Monday, January 13, 2014

Jeremiah 14-17: Never Cease Yielding Fruit

Jeremiah 17:7-8
Amplified Bible (AMP)

7 [Most] blessed is the man who believes in, trusts in, and relies on the Lord, and whose hope and confidence the Lord is.

8 For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters that spreads out its roots by the river; and it shall not see and fear when heat comes; but its leaf shall be green. It shall not be anxious and full of care in the year of drought, nor shall it cease yielding fruit.

Even in the midst of God's displeasure with His people's behavior, encouragement is found.  Believing, trusting, and relying on the Lord, having hope and confidence in Him no matter what circumstance, this person will be watered.  His roots will spread, his leaf will be green, and his soul will be free from anxiety and care.  Fruit will be evident in this person, continually!

I want to be this person.  Faith, even a little faith, will cry out to God for grace.  God's grace is a prerequisite to overcoming the trials of this world while continually manifesting fruit!

What does "yielding fruit" continually look like?

Galatians 5:21-23
Amplified Bible (AMP)

21 Envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like. I warn you beforehand, just as I did previously, that those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness,

23 Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law
that can bring a charge].

Yielding fruit looks like praying for those who have misunderstood your heart and pass judgment.

Yielding fruit looks like lightening the atmosphere during a tumultuous situation.

Yielding fruit looks like stillness of soul during a difficult diagnosis.

Yielding fruit looks like bearing with someone who is having difficulty comprehending.

Yielding fruit looks like holding the door open for someone behind you.

Yielding fruit looks like ministering to others.

Yielding fruit looks like standing by someone no matter what the situation.

Yielding fruit looks like preferring others.

Yielding fruit looks like zipping the lips when God has said "Be silent."


We require His grace!  Grace is imperative!  We need His Spirit! 

Jesus, You came to this earth and set us free from the consequences of all our missed marks and all of our wrong attitudes and actions towards others! Reveal the way to access the grace You have so loving and generously provided.  We will yield fruit continually and people will recognize You in the process!  AMEN!!!

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