Sunday April 12, 2015 “Fruit Inspectors”

Matthew 7:15-18 “15Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.”
Welcome once again to the Sunday night edition of “We are the People” prayer for America.  We hope you experienced a glorious Easter and that your prayers of agreement have been energized through the remembrance that Jesus is Risen, ascended and is now at the right hand of the Father praying for all who believe according to Hebrews 7:25.  Invite others to join us for a minimum of 15 minutes as we focus on three points of prayer every Sunday evening and check out our daily prayer blog.  God bless you as your prayers join ours from 6-9pm (all time zones).
Prayer Focus #1:  False prophets blur the Gospel message like the serpent did with Eve in the Garden of Eden saying, “Has God said?”  Their goal is to lead people down a broad road of destruction they themselves claim does not exist.  In other words many times they teach things like “all roads lead to God” but Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” the only way to the father.
Pray that followers of Christ check out what teachers say through the truth of God’s word rightly interpreted according to context.
Prayer Focus #2:  What we do reveals who we are.  Our conduct and ethics must reflect our doctrine.  False prophets (wolves in sheep’s clothing) are teachers of “do what I say, not what I do.”  Jesus confronted those in His day saying they were laying heavy burdens on others that they would not even use one finger to lift the burden to help another person.
Today let our prayers be that the true sheep and under-shepherds be “first partakers” of the fruit of doing God’s word as the Apostle Paul taught in 2 Timothy Chapter 2 thus being examples to the flock.  In this way the sheep will have a godly standard to measure other “teachers” by.
Prayer Focus #3:  It is imperative that we discern if there is genuine fruit in a person’s life before we trust and then entrust them with places of influence in the church.  The Apostle Paul said, “Know them who labor among you.”  1 Thess. 5:12.
Pray that church leaders and pastors examine the fruit of seemingly charismatic and influential people before entrusting to them the nurture and care of the flock.
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