadly thing that we can do to our spirits is to lose that hunger for righteousness and the love of the Word. It is so easy to lose that first love, as it says in Revelation, warning us to return to our first love. If we do not come to Christ for righteousness above all things, then what is there to sustain us through times of sufferings? Sometimes I get a glimmer of what His purity is like, and it is surely a pearl to be sought after. It is spiritual suicide to ever forget the purpose that we came to Christ in the first place for, righteousness.

We must never lose that hunger for truth and the seeking of righteousness in every situation. Once a man stops eating, he dies. So is it in the spiritual. We have such a powerful enemy in the powers of darkness, to neglect anything is to give him a real stronghold. How we desperately need the Spirit of GOD, for who are we to stand against such an enemy? When we first come to Jesus, we are in love with all the right things. We must maintain, and retain, and nurture that love as life itself.

194. On the flesh . . . .The peace within that is maintained by self control in all things and being in the bondage of nothing, is that peace that passes all of our mental and emotional understanding.

That peace is being free from our own selves that so demands everything all the time, caring not if we are destroyed in the process. Our flesh demands and demands and gives nothing back. Our flesh wants and wants and is angry if denied. Our flesh says give me all the day long and gives us nothing back but weary bodies and stomach aches and headaches.

Our flesh will lead us the way of death. There are only two roads to travel at that point of death, two. One goes one way and one goes the other way. It is not sin that damns us. It is the not ceasing of sin that damns us. We all sin. But there are those who mature in wisdom to fear GOD’s retributions and eternal judgments and earthly reapings, to make that change and cease their sins unto salvation. They are hungry and thirsty for righteousness, and when they find Christ or are found by Christ, they readily believe and receive, for they have been seeking for the way, and seeking for the truth, and seeking for life.

Don’t let anything keep you from seeing the good in all things, and reaching for it, especially in yourself. If someone loves you, they will pull from you and through you the highest good you can achieve, causing you to reach for the stars and eventually capture them. That is love! If you are born of love, you will bring the good out in others and not tempt the evil that is born in all flesh. To achieve the highest goals in life and in the Kingdom of GOD, you must strive after godliness and let the flesh have its tantrums and its party fits and its angers and tears, and simply, ignore it altogether and press on without it. It will come along, even reluctantly, and even hating it all the way, but it will come along. It will grumble, and be angry, and will throw its own pity party every day that it cannot have all of its pleasures, passions, and lusts. It will despise you for working it so hard, and it will hate you the more for denying it all things, and it will refuse to take a step unless you pamper it in some way. It will not submit on its own. It must be ruled over. It will never be contented in righteousness. It will never be satisfied with godliness. To its dying day it will be your worst enemy. Make it work for you and not you work for it. Count it as a prisoner of war and simply feed it and give it shelter and rest, and make it work for its own keep.

195. On obedience . . . .A child of GOD that must be made to obey the Word of GOD is not following but is being dragged, whipped, scourged and crushed by the Word of GOD that they say they love. A child of GOD that must be made to obey the Word of GOD is not being saved from their sins. They are all the more guilty of the crucifying of Christ Jesus and deceive their own selves that they are saved and not perishing, for their disobedience of the Word of GOD blinds them that they are perishing. To know the Word and obey it not is sin multiplied. Those being saved from their sins are being saved from them by ‘obeying the Word of GOD’ that is able to do the saving. Those that are Christ’s discipline their own selves. They do not have to be made to be righteous. They are righteous if they are born of Him and His Word and are an offspring of His seed. Jesus said a good tree bears good fruit and an evil tree bears evil fruit. Satan’s children bear evil fruit and Christ’s children bear good fruit. Satan’s children fruit disobedience and Christ’s children fruit obedience.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

190. On woe is me syndrome
191. On temptation
192. On conversion
193. On hungering
194. On the flesh
195. On obedience
196. On suicide
197. On pearls
198. On my Mother
199. On submission
200. On the word reckon
201. On Adam
202. On the church
203. On tithing
204. On the Apostle Paul
205. On the pharisees
206. On John 3:16
207. On spiritual preparation
208. On prosperity
209. On sufferings
210. On the Spirit of truth
211. On a peacemaker
212. On the prodigal son
213. On continuing
214. On manna
215. On afflictions
216. On atonements
217. On works
218. On the Kingdom of GOD
219. On obedience
220. On being worthy

Excerpts Taken From Fruits From The Tree Of Life, Book Four Of Nine
Written By Martha ©