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Living The Fruitful Life

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The Key to a Fruitful Life

By: Jeff Schreve, from his heart ministries.org

THE KEY TO A FRUITFUL LIFE

“Now before the year of famine came, two sons were born to Joseph …  And Joseph named the first-born Mannaseh, ‘For,’ he said, ‘God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father’s household.’  And he named the second Ephraim, ‘For,’ he said, ‘God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction.'”
Genesis 41:50-52

Everyone loves success, abundance, and prosperity.  We all love to be fruitful, to use a good, biblical term.  Although we all want fruitfulness, very few understand the secret or the sequence to enjoy such a life.  Joseph gives us the key.

Joseph was a man who had lots of deep hurts early in life.  He was hated by his ten older brothers.  They sold him into Egyptian slavery when he was only seventeen.  He was lied about by his slave master’s wife—she said he tried to rape her—and ended up in prison for a crime he did not commit.  It appeared his life was over, but God had other plans.  Because Joseph kept trusting the Lord, regardless of his rotten circumstances, God elevated him from the prison to the palace.  Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dream, and Pharaoh promoted him to the lofty position of Prime Minister of Egypt.  He was given rights, riches, royalty, and a wife.

When he and his wife had their two sons, Joseph carefully selected their names—first Manasseh (forgetful) and then Ephraim (twice fruitful).  Those two names were extremely significant and give insight into a fruitful life.

IF YOU WANT TO BE FRUITFUL, YOU MUST FORGIVE

Joseph had a boatload of hurt in his heart.  His own flesh and blood ripped him from his home and sold him into slavery.  It would have been very easy to have harbored a heart of bitterness toward his brothers … but he refused to do so.  Joseph chose to forgive them, and God was faithful in enabling him to forget the pain.  He never forgot his brothers.  He loved them and longed to be reconciled with them.  He simply let go of the offense.  He turned it over to God, and let the Lord apply His healing balm to Joe’s wounded heart.

Once Joseph was willing to forgive from the heart, it opened the door for Ephraim, a name meaning twice fruitful.  God was able to bless Joseph beyond measure and turn Egypt (a place of tremendous suffering) into Eden (a place of tremendous blessing).  To be sure, Joseph suffered for thirteen long years in Egypt—from seventeen until thirty.  But, God gave him eighty wonderful years as the Prime Minister, the number two man in all of Egypt, second only to Pharaoh himself.

HOW ABOUT YOU?

Have you been hurt?  Have you been hated, or lied about, or sold into slavery so to speak?  Have terribly painful things come into your life as they came into Joseph’s life?  Do you find yourself struggling with a heart of resentment, bitterness, and ill-will toward another person?  You will never move forward in life until you choose to forgive.  You will never give birth to Ephraim until you first have Manasseh.

 

God’s Guide to a Fruitful Life

From: intouch.org

Proverbs 3:1-4

Jesus Christ told His disciples, “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit” (John 15:5). As we carry out the Lord’s plans through the power of His Spirit, our lives will have significance, and two practices will characterize us.

1. Treasuring God’s Word in our hearts. When we value something, we think about it often, study it regularly, and learn all we can about it. By studying the Bible, we learn many important things about our God, including His character, plan, and promises. Regular Scripture meditation develops our ability to think biblically and deepens our relationship with the Lord. One of the indications that we treasure His Word is a change in behavior: Decisions will increasingly be guided by His principles, and actions will reflect the fruit of the Spirit. (See Gal. 5:22-23.)

2. Adorning ourselves with kindness and truth. These two virtues are to be our constant companions on the Christian walk. God’s truth has the power to expose ungodly attitudes and behaviors. When this happens, the presence of kindness helps to protect relationships from damage; it can also prevent discord and division in churches. The Lord wants us to speak the truth to one another—but to temper it with loving compassion.

The Christian life is a journey filled with temptations, obstacles, and difficulties that are common to man (1 Peter 4:12). At the same time, it is to be characterized by the fruitfulness that comes from following Jesus Christ, our guide.

Fruitfulness

by Inspiration Ministries

“A vineyard of wine, sing of it! I, the LORD, am its keeper; I water it every moment. So that no one will damage it, I guard it night and day…In the days to come Jacob will take root, Israel will blossom and sprout, and they will fill the whole world with fruit.” – Isaiah 27:2-6 NASB

God described His people as a “vineyard” and “His delightful plant” (Isaiah 5:1-10). He wanted them to be fruitful, but their actions were keeping Him from blessing them. He hoped they would turn to Him, so He could bless them abundantly. They had been producing “worthless” grapes, but His desire was that they “produce good grapes.”

God described Himself as the “keeper” of His vineyard, guarding them and providing the water they needed. Even though they had fallen short, He promised that a day was coming when they would “blossom and sprout, and they will fill the whole world with fruit.”

Jesus provided similar imagery when He said, “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser” (John 15:1-7). He is the source of all blessing and fruitfulness. He eliminates anything that prevents fruitfulness, and prunes every branch that does bear fruit “so that it may bear more fruit.”

The Bible makes it clear that God desires to bless us and make us fruitful in every part of our lives. He sent Jesus that we “may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). And He is “able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20).

Don’t let the devil rob you of this abundance. Don’t be crippled by doubt. Abide in Jesus, and let God’s Word change your life. Declare His promises to be true, and boldly stand on His Word.

Accept His discipline and correction, that you might become more fruitful. And Sow with the Seeds He has given you, knowing that you will Reap what you Sow (Galatians 6:7).

Streams In the Desert

By: L.B. Cowman

Blessed is he that waiteth (Dan. 12:12).

It may seem an easy thing to wait, but it is one of the postures which a Christian soldier learns not without years of teaching. Marching and quick-marching are much easier to God’s warriors than standing still.

There are hours of perplexity when the most willing spirit, anxiously desirous to serve the Lord, knows not what part to take. Then what shall it do? Vex itself by despair? Fly back in cowardice, turn to the right hand in fear, or rush forward in presumption?

No, but simply wait. Wait in prayer, however. Call upon God and spread the case before Him; tell Him your difficulty, and plead His promise of aid.

Wait in faith. Express your unstaggering confidence in Him. Believe that if He keep you tarrying even till midnight, yet He will come at the right time; the vision shall come, and shall not tarry.

Wait in quiet patience. Never murmur against the second cause, as the children of Israel did against Moses. Accept the case as it is, and put it as it stands, simply and with your whole heart, without any self-will, into the hand of your covenant God, saying, “Now, Lord, not my will, but Thine be done. I know not what to do; I am brought to extremities; but I will wait until Thou shalt cleave the floods, or drive back my foes. I will wait, if Thou keep me many a day, for my heart is fixed upon Thee alone, O God, and my spirit waiteth for Thee in full conviction that Thou wilt yet be my joy and my salvation, my refuge and my strong tower.”
Morning by Morning

Wait patiently wait,
God never is late;
Thy budding plans are in Thy Father’s holding,
And only wait His grand divine unfolding.
Then wait, wait,
Patiently wait.
Trust, hopefully trust,
That God will adjust
Thy tangled life; and from its dark concealings,
Will bring His will, in all its bright revealings.
Then trust, trust,
Hopefully trust.
Rest, peacefully rest
On thy Saviour’s breast;
Breathe in His ear thy sacred high ambition,
And He will bring it forth in blest fruition.
Then rest, rest,
Peacefully rest!
Mercy A. Gladwin