The difference between a good tree and a corrupt tree is the Holy Spirit. Those who are rooted in Christ have been given the Holy Spirit. Therefore, the fruit of the Spirit, the good fruit, can be manifested in their lives.
There is an innate assumption in the modern church that false prophets are hard to find. However… as easy as it is to know that grapes don’t come from thorns… so it is easy to see the absence of good fruit from the ministry of false prophets among us.
We can proclaim God’s faithfulness in the storms of life, when we have been through those storms leaning on Him.
A godly man often grows best when his worldly circumstances decay. He who follows Christ for his bag is a Judas; they who follow for loaves and fishes are children of the devil; but they who attend Him out of love to Himself are His own beloved ones.
Neither arrogance nor pride should be involved when witnessing for Christ… we are to behave with gentleness and respect in all we say and do towards unbelievers. We should not ‘beat the unsaved about the head’ with the Word of God, but rather present it with love and caring.