SEEK Daily Nigerian Baptist Convention, Baptist Devotionals
Matthew 7:1-6, 15-23
DISCERNING FAITH AND ACTION TOGETHER
“Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them” Matthew 7:20, NIV.
A prophet reportedly convinced his congregations that his holy pen can make students pass their exams and the more you pay, the higher your grades. The Bible is very clear that in the last days, false prophets and others who are bearing bad fruit will increase, and that we would know these kind of people by their fruits (Matt. 7:15-20). Fruit in a person’s life can be defined as the product of a person. This type of fruit false prophets bear is not acceptable to Jesus Christ. Thus, we must examine ourselves first, be on our guard and watch out for those who are wolves in sheep’s clothing in the church and attempting to devour the innocent.
Some believers are only full of leaves like the fig tree exposed by Jesus. Bearing no fruit is just as bad as bearing bad fruit. What are you doing for the kingdom? Are you active in your church? It is time to get out of your four walls and grow an abundance of fruit. Galatians 5:22-23 defines the spiritual fruit in someone’s lives as love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and self-control. As believers in Christ we are to be in the vine of Christ Jesus and, as we do so, bear good fruit (John 15).
Birthday Blessing: “Thus says the Lord; ‘In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you’” Isaiah 49:8
RBT Passage: Isaiah 47 – 49
“You cannot be saved and lack the fruits of the Spirit”. – AM Brewster
Source : Nigerian Baptist Convention