View from a DistanceWhy is it easy to lose sight of the future God has promised you?
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Matthew chapter 7:15-23 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Not every one who professes Christ as Lord will enter into Heaven, a mere profession is not enough. Then was else must there be? Jesus says there must be fruit and it must be good fruit. What is the good fruit and what is the bad fruit? The good fruit be evidenced by the one who does the will of His Father, and contrary to that, the bad fruit will be the one who does the will of self. Who is the Christ talking about in regards to them professing Him as Lord? Is it the atheist? No. Is it someone who believes that there is a god, but wants nothing to do with Him? No. He's talking about those who are lost; hidden within the believers. He is talking about religious people. Church goers. Those who only have a form of godliness but denying the power thereof. The goats among the sheep; the wheat and the tares; and even the five foolish virgins which had no oil. Turn to James chapter 2 verses 17 through 18 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. You'll know a mans faith by his style of life. If a mans style of life does not reflect his faith-his profession, then James says it is dead, it is vain being alone. Actions are louder than words my mother use to tell me, and I never realized that that concept was scriptural until I was saved, and that's exactly what our Lord Jesus Christ taught as well as through-out scripture; through-out life for that matter. A profession must be evidenced by faith, and faith will be evidence by works. Now, you're not saved by works, you're not even saved by your profession. We are saved by grace through faith, and faith isnever disconnected from repentance.