MATTHEW 7:19_and cast into the fire.
In the parable of the fig tree, I see Jesus as the vine dresser. The needs you have in life require fertilizer.
If you feel like your life does not, and has not, produced fruit—don’t panic. You are not about to be cut down and cast into the fire. Jesus sees your potential because He knows your created purpose. He wants to work in and teach your heart through the Bible. Jesus longs for you to hear His words and know the truth. And knowing the truth will make you … you guessed it … free!
This is freedom from believing the devil’s lies.
Lies that makes the tree (your life) wither.
If you believe anything negative about your created life—you’re withering.
If you believe that you were not created with a purpose in life—you’re withering.
If you believe you can never personally know God—you’re withering.
If you believe Jesus does not have the power to give you eternal life—you’re withering.
If you believe your physical afflictions or defects can keep you from achieving God’s purpose—you’re withering.
If you believe your lack of finances can keep you from achieving God’s purpose—you’re withering.
All of these things cause you to come to God with your needs. God meets your needs with the fertilizers of faith and trust.
King Eternal, Please help me see that my needs increase my faith. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ uses my needs to draw me closer – To Him!
MATTHEW 7:19_that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down…
You’ve learned a lot of truth from Jesus this year. Now you’re in the home stretch. The devil does not want you to experience the freedom gained from this creation principle. He wants you to see it as judgmental and legalistic—don’t you believe it!
The devil can give you an easy and fun life—forget all this about hard times and struggles. But remember—his fun times are temporary. The fun turns into far greater pain than life’s struggles.
Hebrews 11:24-26 (KJV), “By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; 25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; 26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.”
Moses knew there was pleasure in sin. He had lived as an Egyptian prince in a palace of false gods and idols. This is how he learned the pleasures of sin are only for a season. When the fun is gone all that’s left is bondage – trying to get the pleasure back.
If the tree doesn’t produce good fruit it will be cut down.
Corrupt trees do not produce good fruit.
Heavenly Father, Your rewards are far greater than the pleasures of sin. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ knows sinful pleasures are bondage—He frees me!
MATTHEW 7:19_Every tree…
This life is hard—for everyone. Some people may appear to never have trouble, but you’re only seeing the surface. Everyone has struggles in this earthly life.
I believe I’ve said that the Bible is about truth, and truth is about freedom. I’m saying it again.
I believe I’ve said that Jesus wants you to live free. I’m saying it again.
I believe I’ve said that Jesus wants you to be alert to the devil and his schemes, so you can escape the bondage into which he desires to snare you. I’m saying it again.
When Jesus ate His last Passover meal with His disciples He let them know that everyone will face hard times. John 14:26-27 (KJV), “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
I really like that Jesus assures me the Holy Spirit will remind me of these creation principles.
Jesus’ peace conquers fear.
Immanuel, Thank You for giving Your peace to me when I face trouble. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ is peace over fear—He gives it to me!
MATTHEW 7:18_neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Jesus drives the final nail to secure us in the truth. It is not enough just to know that good is good and evil is evil. We must grasp that the two cannot cross over into each other.
Good can never be evil, nor evil ever be good. If we’ve made the broad path to destruction our source, and we want to get off—it will require a total change. Repentance. We can’t just remain on the broad path and some day it will lead us to a life of freedom. The broad path always leads to destruction. That’s how this creation principle works. A corrupt tree cannot bring forth good fruit.
The total change to get off the broad path is to leave it, enter the strait gate, and walk the narrow path. You cannot remain on the narrow path and fall into destruction. The narrow path always leads to a life of freedom. That’s how this creation principle works.
One more time—it’s about the source! The broad path is the source to destruction, and can be nothing else. The narrow path is the source to life, and can be nothing else. Don’t get confused that people are the source. People will become what their source is—but it is a process. Mistakes may be made along the way.
Those whose source is the narrow path can be trusted—mistakes and all.
Savior, I need discernment to know the people I can trust. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ can always be trusted—I will follow Him!
MATTHEW 7:18_A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit…
This verse is the nail that holds together the principle which build this house.
We are going a little deeper into the principle of a good tree brings forth good fruit. Jesus puts a bit of a spin on that— a good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit. Get this into your heart and meditate on it. It isn’t just that good produces good. It’s that the good cannot produce evil.
Let’s think of it in terms of a good teacher. This is a teacher whose teachings line up with the truths of the Bible. A teacher whose love and concern for you is unconditional—although you may not see that in the beginning. It takes time and some maturity to understand all the aspects of unconditional love. For instance, this is the teacher who taught you the truth even when you rejected and rebelled against it. This is the teacher who, when you finally had enough of your own bondage, welcomed you back to the fold and led you to freedom. This is the teacher who stands by you when times are tough.
This teacher is Jesus. The source you can count on not to produce evil in your life.
You don’t have to worry about this One being a ravening wolf. A good tree is salt and light!
Lamb of God, I need people in my life who are salt and light. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ cannot produce evil fruit—I can trust in Him!