In this text, Jesus enumerates these two scenarios in parables.
Every tree is recognized by it’s fruit, either good or bad, so also is a man, either good or evil, is a product of what is stored up in his heart.
When you build a house without proper foundation, such a house will fall when hit by a storm. Likewise a house built on a solid foundation will stand and overcome any storm. The former describes those who hears the teaching of Jesus and do not practice them while the latter describes those who hear and do.
When Jesus entered Capanaum, a Roman centurion sent words to him requesting him to come and heal one of his favorite servant. While on the way, the centurion sent message to him explaining his unworthiness to meet Jesus not to talk of receiving him in his house, rather he asked that Jesus should send a word and he believed because of His authority, his servant will be healed. Speaking from the backdrop that he understands authority being a man also in authority. Jesus expressed his shock at this kind of faith and the servant was healed immediately. Jesus then proceeded to Nain, where he met a procession of people going to bury a widows son. He stopped them and raised the boy from the dead. The people were amazed at this miracle no the news of Jesus spread throughout the whole of Judea.
Your character depicts who you are and your character is a product of what is in your heart. One cannot exhibit anything better than what he allows to dwell in his heart. If you harbor evil, you will do evil, likewise if you harbor good, you will do good. Hearing and following the instructions of Jesus is the only guarantee will make one to overcome trials when they come. Finally we need to have a good understanding of the authority of The Christ and how to appropriate this for effective delivery of our desired miracles.
I am born again, Christ is in me and his good nature will depict my character.
I am not just a heater but a doer of the word and I believe in the authority I have in Christ Jesus.
Reading – Luke 6:43-7:17
A Tree and Its Fruit
43 “No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. 44 Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. 45 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
The Wise and Foolish Builders
46 “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? 47 As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. 48 They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. 49 But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”
The Faith of the Centurion
7 When Jesus had finished saying all this to the people who were listening, he entered Capernaum. 2 There a centurion’s servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die. 3 The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant. 4 When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, “This man deserves to have you do this, 5 because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue.” 6 So Jesus went with them.
He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: “Lord, don’t trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. 7 That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. 8 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
9 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.” 10 Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well.
Jesus Raises a Widow’s Son
11 Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. 12 As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. 13 When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.”
14 Then he went up and touched the bier they were carrying him on, and the bearers stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” 15 The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.
16 They were all filled with awe and praised God. “A great prophet has appeared among us,” they said. “God has come to help his people.” 17 This news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding country.
All scriptural passages are taken from the NIV version of the bible.