TODAY'S WORD FOR Monday, September 10, 2018:
Abundantly productive; producing good results; beneficial, profitable, abounding in fruit; producing abundant growth.
And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundred-fold, some sixty, some thirty.
I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
In the verse above from John, Jesus teaches us that He is the vine and we are the branches and if we abide in Him we will bear much fruit. He is talking about bearing fruit with spiritual results such as living a Christ-like life and introducing others to Christ. That is what we as believers are called by God to do.
The key words in this verse are: “ABIDE IN HIM.” Abiding in Him gives evidence to our salvation and results in us bearing fruit. This fruit is not only soul winning but it produces spiritual fruit that includes a spiritual attitude and a Godly character. That should be a goal that we all should have as believers.
In Galatians 5:22 the Apostle Paul tells us that “the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, fruitfulness, gentleness and self-control.
When we think of being fruitful we think of a farmer that desires to have a bountiful harvest of his crops. He must have the right soil, rain, sunshine, seasons, cultivation, and God’s blessing. A farmer who is a non-believer may say he needs “MOTHER NATURE TO BLESS HIS CROP” because he does not know God. He is really saying he needs God but does not understand that it is God who blesses crops by supplying the necessary nutrients from the soil, the necessary moisture, and the necessary sunshine and good weather.
To be fruitful as a believer we need God’s blessing. God can only bless us when we walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, pleasing to Him in all respects, doing what is good and increasing daily in the knowledge of God.
Like a farmer a believer must have the right soil, a personal relationship with Jesus. He must have rain and sunshine which is the daily communication with God through prayer and the reading of His Word. And then there must be the sowing and the cultivation which is the going out among the world and walking in your faith and talking about your faith. When the soil of your heart is well prepared then God will bless you with a bountiful fruitful harvest. Without God you can do nothing.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Psalm 119:11.
Your Word have I hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.
Guide me as I endeavor to abide in You and allow You to abide in me so that You can make me fruitful in furthering Your kingdom. Bless my family and friends this day and produce in us the fruit of righteousness so that others will see Christ in and through us.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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