Christian, Stop Debating and Start Demonstrating

“He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot. Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.” – Proverbs‬ ‭9:7-10‬ ‭

How often do we see believers getting caught up in debates with unbelievers? Is there any fruit in that? According to scripture, the answer is “no”. Unless a person has the fear of the Lord, which equates to an understanding of, and a belief in God’s just judgment and hell, and a reverence for His omnipotent wisdom, then they themselves have no wisdom. 

The truth is that non of us have any wisdom of ourselves, our world view is so limited and our minds, will’s, and emotions, are so easily manipulated, twisted, and confounded by the enemy who was by God’s own admittance, “the wisest creature God had created.” That means the devil is wiser then you, he is a lier, and a master deceiver. The devil will outsmart you every time, but he will never outsmart God. Therefore, to fear God will cause you to obey God, which will cause you to walk in His wisdom, which is the only wisdom that is wisdom because it’s the only wisdom that can outsmart the devil’s wisdom.

“Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made…”- Geneses‬ ‭3:1‬ ‭

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.” – Proverbs‬ ‭3:5-7‬ ‭

So understanding this we can see that it is utterly pointless to try to instruct someone who does not fear the Lord and therefor honor His wisdom above their own. So believers, stop debating with unbelievers, they cannot know the truth until they have first come to know Him that is the truth. Don’t debate moral issues with people who do not have God who is the only moral standard. Don’t debate the deep truths of the bible with people who do not have the Holy Spirit of God, it is not yet open to them. Just give them the gospel, give them the good news, give them Jesus! 

“And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” – 1 Corinthians‬ ‭2:1-2‬ ‭

Only once a person has truly had a real life changing, new creation, rebirth experience can they then walk in the humility to be instructed in the truth. Only after they have been made new and impossibly changed from what they thought they knew will the revelation of the reality that God’s ways are truly higher then their ways allow them to open up to the deeper wisdom of the way, the truth, and the life. Until then, you’re fighting a loosing fight. Trust God, He knows better. 

Stop debating and start demonstrating. You’re not demonstrating Jesus when you are debating Jesus. Show forth the good news and demonstrate the power of the the kingdom of God to set the captive free, transform lives, and do what cannot be explained or understood by the limited wisdom of man. No one can argue with your testimony, so stop debating Jesus and start demonstrating Jesus and you’ll see that the gospel  works on others when you show that it worked on you.

“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” – ‭‭Revelation‬ ‭12:11‬ ‭

“But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power. For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.” – 1 Corinthians‬ ‭4:19-20‬ ‭

“Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord. For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited. Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit. The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.” – Jeremiah‬ ‭17:5-10‬ 

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You Are The Church

How often I see the body of Christ sitting idle when God has sent forth the call for movement. All the more often I see frustrated congregants full of ideas and vision, coupled with frustrated overwhelmed pastors who are slap out of stamina. I find this to be the result of one main issue. The Church has forgotten who they are.

“He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar–jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” – Matthew‬ ‭16:15-19‬ ‭

Here we see Jesus asking a common man, a fisherman, that famous question; “who do you say that I Am“. Peter was not a priest, he was not a Levite, a rabbi, or a man of any title for that matter, yet in that moment God moved upon his heart with revelation. God used a common man to profess this God given revelation that Jesus was the Christ, the savior of the world, the son of the living God! Then Jesus pleasingly professes that upon this, the revelation of God and the proclaiming of the deity of Christ being given to, and boldly professed by common men, (whomever would believe as Peter had believed) would the foundation upon which the Church of Jesus Christ be built!

Brother, sister, the church is not a building, the church is not a pastor, a worship team, or the staff, the church is you. If you have received the revelation from God that Jesus is the Christ, the chosen and anointed one that came to take away the sins of the world, the Son of the living God, and are willing to boldly profess that revelation, then you are the church!

“But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.” – Romans‬ ‭10:8-12‬ ‭

Therefor, is every person who has been saved called to preach, maybe not to pastor for Paul said that to some was the call to pastor, to some to teach, to some to evangelize, to some to prophesy, and to some to Apostle (Ephesians 11:4), yet to all is the call to preach. If you have received the revelation of who Jesus is and what He did for you, then you have also been called to confess it, or speak about it to others. On this is not only salvation founded but the true church of Christ as a whole.

So here in lies the disconnect. Many today believe that it is their job to believe but the pastors job to speak and to do. Therefor, every time the Lord puts something on their heart they go to the pastor and tell him to do it. Multiply that by the number of people in a church and you can begin to see the problem. Frustrated congregants not seeing what God has ignited in their hearts being done, led by frustrated pastors so overwhelmed by demands to do what God is telling everyone else to do that they can’t do what God is telling them to do. All because many have lost sight of the reality that your pastor is not the church, you are. If God put it in your heart then it’s for you to do, go do it. If God lays a person on your heart, go visit them. If He lays a charity or mission on your heart, go do it. You are the church. The pastors job is to seek the Lord for a word that will confirm what God is speaking to you so that you can better do what God is telling you to do. God did not call you out of darkness to be a pew warmer, He called you out of darkness to be the church. Not to be in a church, to be the church. Now go shine your light before men. Ask yourself what you would like to see your church doing, and go do it. Your pastor, and more importantly your God will thank you for it.

“Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” – Matthew‬ ‭5:15-16‬ ‭

AM I MY BROTHER’S KEEPER?

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“And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord. And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him. And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?” – ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭4:1-9‬ ‭KJV‬‬

So often I hear words with this exact attitude in many people today… am I my brother’s keeper? Selfishness of this sort has no concern or care for their fellowman. The world we live in today is the downhill spiral of this very attitude that thinks only of their own welfare and not of others. I stare into the very depths of this darkness day in and day out and what comes out of me is a cry! A cry for mercy from the LORD GOD and a cry for a shaking and an awakening that will cause us to seek the LORD GOD again for the Salvation from this darkness! For the darkness today in this world is much the fault of the church not being the Church. For this darkness of selfishness has largely crept into the churches today in the form of covetness and idolatry. I find it so prevalent in the church that there remains such little concern for the salvation of others, or the thought that “they will make their own decisions, perhaps they don’t want Salvation”. When the fact remains that anyone once they become aware that they are dying wants to live. The problem is that they don’t really know that they are dying nor do they care to know. But as the Church it is OUR JOB TO TELL THEM, and the HOLY SPIRIT’S job to show them.

But what of the church?

Has the physical blessings of God clouded our spiritual minds with pride, selfishness, and envy? Has covetness and greed and idolatry created a less than concern for others? Or an “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Attitude not only a lack of concern for your brother, but a hatred and jealousy of them because one is more blessed than you? God responded to Cain with a very simple explanation of what caused Able to have God’s favor as opposed to Cain…Able was pleasing to the LORD. Cain only brought unto God what pleased himself, but Able brought that which pleased the LORD. That was the difference between the two offerings. God even tells Cain, giving him the opportunity to obey by offering GOD the right offering, but instead of Cain humbling himself to obey, He exacts vengeance upon his brother causing a curse to fall upon himself. So we see that obedience brings blessings and rejecting obedience brings a curse.

Today as I observe the condition of the world I see it as a direct result of the church NOT being the Church walking in direct obedience to Christ the King in doing that which is pleasing to HIM! And for that I cry all the more… LORD JESUS REVIVE US AGAIN to be the living sacrifices by obedience to YOU LORD that the world may see YOUR GLORY and that YOU may receive the reward of YOUR SACRIFICE, a holy people set apart unto YOURSELF serving YOU, doing that which is well and pleasing in YOUR SIGHT!

So if in any area of your life, you find yourself in disobedience to GOD, by displeasing HIM with offering unto HIM that which pleases yourself, then Repent and obey. If you find yourself given to pride, covetness, greed and idolatry by the spirit of selfishness, hatred, or envy…repent. If after carful reflection you observe yourself obedient… then intercede for your brother who is not.

Will you walk in darkness after having received the Light? Will you walk along blindly after having received your sight? My Holy Spirit has equipped you to fight this good fight, but how can you fight if you reject the Light?

“Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.”‭‭ – John‬ ‭9:3-7‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“I healed you that I might send you! For MY GLORY TO BE SEEN THAT I AM THE MESSIAH THE CHRIST YOUR KING! Now GO AND WASH AND COME FORTH SEEING! That others may see My glory and know ME as KING!
Now that you see ME, don’t let ME out of your sight; Keep your eyes only on ME and keep fighting this good fight!
This love empowers you, giving you purpose to fight the good fight of faith that others may see the Light!
Endure to the end; for those who love and obey Me are they whom I send!”

Submitted by Heather Wright

It All Comes Down to Faith

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” – Hebrews‬ ‭11:6‬ ‭

God is not impressed with wealth, with buildings, with landscapes, with money, with titles, with knowledge, with degrees, with physical strength, or with any such earthly thing for He knows it will all pass away and count for nothing in the end. The only thing that impresses God is faith, because when the time comes for us to leave this world and all its worldly gains behind, the only thing we will take with us to the thrown of God by which we will be judged is our testimony, and what is a testimony but a measure of our faith… or lack there of?

The word is clear that it is our faith that causes God to send His grace by which we are saved. Therefore, it is impossible to be saved without faith. Yet our opening passage takes it deeper when it tells us, in no uncertain way, that it is impossible to please God without faith because no one can come to God unless they truly believe that He is God. So the question is, do you truly believe that He is God? Do you believe that He created you? Do you believe that nothing is impossible for Him? Do you believe that He can heal? Do you believe that He can do miracles? Do you believe that He makes a way of escape for you out of every temptation that you need not fall into any? Do you believe that He is smarter then you? Do you believe that He can provide for you? Do you believe that He can sustain you? Do you believe that He has defeated the enemy and placed him under your feet? Do you believe He is able to make a way where there is no way? Do you believe what He says? Do you believe that He can raise the dead? Do you believe that He is God? Because that these are all the attributes of God, if you do not believe in the reality of any of these attributes, then you do not truly have faith in Him as God and you are not only displeasing God but without faith there is no saving grace.

Yet this powerful verse doesn’t stop there, it then provides a measure by which to test whether or not you truly have faith that He is God (or you just say that you do). It then says that you also have to believe that He is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him. Why? Because if you truly believe that He is God with all the attributes of God, then you will trust His wisdom, grace, power, ability, and so forth, above your own and you will seek Him for His will, His words, His wisdom, and His way. If you don’t have faith that His attributes, wisdom, and abilities or better and more able then your own, then you will continue to trust in your own wisdom, strength, and will, which is the essence of the absence of faith. 

The truth is that we can claim to believe all we want, and still not be saved because we do not bare the fruits (or evidence) of faith, and where faith is not present, then neither is grace. If we really do believe then we will lay down our own will, knowing it is inferior, and seek Him for His, then after having sought Him and received His instructions, we will believe in His attributes enough to walk them out in faith. By this, true faith, alone are men saved. 

“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:” – Matthew‬ ‭7:21-24‬ ‭

“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” -James‬ ‭1:22‬ ‭

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith. By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised. Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable. These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city. By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure. By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come. By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff. By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones. By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment. By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them. By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned. By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days. By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace. And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.” – Hebrews‬ ‭11:6-38‬ ‭

Not Ashamed

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” – Romans‬ ‭1:16-17‬ ‭

Jesus told us in no uncertain way that we are to let our light shine among men that our Father in heaven may be glorified. The holy word of God never makes provision for the believer to be silent in either word or deed. In fact it quite convictingly states in Luke 9:26 that if we are ashamed of either Him or His Words before men, then He will be ashamed of us when we stand at judgment before His Heavenly Father. 

The truth is that the gospel has to be both heard and seen to be believed. True faith will drive you to action and faith stirs faith! That is to say, that when you truly believe, it drives you to act upon that belief and when others see your actions proving what you believe, while hearing why you believe it, it stirs faith within them which they need in order to get what you have, salvation! 

You see, nowhere in scripture are believers told that they can complain about the state of the world. They are told to go out, preach the gospel to every living thing, and be the change they want to see in the world. Why are you waiting for someone else to do it. God called you to be the difference, to shine your light, to walk in victory, to proclaim the wonderful works of the Lord, to show forth the love of Christ, to pray for the sick, to minister to the broken, to feed the widow, to comfort the downtrodden, to preach the gospel, and to prove that you really do believe what you claim.

Don’t be ashamed of the gospel, someone around you today needs to hear and see it! Some dark place needs to be brightened and enlightened by it. Some lie of the enemy being spoken into someone’s heart needs to be disproven by it. Live it, love it, speak it, be it! Manifest faith that it might stir faith in others, that they might manifest faith and stir it yet in others still. In this is the Kingdom of God both shown and grown, by faith. Not by faith imagined, but by faith lived. Therefore in this do we see that the just shall “live” by faith. 

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” – Romans‬ ‭1:16-17‬ ‭

Heart Check, Examining the Fruits of Your Lips

“He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth. He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool. In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise. The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth. The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom. The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it. It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom. The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted. As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation.” – Proverbs‬ ‭10:17-25‬ ‭

Notice how the author of this proverb pins the words of the foolish to the heart of the wicked, and then to the rewards of iniquity? This is because he knew that they were inevitably linked. You see, Jesus told us that some might think it a sin to commit adultery, but He says it’s a sin just to think about it and lust in your heart. Then He stated that we know that murder is sin, but He says that if we hate our brother then we have committed murder in our heart and He sees it the same. Jesus was pointing out that sin starts in the heart and is counted sin by God who tries and knows the heart far before it makes it’s way to our actions.

“But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” – James‬ ‭1:14-15‬ ‭

The proverb, as does the book of James, lays out the pathway of sin that we might recognize it and deal with it as early as possible. First off, ALL sin is birthed in selfishness. The devil will plant a selfish thought or lie in your mind. He will wrap it in pain, flattery, excuses, whatever justification he needs to get you to allow that seed to be planted in the garden of your heart, but these self reasonings are toxic fertilizer to say the least. Once planted in your heart, it may lie dormant for a little season, but just as with any seed, when the conditions are right and you least expect it, it will spring up in the form of your bitter words. This is the first manifestation (of fruit) of the weeds of sin now growing in your heart. If not plucked out immediately they will root in deeper and deeper and grow stronger until those words manifest into actions that then, producing the poison fruit of all out rebellion, serve only to plant more seeds of iniquity into the hearts and lives of others around them (usually their own loved ones, friends, and family) and the sin cycle continues! 

This is why the proverb tells us that the wise watch their lips, for it serves to show us what is really in the heart that we might repent and call on God to pluck out anything that need not be there before it gets rooted in and becomes actions that damn our souls and poison the hearts of others around us. Many a people have cursed their own blessings into fruitlessness, poisoned their own promise, and dug up their own vineyard by simply not watching their mouth. 

“For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.” – Luke‬ ‭6:43-45‬ ‭

Jesus makes it very clear hear that the words of our lips are the fruit of what is in our hearts. Scripture says that we ought to speak that which is edifying to the body, that which ministers grace (or the power, favor, and influence of God) through us to others. In other words, our words should be the fruits of faith, grace, love, selflessness, longsuffering, joy, temperance, and so forth that is planted in our hearts through the Holy Spirit that resides there. If selfishness, bitterness, backbiting, guile, malice, manipulation, contentions, gossip, slander, strife, or any other such thing proceeds out of our mouth then it doesn’t matter what we call ourselves, it is the fruit of the iniquity that is in our hearts, planted their by an unholy spirit. Know that God will not share His glory or His house with an other. Either the Holy Spirit inhabits your heart, or an unholy one. They won’t share temples. So examine the fruits of your lips that you might know what is inhabiting your heart and take actions if necessary to evict that which is displeasing to God by repenting and calling upon that which is pleasing to God, the Holy Spirit, and let the fruits of your lips bring forth praise and thanksgiving continually for the goodness, wisdom, faithfulness, and glory that is our God. For this is the fruits (or evidence) of Faith!

“Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh. Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.” – James‬ ‭3:10-18‬ ‭