To be fruitful means to produce good or helpful results. God wants us to be fruitful in every area of our lives. Fruitfulness is good, it brings increase and increase in any area marks progress in our lives.
From the beginning, it has been God’s plan for us to be fruitful. In Genesis 1:28 it says, “And God blessed them [granting them certain authority] and said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and subjugate it [putting it under your power]; and rule over (dominate) the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and every living thing that moves upon the earth.”
It’s important to understand that God has given us the tools for us to produce in all seasons. In Mark 11, Jesus found a fig tree with leaves but no fruit and Jesus cursed the tree even though the Bible says that it was not the season yet!
“On the next day, when they had left Bethany, He was hungry. Seeing at a distance a fig tree in leaf, He went to see if He would find anything on it. But He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. He said to it, “No one will ever eat fruit from you again!” And His disciples were listening [to what He said].”
On the one hand, it is interesting to imagine that Jesus would do that, knowing fully well that the tree should not have fruit. On the other hand, maybe God wants us to be fruitful, whether in or out of season.
Often when we encounter high seasons, our expectations are above and beyond, we push in and believe for more (hashtag: life is good). In the not-so-good seasons however there must be replication, we must thank God for endurance and still believe for more!
On the mountain top we experience overflow, there is increase and there is fruitfulness. But note that even in the valley there are springs of living water. The lowest point in our lives still has gold. We just need to change the attitude of our heart in the midst of challenge to see that God will never abandon us. There is always something for us within reach, it takes a stretch out of comfort to get hold, it requires a step up and boldness.
Being in the valley does not mean we cannot be fruitful, Joseph in slavery was prosperous. In the Psalm 84 it says, ‘Blessed and greatly favoured is the man whose strength is in You, in whose heart are the highways to Zion.Passing through the Valley of Weeping (Baca), they make it a place of springs; The early rain also covers it with blessings. They go from strength to strength [increasing in victorious power]; Each of them appears before God in Zion.’
To live in the fullness of increase, we must live by principle. Knowledge + Application = Acceleration. It takes common sense to walk, but principles to drive. We know that that if the car is not in gear, no moJon will occur. We sow, we water and we reap a hundred-fold. When we get revealed truth and act on it, the power of God is released and we walk in break- through because when we act on God’s promises He will do what He says He will do. His word will not return void (Isaiah 55:11). Put something in your hands for God will bless it and see your life move forward. This year, you shall eat the fruit of your labour in Jesus Name!
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