2015 Frieda P. Smith
It is becoming increasingly difficult to believe in anything these days. Let’s face it… there was once a time when a picture told the story, but with the availability of apps like Photoshop, we cannot even believe what we see anymore.
For those of us who are Christians—believers—we really need to rely upon the Holy Spirit to discern whose words we can believe. Self-appointed so-called preachers, prophets, apostles, messengers, and bishops are sprouting all over the world, some with agendas that are questionable.
Jesus knew there would be problems, so He warned us in advance (bless His heart!). In our text that serves as the foundation of this inspirational message, He declared this message to His disciples, recorded in Matthew 7:15 and 7:16, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits”.
When we look at the word “fruit”, we think of apples, oranges, pears, bananas, etc. However, the Greek translation for the word “fruit” in the context of this verse literally means, “the fruit of one’s loins”, in other words, that which is birthed or comes forth from a person.
Jesus said false prophets would come in sheep’s clothing. They will come disguised as something they are not. They will look like sheep and smell like sheep. They will act like sheep and will be fluffy like sheep, but the “fruit” that which will come forth from them will be “wolfish”.
Wolves are vicious creatures. They are not docile and fluffy. Wolves will hurt, main, and kill a person.
In like manner, my friends, the same type of people will show up in your personal lives. False friends, fabricated suitors, and fake fiancés, dressed in “sheep’s clothing”. However, do not worry. The “fruit” will always tell the story!
You see, Jesus said, “inwardly they are ravenous wolves”. This lets us know that it does not matter what is being falsely portrayed on the outside of a person; whatever is on the inside, in due season the truth will appear on the outside. For example, when a woman is pregnant, the child growing on the inside eventually makes his or her way down the birth canal to the outside. The “fruit”–that which is on the inside–will always tell the story!
Therefore, if you are questioning the genuineness of someone who has recently entered your life (or you recently entered theirs), let me help you today. Go get your Bible, turn to Galatians chapter 5 and read verses 22-23. If the person in question’s “fruit” is listed in those two verses: God Bless! You have a winner!
On the other hand, if the person in question’s “fruit” is listed in verses 19-21, you have been deceived! Say goodbye and keep it moving!
The “fruit” will always tell the story!
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