Matthew 7:16 You will know them by their fruits…
The Holy Bible is replete with warnings against false teachers. 1 John 4:1-3 is such an example. When we know God personally and have a secure relationship with Him, we’re less likely to be deceived by others. We’re able to discern who purports to speak the truth. Being aligned with the LORD makes it difficult to be taken in by lies when we know the truth of the His Word. When we’re infused with His Spirit and know Him exclusively, we become wise to ways of false teachings.
When we listen and see others in action, we’re then able to ponder in our minds; “Is what they’re doing lining up with what they’re saying? Is what they’re saying glorifying the LORD? What about their lives overall? Are they portraying a lifestyle that makes others want to get to know the LORD?”
I’m not talking about judging others. That is not our job to do, there is only One who judges, and He’s doing a great job and doesn’t need help from the peanut galley! Nope, I’m speaking entirely about knowing “them by their fruits.”
Asking questions and knowing the answers is representative of His Spirit within each of us. We’re exploring the terrain of humanity in a way that allows us to bring forth our own fruits which can be harvested as they ripen. Bearing fruit is a process that develops over time. And the fruit becomes more and more evident as we grow, bringing forth an array of enlightenment, that is to say wisdom and knowledge. Children of God can’t be easily fooled, if at all. We are quickly able to detect falsehoods versus truths.
Psalm 92:12-14 The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grown cedar in Lebanon. They’re planted in the house of the LORD; they flourish in the courts of our God. They still bear fruit in old age; they are full of sap and green, to declare that the LORD is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.
Being established and seeking His face in all we do while standing in the meadow of His love, we not only have access to truth, but we also have an enormous amount of freedom to act upon that truth. How do we do this? By being an example, providing examples, being a representative of His love while glorifying His name.
Demonstrating to others how God has changed us and brought us to the pinnacle of successful living, is a sure-fire way to get others to sit up and take notice. We hope to hear, “How do I get to know God? I want what you have!”
God is the fruit of life, and when the fruit of our lives is God, it lasts forevermore. Amen!
“LORD, thank You for Your Wisdom and Your Word, may I strive to be an example and bear fruit to all those I come in contact with, and may Your Word be infused in me forever more, in Jesus’ name, Amen.”