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I’m showing a slide presentation along with the live video. And I hope that you can see the slide right now. Will you bear fruit, we are going to go into God’s word. So I encourage you to pray this prayer with me, Father, speak to me. And Heavenly Father, I just give you the next few minutes. And I just pray that every person would just be keenly aware of your presence, that they would hear your voice, and that they would know your love, your peace, your joy, as they listen, for you to speak. And we just want to be careful to hear and obey everything that you have said, We love you. We praise you come and have your way in Jesus name. Amen. Amen. So let’s dive into God’s Word together. John chapter one verse, I’m sorry, John, chapter 15, verse four, says, Jesus is speaking, Remain in me, and I will remain in you, for a branch cannot produce fruit, if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful, unless you remain in me, Jesus has given us an analogy of a vineyard, where there is either luscious grapes of fruit on the vine, or there is a bearing bind, because that bind is no longer connected to the root source, the life source, you and I all know what happens if a branch falls off of a tree, or a bind comes disconnected from its root, it dies, it cannot bear fruit. And Jesus is talking about your life, my life bearing fruit. He says in verse five, yes, I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them will produce much fruit. For apart from me, you can do nothing. I want you to hear God say the word will. You will bear much fruit. It is a promise from your heavenly Father. And we misunderstand this sometimes I have for decades of my life. Hopefully you have not. And I know we have children in India watching this and my prayer is that you’ll grow up much taller spiritually than I was at your age. And I want you to hear whether you’re a child or an adult. We’re all children of God, I want you to hear our Heavenly Father say you will produce much fruit. Look at verse six. It says anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away, like a useless branch that withers, such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned.
Verse seven, but if you remain in me, and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted. Verse eight, when you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory, to my heaven to my father. So I want you to see the two contrasts that Jesus presents to us. There is a follower of Jesus, a disciple of God, that is bearing much fruit. They are connected to the vine, they are in the word, they are living in the presence of God, I want you to, to apply this word to what God has already been speaking through the previous live broadcast, about the importance to live in the presence of God. And when we are living in the presence of God, Jesus assures us you will bear much fruit. But he contrasts that with a person that is not willing to live in the presence of God. They are severing themselves from the bind. Maybe they’ve rejected Jesus totally. Maybe they’ve accepted the term Christianity, but they’re not understanding how to get to the point. And so they’re not living in the presence of God regularly. And Jesus warns us without being connected to the life source. It’s like a branch that is cut off and withers and it cannot bear any fruit, it is considered useless. So it’s just thrown into the fire. It’s a harsh warning.
But the whole point of Jesus is not to threaten us with fire, but to give us confidence that we will bear much fruit. Let’s go on it. And so I want you to hear that word, you will bear much fruit. Let’s just consider what fruit is Jesus talking about. We can think of oranges and grapes and apples. That’s the analogy.
But spiritually, Jesus is talking about disciples, people that you lead to God, he told Simon, you will no longer fish for the fish in the lake, but you will now become a fisher of men. And he turned Simon into Peter, and that is made available to every one of us. He took Simon from no purpose to a Peter that had purpose. And that’s true of you and me. God is the only source of purpose. And the purpose for our lives is to bear much fruit and that one of those fruit it’s one of the most easiest things for you and I to go to is to thank Jesus is talking about evangelism. And he is bearing fruit of Souls is a fruit, but it’s only one fruit. Transformation is a fruit. If you go from being an angry person, to be in a peace filled person, you are transformed, that is fruit reconciliation. If I go from hating my father, my earthly father to honoring him, there has been reconciliation in that relationship. That is fruit healing can be a fruit. Many of you have been sick and 2020 with COVID. And when you are healed of COVID, or bone fracture, or a fever, you that is fruit you Jesus is saying you will bear much fruit. Obviously, we’re looking at Galatians chapter five, where it talks about the fruit of the Spirit. And we’ll look at that in just a moment. But the fruit of the Spirit is a fruit that God will bear through us if we will could stay connected to the vine. Wisdom is a fruit guidance is a fruit provision is a fruit. I just this Tuesday we’ll be releasing the book get to the point. And it is a declaration that every guidance and provision you’ll ever need can be found today in the presence of God. And that’s what the Word of God teaches. It is a fruit.
Children are identified and God’s word as a fruit. Books are fruit. Art can be a fruit business can be a fruit. Our character can be a fruit if we go from lying and cheating to be an honest, that is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. Songs and writing songs can be a fruit you have in a future is a fruit God wants you to have and to bear in your life. Worship is a fruit. You can have the fruit of worship in your life. God is promising you will bear fruit. So I want to encourage you in the authority of God’s Word. Will you rebuke the word might the enemy will do anything he can to pervert the truth? Here, your loving Savior, your heavenly Father, almighty God declaring you will bear fruit and don’t allow the enemy to twist that into the word might. He would want you to doubt to hold in suspicion, to fear and to worry that maybe you won’t bear fruit. Kevin will bear fruit. Maybe Billy Graham bear fruit in his lifetime Mother Teresa, Teresa bared fruit, but you might be believing a lie that you might bear fruit. You might not bear fruit. I want you to hear God say you will bear fruit. So if you have a bad habit of using the word might, I want you I want to encourage you to repent, rebuke it refuse is the word might, and believe the truth stand on the truth. You will bear fruit. I want you to even declare it, I will bear fruit. I will bear fruit. Now we’re going to put it in proper context. Because God’s never, never requiring you to bear fruit apart from him. So this fruit we’re talking about comes through a living relationship with Jesus. And in that authority, Paul says, I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me. Have you declared that over your life? If you are hesitant, fearful, in any way, shape, or form, I want you to rebuke might, and I want to hear you declare, I will bear fruit, in the name of Jesus, I will bear fruit, it is your promise. It is your purpose, declare it, stand on it, expect it. Proverbs, Chapter 28, verse 25, says, Those who trust in the Lord will prosper. There’s not the word might in the Word of God. So don’t let there be the word might in your vocabulary. Look at Proverbs, Chapter 16, verse three, commit your ways, commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed. Again, you’re not going to find the word might, you might succeed, you might not succeed, God is authorizing in his authority, that you will succeed. But you hear the connection there, commit your actions to the Lord, do what the Lord gives you to do. act accordingly to His Word, follow his actions, his instructions, he is guidance, and you will succeed. Don’t allow the enemy to rob you of that promise. So I want you to understand that sometimes believers, including myself, perhaps you even we can have a bad habit of taking a warning for disobedience, and applying it to obedience. So get this it’s a twist of the enemy. Jesus says, Abide in me and you will bear much fruit apart from me, you can do nothing. And the enemy, twist it. And what he wants us to believe in here is abide in me. And you will not bear much fruit. He’s twisting the warning of disobedience and applying it to obedience. So this is, this is the truth, the authority that God gives us, you obey God, and you will bear fruit. There is no more room, no more risk of you and I facing the wrath of disobedience. If we are obeying, then we will receive the reward of that obedience. Abide in me and you will bear much fruit. So don’t live in the threat of disobedience. Stay connected to the vine, and be confident of the promise that you will bear fruit. So understand that insecurity is a trick of the enemy. If he can erode your confidence in this area, he can stop you from going into business. It can stop you from continuing business. He can stop you from witnessing to a friend. He can stop you from writing a book, he can stop you from having children, on and on and on, go back to that list of fruit. If he can erode your confidence and God’s promise and make you and I feel insecure.
Then it’s a trick to keep us from bearing fruit. So listen to what Jesus said. He said it is to our Father’s glory that we live secure, confident and expectant, in this area of bearing fruit. Jesus connected obedience to our fruitfulness and our fruitfulness to the glory of God. Every one of us wants to bring God much glory. So why live insecure about bearing fruit? If our fruit through our lives is what brings him glory, shouldn’t we want as much fruit as we can get? Yes, we should, you should. And so abide in me, and you will bear much fruit, bear much fruit, and you will bring the father great glory. So the enemy knows this. And so he doesn’t necessarily come and wake you up and say, You’re not going to bear fruit. He’s just going to say you’re useless. There’s nothing that you can do to bring God glory. And he’s going to erode your confidence. And, and so what happens is you shy away from God, and you stop abiding, which then tricks you to not having fruit that your heavenly Father wants you to have, which then creates this cycle of being fearful of not bringing God glory. And so go all the way back to where it begins, and it is abide in me. And I want you to hear on the authority of God’s word, if you will invoke engage the presence of God 24/7 365, you will lack no fruit in your life. Because the fruit doesn’t come from you. The fruit comes from God. And so if the enemy can keep you out of the presence of God, he can prevent your fruitfulness, God bearing fruit through you. So I want you to rebuke any spirit of entitlement. And I want you to live in the expectation of Jesus. I’m not preaching a message of entitlement here. God, I memorize John 316. So you better give me a nice car, and you better help me go to a good college. And I want a beautiful wife and I want a big house. That’s entitlement. That’s not the way fruit happens. Fruit happens in the expectation of Jesus. Jesus is the one bearing fruit. So we go into the presence of God, Jesus bears the fruit in us, and that brains God great glory. So the expectation, our confidence, our hope, in the area that we will bear fruit is not based upon Kevin, it’s based upon Jesus. It’s not based upon you. It’s based upon Jesus. Be expectant, because the the performance and the production is coming from Jesus. It’s not based upon you. All you and I have to do to bear fruit is abide in Jesus, dwell in the presence of God, invoke the presence of God, engage the presence of God, have an authentic living relationship with God, through Jesus Christ, and He will produce much fruit through us. So, look at this summation of Scripture. Fruit proves Jesus’s name. Look at John 15, verse 16, you didn’t choose me, I chose you. And I pointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for using my name. When you when Jesus bears fruit through your life, you can ask our Heavenly Father for anything using the name of Jesus, and expect to receive it. Now that conditions your heart, to ask according to the Word of God. Again, this is not name it claim it. I memorized John 316. So give me a jet.
We begin to understand that God’s gift is his presence. God’s more is more of himself more for himself. So I can ask for a billion Bibles for the lost souls of India that have never held a Bible and expect our Heavenly Father to give a billion Bibles. It may not come through my hands, but I can ask for it in Jesus name. It’s better thing that he will do it. And you can ask for your business to prosper for God to use you to write books for God to give you children, whatever the promise of God is, and use the name of Jesus confidently. The second thing is Fruit proves God’s honor. Look at Colossians chapter one, verse nine, we ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will, and to give you spiritual wisdom, and understanding. And so this gives honor, look at verse 10, then, the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit that is honoring God. Fruit proves God’s honor. The third thing is Fruit proves the Holy Spirit. Look at Galatians chapter five. I told you it was coming. It says but the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. And the fourth thing is, Fruit proves your identity. Look at Matthew chapter seven, verses 17 through 20. A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. So you want to know how you are identified as whether or not you’ve been in the presence of God. Good fruit that proves your identity. good fruit, not bad fruit, but good fruit. Look at verses 17 through 20. So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and good and thrown into the fire. Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit. So you can identify people by their actions. So Fruit proves your identity