Friday, 14 February 2014

FRUITS OR LEAVES- 15/02/2014

FRUITS OR LEAVES- 15/02/2014

Yesterday’s message was titled “BE STRONG”. Today’s message is titled “FRUITS OR LEAVES” as given by Pastor E. A. Adeboye in Open Heavens Devotional (Adeboye, 2014). In today’s message, we have been asked to memorise
Philippians 1:11  “Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God. ” and read  Mark 11:12-14.  The Bible in one year reading for today has been taken from Isaiah 43:1 to Isaiah 45:13 and Psalm 38 (Adeboye, 2014).

Quoted below is the message. God bless you richly as you contribute to today's discussion

"When hungry, a person instinctively makes moves to have the hunger assuaged, which is normal. I had an experience in my early years when I had to go get firewood to sell to have money for my basic needs (food primarily). One day, l got stung bees after climbing a standing dry tree. I however refused to come down until I felled dry wood from the tree. I endured the terrible pain because I knew that no wood to sell meant no food to eat. May you not be poor in the Name of Jesus. In the morning of a particular day, the Lord Jesus while returning from Bethany to Jerusalem was hungry; needed food. Just at that moment, a fig tree was insight; hope and expectation arose in Him. Food for a hungry tummy is a necessity, a basic one for that matter. However, on getting to the fig tree, it was all leaf and no fruit. This fig tree had taken so many nutrients from the ground, only to produce leaves. It failed to fulfill its basic purpose of bearing fruits. Today, though Jesus is not physically present and A traversing the land of Judah and Galilee as He was then,   He is alive and still very much hungry for fruit. Howbeit,  not for figs or grapes but for:
 (i) Fruits of righteousness - Philippians 1 :1 1.
 (ii) Souls—John 15:16.

Just like the fig tree in our reading for today, it IS saddening that rather than Jesus finding the desired fruits on many of His children, they are merely full of leaves. Such leaves are reminiscent of the conditions prevailing in the Laodicean Church (Revelation 3:17-18), which had money and  material things to the exclusion of spiritual substance.  Some of us have position, titles, fame and material things. We are living big, but the fruits that Jesus really desires are   lacking. Some of us have taken so much blessing from Jesus only to consume all on ourselves. We dress in good attires, live large and have created a niche for ourselves in company of the who-is-who in high society, all with little or nothing at all in the area of influencing lives for Jesus. by We need to repent, and like the Laodicean church,   consider getting the true riches of Jesus Christ. The verdict  of Jesus Christ on the fruitless fig tree is frightening. This  should be an example to a leafy but fruitless individual jg (Luke 13:6-9). In Jesus’ Name, you will not be marked for  cutting down. May you begin to bear fruit to the  satisfaction of the Master henceforth and the blessings of the fruitful will be your portion." (Adeboye, 2014)

Today"s prayer point is to desire to be fruitful and pray to God for all that is needed to make you fruitful. also pray that every force that work against your fruitfulness should be destroyed by fire. (Adeboye, 2014)

May we never be cut down from our position of honour in Jesus Name, Amen.

Reference:
Adeboye, E. A. (2014) Open Heavens: A Guide to Close Fellowship with God, Volume 14, 2014. Nigeria: Open Heavens Media Limited.