THE ROOT OF THE RIGHTEOUS(Pt. 3)

When the LORD God put Adam in the garden, He put him there to both know his purpose and experience his potential. He called him to be a gardener (or farmer). He was placed in the garden not only to enjoy his working environment but reap it’s benefits.  You could say that  Adam and Eve were in a “business” partnership with their Creator. ” God, being the originator and owner, invites them to be “junior partners” in His kingdom Work. God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth“(Genesis 1:28a NASB).
I believe this year we will see and understand the importance of fruitfulness that is brought forth as a result of partnership(With God and others). More will be accomplished as “Co-laborers together” than anything achieved in isolation or independence. 

FRUITFULNESS IS A PROCESS
Jesus knew that all fruitfulness is the result of a process. He began telling this parable: “A man had a fig tree which had been planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and did not find any. And he said to the vineyard-keeper, ‘Behold, for three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree without finding any. Cut it down! Why does it even use up the ground?’ And he answered and said to him, ‘Let it alone, sir, for this year too, until I dig around it and put in fertilizer; and if it bears fruit next year, fine; but if not, cut it down.‘” (Luke 13:6-9 NASB)

The Lord Jesus teaches us a kingdom principle through this story. God likens His people to a fig tree planted in the earth. The owner has an expectation of fruit.  Likewise, as individuals, we are His trees planted in His vineyard,in which He desires that our life be fruitful for Him.  As the story demonstrates God  uses others(relations and/or ministries) to show God’s patience and process with us in order that we become fruitful. We should never despise the “cultivating, digging and fertilizing work” of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

ENVIRONMENT DETERMINES FRUITFULNESS
We can only be fruitful if we are placed in the right environment. The prophet Isaiah wrote, As the earth brings forth its sprouts, and as a garden causes the things sown in it to spring up, So the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations.” (Isaiah 61:11 NASB)
God is our right environment. A healthy believer will daily pursue the presence of God. It is natural to their true nature. In other words, you were created to worship God and give Him glory. This is why David was a favorite with God. He understood that worship is a way in which God brings forth the fruitfulness of the Kingdom of heaven to earth. He wrote by revelation of the Holy Spirit,
God be gracious to us and bless us,
And cause His face to shine upon us- Selah. That Your way may be known on the earth,
Your salvation among all nations. Let the peoples praise You, O God;
Let all the peoples praise You. Let the nations be glad and sing for joy;
For You will judge the peoples with uprightness
And guide the nations on the earth. Selah. Let the peoples praise You, O God;
Let all the peoples praise You. The earth has yielded its produce;
God, our God, blesses us. God blesses us,
That all the ends of the earth may fear Him (Psalm 67:1-7 NASB)

ISRAEL’S REVIVAL
God promised through the prophet Hosea that He would make Israel fruitful once again.
I will heal their apostasy,
I will love them freely,
For My anger has turned away from them. I will be like the dew to Israel;
He will blossom like the lily,
And he will take root like the cedars of Lebanon. His shoots will sprout,
And his beauty will be like the olive tree“.
(Hosea 14:4-6 NASB)

What a beautiful image the prophet Hosea records. Declaring that as Israel returns to God, they would once again be spiritually rooted, fragrant and fruitful.  I believe this has begun in measure in our time and join in pray with many others that there will be an excelleration of their spiritual revival in the land.

THE ABIDING SECRET
Stability and fruitfulness should be true of every disciple of Yeshua(Jesus). He shares with his disciples the secret to a life of on-going fruitfulness.

“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so 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, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples. (John 15:4,5,7,8 NASB)

Eugene Peterson paraphrases our Lord’s words, “Live in me. Make YOUR HOME IN ME just as I do in you. In the same way that a branch can’t bear grapes by itself but only by being joined to the vine, you can’t bear fruit unless you are joined with me. “I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire. But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon. This is how my Father shows who he is—when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples. “I’ve loved you the way my Father has loved me. Make yourselves at home in my love. If you keep my commands, you’ll remain intimately at home in my love. That’s what I’ve done—kept my Father’s commands and made myself at home in his love.”  (John 15:4, 5, 9 MSG)
Abiding is the key to all fruitfulness.

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