Saturday, January 6, 2024
Always Fruit Season
Always Fruit Season
by David Brenneman
“Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will know them by their fruits. “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. 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?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’" Matthew 7:15-23
Many many times, Jesus taught His Disciples to be on the alert. To be watchful. In turn, they were to teach future generations to be on the alert. He taught, they learned, they taught and so on.
Do you know what to be on the alert about? Have you read your Bible to begin to know? Is what Jesus said to be looking for important to you? Are you getting the point yet?
Jesus never taught good suggestions.
Jesus never said anything just to hear Himself speak. Nor did He say things only to make people feel less offended.
If Jesus taught something and that something was written down in the Bible...we're to take it to heart. Take it to the bank. Remember it forever. Forget what your eyes see or ears hear. Whatever Jesus has said is truth IS truth.
We are going to know people by their fruits. He said so, and it is so. Plain and simple.
He said there are going to be people who have claimed to have done many things in His name...and that will exactly be the case. There is absolutely nothing that will not transpire that He said is going to happen. Good thoughts, good vibrations, good anything isn't going to change the definition of the truth of God's word.
People are sin cursed beings from birth.
The circumstances of this world are because of sin. They aren't because of anything else. These are truths of God's word.
People are going to Heaven and to Hell every single second...all because they either chose salvation in Christ Jesus or they didn't. That is another inescapable truth. Jesus said it and that's what it is.
Jesus said that the world would hate those who are His...and it is so. Truth.
Jesus said to still live each day as unto Him...and it should be that way for all who believe.
Jesus said that he who knows the good he ought to be doing and does not do it, sins.
Until you die or the Rapture of the Church happens...we have inescapable truths of God's word that we need to be taking seriously...taking care to observe.
If anyone lacks wisdom they are to ask of God who gives it freely to all. Do you ask Him?
We're not to put people above obedience to God's Word...do we do that? Regardless of what we say...what does the evidence say?
We aren't to put careers, possessions, thoughts or feelings, opinions even, above what the Spirit is trying to teach us to make important. Taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ takes both time and practice. A marksman only becomes one through intense practice. A skilled musician only becomes one through years of practice. A soldier only distinguishes himself or herself through intense training to get there.
Your fruits, the fruits of others, are the simplest forms of knowing where you and others stand before Jesus.
You don't knowingly buy, intentionally purchase, bad fruit, inedible fruit to consume do you? You test what you are wanting to buy before doing so. Who cares who's potentially offended by you putting down bad fruit.
When Jesus speaks to you, do you listen? Don't ever think He isn't. If you're saved, then it's a guaranteed thing that He speaks to you. Are you always talking to Him rather than listening to Him?
Here's your thought for the day...He's always aware of YOUR fruits.
He taught the Disciples to look at the fruits of others. He wouldn't teach what He isn't doing Himself. The Master was to teach, the Disciple was to do in like manner.
Get ready because the world isn't going to get it. They will accuse you of judging others. Saying you shouldn't judge. Take them to the Scriptures and show them the truth. There's no need to have an argument that Jesus already settled.
Pray today for yourself to have eyes that see and ears that hear what the Spirit says to you. If you're allowing anyone or anything to be more important than that...my Dear Reader...you have a problem.
"Because so-and-so said..." is not going to be a defense when Jesus's responds with "But what did I say?".
When you go about your life...consider exactly that. Jesus talking to you...asking you "But what did I say?".
We have His Word. We have His Spirit. We are to be obedient sons and daughters of God. Even if it's not popular. Even if people get offended. It is a far far better thing to stand with Jesus and be judged by the world than to stand with the world and be judged by God. Trust Jesus, believe Jesus, leave the consequences to Him.
All NASB 1995 and NASB Scripture Excerpts used by permission. (C) Lockman Foundation.