TAKE ROOT, AND BEAR FRUIT.
One thing we are praying for 2017 is growth. Growth in every area of life:
- knowledge of the Holy
- Bible reading
- Dominion over sin
- Victory over the past
- Souls being saved
- More of God’s presence
And so on…
This is God’s promise for His Children. We ought to be the heads and not the tails. We should be living lives that are set apart and set up. There should be a fruitfulness to our lives.
Imagine 2017 being the best year you’ve had. No longer plagued by insecurities, knowing who you are in Jesus, walking in the grace of God and being used of Him to do great things. I believe this is possible for every believer, because God is a God that wants to see us fruitful!
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you” John 15:16
Fruit speaks of blessing and prosperity, the favour of God, character and the Work of the Holy Spirit in a believer. Is it possible that we could be living below par of what God has for us?
(Deu 7:13, Gal 5:22-23, Psa 1:3, Phi 1:1)
And this takes us to this text…where the theme of the year is derived:
“And the surviving remnant of the house of Judah shall again take root downward and bear fruit upward.” Isa 37:31
In order to bear fruit, you must first take root!
Maybe the reason why some people don’t bear fruit that remains is because their roots are shallow. Is it an accident that from the people I know personally, when the storms of life hit them hard, its only the ones that were rooted in Christ, that prayed in the secret place, that dug deep that are still serving God today?
Jesus said in Matt 13
“20 The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.“
It’s the roots that are the issue. No roots, no fruits.
Ever heard about the Chinese Bamboo?
They can grow up to 90 feet long and provide food, building material, environmental control and many other uses. The fascinating thing about them is how they grow. Rory Vaden tell it best: