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Thursday, May 20, 2021

Bearing much fruits

John 15:8”My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.”

The tree was erect and stiff around March, but I watched the branch of the mango trees in our garden almost touch the ground by the end of May because by now it was full of mangoes.  With the weight of the huge bunches of mangoes, the tree was bent now! Wow, what a scene! THE bent branches are proof of abundant fruits! I now understand why Jesus wanted His disciples to bear much fruit, because that way they would not be stiff necked people but stay bent and humble.
Apostle Paul talks about these fruits in Galatians 5: 22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Yes, we need to be filled with these fruits!  Dashing in and dashing out doesn’t produce any fruits in our life, no wonder we feel drained out and washed out because we may have a job but we will not have peace, anybody hearing me? I don’t have time to pray or read the Word because I have to travel, work, blah….blah….blah..are the excuses, find time for GOD in your life.  Jesus said: “..without me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5) Remove the crowd and separate time for His Word and prayer.
Regular pruning is required to bear much fruits: The moment I knew the Truth and after I was saved from ‘dead Christianity’, I started pruning my life. I aggressively started cleansing my life by: breaking movie audio/video CDs, tore all secular magazines/books that contradicted the Bible, stopped watching all unhealthy secular programs, severed all unwanted relationships, cut away worldly stuff and lots of other things. Just to put it in one single sentence, ‘my life style took a complete U TURN!’ I paved the way for growth!  Are you satisfied to remain as dead Christians producing no fruits? Or are you satisfied with just living a name-sake Christian life? Or are you craving to live a gorgeous fruitful life? Decide. What do you do?

Stay near the Living Water – Jesus Christ in order to be fruitful and useful!  In the midst of draught and famine you need to be fruitful: Jeremiah 17: 7    "Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD And whose trust is the LORD.
8    "For he will be like a tree planted by the water, That extends its roots by a stream And will not fear when the heat comes; But its leaves will be green, And it will not be anxious in a year of drought Nor cease to yield fruit.”

I tell you, I would never have been able to run the free school for the poor that we started in the year 2011, if not for Jesus.  Each day I had to face challenges from the kids, which was beyond me.  The previous night the mother would have made suicide attempt, the dad would have come home dead drunk, endless fights so this school started with tears right from the morning assembly.  I decided to have solid half hour worship everyday in the morning, Bible reading, sharing Gospel and then prayer. After we started this morning prayer assembly, peace entered the homes of the students.  Revival started in our school, few students stopped watching movies and few others were growing in the Lord.  We can do nothing without Jesus!  Anybody listening?  Even after ten years, we now pray thrice: morning, afternoon and evening.

THE bent branches are proof of abundant fruits: HUMILITY:

Colossians 3: 12    So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience;
13    bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.
14    Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.

Fits of rage, anger, screaming, shouting, arguing and pride takes a flight when the person starts growing in the Lord.  I wrote the below lines in the year 2013: 8/1/13: Today all palpitations, adrenaline rush, angst, aggressive ambition regarding ministry has ceased; I feel content by just obeying Him and walking with Him.
Walking in His will means, I have to be available for His agenda and to dump mine. GOD BLESS YOU!


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