VERNA’S DAILY DEVOTIONAL, WEDNESDAY MAY 15, 2019


MATTHEW 7:17
“Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.”

 

JESUS/YESHUA IS TEACHING HIS DISCIPLES ABOUT DISCERNMENT, FOR THEM TO BE ABLE TO JUDGE BETWEEN TRUTH AND DECEPTION.

HE IS TALKING ABOUT FALSE PROPHETS WHO ARE WOLVES IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING. THEY PRESENT THEMSELVES POSITIVELY, IN WAYS THAT FOOL PEOPLE. BUT GOD’S PEOPLE NEED TO BE ABLE TO DISCRIMINATE BETWEEN FALSEHOOD AND TRUTH; TO DISTINGUISH BETWEEN WHAT COMES FROM THE “RIGHT SPIRIT,” AND WHAT IS COMING FROM A “WRONG SPIRIT.”  

A DETERMINING FACTOR, HE POINTS OUT, IS WHAT RESULTS FROM THEIR TEACHINGS AND PRACTICES. SOMEONE WITH SELFISH MOTIVES, AND WRONG INTENTIONS, WILL CAUSE CONFUSION, CONFLICT, DIVISION, AND DISSENSION IN THE BODY OF BELIEVERS. THERE IS USUALLY A NEGATIVE OUTCOME FROM THEIR PRESENCE. THEY BEAR FRUITS OF DISSENSION AND CORRUPTION.

WHEREAS, SOMEONE COMING WITH THE RIGHT AGENDA (GOD’S AGENDA), WITH THE RIGHT HEART/RIGHT SPIRIT, RIGHT/GODLY MOTIVES, INTENTIONS, AND DESIRES WILL BRING SOLID DOCTRINE, ON WHICH TO BUILD A SOLID FOUNDATION. THEIR TEACHINGS WILL BE HELPFUL, PROVIDING A SENSE OF DIRECTION, AND WISDOM, RATHER THAN BEING SELF-SERVING, MISLEADING, AND CAUSING PEOPLE TO GO IN WRONG DIRECTIONS.

ALTHOUGH WE ARE NOT CALLED TO “JUDGE” THE INDIVIDUAL, WE ARE EXPECTED TO DISCERN – TO BE ABLE TO IDENTIFY WRONG MOTIVES, INTENTIONS, DESIRES, AND BEHAVIOURS SO THAT WE AVOID MAKING WRONG AFFILIATIONS, WRONG AGREEMENTS, ALIGNMENTS, AND REINFORCING WRONG/FALSE ERRONEOUS DOCTRINE, TEACHINGS, AND LEADERSHIP.

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