10 How to have a Fruitful Conclusion

How to Enter Into Love Series, Study 10, Audio: mp3

I have had the privilege of studying the beautiful character traits of Jesus Christ and I hang my head in shame that they do not abound in me as much as I would like them to. Nevertheless the scripture does say to strive to enter in. The command to enter in is only for those who are without. As we look at Jesus Christ, we often feel ourselves far from His character but these are the words, strive to enter in. Enter into what? There are only two things to enter into, either a place or a state. These two things encompass everything that there is to enter in and the scripture here implies to both the state and the place.

Luke 13:24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

The word strive also brings to our mind that there needs to be energy exerted and a striving. Striving is always associated with labour not sleeping. Strive to enter in. It also brings to our minds eye something that needs to be fought against, to strive against the tide and gravity, to build our characters upward.

Addition

It also is a striving to add things together.

2 Peter 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

1:5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

1:6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

1:7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

Can you see the building up? The culmination is charity and love. Try to enter into the state of love. Not just the state of knowledge, virtue or temperance but to the state of love.

2 Peter 1:8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make [you that ye shall] neither [be] barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1:9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.

Does Laodicea lack love? It does. Are you in Laodicea? We are in Laodicea.

2 Peter 1:10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

1:11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Enter into the state of love and an entrance will be ministered unto you in the place of love. Heaven itself where God dwells for God is love. If we have these things, we shall not be barren or unfruitful.

Bearing Fruit

2 Peter 1:8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make [you that ye shall] neither [be] barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Is it possible to be fruitless although you’ve had all the knowledge of Jesus Christ? If you’ve been listening to sermons for ten years, is it possible not to grow? Is it possible that you can even preach with the tongues of angels and not have love, not grow and not have any fruits? Is it possible to understand all the prophecies, to know the times and know when Jesus is coming and still not have fruits? Is it possible to understand all mysteries, to understand the mystery of the incarnation of Jesus Christ and still be unfruitful? Is it possible to have all knowledge on scriptural matters, and still not be saved? Is it possible to do outward acts of deliverance, to give everything that we have to the poor, to sacrifice our whole life to the church to the core and even give your body to be burnt as a martyr and still be a barren tree? But the Fruit (singular) of the spirit is love, joy, peace, love suffering, gentleness which is kindness, goodness which is godliness faith which is a hope and trust, meekness, temptress,

All this is the fruit of the spirit. Not the fruits of the spirit, it is the fruit. There is one fruit and it is called love and each part is vitamin and minerals that make that fruit sweet. Can you imagine love without kindness? It’s impossible. Love is the package of these characteristics. You can ask, what is love; a feeling, something that you fall into at a young age?

What is love?

Love is the package of the character traits of Jesus Christ. Not one missing. Have you ever eaten a fruit that lacks in iron? If your mandarin tree has no iron the leaves look yellow and the veins going through them and you eat the fruit that has just no flavour. That’s not fruit. Fruit is what God created. And behold it is very good. If it is not good, it is not fruit. Each one of these vitamins and minerals comprise love. We cannot get away with one. Some may say, I’m kind, but are you patient? Some may say I am patient but are you temperate? We need to look at these and consider if we lack any of these things.

Even the rich shall come and ask you ‘what do I lack? I have done these things from my youth up.’ But he lacks something; he lacks his love for his neighbours and to the poor. To have peace you must labour first to enter into rest. No rest comes from our laziness rest comes from labour and seeking from that and then come’s peace. We must labour to confess our sins. We must search our sins to confess them to Jesus Christ and we shall have peace. We must labour to make sure no sin goes unrepented. We must search our vessel. We must search our tree and if there is no fruit we must confess that there is no fruit. As we do that labour we shall enter into peace, and justified by God we have peace with Him.

Patience

We should learn to have patience. By knowing God’s providence we can have patience knowing that God’s purpose for us is always good and that if we can see the end from the beginning we would choose the same path. When you have that knowledge of God patience can come because you know it’s tough now but God is working for my good.

Kindness

Kindness is not kindness if it is due to someone. Kindness is only kindness when we do it to someone despite their nastiness to us. Jesus Christ showed us kindness although we never showed Him any kindness back and while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us and this is the kindness that is to activate us in our Christian life that we are to be kind to others irrespective of what they do to us. If they do something good and if we do something good in return, that is not kindness. That is just a just exchange. Kindness is from God alone.

Godliness

Godliness is to be God-like, to be born of the Father and that you have His DNA in you that you become like the Father – that is the only way to be like God – to be born again. A leopard that is born to a leopard will only have spots and so a child that is born to God will become godly like his Father.

Hope

Hope is what drives us. Without hope the people perish. We need to have hope to catch the vision that God wants for our lives. When we catch the vision that God purposes for us, we can have hope and that hope is to build a character to enter into the place of love. When we catch that hope we can strive with energy. Hope is as spur that drives us forward.

Meekness and Temperance

This helps us rise to the height of loneliness that only comes by truth, the truth of you and not of vague imagination of your opinion or what you think of yourself or what others may think of you. Meekness only comes by the truth and the truth shall set you free, free from pride, free from self. That is what the truth sets us free from. It reveals to us our sinful condition.

In order to be patient we must be temperate, we must have self control. Are you striving to enter in? Many desire to have kindness and are not be able to do it.

How to enter into love.

Luke 13:25 When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:

You cannot go into a house when the door is locked. The door is open but the time is coming when it is shut. We must consider that we can admire the traits of Jesus Christ but the time will come when even in that admiration of wanting to enter in, if you don’t enter, that door would be shut and you cannot enter in.

Strive to have the characteristics in Jesus Christ. Do you believe in the shut door? There was a shut door in the days of Noah and those that didn’t go in perished in the flood. There is today as in the days of Noah a shut door and that door will be shut and those without will not be able to enter in and shall perish not with water but with fire.

Luke 13:6 He spake also this parable; A certain [man] had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none.

13:7 Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?

13:8 And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung [it]:

13:9 And if it bear fruit, [well]: and if not, [then] after that thou shalt cut it down.

Who was the certain man? What is that vineyard? What is the fig tree?

Isaiah 5:7 For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts [is] the house of Israel, and the men of Judah his pleasant plant: and he looked for judgment, but behold oppression; for righteousness, but behold a cry.

The certain man is God the Father. The vineyard is God’s church and the fig trees are His people. Here we have a parable that God is coming to seek what? What is coming to look for; fruit? What do you go to a vineyard for? To spend such expense and energy to plant a vineyard and yet no fruit, you are better off with a forest. A certain man God had a vineyard, has a church and in the church are people. Are you in God’s church? Are you one of His precious plants? He is coming to look for fruit. We can often say others don’t have fruit. We are not to consider anyone else but ourselves. Now is the time and God is coming to search and investigate; it is called the investigative judgment to seek for fruit narrowly looking and searching. He is not just walking in the garden, He is not enjoying the breeze, He is coming for one purpose and that is to find fruit – that’s why He’s coming. Who is the dresser of the vineyard? It is Jesus Christ and we establish this as we go for we can see the relationship between the Father and the dresser. Cut it down, why cumbereth it the ground it has no fruit. Justice calls for every Christian that does not have love to be cut down. Justice calls for it. Strive to enter in, the door will be shut.

The Barren Tree

God is coming to look for fruit and if there is no fruit, that tree will be cut down. The fig tree is a noble tree and surely God won’t cut a fig tree down because it’s a fig tree. Who cut’s a fig tree down? Are you and I barren trees? What will the barren tree have to say when God comes and sees no fruit? The barren tree might say ‘I’m big, I have lots of leaves and I am a fig tree.’ Will this hold the tree in any stead in that day? Will any excuse, we might say ‘I do know my prophecies, I do know the incarnation of Jesus Christ, I do know these mysteries, I do give my things to the poor and I do these things, I am a fig tree, I am in your garden.’ But why cumbereth the ground that still has not fruit? God is coming to look for fruit and this parable brings to naught any cry that may say ‘the temple of the Lord are we, but I’m in the garden of God, we are God’s church, we do missionary work, we pay our tithes.’ This parable will show that these cries avails nothing in that day. For one purpose God is coming and that is to find fruit.

Ezekiel 28:12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.

28:13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone [was] thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.

28:14 Thou [art] the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee [so]: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.

28:15 Thou [wast] perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.

28:16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.

28:17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.

Can the fig tree boast of its great leaves? Can the fig tree display the beauty, knowledge and wisdom that it has? For if the covering cherub will be cut out of the mountain of God, what shall the tree be? Being a tree alone, do we bear fruit? If we don’t bear fruit our profession bears nothing. What will the barren tree say in the day of God?

Ezekiel 33:31 And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee [as] my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, [but] their heart goeth after their covetousness.

Do we enjoy coming to church and being in the presence of God? They come before God in fellowship. They come to church on the Sabbath day and hear Gods words and they speak love, they are kind to the people – the barren tree is very kind and looks very good and speaks with much love yet inside the heart there’s no fruit.

Isaiah 58:2 Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God.

58:3 Wherefore have we fasted, [say they], and thou seest not? [wherefore] have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours.

The tree will say, I do bear fruits, you just can’t see them. You are not noticing me, you don’t see God, and you don’t see what I do. This is the answer of the fig tree. I like to come to church. I like to hear your words. I have been born again, haven’t I? I remember that I used to be in the world but now I am not. Now we go to church and surely I’ll be accepted. I had been transplanted as the parable says, there was a fig tree planted in the garden. Planting is when you take out from the native soil and put in to your own garden – that is planting. The tree was planted; He had a tree planted in the garden. It came out and was put in to His garden and surely this conversion experience shall hold instead in that day. I was baptized, I have received the right hand of fellowship, I have church office, I don’t smoke, I don’t drink, I like God’s ways, I forsook Egypt.

Psalms 80:8 Thou hast brought a vine out of Egypt: thou hast cast out the heathen, and planted it.

80:9 Thou preparedst [room] before it, and didst cause it to take deep root, and it filled the land.

80:10 The hills were covered with the shadow of it, and the boughs thereof [were like] the goodly cedars.

80:11 She sent out her boughs unto the sea, and her branches unto the river.

80:12 Why hast thou [then] broken down her hedges, so that all they which pass by the way do pluck her?

80:13 The boar out of the wood doth waste it, and the wild beast of the field doth devour it.

80:14 Return, we beseech thee, O God of hosts: look down from heaven, and behold, and visit this vine;

80:15 And the vineyard which thy right hand hath planted, and the branch [that] thou madest strong for thyself.

80:16 [It is] burned with fire, [it is] cut down: they perish at the rebuke of thy countenance.

Don’t Trust in the Conversion alone.

We may go through a conversion experience but he that endureth to the end the same shall be saved. He that bears fruit at the end of the season shall be saved, that’s what God is looking for, not for germination alone. Don’t be mistaken brethren, germination is so important. Rebirth is so important because what fruit can come of the tree if it is not germinated? It can’t come. Conversion is the beginning but don’t trust in your conversion to hold stead in the day of God. Don’t trust that I have been germinated into life and I am a tree to hold you in the stead of God. Don’t trust in that. Don’t trust that God planted you with His right hand and indeed he did.

Ananias and Sapphria were chosen of God but they were cut down because they had lied, Judas was also ordained of God but was cut down. King Saul was also chosen but was cut down. Demas also was a minister but was cut down. Trust not to the conversion alone, trust not to the germination to prove that you have fruit just because we are baptized. The Spirit of Prophecy says that many are baptized alive, buried alive because a Christian who names the name of Christ has one seal to prove. As I consider these things it makes me tremble and I pray it makes you tremble that God is coming not to look for germination, not to look for leaves, not to look for the sign of a fig tree but for figs is why He is come and He will seek it and search narrowly for it. He will investigate the tree through and through for it.

2 Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

Christian you have named God’s name, you have named the name of Christ, depart from iniquity or else you are a barren fig tree one to be burned, one to be plucked up twice dead as the Scripture says twice dead. Why twice dead; because it was plucked up and killed and then tossed outside. The trees of the forest are just burned and they are not plucked up as they are already dead once but the professor shall be dead twice taken out by its roots and then dead.

If you love sin, it’s best not to become a Christian. There is more than damnation to come into the wedding without a wedding garment than not to come in. If you love sin, don’t enter in. But if you are tired of sin, the fruits of unrighteousness of the works of the flesh, enter in.

Pretence and Hypocrisy

Songs of Solomon 4:13 Thy plants [are] an orchard of pomegranates, with pleasant fruits; camphire, with spikenard,

Do you ever go to eucalyptus tree expecting to receive oranges? Neither is God going to the heathen to expect fruit but He comes to His own and expects fruits, He comes to the pleasant trees, the goodly trees, to the grapevine for grapes. If a grapevine doesn’t give grapes what good is that vine? Is it good for timber to do a house? Is it good for eucalyptus oil to clean the nose? It is useless. It is worse than the trees of the forest. If a vine does not bring forth grapes it is worth nothing. There is such danger to come to Christian fellowship and not be willing to cleanse all your sins. To come to religious state and clothe your sins. Some people think that if they come into a religious experience, they’ll have a good name and because they mingled in with good trees and God’s people, God would just take them as one of His as well. But does a black sheep stand out from the white? Does God come to His vineyard expecting fruit; does He know that this tree has no fruit? Indeed He does, the tree that has no fruit to God is so obvious. The warning is, don’t have pretence and hypocrisy. Don’t come into a Christian engagement just for the sake of a good name, just for the sake of honour. The only reason to come into the garden of God is to produce fruit for Christ and to long to be like Jesus, and to be tired of the prickle bushes that we have in our flesh. To long to be fruitful is the reason to strive to enter in, to obtain it.

The Good Fruit

Isaiah 10:1 Israel [is] an empty vine, he bringeth forth fruit unto himself: according to the multitude of his fruit he hath increased the altars; according to the goodness of his land they have made goodly images.

When the certain man comes into the vineyard and finds no fruit, that is no good fruits, the scripture says any tree that bareth not good fruit shall be cast into the fire. There is trees that bring forth fruit and here Israel is an empty vine but it brings forth fruits unto itself. It has a selfish motive and there are many types of fruits but it’s not acceptable. It’s not very good as God declared in the Garden of Eden. He beheld and it was good. There is wild fruit that is sour. There is withered fruit one that is dried out for the lack of moisture. There is such big fat fruit that is tasteless. There is untimely fruit that comes in the wrong time and drops off because the temperature is not right, there is rotten fruit.

My prayer is that we will not get confused with our own fruits compared to the fruits that God is looking for. We might say ‘this fruit is good I have eaten it all my life.’ If you had eaten sour oranges all your life you come to think that oranges are sour, but if you taste of the real fruit you’ll know the difference.

May God give us the ability to see the real fruit to compare our characteristics. If we see Jesus Christ and taste of Him, then we will know what a fruit really is. Many people because of an attitude of un-forgiveness, the root of bitterness springs out and if the root is bitter the fruit will be bitter. The tree makes the fruit good and so a dry bitter root that has no forgiveness of God flowing through it will only produce bitter fruit. The Scripture says that the love of money is root of all evil. With such a root, what will the fruit be? If you love money, do you love money? Do you desire to be rich to have honour? The fruit will only be according to the root.

Do you have rotten fruit? We may confess, ‘Yes Lord I have a few rotten apples at the top of my barrel but deep down inside I have some good apples, I have some faulty ones at the top I must admit but deep down inside I have some good apples. But brethren when have you seen rotten apples at the top and good at the bottom? If they’re rotten at the top what is the bottom like? It is gross, if you can’t confess that you have rotten apples at the top admit you’re rotten in the bottom. Don’t pretend that your drum is good at the bottom. I have never seen a drum that has rotten fruit at the top being okay at the bottom. I have seen good fruit at the top and still rotten at the bottom. Let us not be fooled by Satan’s devices, let us not be fooled by a fake thought of ourselves. Let us go to God for His assessment, the truth and faithful witness. Let us not think that we are rich, increased with goods and in need of nothing when we are actually fruitless trees. We think, ‘yes I’ve got fruit, an orange but they are sour and when God comes there are no good, there is none good on that tree. Barren tree, what will you do?

The Investigative Judgment

We are living in investigative judgment. God is looking at your tree today; He is looking narrowly at your tree to see whether there are any fruits. Doesn’t this make your ears tingle and make you tremble that my God is looking at my tree? And so it should that God is enquiring into our condition today.

Luke 13:1 There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.

They had sacrifices and human blood was mingled with sacrifices, what an abomination?

Luke 13:2 And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things?

What is abominable to God? We may get the order of worship a little bit wrong, but if our hearts are wrong and we have the order right we’ll still likewise perish.

Luke 13:4 Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem?

13:5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

The call here is repentance for the kingdom of God is at hand; the investigative judgment is here, repent give no excuse to God, give no reason for your fruit, repent.

Luke 13:6 He spake also this parable; A certain [man] had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none.

13:7 Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?

Have you ever cut down a tree down because you didn’t have fruit in three years? On the third year you look and no fruit so that’s it. The question is, did this tree need to be cut down after three years? No four years was the time appointed to seek for fruit but here three years, and I’m coming to seek fruit; now it’s time to cut it down.

Luke 13:8 And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung [it]:

Jesus Christ wants you to bear fruit. We should all be cut down because we are all barren trees but Jesus Christ standing in front of these barren hypocritical trees and says ‘let them alone, one year also, one more year.’ Jesus loves hypocrites. We can often look about and say ‘look at these hypocrites,’ and we can cut trees down in three years but Jesus doesn’t, God doesn’t. Justice call is cut it down it deserves to die. That is justice but mercy says ‘Lord, let it alone this year also give them a little bit more time to produce fruit.’ We are in the investigative judgment and God is looking at our tree and do we bear fruit? I don’t, I must repent. I must say Lord I am a bad tree, I don’t have fruit, I don’t have your love. I don’t have true kindness, I am not like you because the Lord Jesus is our mediator and He is in heaven pleading with the Father ‘My blood, my blood one more year also.’ Jesus Christ is calling for one more year. Isn’t three years long enough? For forty years He stuck with the children of Israel in the wilderness, isn’t that long enough? One more year also.

Do you have compassion on the hypocritical; do you have compassion on those that are out of the way? One year also. God has waited for three seasons and you should have received fruit. How many sermons have you heard, how many afflictions have you had, how many awakenings have you had, how many mercies have you had, how many rebukes and comforts have you had, how many seasons have you gone through and the seasons should produce the fruit on tree and are you still barren? Jesus Christ says another season, some more sermons, more mercies, more awakenings, to bring forth fruit. Let it alone, this year also. Amazing astonishing grace of God to say to the hypocritical tree that vaunts it leaves, one year also. Repent tree. Notice Jesus does not just ask for more time but comes in with a solution because He knows what the tree needs.

The Merciful High Priest

We have a faithful and merciful high priest in heaven. He knows what the tree grows to. He knows what the tree needs and this merciful compassionate priest will plead in our case one more year also. What two things does He prepare that we shall do? I shall dig about it, and dung it and it’ll bear fruit well. If it does not bear after that then cut it down. Mercy does not override justice. Justice and mercy are the two laws in heaven and they communicate to each other. Justice says three years it’s time to come down, mercy says one more year and then you’ll cut it down. It does not bring hypocriticalness into an everlasting experience. He does not plead for the tree to go on without fruit; that is not the plead of Christ. He is pleading that we can have time for the purpose of bearing more fruit – that is the time. We are living on borrowed time. We are doing this year of probation. He proposes that He shall dig it and dung it around.

My prayer is that Lord will dig us. Are you birthed down? The roots are wrapped up in the clay? There is no oxygen, no air, no water that can get in and the nutrients are locked out at the roots? Jesus Christ is saying ‘I will come and disturb that earth. I will put my shovel in and turn that ground over and loosen the roots up so it can find nutrients to bear good fruit. My prayer is that God can stir that soil we are living in, that God can disturb the earthliness that we find insecurity to dig it about.

God disturbs our kind of security, our earthliness. As God breaks fake fertile ground, that rock hard clay, when our lives get turned upside down, full of stress, what are we to do?

Luke 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to [our] father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

3:9 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

Repentance

Bring forth fruit for repentance. Repentance is a fruit and as your life gets upside down, repent. What will be on your tree? Fruit. Amazing love that calls us to repent. Jesus is saying ‘one year also and I will disturb him, I will get them awake.’ When that awakening comes, repent and your tree shall be spared. because repentance is the fruit. This is how we are to have a fruitful conclusion. Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand. Tell God, I am a barren tree, don’t say in your heart ‘we have Abraham to our father, the temple of the Lord are these, we are a fig tree, we are in the garden of God.’ Don’t say that – repent.

Four years Jesus has gotten for us and it brings to mind four years is a time of an apprenticeship. Three years isn’t quite enough, we know the theory but there is no practice. We know how to talk and how to behave ourselves in church and in public but in our families not yet, in our private closet and hearts not yet we need another year also. We need the four years of the apprenticeship not three. The government has reduced the apprenticeship from four years down to three and there shall be many fruitless tradesmen. There will be tradesmen who don’t know what they are doing but God in His wisdom knows four years symbolic of the time to go through your experiences.

It is time to turn the soil and to dung it, to put food. Jesus propounds that He would disturb your canal security but also that He shall give you the warmth and nutrients of the compost. I shall give you pastors according to my heart, messages that will help you in your experience of the ground turning over. It is not good just to turn the ground over, you must give warmth also. Jesus Christ knows what we need. He knows that we don’t just need a hard time but we need comfort of the scriptures also. He knows that need the great and precious promises of God, He knows these things.

Philippians 1:11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.

Doesn’t a tree that is laden with fruit give God glory? In the Middle East when they saw a tree that is loaded with fruit they used to go to the tree and say ‘God bless you’ because that tree glorified God to their minds and so God is coming to His vineyard to seek fruit but brethren and sisters these fruits come by Jesus Christ. When He disturbs your life and gives you the messages you need, don’t back down when He disturbs it, don’t get back to your canal security when He disturbs your life, don’t push the compost away, absorb the message although it’s painful, absorb the comfort of the scriptures.

Seek for those that preach the truth as it is in Jesus. Have you found yourself not being fed? Jesus will feed you. I’ll give you pastors according to my heart. I’ll give you my Spirit. We are not to stress ourselves whether we have fruit, but whether Jesus is working in us. We are to worry whether Jesus is digging and manuring us because fruit comes by Jesus Christ not by our efforts. They are the fruit of the Spirit. We have looked how to do these things and this how is only an assistance of how to do it. Cry to God for salvation in repentance and confess your sins, tell Him straight ‘I have no fruit.’ Tell God in your heart and strive to enter in to love.

Amen.

Posted on May 18, 2012, in Divine Service Sermons, Sermons For Sabbath. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

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