Saturday, April 9th~~Day 6: Matthew 7
24“Therefore (V)everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock.
Reflecting on this verse we have to ask ourselves, what words of Jesus’ do we need to hear and act on? This verse also tells us that if we act on these words of his than we are acting wisely!
As so many times in God’s word we have to look at the whole chapter take a verse and see it as how it fits in with the BIG picture of God’s word. So I will look in the verses above the one I chose to find out what ‘words’ I need to act on.
1. Deal with your own sins, imperfections, faults, mistakes than God might choose to use you to minister to someone else.
5“You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.
2. God wants us to come to him with all our concerns, thoughts, thanksgivings, needs, wants, sins, etc. When you do you will receive what God knows to be the best for you.
11“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, (H)how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!
3. Teat people the same way you want them to treat you,
4. Be careful of people who claim to know God and his son yet do not bear good fruit. If a person does to bear fruit than they have never really accepted God and his gift of salvation
16“You will (N)know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?
17“So (O)every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.
18“A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit.
19“(P)Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
20“So then, you will know them (Q)by their fruits.
21“(R)Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.
23“And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; (U)DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’
Oh, Lord stir me to really listen to your words and to act on them so that I will be as that wise builder!!
Even the demons believe in God and His son Jesus. In my heart I truly believe there is a living breathing difference between one that believes as the demons do and one that believes unto salvation. When a person believes unto salvation; they have accepted Jesus as their Lord, they submit to his authority, they act on his words, they pursue a closer relationship with him, they love as he does, they forgive as he does, and they allow him to do the work in them of bearing fruit.