Main Summary: Fruitfulness by Christian Michael, teaches about the concept of fruitfulness and how to achieve it. The book covers several aspects of fruitfulness, including transpiration and how it relates to distractions from Jesus, being fruitful through faith, and the role of patience in achieving fruitfulness. You’ll learn how to be fruitful by faith, regardless of your age or experience. And how to find focus in God’s primary heartbeat: being fruitful.
Lessons You’ll Learn From This Post
1. Understanding Fruitfulness
2. Transpiration as it concerns Fruitfulness
3. Fruitfulness by Faith
4. Fruitfulness through Patience
5. Fruitfulness Through Giving
6. Fruitfulness by Prayer
The Word fruitfulness can also be liked to impact. The author began his explanation of the concept by quoting Matthew 7:16-20, which states that a good tree brings forth good fruit and a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit. He explains that to understand fruitfulness, one must distinguish between the source and the resource, which are the tree and its fruits.
The tree is a life or person that has been planted by an owner, and man is God’s property and therefore good. The breath of God is the spirit that was planted in man, which is also the Word and God himself. The author then references Colossians 1:14-15, which states that the Lord Jesus is the image of the invisible God. Meaning that man is elevated to the rank of a god, as the image of God within man is the Lord Jesus.
He then explains using one of Jesus’s parables about the kingdom of heaven. That God initiates every good move, but Satan plants bad seeds among the good. The author believes that each individual’s life is their seed, and the fruit they bear defines the tree.
He urges you to re-phrase the question from “what kind of tree am I?” to “what kind of fruit do I bear?” Emphasizing that a good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit and that the outcome of your life comes from within.
To understand fruitfulness, the author then explains that a bad tree is a man without God, and it is best described in Romans 8:6-7. “For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.”
He urges you to ensure that the fruit you bear is good and reminds you that by their fruits, you shall know them.
Transpiration as it concerns Fruitfulness
Transpiration is the release of water by a plant through stomata. However, when transpiration becomes excessive, it can lead to wilting and even death of the plant. The author discusses the various factors that cause transpiration, such as hot temperatures and low internal resistance of the plant.
In comparison to fruitfulness, the author raises concerns about individuals who are exerting excessive energy in areas that are not part of their job description, such as those who study demons and deliverance ministers who have dangerous nicknames like Demon Destroyer or Consuming Fire.
The author questions the fruitfulness of these pursuits and suggests that they distract individuals from focusing on Jesus and the simple message of the cross.
Instead, he emphasizes the importance of focusing on Jesus and having a single eye to bear fruit in one’s life. He also paraphrases Luke 11:34 by saying that “the fruit-bearing of a life is dependent on focus.” So, the author encourages you to identify what may be distracting you from Jesus and to pray for clarity and focus.
The author highlights that successful people in scripture and contemporary times have focused on one thing, as seen in the phrase “one thing I do” or its equivalent.
He emphasizes that Christianity is not aimless and that Christians must focus on the one thing that is primary in the heart of God: being fruitful. And warns against being distracted by doing many good things, stating that you should choose the one thing that is needed.
Fruitfulness by Faith
It takes faith to be fruitful, rather than strength, looks, maturity, age, experience, or feelings. The author urges you to reject the notion that old age is a barrier to bearing fruit. He argues that old age is a matter of the mind and not the body and those who begin to think old will start talking old, which can lead to a self-fulfilling prophecy.
The author cites Psalm 92:14, which says that in old age, one can still bear fruit. He contends that anyone can bear fruit, no matter how they feel about themselves, as heaven has endowed us with all the necessary nutrients to bear fruit when we become born again.
He also criticizes the idea that one must “grow” before one can bear fruit, saying this idea has no root in the word of God. The author cites the example of the newly converted man from the story of the madman of Gadara, whom Jesus sent to share his faith, and who went on to proclaim the good news and bear fruit.
This he argues is proof that faith is the key to bearing fruit, and that anyone can do it if they have faith, regardless of their age or experience.
Fruitfulness through Patience
Patience is a principle of fruitfulness. Although patience is often misunderstood as a weakness or a lack of faith, the author argues that it is actually a command from God and a virtue that should be cultivated.
He cites James 5:7-8 as evidence of God’s command to be patient. “Be patient, therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receives the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.”
The repetition of the command in the passage he notes reinforces its importance, and the example of the farmer waiting for the rain illustrates the need for patience.
The author believes patience is not the same as perseverance, as it involves waiting while doing nothing. It requires faith and can mean the difference between success and failure. According to him, it is a sign of maturity and can only be achieved through waiting.
Fruitfulness Through Giving
Generosity and sowing seeds are important in the vineyard of God to achieve fruitfulness. The author on this subject warns against being too selective or restricted in sowing seeds and emphasizes that there is never a better time to plant a seed.
He explains that distractions and waiting for the “right” time can cause missed opportunities. The author stresses that sowing and reaping is a continuous process and that violating this law can cause missed opportunities forever.
He then encourages you to simply plant the seed and let the Holy Spirit determine what happens next.
Fruitfulness by Prayer
“You cannot expect fruitfulness without applying the instrument of prayer,” the author explains. He went on to say that phrayer is like “breaking the ground” and “adding manure to a non-fertile ground.” Prayer is the action of calling forth the seeds and killing the pests. “There has never been a fruit that has not been first conceived, carried, and birthed through prayer,” he emphasizes.
To see results, the author says, you must call down the rain and become a rain-maker, not just sit and wait for it. “The only thing people see is the result,” the author notes.
Elijah prayed and prayed again until the rain came and the earth brought forth her fruit. “We cannot have a barren land in the same place we have a praying man,” he declared.
In conclusion, this book teaches about the concept of fruitfulness, and how it relates to our lives. The author provides insights on how to bear good fruits, including having a focus, being patient, and having faith. He also emphasizes the importance of avoiding distractions, so that we can stay on the right path to fruitfulness. He highlights that fruitfulness is not dependent on age, looks, or experience, but rather on faith in God. Ultimately, the book teaches us that we can all bear fruit if we have faith and cultivate the necessary virtues.
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