MATTHEW 7:28_And it came to pass…
Something which came to pass as a part of Jesus’ ministry was—multitudes followed Him. We’ve mentioned the multitudes before, but let’s review these categories.
Definitely among the multitude were the spiritually hungry. Hopefully that is the category you fill. You have not spent a year studying Jesus’ teachings because you are spiritually full. These are people who want their lives to count for good before they leave the earth.
There were the physically sick. These are people who believe Jesus can heal the incurable. They hope to experience His power.
There were the desperate, held in demonic bondage by the father of lies. They were searching for freedom. Had they found it?
There were the curious who just wanted to see what all the hoop-la was about.
There were the jealous who sought to destroy the One who had stolen their thunder. And it came to pass that these left with egg on their face.
For those who don’t know what that means, it is to be made to look foolish or embarrassed.
Wonderful Counselor, I am spiritually hungry for Your truth. Please feed me. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ can keep me spiritually full—He feeds me!
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 7:15_but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
II Corinthians 11:3-4 (KJV), “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 4 For if he [false prophet] that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him …13For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”
It is easy to be deceived by smooth talkers – if you don’t know the truth. The more truth you feed your spirit, through the Bible, the quicker you recognize a lie.
The inside of this sheep’s clothing is completely opposite from the outside. A wolf will devour a sheep—so will a lion, I Peter 5:8 (KJV), “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.”
The devil is actively searching for those who do not know the truth, to snare them.
God of All, Help me know the truth and escape the devil’s trap. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ wants me to be vigilant in the truth—He saves me!
MATTHEW 7:15_of false prophets…
A prophet was God’s spokesperson to His people. Acts 2:17-18 (KJV) on the day of Pentecost, “And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: 18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.”
Peter was quoting from Joel 2:28-29. Israel had experienced a time of silence from God because of their disobedience. On Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit descended upon God’s people prophesy came alive again. That’s what Peter said anyway—and he was there! Prophets were people chosen by God.
The devil also has prophets. Because the devil does not possess God’s unlimited power, he can only operate within his limited boundaries. As the prince of the world he has great powers. Among them are: deception, lies, accusations, fear, temptations, interference, and theft. On our own we are no match for him.
Eve tried to match him on her own and fell into the seduction of his lies. She fell to the fear of missing out on the good things of life and disobeyed God.
You know the rest of the story.
Heavenly Father, Help me call upon You to defeat the devil and his deceptions. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ knows all of the devil’s deceptions—He will save me!
Beware! The Greek translation for beware is the same as our English—take heed, be on guard against. Time to listen to Jesus!
Beware is a stronger word than the previous words or phrases Jesus has used to introduce a new subject. He has used introductions to tell you to pay attention, to perk up, and to wake up: (just in case you were napping during His sermon). This new topic He introduces calls for more than your attention. It calls for caution.
This new principle is easy to fall prey to if you are not on your guard. Actually this one is a perfect descriptive of the great deceiver—the devil himself!
In John 8:44 (KJV), Jesus says to the Scribes and Pharisees, “Ye [Scribes and Pharisees] are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He [the devil] was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”
If you stay with Jesus for the next five verses He’ll give truth that will … once again … set you free!
Messiah, Help me to beware of Your teachings, and not be deceived. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ wants us to beware of His teachings—I will!