Known by Our Fruit

Scripture Reference Galatians 5:22

Galatians 5:22 says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control . . . “

 A Christian’s life should be characterized by these things.

Are you producing fruit?

Instead of love, is there hatred, bitterness or prejudice in your life? Instead of joy, is there constant gloom? Instead of peace, is there turmoil? Instead of gentleness, is there a short temper? Instead of faith, is there endless worry? Instead of meekness, is there pride and arrogance?

If so, then either you don’t know God at all or a recommitment to Christ would be in order.

If you are a Christian, then people should be able to look for and find fruit in your life. Why? Because a disciple of Jesus Christ will produce spiritual fruit.

Jesus said, ” ‘My true disciples produce much fruit. This brings great glory to my Father’ ” (John 15:8). Jesus also said, ” ‘By their fruits you will know them’ ” (Matthew 7:20).

In the Parable of the Sower, Jesus spoke of seed that falls on different types of ground, representing different reactions to the truth of the gospel message. The final category He mentioned in Mark 4:20 was good ground: “But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirty-fold, some sixty, and some a hundred”

The Bible tells us that we should bear fruit worthy of repentance (see Matthew 3:8). The Bible gives us different pictures as to what “bearing fruit” means. For example, praising and thanking God is a way of bearing fruit in our lives. Hebrews 13:15 says, “Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name”. When you praise God, that is bearing fruit.

We don’t praise God only when we are in the mood. Rather, we praise God because He is worthy of our praise. Our word, “worship,” comes from the old English form, worth ship. We praise that which is worthy.

Therefore, we don’t praise God because we feel like it. We praise God because He deserves our praise. When we do this, we are bearing fruit.

What we say is also a type of fruit in our lives. Jesus said, ” ‘A good person produces good deeds from a good heart, and an evil person produces evil deeds from an evil heart. Whatever is in your heart determines what you say’ ” (Luke 6:45 NLT).

When you are a true Christian, it will be reflected by what you say. This is bearing fruit as well.

Can others identify spiritual fruit in your life? Remember, people are watching you. They are listening to you. I hope that you are pointing them to Jesus.

Posted by Fay-Ann Swearing

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Are Our Prayers Fervent and Effective?

Scripture Reference: James 5:16 says: The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

We need to ask ourselves: Are our prayers fervent and effective?

One way to be more fervent is to realize that God is our friend. He is not out to get us. He only wants what is best for us. God wants to be our friend. (John 15;14-15). One trait of a good friend is the ability to be a good listener. God is a very good listener.
God wants you to share your successes and your failures with Him. Talk to God about your TRIALS and TESTS. Also talk to God about your blessings and the good things that are happening in your life. We should talk to God about things before we do them. Are you going to buy a car or a house? Talk to God about it. God is your financial partner. Pray to God about major decisions.

God wants us to talk to Him. Matt. 6:5-7 says: “And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. {6} “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. {7} “And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.”

Notice that these scriptures say, WHEN you pray, not IF you pray. Notice in verse 6 that it says that God will reward you openly if we pray in a proper manner, in secret not to be seen of men. It is interesting that the disciples lived and walked with Jesus and yet they asked him to teach them how to pray.

“The Lord’s Prayer” was given to us by Jesus as a model prayer to show us how to pray to God. (Luke 11:1-4).
We can use “The Lord’s Prayer” as a guideline in what to pray about.

How should we talk to God?

Talk to God as you would talk to your very best friend. You respect your friends. You would not want to do anything to offend them. We don’t want to offend God in how we talk to Him. Talk to God as if He would answer immediately.

Always realize to whom you are praying. As you come before God in prayer, be aware of whom your are praying to. This being that you are praying to is the eternal Creator God who has all power and glory.
Always have a humble attitude in prayer. Exalt God. He is the creator and we are the created. He is the potter and we are the clay.

Always remember that God is listening. Just as important, realize as you pray that you have God’s undivided attention.

Posted by Fay-Ann Swearing

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