{Matthew 7:16-18; NLT}
You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit.

You shall know them, Jesus said, by their fruit.

The principle holds true for anything in life. It is especially helpful in diagnosing what the enemy might be up to. What is the fruit of what you’re experiencing? What is its effect? If it continues, what will the results of that be? What will be lost? Jesus said he came that we might have life and have it abundantly. He also warned that the thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy. Is something being stolen? That’s not from God. He called Satan the accuser of the brethren. Are you under accusation, that feeling of ‘I’m such an idiot’? (I’m using polite language here.) Look at the fruit—it will give you a good idea of the tree it came from.”

John Eldredge, Walking with God, p. 51

Questions to consider:

  • Why is it so important for us to evaluate the fruit of people?
  • What questions should we ask to help evaluate the experiences, feelings, and words that enter our lives?
  • How do we know when Satan is deceiving us?
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