Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you shall know them. Matthew 7:15-16
Whether you are a farmer tending your crops in Minnesota, a family planning a Sunday drive, or a parent who desperately wants her kids to play outside, people who care about the weather watch the clouds. Some clouds mean pleasant weather, while others indicate an impending storm such as the clouds heading east over the Plains yesterday. It’s important to be able to recognize the warning signs of a coming storm.
Jesus warned that there would be false prophets. There will be those who pretend to be His, but, in reality they aren’t. How are we supposed to be able to distinguish the true prophets from the false ones? We have to be able to recognize the warning signs.
Those who follow Christ have the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, gentleness, kindness, faithfulness, and self-control. When someone exhibits these qualities, it’s evidence that they’re walking in the Spirit. Likewise, we can observe the when the “fruit” is not being produced.
Much as clouds warn of a coming snow storm. Scripture gives clear warnings against a variety of dangers Christians will encounter. Proverbs warns against gossip, lying, and many other activities that the media plays up. Jesus’ parables warn against being disobedient and ill prepared. Warnings are everywhere. It doesn’t take a meteorologist to recognize the need to take cover from a storm cloud, and you don’t have to be a seminary graduate to recognize the fruit of a false prophet.
These are trying times and we all need to keep our eyes open to warning signs around us. All we need to do is open His Word. Thank you Lord!