Matthew 7:24-25 NASB
“Therefore, everyone who hears these words of Mine, and acts on them, will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.”
Do you feel like you’re going through a spiritual storm as of late? I know there are times when I sure do. And the storm isn’t tapering off, it’s intensifying, from all quarters. Matthew Chapter 7 is where Jesus talks about the narrow gate and the constricted way in verses 13 and 14. Jesus also talks about how critical acting on His words is in verses 24 to 26. Jesus stressed to us to act on the will of the Father, which Jesus spoke to us, in His words that He gave us, and to beware of the false prophets and build our foundation on Him. And the defining criteria that we are to make our judgements on, that which helps us determine or discern what we should act on and not act on, is the fruit.
The thing is, there is a lot of low hanging, seemingly attractive and desirable fruit, endeavouring to catch our attention. But what appears as attractive and desirable fruit, can be deceiving, and actually be a lie. Flashback to the Garden of Eden. The Apostle Paul tells us in Galatians 5:22-23 NASB what the fruit of the Spirit is. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” And Jesus Himself, speaks of this fruit in John 15:5, when He says: “I am the vine, you are the branches; the one who remains in Me, and I in him bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” Emphasis is mine.
That would be that “narrow gate” and “constricted way” that Jesus tells us about, which as we know, focuses on Himself, who in turn, always focused on doing the will of the Father. And of course, that “rock” where our faith and trust is built on, is the reality of who Jesus is and who He represents. “He who has seen Me has seen the Father”, comes to mind.
Hebrews 1:3 NASB states: “And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, to the extent that He has inherited a more excellent name than they.”
There is a simplicity in the source of the fruit of the Spirit. These attributes of the Spirit of Christ, are centered in Jesus living in us, and us living in Him, where His Holy Spirit guides us, teaches us, according to His purposes, according to His will, according to His word, which ultimately is the will of the Father. And there is a dependency there, that cannot be ignored. God’s purposes are steadfast and will not deviate from the word that He has already given us. The “Good News” is the New Covenant, it does not and will not change.
There is much low hanging fruit placed before our eyes these days, fruit that is not of the Father, fruit that represents man’s words, furthering man’s goals, through man’s means and not God’s purposes, fruit that speaks on behalf of, but does not originate from God. Prophetic words now abound, declaring new things that God will do, decreed in His name and many there be that reach for this fruit. This deception is not new.
Jesus is our rock. The words that Jesus spoke that we have been given, is and are, the expressed will of the Father, and this reality will never change. The rain, floods and winds may indeed come, but our rock remains the same. And Matthew 7:21-23 is also where Jesus states the following: “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; leave Me, you who practice lawlessness.’ Emphasis is mine.
Lawlessness pertains to following our ways instead of God’s ways, following our own thoughts instead of His. I will leave it to you to discern who it might be that today prophesies, casts out demons and performs many miracles in His name?
The rock. Focus on the rock and His words alone.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!