Do you know that God wants you to bear “much fruit”? Can you know what that fruit looks like or is it just a mystery? In a recent dream the Lord spoke to me through a question – then giving me the answer. The question was “WHAT IS THE GOAL?” I started to think about it and he looked at me saying, “FRUIT! Salvations, miracles and healings!” He then smiled – end of dream.
Most are familiar with the fruit of the Spirit, but the fruit of your life is different. Here I go into what that difference looks like and how the fruit of our lives is produced.
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I. Connected to The Vine
“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.
God desires the fruit of our lives to produce supernatural results through the demonstration of the Kingdom of God. The atmosphere that we carry should push back darkness setting people free from oppression. The fruit of the Spirit is in the mix of this as it is part and parcel of the Holy Spirit.
Just as the Holy Spirit pours the love of God in our hearts. The river of His life produces this fruit. This also revealing to us just how important a life of communion with the Spirit is – even to see supernatural manifestation of heaven on earth. Faith works by love. God’s love being a fruit of the Spirit produces faith to set the captives free. With this in mind, the love of God will be shown through our activity (just as Jesus modeled it for us) by working miracles, healing the sick and raising the dead. This is how Jesus modeled love in action.
The fruit of the Spirit will be expressed in supernatural ways as we bring encounters with God into the lives of others. The fruit of the Spirit is not grown in our lives – it is manifested as the Holy Spirit takes residence in us. The gifts of the Spirit are given in resident forms and are also manifested as the Holy Spirit abides in the us. The love of God is substance in the Holy Spirit. The peace of God is substance in the Holy Spirit. The grace of God is substance in the Holy Spirit. As we increase our communion with the Spirit our experience in God‘s love, peace, grace and joy increases. In that sense it does grow. Our soul grows also in surrender and submission to the Holy Spirit.
II. The Works of Jesus
Love is not a feeling in your heart it is action that is manifested in miracles, signs, wonders and healings. The love of God was manifested through Jesus by the deeds that he did not as much by what he said. He went about manifesting love by doing good and healing all who are oppressed of the devil — for God was with Him. Jesus told us to pray heaven on earth. That it would be “on earth as it is in heaven”.
The fruit of the Spirit is only a portion of what represents the fruit of a life. Jesus said we will know a tree by its fruit. That is not referring to the “fruit of the Spirit” but to the works that are shown through a life. Jesus told the religious leaders if they cannot believe his words then they should at least believe because of the supernatural works that he performed.
Our lives are to be an extension of heaven‘s glory bringing people into a living encounter with God. Jesus went about doing good manifesting the love of God. The religious leaders went about doing bad, controlling and oppressing people.
The kingdom of God is manifested in salvation, healings and miracles. This is the goal – that we bear much fruit. A life that is “Abiding in the Vine” is a life of dependency as we cannot do anything apart from Jesus. He said the works that he did we would do also and greater works than these shall we do because he will go to the Father on our behalf. These are heavenly works that are far beyond our natural abilities.
We show the love of God by our actions. Love will create faith in our hearts to pray for people and see them healed, to share with people where they have an encounter with God and see people experience miracles in the reality of His glory, presence and power.
III. Spiritually Flat Tires
The religious mindset divorces the power of God from the fruit of the Spirit. This creates a life that has no life, no air and no substance – a flat tire! This mindset leaves a person devoid of power with only some form of “southern hospitality” – where it is only “the Spirit” in name but not in substance. If you have the fruit of the Spirit you should manifest the power of God as well. Because love is action – action in the way that Jesus presented it rather than only a form of religious good works. Love is not a feeling. Love is God. Many just need to understand that God wants to use them in this way. Bad doctrine teaches people to warm the seat of a church – sit, soak and sour. Just do what your told, don’t move and don’t make any waves. God takes His people on adventure to do the works that Jesus did – even greater works!
The fruit of our lives is measured by how people have an encounter with God though our lives. As we walk in the Spirit this should happen. That’s why Jesus said that we should bear “much” fruit. He set the example that we would do the same as he did. Jesus was love manifested – being demonstrated through the supernatural works He performed by the power of the Spirit.
It is not “only” that we treat people kindly when they are mean to us but that we are also intentional to demonstrate the kingdom of God – even toward those who don’t love us. In this we fulfill the heart of Jesus that we love our enemies and that things on earth would conform to as it is in heaven.
IV. Destroy the Devil’s Works
God can and will use anything to form us into Christ image. But his ultimate highest plan for us as mature sons of God is to manifest heaven on earth. Sickness, disease and oppression are from the devil and we are called to “destroy” the works of the devil – just as Jesus healed all who were oppressed by the devil. God’s plan for us is to destroy the works of darkness. That includes bringing people into the kingdom of God as we preach the fullness of the good news of salvation, healing and deliverance from darkness.
There is a danger that when a miracle doesn’t happen or prayers not answered that a person is tempted to dumb down the standard and just says “well God works all things together for the good” instead of pressing in and continuing “to believe” in regard to manifesting heaven on earth.
People are in need of miracles today and the doctors don’t have the cure for it. The last thing we want to do is just say, “well this sickness or issue will help you become formed Christ image.” That is a pathetic, anemic, impoverished and bankrupt mindset. Sickness is not the suffering that Jesus called us to.
Jesus only suffered in the area of love being rejected and killed. And this all because of Who He claimed to be and because of the works that he performed in demonstrating the kingdom of God. Ultimately Jesus was a threat as He was destroying Satan’s system of misery, disarming his power and the religious system that was aligned with it.
1 John 3:8
He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.
Here we have outlined the purpose of Jesus. Are you looking for yours? You have the same one if you are His. What is the GOAL and what is the PURPOSE? FRUIT! It is time to bear MUCH fruit and to fully embrace our call as imitators of Christ.
Every person is in need of an encounter with God. You are chosen to be that vessel that helps connect others with His power and glory.
Embrace it! Live it! Love it!
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