{day 14 project365 2015… fruit from a tree}

15 “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing,
but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits.
Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?
17 So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.
18 A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good
fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown
into the fire. 20 So then, you will know them by their fruits.

21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of
heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.
22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in
Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform
many miracles?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you;
depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’
~~ Matthew 7:15-23 (NASB)

These verses have been haunting me as I have taken time to examine my life
with Jesus, am I truly walking with Him and living for His glory or am I trying
to build my kingdom all in the guise of following Him. I honestly pray
before God’s eyes that He continues to prune me so I am living for
His glory not for a kingdom that will perish.

Enter the convicting words of music: I really love the words in
“Chase That” (Ambition) by Lecrae that can be seen and heard by clicking
on the link, here are the words of the chorus and last verse:

and you could have the money, and you could have the fame.
but me I want the glory, I’m living for the name
see life is just a picture, I see outside the frame
I’m living for the kingdom, and I ain’t of the same
yeah, and I’ma chase that. glory chase that
found the key to life and best believe that I’ma plate that
glory I’ma chase that, I’ma I’ma chase that
glory I’ma chase that, I’ma I’ma chase that

I used to wanna do it big.
when you’re only focused on yourself – that’s small
and they, they used to tell me as a kid
that I could do anything that I wanted cept fall
and now that I recall, I was chasing my goals
and every time I caught em they multiplied into more
I never even thought about whether the Lord approved
call it selfish ambition I call it “I’m making moves”
but history repeats itself, evil’s what it is
cause lucifer was cast away for doing what I did
created by the God that spoke the earth into existence
instead of chasing the Father’s glory he was chasing his
he lies to us all, told Adam he could ball
“why you following God when you can go get it all?”
I tell you what’s better, or better yet worse.
chasing your own glory while doing the Lord’s work,
so holla if it hurts, but we were made for greater
our greatest satisfaction is making His name famous
so if we’re never named among the greatest,
they don’t critically acclaim us,
ain’t nothing to be ashamed of we gave it up for the savior!

I’ma chase that, I’ma I’ma chase that
and the Lord’s goodness you should you should taste that
and you ain’t living till you’re living for His name
glory I’ma chase that, I’ma I’ma chase that.

Wow I can chase my own glory in the guise of serving God
in Jesus Christ but never check in with the Lord… that is scary
to me as a driven person and that is why this verse haunts me…
Thanks Lecrae for the picture you create with the words in the song
of what it looks like being religious (seeking your own fame in
the guise of working for God) but convinced you are following
God’s call! LORD please help!

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