The Root Determines The Fruit

Hosea 10:12-13 are two verses that expose a significant root. “Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord, till He comes and rains righteousness on you. You have plowed wickedness; you have reaped iniquity. You have eaten the fruit of lies, because you trusted in your own way…”

How do we know if we are eating the fruit of lies that we have believed? The fruit are our words. Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”

Our words reveal what our heart feeds on. Listen to what you are saying. It will disclose what your heart truly believes. The lies that we have believed control our lives because they have infiltrated our thought processes.

Every sin is first a thought. Remember Ananias and Sapphira? Acts 5:3 says, “..why has Satan filled your heart to lie…” Verse 4 says, “…Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.” Matthew 15:19 says, “For out of your heart proceed evil thoughts…” Matthew 12:34 says, “…For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”

Let’s go back to Hosea 10:13. The root to the fruit of their lies was because they trusted in their own way. Our flesh-way opposes what the Holy Spirit desires to do through inner transformation. Proverbs 21:22 Amplified says, “A wise man scales the city walls of the mighty and brings down the stronghold in which they trust.” Anything or anyone that we put our trust in is futile. Only the Lord knows what lies ahead for us in the next moment, days, months, years.

Clinging to the Lord in trust reveals roots that are nourished through the soil of God’s word. His word that we hide in our heart is like a sentinel that warns, monitors, and controls our thoughts. What we speak comes out of that deep reservoir of eternal truth that can’t be shaken.

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