Where are the Prophets? Testing the prophet. Pt4

“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you dressed like sheep, but inside they are vicious wolves. You will know them by their fruit. Do people get bunches of grapes from thorny weeds, or do they get figs from thistles? In the same way, every good tree produces good fruit, and every rotten tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit. And a rotten tree can’t produce good fruit. Every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. Therefore, you will know them by their fruit. “Not everybody who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will get into the kingdom of heaven. Only those who do the will of my Father who is in heaven will enter. (Mat 7:15-21 CEB)

Do trees have ears, I think so. We have an apple tree that for a number of years produced no fruit. In the presence of the tree, I mentioned to my wife, Ann, that if the tree didn’t produce fruit next years, it would be firewood. You guessed it, the following year the tree was full of fruit. A fruit tree is determined by the fruit it bears.  Appletree should produce apples, the orange tree oranges, and spiritual ministry, the fruit of the Spirit, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Yes, even the prophetic ministry! The prophet without spiritual fruit resorts to condemnation, manipulation, and witchcraft, stay away from such people.

Published by Terry Threadwell

Dr. Terry Threadwell has thirty five years ministry experience. Author, educator and Director of the Institute of Progressive Pentecostal Studies.

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