He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper. Psalm 1:3 (NKJV)
To God be the glory for His abundant mercy and faithfulness for watching over us since the beginning of the year 2022. We thank God for bringing us to the month of September, the first of the “ember” months. The Lord who has brought us this far will see us to the end of the year and beyond in Jesus’ name. This ninth month is the month of Divine Fruitfulness.
The first words that God spoke to man after creation was to be fruitful, multiply, replenish, and subdue the earth., Genesis 1:27-28.
Jeremiah 17:7-8 compares a blessed man who trust in the Lord to a” tree planted by the waters which spreads out its roots by the river and will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green. And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit.”
A tree speaks of vitality, fertility, beauty, majesty, and strength. It is a symbol of blessing. This is what is expected of children of God. Prosperity is that which is given to you by the Lord which has no sorrow with it, Proverbs 10:22. The blessing of the Lord makes a person rich in many ways, good health, favor of God and man, success in one’s undertakings, godly character, and a good testimony for Jesus Christ. God puts a premium on character and being a good example, Proverbs 22:1- A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold.
Apart from material blessings which God gives His children, He expects us as Christians to bear fruits to expand His kingdom.
Is there evidence of fruitfulness in your life that you are a Christian?
Is the fruit of the Holy Spirit evident in your life which includes love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance? Galatians 5:22-23.
Do you bear the fruit of service for Jesus Christ? God wants us to be like a fruitful tree! Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so, shall ye be my disciples. John 15:8
How can one be fruitful? It is by taking wise counsels, walking in the commandments of the Lord God, and having footsteps that are ordered by the Word of God, and not by the cunning and wicked devices of carnality. (Psalm 1:1-2).
Jesus Christ in John 15:4-5 says “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. 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.”
To abide in Christ involves a surrendered will to the Lord. It means to have close fellowship with Him, worship, Scripture meditation, supplication, service, and sacrifice. May the Lord grant us the grace to abide in Him for a fruitful and prosperous life in Jesus’ name.
Father, I thank you for blessing me and making me to be Fruitful. I thank you for the honor to remain Fruitful in you. I thank you that your words are producing fruits in me. I thank you that your Spirit in me is producing abundance of Fruits as I abide in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Welcome to the month of September 2022, the month of Divine Fruitfulness.
Yours in Christ, Pastor Lillian Haastrup