The Blessing of Being Fruitful

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FRUITFUL IN ANY CIRCUMSTANCE
But you may say, ‘If you knew my circumstances you would understand why I cannot produce fruit.’ Perhaps you have a boss who is destroying you. Perhaps you have a spouse who is undermining you. Perhaps you have to live in a situation that makes fruitfulness difficult. But God wants us to be fruitful where we are in whatever circumstances we may find ourselves. Joseph was an example of this.
Genesis 41:51-52 Joseph named his second boy Ephraim (meaning “Fruitful”—“For God has made me fruitful in this land of my slavery,” he said).
In prison, in slavery and in bondage, Joseph remained fruitful. You can be fruitful in any situation or circumstance.
THE BLESSING OF BEING FRUITFUL
God blessed mankind with the ability to be fruitful.
Genesis 1:27-28 So God created man in his own image, and God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply.
Within each of us is a blessing from God that will allow us to be fruitful.
God instructed humanity to be fruitful, but not before He blessed them so that they could be fruitful. Perhaps we need to receive that blessing again so that we can be fruitful. Prayer: God bless us so that we can fruitful people.
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Connected To The Vine

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CONNECTED TO THE VINE
But how is this possible? How can we be fruitful Christians? It starts with a vital, living connection to the vine. Jesus tells us that He is the vine and we need to be connected to Him. This is the only way in which we can produce fruit.
John 15:4 Take care to live in me, and let me live in you. For a branch can’t produce fruit when severed from the vine. Nor can you be fruitful apart from me.
Apart from God we cannot be fruitful. We need that vital flow from God to us to make us fruitful.
BEING FRUITFUL AS WE CARE FOR OTHERS
Here is another way in which we can be fruitful. It is as we love and show kindness to others that our lives can become fruitful.
Titus 3:14 For our people must learn to help all who need their assistance, that their lives will be fruitful.
A vine produces fruit, but the fruit is not for itself, it is for others. The purpose of our fruitfulness is to be a blessing to others. God wants us to fruitful in this way.
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Jesus Is The One Who Sustains The Life He Gives Us

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I REALLY WANT THIS LIFE.
I believe that we all want this life. Why would we not want this full and satisfied life?
John 1:4 ‘In Him was life, and that life was the light of men.’
This life that God has for us, is like light in a dark place. The fact that God has a satisfied life for us should be a source of hope and encouragement. You want life; it is to be found in Him. Not in your career, finances, position or education. It can only be found in the source of life and His name is Jesus.
JESUS IS THE ONE WHO SUSTAINS THE LIFE HE GIVES US.
Sometimes we experience the life God has for us. BUT then we try to maintain this life. As we experience what God has for us we need to become more and more dependent on Him and less and less dependent on ourselves. This is difficult of humans. We want to be self-sustained or self-sufficient. Jesus is the one who sustains His life in us. It is like batteries that need to be constantly charged if they are going stay fully charged. You can charge a battery once and it will run for awhile. BUT not for long. A battery needs constant life to be injected into it by something from the outside, to be something that can be used and depended on. It is just like that for each one of us.
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A Full And Satisfied Life Is Possible

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A FULL AND SATISFIED LIFE IS POSSIBLE.
The answer is YES. It is possible. Jesus made it possible for each one of us.
John 10:10 ‘I (Jesus) have come that they may have life and have it to the full.’
I believe that this can become a reality. As Jesus becomes our life, this promise becomes a reality. I am sure we all want this. How can it be possible? What are the things we have to know or be aware of?
THIS SATISFIED AND FULL LIFE CAN ONLY BE FOUND IN JESUS.
You cannot create this for yourself. You can try and arrive at some point, only to discover that the top of the ladder was not what you thought it would be. This life can only be found in Jesus.
1 John 5:12 ‘He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.’
It is very clear that real life can only be found in Jesus. People will search for it everywhere. But it can only be received from Jesus. He wants to be a fountain of life to each one of us.
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How Do We Overcome?

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HOW DO WE OVERCOME?
1. Through being connected to God.
It is His plan for us to live a life of overcoming. This is living on top.
Galatians 2:20 ‘It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.’
When this happens we can experience a lifestyle of overcoming. How does Christ live in you and me?
2. By His Spirit.
Ephesians 3:16 ‘May He grant you out of the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in the inner man by the Holy Spirit’ (Himself indwelling your inner most being and personality)
3. We overcome because we have got God inside of us and because of the power of the blood of Jesus.
Revelation 12:11 ‘They overcame by the blood of the lamb and by the word of their testimony.’
4. Not in your own strength.
Philippians 2:13 ‘(not in your own strength) for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you.’
5. Another tool for overcoming is our faith.
1 John 5:4 for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.
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The Source of Life

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THE SOURCE OF LIFE
Where can we find this life? I believe that none of us want to just exist. We all want to live life to the full and experience all that God has for us. For more life we need to go to the source of life.
John 6:48 ‘I am the bread of life.’
It is only in Jesus that we can experience real living. As we experience God we will experience this life that He has for us. We need to be connected to the source of life, if we are going to live the life He has for us.
OVERCOMING
What does this mean? Overcoming has a very different meaning to the word surviving. To overcome means to get the better of, or to gain superiority over something. I believe that this is how God wants us to live. To live on top. To live a life where we prevail over and are victorious over things that would otherwise get us down. To conquer, to master, to beat, to triumph and to win.
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Your Part

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What are you going to do about it?
You cannot remove the barrier by yourself and you cannot save yourself, and neither can helping others nor doing good remove this barrier. If sin results in us being cut off from God is there no hope for us? Has God left us in our misery? What is God’s answer? God’s answer is the cross of His Son, where He proved and demonstrated His love for us, “in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us”. (Romans 5:8) BUT, HOW did Christ’s death prove God’s love to us? How did it remove the barrier of sin between God and us? God’s character is like a coin with two sides: JUSTICE and LOVE. His justice rightly condemns man, for sin must be  punished. His love makes Him long for man to become His friend again.  On the cross His justice and His love were perfectly satisfied. Sin had to be punished, so God in His love sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die in our place, bearing the death penalty for our sins. By dying for us, He removed the barrier of sin that separated us from God opening the way for us. “There was no other good enough to pay the price of sin.  He only could unlock the gate of heaven and let us in.”
YOUR PART
Step 1: Something to CONFESS.  (1 John 1:9)
You need to confess that you have sinned in the sight of God. Be deeply sorry about your sins. Hate it and be willing to turn from every thought, word, action and habit that you know is wrong.
Step 2:   Something to CHANGE.  (Luke 13:3)
“I tell you, Nay :  but except you repent, (do a right about turn) ye shall all likewise perish.”  Jesus changes lives that are willing to change.  Jesus said we must repent.  Repentance means a complete turn-around.  It is a decision to start living a new life.  YOU must make this decision.  HE will help you see it through.  Will you take it now?
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Believing God For Breakthrough

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CONSTANT CHANGE IS HERE TO STAY
It is strange how we always want things to change and then when we arrive at a place where things seem to be going well, then we want things to remain the same. Change is part of every aspect of our lives. We need to grow accustomed to the truth that constant change is an inevitable part of our earthly life. Because of the fact that change is so much a part of life and because the future is uncertain, we need to learn to adjust, expect and be prepared for ongoing change.
The Bible speaks about change and how that God wants to take us from strength to strength and glory to glory. We need to embrace change and expect God to work in each stage of life.
BELIEVING GOD FOR BREAKTHROUGH
Faith is an essential element of our lives. We need faith as we face the different seasons and the change that they bring. But in all this we can expect and believe God for breakthrough.
Hebrews 11:1 What is faith? It is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen. It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even though we cannot see it up ahead.
We need to allow our hearts to be full of faith and expectation that at any time God could come through for us and that as a result we will experience breakthrough! The people in the Bible who God used were known for their faith and expectation in God.
Hebrews 11:2 Men of God in days of old were famous for their faith.
Begin to put out your faith and expect a breakthrough from God.
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No Situation Is Beyond The Reach Of God

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NO SITUATION IS BEYOND THE REACH OF GOD
No situation and no circumstance is too hard for God.
Jeremiah 32:27 I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?
In some case it may even feel as though God has left you or forgotten about you. The truth of the matter is that God loves you and He has not and will not forget you.
Isaiah 49:15 Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!
Never limit God! He is able to reach into your situation and bring about change. We must just live with expectant hearts.
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
No matter how difficult and complicated your situation may be, God is able to turn things around. With God in the equation everything becomes subject to change. God is the God of the impossible! He can bring about change in any situation.
Isaiah 43:19 I will make a road through the wilderness of the world for My people to go home, and create rivers for them in the desert!
You may find yourself in a wilderness or a desert. This is no obstacle to God.
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Subject To Change

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Sometimes we think that things will never change. Have you ever been in a situation that never seems to change or improve and then got to the point where you begin to think that it can no longer change? Perhaps it is a problem in your family, or in your marriage, or in your health. It could also be a situation in your work environment or with your finances. When we begin to feel like this we start loosing hope. This can lead to a sense of hopelessness, despair or discouragement. We no longer expect and believe that God can turn things around. BUT everything in life is subject to change. We must begin to pray for, expect for and believe for change.
LIFE – A SERIES OF SEASONS
Nothing stays the same forever. It may feel like you are stuck in a time warp where things are not moving. What we need to remember is that life is a series of seasons. The great thing about seasons is that they change. We cannot live in a winter season all our lives. When we are in the depth of a winter season, it does feel like it will never end, but it will. God has another season awaiting you. We must not resign ourselves to the current state of affairs, but we must trust God to turn the tide and change the season in our lives.Here is an example: some years ago I visited a country that has a very long winter season. It can last up to nine months of the year. The people that had invited me told me that in February, the middle of their winter, it is statistically the highest suicide month. They ascribed this to the fact that winter has already been so long and it is still a long way from over. As a result people can get discouraged and lose hope to the point where they take their own lives. When we face winter seasons in our lives this can also happen. But the good news is that season change!
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