Beware of false prophets, who come to you dressed as sheep, but inside they are devouring wolves.
You will fully recognize them by their fruits. Do people pick grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles?
Even so, every healthy (sound) tree bears good fruit [worthy of admiration], but the sickly (decaying, worthless) tree bears bad (worthless) fruit.
A good (healthy) tree cannot bear bad (worthless) fruit, nor can a bad (diseased) tree bear excellent fruit [worthy of admiration].
Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and cast into the fire.
Therefore, you will fully know them by their fruits.
When we give our lives to Christ and allow Him to be Lord of our lives. We begin our Christian walk. As we grow in the Lord we also grow “fruit” (or spiritual qualities). The closer we get in our relationship with God the more we recognize sin in our lives, and the more uncomfortable we become with it. If we are growing we will bare good fruit and the manifestation will be the character qualities found in Galatians 5. We will also become more aware of our fleshly tendencies and desire to turn from them.
On the flip side, if we decide to “go our own way,” and not allow God to work in our lives, we will gradually become desensitized and not even recognize what is sin and what is not. That is what is happening to the Church today. The Church is becoming “liberal.” Meaning, it is picking and choosing what is and should be called “sin” for our “times.” We have forgotten the God and His Word is the same yesterday, today, and FOREVER! God does not “change” for man or “times.”
If you want to bear good fruit, submit and obey God and HIS Word, NOT the world’s interpretation of what it “should” be to fit it’s sinful nature and desires.
You can also know if someone is truly God’s by what comes out of them. Does it line up with the Word? Do they bear good fruit? Or, Do they try and adapt the Word for the “times” we live in? Be VERY careful of those wolves. They are everywhere, even in the Church!
Daddy God, Thank You for Your infallible Word. Thank You that everything may change and fall apart all around me, but You will NEVER change. Thank You that You are the Same. Always. Thank You that I can trust You and Your Word. Give me strength in these evil days to stand on Your Word and stand FOR Your Truth. In Jesus Mighty Name, Amen.
In His Love and Service,
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