Good Fruit, Bad Fruit

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Devotion:  Matthew 7:15-23

Which will you be; good fruit or bad fruit?  When you think about the perfect apple; what comes to mind?  Beautiful in color on the outside; crisp and juicy on the inside.  Makes my mouth water just thinking of it.

Have you ever bitten into a rotten place in an apple?  Outwardly the skin looked just fine but inwardly it was brown and mushy!  Yuck!  It’s nasty, right?

As we examine this passage; Matthew tells us how to discern one who comes looking like a sheep, but inwardly is a ravenous wolf.  We can know them by their fruits.  Do they exhibit the fruit of the Spirit, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,gentleness and self-control?

It’s sad to say; but everyone who professes to be a Christian is not.  They come to church because it makes them feel good or it’s where they get their “social activity.”  Some come for business purposes, to find clients or make sales.

Two of the saddest verses in the Bible are found in verse 22-23. “Many will say to Me on the 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”

Those who produce good fruit came from a good tree.  For believers; that would be Jesus Christ.  John 15 tells us; “He is the vine; we are the branches. Whoever abides in Him…he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from Him we can do nothing.”  In us is no good thing; except Jesus Christ.  He is the Source of any good fruit we would produce.

Prayer in Motion:

Lord Jesus may I produce good fruit today.  I confess I am rotten without You.  I want to be a fruit bearing child of the Most High God.  May I be a sweet smelling savor to Your nostrils.  I love You Lord.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.

 

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