POWER FOR FRUITFULNESS
TEXT: LUKE 13:6-9, PSALMS 1:1-3, JOHN 15:1-5
The Bible makes it clear that it is God’s intention to see His children fruitful in serving Him and in all they do. The psalmist likened God’s children to a “tree planted by streams of water which yields its fruit in season (Psalms 1:3). Also in another psalm, God’s children are described as those who will bear fruits in old age (psalm 92:14)
Jesus used a parable to warn us that God’s servants are expected to be fruitful, or face the prospect of being removed from their place of service in Luke 13:7, the bible says, “so He said to the man who took care of the vineyard, for three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any; cut it down! Why should it use up the soil”.
The Lord at all times always frowns at a fruitless individual. There were basically two things that angered the owner. First, it bore no fruit. That is, it was barren. If a fruit tree doesn’t bear its fruit, what good is it? And secondly, the unfruitful tree was using up the nutrients in the soil, giving nothing in return. God doesn’t expect us to just make use of the provisions He made available for our being fruitful and yet we are not. When we produce fruits, it means we are not just receiving but giving to the kingdom as well.
But It’s unfortunate to admit that most Christians are like that fruitless tree that is busy occupying space and using up the nutrients. and that is the reason for this prayer charge.
Spiritual development that leads to being fruitful is a must and not an option for every believer. Just like a fruit tree’s reason for being is to bear fruit, so the reason for our being children of God is to bear fruits for the kingdom.
WHY MUST YOU BE FRUITFUL
- To be fruitless as a believer is unscriptural. From the beginning in Gen 1:28, God gave man the mandate to be fruitful. So not being fruitful is simply living contrary to the scriptures
- Being fruitful brings glory to God. John 15:8 says, “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.”
A fruitless believer denies God his glory whereas a fruitful believer gives God glory.
- Being fruitful qualifies you as a true disciple. The ending part of the scripture above says, “…so shall you be my desciple”. So a proof that you’re a true disciple is being fruitful.
- To be unfruitful as a believer is like robbing God. You can’t be using God’s provision for your life without giving something back to the kingdom. The kingdom expects fruits from you.
- Not being fruitful shows that you’re immature because it takes a mature plant to yield fruit. So when you’re not fruitful, heaven somehow sees you as an immature believer. And nobody hands over important things to children.
- Another tragedy of being unfruitful is that you will be cut down. To be cut down refers to become irrelevant. The owner of that fruitless tree in Luke 13:7 says, “cut it down”.
KEYS TO FRUITFULNESS
- Be diligent in whatsoever God calls you to do
- Properly use your time
- Prayerful resist every power resisting your fruitfulness
- Constantly abide in God through His word.
- O Lord I thank you for creating me to be fruitful
- O Lord flush out every Satanic deposit that has blocked my channels of fruitfulness
- Father in the name of Jesus I declare that my seasons of barrenness has ended.
- By the power in the name of Jesus I activate every ability in my life that is tied to my being fruitfulness
- In the name of Jesus I break out from every curse of barrenness at work in my foundation
- I frustrate in the name of Jesus every power that is fighting me from being able to utilize my opportunity to be fruitful
- In the name of Jesus, I bring down every altar of the enemy that is resisting my fruitful abilities.