MFM Daily Devotional 27 August 2022
TOPIC: By Their Fruits
“Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”
2 Timothy 2:19
Fruits are known by the trees that produce them, be it good or bad.
May your life bring forth fruits of righteousness, in the name of Jesus.
PRAISE & WORSHIP
Take praise and worship songs as led by the Holy Spirit
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 2 Chron 29-31:1; 2 Cor. 1:12-22; Psalm 103:13-22
FIRE SCRIPTURE: 2 Peter 1:5-11
5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
MFM Devotional 27 August 2022 OUTLINE
Jesus was so clear in making the point on false prophets and the like. In the imagery of a farmer, as He usually did, He explained how good trees will automatically produce good fruits and same with bad trees. He went on to emphasise the fact that trees will always produce their kind, and not otherwise.
The apple tree will not grow grapes. What you sow is what you reap! What is the lesson here? No amount of pretence or hypocritical Christianity will make people believe that you are not what you claim to be. You may deceive men, but there is God who rule in the affairs of men. He sees and knows the mind of men. He judges the intents and not just your actions. Too many people are proclaiming themselves to be who they are not. God is not interested in activities and parades.
Rather He delights in your daily growth and transformation, producing and manifesting the Fruit of the Spirit which is able to make you more like Jesus in every area of your life. What fruits do you bring forth as a Christian? Fruits of sin and iniquity? Fruits of falsehood, deception, hatred, envy, malice, bitterness, anger, pride and the likes.
Or do you bring forth the fruits of righteousness, holiness unto the Lord: love, joy and peace of the Lord. God cannot be deceived. If you’re fruitful, He will make you more productive; but if you bring forth bad fruits, such lives shall be cut off and cast into fire of destruction. This shall not be your lot, in Jesus’ name.
Remember, Ananias and Sapphira were among the early believers. They saw how committed others were in giving all they had up for God and for the benefit of the brethren. Yet, because of the fruit of selfishness and greediness, they lied to the Holy Spirit.
Even the plea of Peter could not make them change their minds. Though numbered among the brethren, yet had “another spirit”. No wonder they were easily known by their fruit, and they received the judgement of instant death.
As you read this devotion, there is still hope. Simply decide to make a change. Refuse to be one of those who will hear these pathetic Words from the Lord; “Depart from me ye workers of iniquity, I know ye not. Jesus knows His sheep and they know Him. Make your heart right with the Master and you shall bring forth good fruits which shall abide in the Lord, in Jesus’ name.
MFM Devotional 27 August 2022 PRAYER POINTS
1. I repent of every falsehood, in the name of Jesus.
2. Spirits of hypocrisy and deception, I am no longer your slave, lose your grip on me and die, in the name of Jesus.
3. O Lord my God, have mercy on me, in the name of Jesus.
4. I shall not bring forth bad fruits, in the name of Jesus.
5. Blood of Jesus, purge and cleanse my heart of every demonic debris of lies and pretense, in the name of Jesus.
6. Father Lord, create a new heart in me, in the name of Jesus.
7. I receive my deliverance and I declare myself a tree of righteousness and a planting of the Lord, in the name of Jesus.