VERNA’S DAILY DEVOTIONAL 

TUESDAY MAY 19, 2020

MATTHEW 7:17

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, JUDGING BETWEEN TRUTH AND DECEPTION.

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

A DETERMINING FACTOR, HE POINTS OUT, IS LOOKING AT THE OUTCOMES OF THESE PRACTICES. SOMEONE WITH SELFISH MOTIVES, WRONG INTENTIONS, WILL CAUSE CONFUSION, CONFLICT, DIVISION, DISSENSION IN THE BODY OF BELIEVERS. THERE IS USUALLY A NEGATIVE OUTCOME FROM THEIR PRESENCE. THEY BEAR FRUITS OF DIVISION, DISSENSION AND CORRUPTION WHICH DO NOT COME FROM THE HOLY SPIRIT/GOD THE FATHER/JESUS/YESHUA. 

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, HELPFUL CONTRIBUTIONS, A SENSE OF DIRECTION, AND WISDOM, NOT SELF-SERVING, MISLEADING DIRECTION, LEADING PEOPLE 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, AND BEHAVIOURS SO THAT WE AVOID MAKING WRONG AFFILIATIONS, REINFORCING WRONG/FALSE ERRONEOUS DOCTRINE, TEACHINGS, AND LEADERSHIP. 

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