If there is one thing we need more of in the church, it is true discernment that only the Holy Spirit can give.
In Matthew, Jesus warns us about people with whom we come in contact in the church or in our everyday lives who have a set agenda to fool the Children of God in order to cause chaos and destruction. The following verses are part of the famous “Sermon on the Mount” that Jesus gave to His followers in Chapters 5-7. He wanted to give them good, practical instruction on how to live their everyday lives in victory.
Mat 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Mat 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
Mat 7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
Mat 7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Mat 7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
Mat 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
We have all done things that we regret and wish we could take back, but most of us don’t sit around and think of ways we can intentionally cause chaos and destruction; therefore, it is hard for us to believe that someone else could ever entertain the thought of doing that. After all, isn’t everybody at least a GOOD person who would dare to step foot inside the doors of the church? That is certainly what we want to believe.
Most of us don’t want to entertain the thought that someone would want to go to church for anything other than the right reason, so many times we can be fooled easily by someone who says and does all the right things, no matter what their motive and spiritual condition.
This is why it is critical not only for leaders, but every member of God’s Church to ask for discernment.
fruit – that which originates or comes from something, an effect, result
Jesus said in the verses above that we will always be able to know what people really stand for by the fruit they bear. Especially in matters where the church is involved, we must learn to ask guidance from the Holy Spirit so that we know the absolute truth.
Even though a person’s life might look good from the outside for awhile, if they are not REAL it will eventually show. The Holy Spirit can put a “check” in your Spirit about that person, though, way before others might be able to see it physically and possibly save you heartache.
Make it a point to ask Him for discernment at the beginning of each day so that you can make decisions that will only have good consequences for the future; then when the Holy Spirit speaks to your heart about a certain matter, be obedient to what He tells you to do.
The Holy Spirit always has your best interest at heart and will never lead you down a road to destruction like Satan would love to do. Don’t try to navigate life’s rough seas with your strength alone. Let the might power of God be your guiding force. That is the only way you can live in victory.
This post written by Cathy Deaton.
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