Tuesday, 18 March 2014

NOURISHED BUT FRUITLESS? - 19/03/2014

NOURISHED BUT FRUITLESS? - 19/03/2014


Yesterday’s message was titled “THE COST OF ETERNAL LIFE”. Today’s message is titled “NOURISHED BUT FRUITLESS? ” as provided by Pastor E. A. Adeboye in Open Heavens Devotional (Adeboye, 2014). In today’s message, we have been asked to memorise John 15:16: "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain : t h a t whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you." and read  Luke 13:6-9. Our Bible in one year for today has been taken from Ezekiel 4-6 and Psalm 66:1-9 (Adeboye, 2014).

The message is quoted below. God bless you for your contribution

Jesus Christ who had cursed a fig tree in Mark 1 1 :14 for being unfruitful, gives the parable of a well-nurtured fig tree which had nothing to show for the nourishment given by its owner in Luke 13:6-7. The reaction of the owner of this fig tree is our point of study today. This farm owner in Luke 1 3:7” said: ”Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground .?” He was expectant of pleasant fruits based on his efforts to cause the tree to bear fruits, but sadly, the tree failed to meet his expectations. His reaction was that the fig tree should be cut down.

Beloved, the Bible in 1 Corinthians 3:9 says that you are God's husbandry. God is the husbandman; you are the lively tree being nurtured since the day of your birth, and particularly, since the time you gave your life to Christ. That you are alive to see this day is a pointer to the fact that you have received both physical and spiritual nourishment up till date. The question is: are you nourished yet fruitless? The husbandman said: ”cut it down”. This is serious. May we not be cut down in Jesus’ Name. Amen. The practical ”Amen” to this prayer is simply turning away from a life of fruitlessness and beginning to bear fruit. To those who have not. had a serious commitment to Jesus Christ through genuine repentance, the Bible in Matthew 3 :8&1 0 says:
”Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast in to the fire.”
To those of us who by the grace of God are chi ldren by the Spiritof God, Jesus said in John 15:4: 
"Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.”
Therefore, let us give ourselves completely to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Let us begin to go the ”extra mile” with Him. The reward is certainly sure. Apart from the avoidance of being cut down and of being thrown into the fire, Jesus in today's memory verse promised that you will not be denied good things of life if you bear good fruits."

Today's action point is to Meditate on Galatians 5:22-26.
Galatians 5:22-26
New International Version (NIV)

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

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