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 7:18-20.
Today your LORD (יהוה) God (אלהים
As we continue looking into My Son’s teachings in the great Sermon on the Mount, which is the sermon of the heart for this age of grace, He next teaches you on looking at the fruit of people’s lives to know what’s in their hearts.
“Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 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 7:15-20.
He calls the words and deeds of people their “fruit.” This is looking in the physical but seeing in to the spiritual by the heart. And it comes down to where you are planted, that is, where you have chosen to put your roots and grow.
Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so live your life in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude. Colossians 2:6-7. When you confessed Jesus as Lord I sealed you in Him with the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 1:13. I planted you in Him so you would grow in Him, drawing all you need out of Him as a tree brings up the nutrients and water through its roots.
Jesus is also the Sun of righteousness with healing in His rays, shining on you to give you the light you need to grow ever stronger as you draw up the benefits and living water from your roots in Him. “O LORD, let your face shine upon us and we shall be saved,” sang David, inspired by the great blessing I taught Moses to have Aaron, the High Priest, and his sons, the priests, say over My people to put My Name on them so I could bless them. “The LORD bless you and keep you, the LORD make His face shine on you and give you His grace, the LORD smile upon you and give you shalom!” Numbers 6:24-26. For I who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” am the One who has shone in your hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of My glory in the face of Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:6. And as you gaze upon the face of Jesus by gazing upon My Word, you are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18.
And being rooted and grounded in Him, you are rooted and grounded in love. I have planted you in Him to be strengthened with power through the Holy Spirit in your inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all My holy people what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all My fullness. Ephesians 3:16-19. And you will produce divine fruit, good fruit, the fruit of the Spirit, My very life being drawn up into you, shining upon you, and being poured into you by showers of blessing to grow thereby, built up together with other believers to be a temple of the Holy Spirit from which My grace and glory can flow and bring others into My house to be planted in My courts by streams of living water. And your fruit will be sweet to their taste.
How will you know whether someone is planted in Me or in another? By their fruit. Is it of the Spirit or of the flesh? The flesh is useless it is the Spirit that gives life,
The deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not have days of Heaven on earth but rather days of hell, and if they do not repent and receive the forgiveness of sins through the gift of My Son they will not inherit My kingdom. And you see these deeds very prevalent in people’s lives today and it is the mindset of the world. People believe this is the normal way of life. If your life or your home evidence these deeds, you are not planted in Me. You are producing the fruit of the devil even if you are claiming to be a believer. You have not renewed your mind and you are not walking with Me.
If you are planted in Me you should be producing the fruit of the Spirit, which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23. And it should be evident to you and others everywhere you go or stay, for those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desire, for when He died to sin, you died with Him, and when I raised Him to new life and seated Him with Me in Heaven, I raised you to new life and seated you there in Him by the Spirit.
And in this teaching of His sermon, My Son stated, “A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit.” Matthew 7:18. This is very comforting for those of you who have been planted in Christ by confessing Him and receiving Him as your Lord. If you will just put your roots down deep into Him you will produce good fruit. Jesus likens this rooted and grounded life to a branch abiding in a vine. The branch must produce the fruit of the vine when it is well attached. Jesus is the Vine and you who believe and have His Word in you are the fruitful branches. You cannot be filled with My Word and not be fruitful, it is just the fruit of the branch that comes from the sap that flows in from the Vine. You became partakers of My divine nature.
A good tree produces fruit if it is in good soil and receives all the nutrients, sunshine, and water it needs. And you are a good tree once you have received My gift of Jesus, for with Him came the total removal of your sins from you to Himself and He gave every drop of His blood to satisfy divine justice for you. And in that divine exchange you also received My righteousness as your own through Him. And those who receive the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness will reign in life through Christ Jesus. Romans 5:17.
The righteous man will flourish like the palm tree, he will grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Planted in My house, he will flourish in My courts. They will still yield fruit in old age; they shall be full of sap and very green, to declare that I am upright, that I am their rock, and that there is no unrighteousness in Me. Psalm 92:12-15.
The righteous one flourishes like a palm tree. A palm tree has deep roots and a tap root going right down to find the living water. And a palm tree becomes very old and still yields delicious, sweet fruit. But the wicked have no roots, they sprout up like grass and their end is destruction.
And what does the righteous man do in My courts where I have planted him to grow thereby? “It is good to give thanks to the LORD and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; to declare Your lovingkindness in the morning and Your faithfulness by night, with the ten-stringed lute and with the harp, with resounding music upon the lyre. For You, O LORD, have made me glad by what You have done, I will sing for joy at the works of Your hands.” Psalm 92:1-4.
And in Psalm 1 I tell you more of what the righteous one does to yield fruit, “How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers.” Psalm 1:1-3.
But the wicked is not like a strong tree planted in My house but like the chaff off the wheat that the wind removes. “The wicked are not so, but they are like chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.” Psalm 1:4-6.
The man who trusts in mankind and makes flesh his strength has opened himself to the devil and to the curse. His heart is turned away from Me. He is like a bush in the desert and will not see when prosperity comes, but will live in stony wastes in the wilderness, a land of salt without inhabitant. Jeremiah 17:5-6. You will know him by his fruit.
But blessed is the man who trusts in Me, who has his heart stayed on Me and has My Word treasured in his heart, whose trust is in Me. He will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; but its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought nor cease to yield fruit. Jeremiah 17:7-8.
Once you are planted stand firm on the rock of My Word. Before you believe or agree with people look at their fruit and see if it matches the words they are saying to entice you to believe their philosophies or prophecies. There are many false prophets who will arise in these last days.
Do not despise prophetic utterances, but be careful how you hear. Examine everything carefully to see if it lines up with My Word. Hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil. 1 Thessalonians 5:20-22.
See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophies and empty deceptions, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority. Colossians 2:8-10.
Be careful about religious traditions that are not in accordance with My Word. Do not say I give and I take away. Job said that while he was still blaming Me for what the devil took from him. I never take from you. I give to you and more besides. I blessed man from the very start to increase. I am not a man that I should lie. I do not need to do so. I have nothing to hide. I am light and there is no darkness in Me. And My riches are unlimited.
And never let Me hear you saying that a disease, illness, accident, storm or an early and premature death is My mysterious will. I am very clear about My Will—with LONG life I will satisfy you and show you My Salvation. I gave My Son to die for you to give you abundant life.
I am the LORD your healer. In seeing Jesus you see Me and He will was determined to heal and it grieved Him in Nazareth when their lack of faith and hostility to Him barred them from receiving miracles.
He did not allow the devil to take out Lazarus, the widow’s son or Jairus’ daughter. They had not lived out their full days on earth. He did not allow the man born blind to stay blind but gave him new eyes. He did not let the woman stay bent over in pain who had been in the bondage of Satan for eighteen years but unbound her so she stood up straight and tall. And He did the same for the crippled man brought to Him on a mat they lowered through the roof, He forgave his sins and sent him out walking just fine.
Just because a believer you know had a fatal disease, accident, or died young it does not mean I would not have raised them up. Just read about what I tell you about the prayer of faith in the book of James if you want to know My Will. My Will is that none should perish and all come to know the truth. My people perish for lack of knowledge but many times it is because they have rejected knowledge. Jesus told the questioning crowd that the tower that fell on people and killed them was because they had not repented (renewed their minds) so that they were under My perfect protection. He told you that you would all likewise perish if you did not repent. I cannot protect you when you are speaking stout against Me and walking with Satan as your master. Jesus wept over Jerusalem because He was unable to draw them into My secret place so that their city would be protected from the enemy that waiting to come in and destroy them as soon as they got out into his territory and out of My Word. Like the snakes in the desert but the people will healed by an early depiction of what My Son would do for you on the Cross. And Jesus verified that. John 3:15.
My Word is clear but there are many believers who have been taught to welcome, accept and bear sickness, poverty, and disease thinking they are doing redemptive work and that I put that on them. You cannot redeem a soul, it cost the eternal blood of My Son and now He has done that work once for all. No one qualified no matter how much they suffered to redeem souls, otherwise I would not have had to sacrifice My Son. And when My apostle Paul boasted of his trials and weakness, it was not sickness he talked about but persecution, beatings, and imprisonments. 2 Corinthians 12:10; 2 Corinthians 11:23-29. Which are not My Will either, but I can bring you through them triumphant, as Paul told you, “Thanks be to God who always causes me to triumph.” Joseph came out really well by being sold into Egypt by his brothers, but what they did to him was NOT My Will. They planned the wickedness themselves by giving in to unclean spirits such as jealousy and pride, but I worked it all out for his good. And that is My Will. Whatever others plan for you evil, I can turn around for good.
I have told you to submit your mind to the truth of My Word and be a doer and not merely a hearer of MyWord and to resist the devil (YOU), and he will flee from YOU. Stop telling Me to rebuke the devil for you. I have rebuked and conquered him and given him the sentence of condemnation when My Son returns to take back the full dominion authority on earth, but Adam’s lease is not quite over yet and he gave it to the devil.
Pain and illness are caused by unclean spirits. My Son told you this. Never, therefore, attribute sickness and other evils to My mysterious will. It got the Pharisees into big time trouble when they accused Jesus of having an unclean spirit. You do not blaspheme My Holy Spirit and get away with it.
I love you. You will know others by their fruit, but that is how they know you too. Do unto others as you would have them do to you and keep on the narrow path. Love is always the safest path, your love for Me and from that love for others. But beware of false prophets and false teachers or you will lose so much ground you could take by your authority in Me and may die young for wrong thinking. Feed My sheep.