Putting Your Life in Order IV
Bible Study 01/28/15
Delivered by Bishop Walker III
It is important to understand that it is God’s desire for us to understand what it means to be fruitful.
When you go on a job, you are often measured by your ability to be deliverable (or fruitful). The question then arises, how do we produce fruit? The truth is, there may be reasons why you don’t produce fruit.
John 15:5 says 5 ” I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. – When you think about much fruit, what is fruit?” It is the outward expression of the inward nature”
As a child of God, we have the following attributes:
- Holy Spirit
Apple trees produce apples not oranges. Since an apple tree’s inward nature is an apple, then as an end result, it produces apples. The inward nature of a Christian is Christ, so our end result should be to produce Christ.
When you got saved, you accepted Christ as your savior. He came into your heart, and a change took place. This doesn’t mean you didn’t have struggles though and because we have struggles, it doesn’t mean that you are not saved. You may have made mistakes, but you are still saved.
We received Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit when we got saved, but we still wanted to hold on to a little bit of ourselves. The Holy Spirit is in us, but we have to allow Him to have control over us. It is about less of me and more of him. Rom 8:1 says 1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.-The Spirit of God must govern our lives.
The Spirit of God governs our values. Originally our values came from our environment. Our understanding of right and wrong came out of our context. The Holy Spirit came into our lives, and our old values have changed. Once our values change, our character will change. Our understanding of right and wrong is now governed by what we learn from the Holy Spirit instead of the environment we came out of.
Values drive our character. Keep in mind that our new values come from the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit brings us into a new nature, and as a result, we don’t say we’re saved, yet curse you out! If we do, it implies our inward nature hasn’t really changed and this would make us rotten fruit.
To get out of this:
- We have to know that God has made provisions for us to walk this walk. How?
- Love is God’s unconditional love coupled with sacrifice. We love without agenda or thinking about ourselves.
- We have joy not based on possessions. Instead it is based on spiritual blessings. So no matter what our financial or job situation is, we still have joy. Our joy is not tied to our circumstances.
- Peace is tranquility based on God’s sovereign love and our acceptance of Him. Though there is hell in my life, I yet have peace.
- Patience, I can endure unfair conditions, and it doesn’t affect me. I will still love you despite how you treat me. When my nature allows me to treat you the way you treat me, then my inward nature is flawed. My fruit has then gotten rotten. We can’t just pick this up and sit it back down at will.
Qualities of a person who is fruitful
- Trustworthy (dependable, you can count on them).
- Disciplined (obeys Gods words, and has self-control.
- Positive (see the good in all things).
- Ambitious (take initiative, not stuck).
- Compassionate (they care for others).
- Balanced (they are not extremists).
- Strong (can handle the highs and lows of life without giving up).
- Honest (they don’t sugar coat issues).
- Patient (they take one day at a time).
Fruitfulness is commandment
Gen 1:28 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” – God blessed them and told them to produce, before they reproduce. Reproducing, before you produce will cause what you reproduced, not to produce.
- What you reproduce ought to see you producing. When you do this, you are going back and defining the environment for the children to produce. In other words, they produce, because you produce.
- When you produce, before you reproduce, stuff in the earth will respect you simply because you have Remember that this is the year of take over. Start producing something!
Lev 26:9 says 9 “For I will look on you favorably and make you fruitful, multiply you and confirm My covenant with you.– Understand what God says. Being connected to God is like having a nutrient.
Luke 3:9 says 9 And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”– There is an ax laid to you, asking “Are you going to produce?”
Fruitfulness pleases God
Col 1:10 10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;
- Produce much fruit – Bishop Walker has been pastoring Mt Zion 22 yrs. He has prepared and delivered many messages, but his fruit is measured by how many people give their life to Christ. Out of 22yrs, there has never been a Sunday where somebody didn’t walk the aisle or give their life to Christ. As a Pastor, when you start burying more people than you bring into the church, then it is time to retire.
- Are strategic- People that are lazy, hate strategy. Set measurables and deliverables for yourself.
- Complete their assignments – Being almost done, is not fruitful. Fruitful people constantly assess themselves and they wonder if they are doing too much. What is God telling you to do and what are you doing on your own. You may have a lot of things started, but never finish things. You might be average on a lot of things as opposed to doing two or three things real well. It is not the quantity of things you do; it is the quality of the things you do that really make a difference.
- Causes things to grow within an organism – Make yourself necessary. Be so fruitful when you engage in any system, church, or job, that you are missed when you aren’t there. When you miss and it doesn’t matter, then you have made no impact. Your presence should be so significant, people hate when you aren’t there. Use this miss as leverage.
Fruitfulness requires pruning
John 15:2 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. – God prunes you so that you can bear fruit. He cuts you so you can bear fruit. Yes, this means you will hurt though you are doing right. God clips stuff around you, so you that you can produce more. This may hurt, but you have no idea how much more fruit you are going to bear. Are you willing to prune yourself for God?
How do you prune self?
- Examine your life. 2 cor 13:5 says 5 Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? —unless indeed you are disqualified.
- Confess sin. 1 john 1:9 says 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.– When you miss this mark, this is sin. This can even be failing to write that book God laid on your heart to write.
- Repent from routine or habitual sins. John 3:19 says 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.– What have you allowed to be habitual or routine sin?
- Ditch the doubtful – Stop doubting consciousness and power of the Holy Spirit. Trust your instinct and the power of Holy Spirit.
- Diminish distractions – What things in your life is causing you not to be fruitful?
- Filter your friends – Psa 1:1-2 says 1 Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night.,- Does your friend hinder or help you. – Remove people out of your life that are causing you not to be fruitful.
- Replace and remove- Whatever you move out of your life, replace it with something else. Ex – Bishop shared him going to the grocery store and purchasing 6 apples. When he got ready to eat on of the apples, there was a brown place on it. Women actually look at the apples before they eat them and when something brown is on them, they will more than likely throw the whole apple away. Men on the other hand are comfortable with cutting the bad part off. Bishop on this day cut the bad place off the apple and ate it. The problem with this is why was the bad place on the apple? There was some core issue that caused this bad place. By cutting the bad place off of the apple, the core issue was not dealt with. Bishop settled for a piece of an apple, when he had purchased a whole apple. He didn’t deal with the issue (the core) which is not seen. We do the same thing in relationships. We cut of the bad part, keep piece, when we actually signed up to be in relationship with a whole person. A lot of us just like this example settle for rotten folk (because of their core issue). You never see the rotten part on display. It is not until you totally examine the person that you discover their core issue.
Fruit is the reward of your labor
- 1 cor 3:8 says 8 Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor.
- John 15:1-8 1 ” I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. 5 ” I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
- Summarizing John 15:1-8
- Verses 1-2 – Every branch produces and if it doesn’t, it will be cut off.
- Verse 3 – You are clean because you were cleaned. The word will spray you off.
- Verse 4-5 – You can’t produce unless you are connected to the vine. You are not the vine. You are nothing but a branch. Stop feeling guilty if you bear fruit. People connected to vine, will produce fruit.
- Verse 6 – If you are not connected to the true vine, Jesus Christ, you will be cast out. You will be taking your destiny and putting it into the hands of man and you will burnt.
This year, learn to have so much faith; if you ask for it, you know that it is already done. God gets the glory, when his children produce fruit. Even if your haters don’t like you, they have to respect that you are his disciple. Stop trying to get people to like you. Understand they have to respect you, because fruit don’t lie. You shall know them by the fruit they bear.