Matthew 21:28-46 (ESV)
a. Jesus is speaking truth to the religious leaders by refusing to submit to their questions, and then commanding the situation.
b. They answer truthfully, “We do not know.”
They did not understand, and did not comprehend
Through this we can see: Cowardice, dishonesty, and coordination
c. The lost world is reacting similarly:
They do not understand, nor comprehend
They attempt to reason, but fail to use the WISDOM of God
They react by swaying to whichever direction the wind blows.
d. WE MUST TELL THEM THE TRUTH
Not based upon public opinion, but rather on the WORD OF GOD
Because the TRUTH will set you FREE!
a. We are liberated (set free) by TRUTH, change can be liberating as well
b. If you are determined to never change your mind about anything, you are determined to no longer hear from God
c. When you determine that there is no need for CHANGE, you have just declared yourself to be IN CHARGE, and that does not end well
d. What is the answer?
We should be shaped into the image of God…Growth (change) over time
We should quickly surrender, and avoid the difficulties that come with waiting
a. Hannah wanted a giant tree that lives outside…
it has an apple growing on it!
It is an apple tree
The natural expectation was an apple…
b. What is FRUIT?
Fruit is the overflow of the HOLY SPIRIT in your life.
The Fruit of the Spirit can be seen in Galatians 5:22-23 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
This is what is produced Supernaturally in the life of a believer, but sometimes it takes a daily reminder.
c. How do you bear FRUIT?
1. You bear fruit by:
Intentionally feeding these parts of your life, while starving out things that work against this manifestation of fruit.
FEEDING: If you want KINDNESS to overflow, practice showing kindness intentionally and it will become a part of you
STARVING: If you want gentleness to grow, avoid things that do not promote gentleness.
2. You bear fruit by SURRENDERING TO THE LORDSHIP OF CHRIST…it is the only way