Monday, November 21, 2016
Bearing fruitful for the Kingdom of God
Jesus Christ said that every branch in Him that does not bear fruit will get cut off and burned. Now obviously, we first need to become grafted into the True Vine, into Jesus Christ, Himself before we can even be cut off, before we can be severed from Him. He is here talking about those who are born again, those who are children of God. We cannot be fruitful for the kingdom of God if we do not hear His voice, if we do not receive instruction from Him, because Jesus said:"My sheep hear My voice and
they follow Me." How can we receive instruction from Him if we do not hear His voice? Therefore we must first become born-again children of God, who hear the voice of God, before we can get cut off. Most believers are not children of God, they are just believers; they believe in what they do not know. They do not know Jesus Christ, they do not follow Him and they do not obey Him. Their hope of salvation is in vain, because they are not truly children of God. How do we become children of God?
We become children of God by obeying the gospel of Jesus Christ; that is the words of Jesus that He delivered, as also recorded in the Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. If we obey the gospel of Jesus Christ, we will be born again, we will be children of God, who hear His voice and who can follow His instruction. What is the gospel of Jesus Christ? Repent and be baptized in water and you will receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God dwelling in you, to guide you, to teach you, and to instruct you, and only then can you follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit, only then can you bear fruit for the kingdom of God. Most believers are not born again. Most believers do not know Jesus Christ. We first have to obey the gospel of Jesus Christ, repent and live according to His words, that which he commanded how we should live. Go and read the words of Jesus in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John; that is his commands; and if we obey His commands then we will be born again. If we repent and be baptized in water, and He will make us new inside. We will be new creatures and if we wait on Him, seek Him with all our heart, hunger and thirst for Him, He will give the Holy Spirit in us, as He did to the first believers on the day of Pentecost. You will receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit just like the disciples did on the day of Pentecost. Those who are being led by the Spirit of God, they are the children of God. If we are not born again and if we have not been baptized in water, been baptized in the Holy Spirit, then we will not hear His voice. If we do not keep on seeking and listening to Him, we will not receive instruction from Him, and we cannot bear fruit for His kingdom. How can we serve a person, how can we serve a God whom we do not now, whose voice we do not know? How can we be part of the Vine if we are not grafted in. Most believers are not grafted into the Vine, because they do not obey the gospel of Jesus Christ; they do not obey His commands.
Jesus said that "the one who has My commands and keeps them, is the one who loves me, and Me and My father will come and dwell with him and I will disclose myself to him." These words are recorded in John chapter 14, go and read it for yourself. If we obey the gospel of Jesus Christ, His commands, He will reveal Himself to us. He will speak to us. He will instruct us. He gives the Holy Spirit in us, to guide us into all truth. Without Jesus Christ dwelling in us, without His Holy Spirit guiding us, we cannot be pleasing to Him, we cannot bear fruit for the kingdom of God, we cannot be pleasing to God. We need to be born again of the Spirit of God, and led by the Spirit of God to be children of God. Go and read Romans chapter 8 verse 14, Paul said:" those who are being led by the Spirit of God, they are the children of God. " Those who do not have the Spirit of Christ, the Holy Spirit, they do not belong to Him. They cannot hear His voice.
Many believers say they cannot hear His voice, it is because they do not obey His commandments, they do not live according to His words, they do not live in holiness and righteousness. They have never repented their, sin they have never been baptized in water, they never sought the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. They are in disobedience to Jesus Christ, and therefore He will not reveal Himself to them. Most believers are not born again.
Are we born again? Do we know His voice? Do we receive instruction from Him and are we bearing fruit for the kingdom of God? Every born-again child of God must bear fruit for His kingdom or else, according to the words of Jesus, such a child, such a branch, will get cut off and burned. We must build the kingdom of God, and we can only build the kingdom of God if we follow the instructions of the Master. I'm not talking about reading your Bible, I'm not talking about being religious. I'm talking about having the Spirit of Christ dwelling in us, being guided by the Spirit and doing what Jesus instructs us to do. We have to be fruitful in the kingdom of God.
Are we born again? Have we been grafted into the Vine? Are we bearing fruit for the kingdom of God because we follow the guidance and instruction of the Holy Spirit?
May Jesus bless you.
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