In His Word
"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." – Psalm 119:105

Apr
17

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When speaking of false prophets, Jesus said, “You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?  So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.  A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit.  Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.  So then, you will know them by their fruits.” (Matthew 7:16-20).

False prophets may temporarily hide their inwardly wolfish ways by dressing like sheep (:15), but they can’t hide their true nature for long.  Just as surely as trees clearly distinguish themselves from one another when they bear fruit, so will prophets/teachers.  Good bear good, and bad bear bad.  Jesus told the religious wolves of His day, “Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people, producing the fruit of it.” (21:43).  What kind of fruit is that?  “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,…” (Proverbs 11:30) – leaving death and destruction for those who bear the fruit of unrighteousness.

By what kind of fruit are you known?

Have a great day in His word!

Apr
16

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Jesus said, “Beware of false prophets,…” (Matthew 7:15a).

How prevalent are false prophets, and how many will they mislead?  “Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many.” (24:11).  I’m a Christian, so I don’t need to be concerned about them, do I?  “For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect.” (24:24).  Surely they’ll be easy to recognize, won’t they?  “…who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” (Matthew 7:15b).  It should be no wonder that Jesus said to “beware of false prophets.”

What might Jesus say today?  “Beware of false prophets, who act like they care about you but really only care about your money, who talk about the kindness of God but not the severity of God (Romans 11:22), who tell you what you want to hear but not what you need to hear,…”  Yes, false prophets are just as active among us today as they were when Jesus first spoke these words of warning.  We must continue to beware!

Have a great day in His word!

Apr
15

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Jesus said, “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.  For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14; Luke 13:24).

Wide and broad is easy, which is why many people go that way; but the problem is that it leads to destruction.  Small and narrow is difficult, which is why few find it; but the difficulty is worth the effort, for the way leads to life.  Instead of deciding if you want it easy or difficult now, decide if you want destruction or life for eternity.

Have a great day in His word!

Apr
14

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Jesus said, “Therefore, whatever you want others to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 7:12).  Someone has called this the golden rule, and rightfully so.  If we would all learn to treat others the way we want them to treat us, then the world would be a much better place.

But how is this “the Law and the Prophets”?  If you do to others what you want them to do to you, then by default you will keep the commands found in the Law and the Prophets.  Paul stated it this way: “Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.  For the commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ ‘You shall not covet,’ and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’  Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” (Romans 13:8-10).

Demonstrate your love for others by doing to them what you want them to do to you.

Have a great day in His word!

Apr
13

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Jesus said, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8).  Here Jesus presents the general rule of asking, seeking, and knocking.  He tells us that we will receive, find, and have opened.

What assurance do we have of what Jesus said?  “Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone?  Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he?  If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!” (:9-11).  Just as surely as our imperfect earthly fathers love us enough to give us what is good, our perfect heavenly Father will do “much more.”

Have a great day in His word!

Apr
09

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Jesus said, “Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.” (Matthew 7:6).  Meat offered on the altar was holy and reserved for the priests (Leviticus 22) – definitely not suitable for unclean dogs who would not value the meat for what it was.  Likewise, who would give pearls to pigs that could never appreciate them?

While Jesus told His disciples to “go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:16), He also told them not to waste their time with those who did not appreciate its value (6:11).  Some people today make it quite clear that they are not interested in the spiritual gems that God offers.  Like spiritual dogs and hogs all they want to do is blaspheme and ridicule the holy things of God.  Do not give them that pleasure.

Have a great day in His word!

Apr
08

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Jesus said, “Do not judge so that you will not be judged.” (Matthew 7:1).  If ever there was a verse in the Bible that a lot of people seem to know – maybe right behind John 3:16 – it would be Matthew 7:1.  What people don’t seem to know is the context in which the verse resides.

In the next verse Jesus said, “For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.” (7:2).  God is willing to judge us with compassion if we are willing to judge others with compassion; but if we don’t show it to others, then don’t expect it from Him (18:23-35).

Jesus went on to say, “Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?  Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye?  You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” (7:3-5).  Too many people are more critical of others than they are of themselves.  They see the speck but not the log – or if they do see it they ignore or downplay it.  Trying to judge others while ignoring sin in our own lives is hypocritical.  Jesus wants us to compassionately judge others and help them remove the speck, but only after we take an honest look at ourselves and remove the log.

Have a great day in His word!

Apr
07

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When teaching against worrying, Jesus said, “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:34).  What are you doing tomorrow?  Don’t bother checking your calendar to answer, because the reality is that you don’t know for sure.  “…you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow.” (James 4:14a).  All you know and can somewhat control is the present.

While it is wise to plan for the future, it is unwise to spend your time worrying about tomorrow when you should be focused on making the most of today.

Have a great day in His word!

Apr
06

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While teaching about why we shouldn’t worry, Jesus said, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33; Luke 12:31).  Most people spend a lot of time and energy seeking the essential things in life – food, clothing, even life itself – that Jesus mentioned in this context (:25-32), and rightfully so; but seeking God is even more essential.

To be first means to come before everything else, to be foremost in position, rank, or importance; and this is where God must rank in our lives.  Spiritual essentials must come first, even ahead of physical essentials.  Sometimes people tell me they need to stay home from worship to rest for work.  Really?  Which comes first?  Which is more important?  I knew an elderly lady who would often miss events on Saturday to be well rested to worship God on Sunday.  That’s seeking God first.

Jesus said if you seek God first that the essentials of life will be added to you.  Do you believe Him?  Do you trust Him enough to seek Him first and let Him prove it?  He’s waiting.

Have a great day in His word!

Apr
03

Jesus said, “For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?  And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?  And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.  But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!  Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’  For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.” (Matthew 6:25-32).

Some people have described the most basic needs of life as food, clothing, and shelter.  Jesus narrowed it further to food and clothing.  You can’t live without these things.  Yet Jesus said there is no need to worry about them or even life itself.  The Father will take care of you, as He does the birds and the grass.  He knows what you need, and is well able to take care of you, so put your faith in Him leave worry behind.

Have a great day in His word!

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