BEAR MUCH FRUIT
This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. John 15:8
We are like a fruit tree. How do you know what kind of fruit tree it is? Look at the fruit! A fruit tree should bear fruit. The more fruit the better!
Galatians 5:22 tells us what fruit we should produce: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
There are Christians that are very impatient and others who have no self-control. What went wrong? These fruit are produced when we are filled by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God each day. The Holy Spirit activates the Word of God in us. The more we study God’s Word in His Presence the more the Holy Spirit will produce lovely fruit in our lives. The Word of God shows us how wonderful God is and our faith in Him becomes stronger.
The Holy Spirit blesses us with GIFTS also, so that we will become a blessing to fellow Christians. We are not supposed to fight each other or to irritate each other or to gossip about fellow Christians. No, we should encourage each other. The gifts the Holy Spirit gave to the church are encouragement, wisdom, giving, leadership, mercy, serving, knowledge, faith, healing, administration, miraculous powers, prophecy, discernment, angelic languages and others have the gift to interpret angelic languages (See 1Corinthians 12-14, Romans 12 and Ephesians 4). Pastors, Evangelists, teachers and apostles are also gifts to the church.
The Holy Spirit was poured out on the first church (120 people); the building shook and there was a sound of a mighty wind. The people saw the Holy Spirit on each person like tongues of fire and each one started to speak in different languages.
People that are baptised in the Holy Spirit receive also lots of courage, power and determination to speak and act for God. People that were usually shy and scared are suddenly very brave to lead their bad friends with words of godly wisdom, knowledge and life to God.
These gifts are given to any Christian who asks for the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The Gifts of the Spirit builds the church to become mature and effective for God in a dark and evil world. You need to be baptised in the Holy Spirit. You need to bear good fruit to glorify God.
Make this your prayer: Father God, please baptise me in the Holy Spirit.
DISCUSS THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS
a) Look up Psalm 1:1-3. Name three characteristics of this tree.
b) Look up John 15:1-4. What is needed to bear much fruit?
c) Look up Acts 1:4,5 and 8. What will we receive from the Holy Spirit? Why?
d) Look up Romans 8:5-8. What is so important about our minds? Explain.
So what is the final conclusion?
What is the prayer of your heart?