Are You Bearing Good Fruit?

 

Galations 5 22

Have A Wonderful And Blessed Tuesday!!! What Kind Of Fruit Are You Bearing!!!
John 15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
John 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
John 15:3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
John 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
John 15:6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
John 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
John 15:8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
John 15:9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
John 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
John 15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
John 15:12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
John 15:14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
John 15:15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
Jesus uses fruit is an analogy several times. Israel was very agriculturist culture so the picture was easily understood. In Matthew 7 Jesus says “We are known by the fruit we produce”.
Good fruit comes from good trees. Bad fruit comes from bad trees.
Jesus also mentions that sometimes we run into a problem when harvesting certain fruit. “Thorns”
I know all of want to be good trees growing good fruit for our Precious Father. We desire to be productive fruit bearing trees with beautiful branches with fresh, good fruit. However we all have some throns, thistles, and rotten fruit alng the good, beautiful fruit.
Notice the progression of fruitfulness – not fruitiness – not fruitlessness. Too many Christians are going wrong direction! We are to start, build, and grow. Not start and stop, Not start and stay Not start and park Not start and retire early. We are to bear fruit, more fruit, much fruit and fruit that remains. There are 4 levels of fruit bearing.
BEAR FRUIT:
This is not really an option – you going to bear some type of fruit – it’s just a question of which type.
Good fruit or bad fruit.
Notice that Jesus commands us to bear fruit not just feed off the vine.
We are not to bear bitter fruit!
We are not to be fake fruit (like the plastic kind you put in a bowl to look pretty).
Galations 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

Ephesians 5:9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
Ephesians 5:10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
Ephesians 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

B. BEAR MORE FRUIT
This goes beyond mediocrity – just getting by. The indwelling Holy Spirit can help us to get rid of self. The Holy Spirit cleans houses and hearts – resulting in more fruit. Another method that Jesus mentions for allowing us to bear more fruit is by pruning (discipline). It can also apply to cutting back or cleaning out uselessness (worldliness and flesh).
Pruning does not always include just withered limbs but sometimes what may appear to be good limbs so that better and stronger limbs may allow sweeter and more fruit to be produced.
The shaping of the Limb and trimming of the leaves can allow the fullness of the sun (Son) to feed and nurture the vine.
Ask the Lord what needs to be done to make you more usefull.
John 15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
John 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
John 15:3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
John 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

Isaiah 18:5 For afore the harvest, when the bud is perfect, and the sour grape is ripening in the flower, he shall both cut off the sprigs with pruning hooks, and take away and cut down the branches.

C. TYPES OF DISCIPLINE
Self-discipline – to control ourselves.What we deny in and of the flesh. Production is often reduced because of “self”. We are not on our own agendas! We are here for the Father, and to foolishly believe this life is for self we have a problem. Not all branches will produce the same fruit, however all branches are commanded to bear fruit, and not just the minimum.
Discipline may require some self-sacrifice on our part.

God’s discipline – to correct. God keeps a close eye on the crops.
He sends the rain, provides the sun, and supplies the nutrients necessary. An unproductive branch gets “taken away” – “destroyed”. Remember all we do someday will all sit before the Lord and will be burned up. Anything that burns is something that wasn’t good. The things that can’t burn was good fruit.
The greater the level of productivity (fruit bearing) the greater the level of obedience and commitment are required. First of all we must be connected to the right vine.

John 15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.

Philippians 1:9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;
Philippians 1:10 That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;
Philippians 1:11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
Philippians 1:12 But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel;

Galations 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Galations 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

What will it matter, by and by,
What will it matter, by and by
Whether my crosses were heavy or light,
Whether my pathway was cloudy or bright,
When I shall walk with the ransomed in white,
Safe in that beautiful land?
What will it matter, by and by,
What will it matter, by and by,
Whether my trials were many or few,
Whether the world was unfaithful or true,
When my Redeemer in glory I view,
Home in that beautiful land?
What will it matter, by and by,
What will it matter, by and by,
Whether the waters were bitter or sweet,
Murmuring gently, or sad at my feet,
When the departed, with rapture, I meet,
Home in that beautiful land?
What will it matter, by and by,
What will it matter, by and by,
Whether I press with the morning away,
Whether at noontide or closing of day,
When in the valley of Eden I stray,
Home in that beautiful land?

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