Contend earnestly to bear fruit
‘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.’ – John 15:5
Your faith level is revealed by hard times. When your back is against the wall financially you need faith to believe that God is Jehovah Jireh, the Lord who provides. When you’re battling illness you need faith to believe He’s Jehovah Rapha, the great Physician who promises to heal.
Jesus said, ‘He who abides in Me, bears much fruit.’ Notice, the blessing comes from ‘abiding’ and staying closely connected to the Lord. Yes, the Christian life is a battlefield. And the level of attack is determined by the size of your God-given assignment and the rewards that await you beyond it. So in that sense, Satan’s attack is a compliment.
You will be regularly pruned for greater fruitfulness, but that’s when it is even more important to abide. So don’t give up, and don’t collapse, for beyond this test you’ll have a testimony about God’s
love, grace, mercy and goodness. Our greatest testimony comes out of our lowest valley and greatest test, when He brings us out in rich abundance!
Lord, help me to abide in You. Help me to get my eyes off the attack and on of the purposes and plans of the assignment to reach souls for Your Kingdom. Prune me of all bitterness, unforgiveness, anger and resentment. Of anything that will hold me back from Your assignment for my life while I am here on this earth. I am called to help others, encourage those in the faith, share my faith and bring those who are lost and hurting to the foot of the cross. Keep my focus on the right perspective so that when I am faced with challenges, I am not overtaken. Thank You for the trials, because they are evidence that I am walking in the power and authority of the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Help me to be bold and reach out to my family, co-workers and neighbors. Let my life be a testimony of Your grace and mercy. Let my mouth be an instrument to bless and
build up, not tear down or curse others. Rid me of any gossip or slander and purify my thoughts, heart and mind. Let everything I do be as unto You with a thankful heart. Thank You for the forgiveness and grace I have received from You. Thank You that You love me and gave Yourself for me, so that I may bear much fruit for Your honor, glory and praise. Let me be a reflection of Your kindness, Lord. Use me to do Your work Lord and prune me of any work of my flesh that tries to creep up on the inside of me. I humble myself before You now and say ‘Here I am Lord,’ I surrender my life to Your calling and purposes. Bring people in my path and give me opportunities to do good and bring others closer to You Lord, because in You we have hope and peace and the solution to life’s questions and doubts. Thank You that You would consider me worthy of Your calling Lord. May I bear much fruit, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
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