Bearing Fruit

In order to receive anything from God, we have to be bearing fruit.  Bearing fruit is an absolute necessity for getting our prayers answered and seeing results! Every believer is supposed to live a life bearing fruit. In order to bear fruit, we must lean into times of pruning. Let’s take a look at this today, and see how to adjust our lives so we bear fruit.

Scriptures:

John 15: 1-4:   1 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.  NKJ

John 15: 5-8:   5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. NKJ

Matthew 3: 1,2, 5-9:    1 In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, 2 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”  5 Then Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him 6 and were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins.  7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, 9 and do not think to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.   NKJ

Hebrews 12: 5-11:  5 And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons:     “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;       6 For whom the Lord loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.” 7 If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? 8 But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. 9 Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. 11 Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.   NKJ

James 1: 13, 14:   13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He tempt anyone. 14 But each one is tempted when by his own evil desires he is lured away and enticed.  Berean Study

Galatians 5: 22,23:   22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.  NKJ

 Mark 2: 3-12:   3 Then a paralytic was brought to Him, carried by four men. 4 Since they were unable to get to Jesus through the crowd, they uncovered the roof above Him, made an opening, and lowered the paralytic on his mat.  5 When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”  6 But some of the scribes were sitting there and thinking in their hearts, 7 “Why does this man speak like this? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 8 At once Jesus knew in His spirit that they were thinking this way within themselves. “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts?” He asked. 9 “Which is easier: to say to a paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, pick up your mat, and walk’? 10 But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins…” He said to the paralytic, 11 “I tell you, get up, pick up your mat, and go home.”  12 And immediately the man got up, picked up his mat, and walked out in front of them all. As a result, they were all astounded and glorified God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”   Berean

John 14: 30:   “I will not speak much more with you, for the ruler of the world is coming, and he has nothing in MeNAS

he has no claim on Me.  Berean

 

How can I bear fruit?  The fruit of the Spirit comes forth only through the Vine.  The Vine activates the power of the Spirit inside of you when you reach in and embrace God’s Word (Jesus)!  No amount of self-effort will bear spiritual fruit. Spiritual fruit requires total surrender of your will to God.  This means obeying Jesus’ Word over your own nature, so that the fruit of the Spirit can come forth.  Total surrender can only occur when Jesus is our first love.  This means staying attached to the Vine.  His Word must rule your heart and mind.  When it does, bearing fruit—the fruit of the Spirit will come forth naturally!  When you read a Scripture, think about it, meditate on it, and when you finally get it say, “I believe I receive!”

 

Revelation 2: 4, 5:    4 But I have this against you: You have abandoned your first love. 5 Therefore, keep in mind how far you have fallen. Repent and perform the deeds you did at first. But if you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.   Berean


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