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September 6th, 2015

Fruitfulness Comes from Faithfulness

“And I will make the land desolate, because they have acted faithlessly, declares the Lord GOD.” Ezekiel 15:8 (ESV)

The Lord declares over His people through His prophet, Ezekiel, that He will take the land of promise, bountiful and flowing with milk and honey, and make it desolate as a result of Israel’s unfaithfulness. The people of God are compared to a vine without fruit, for they have been disconnected from their source of blessing and life. Their rebellion, which they thought would bring ultimate joy, has left them rather barren and desolate.

Certainly, the impact upon us today from this prophecy of old is no less biting. The relationship between faithfulness and fruitfulness still rings true. When you and I faithfully pursue the Lord, we will bear fruit. When we minister faithfully, relying upon both the calling of God and the empowering of the Spirit, our ministries will bear fruit. Fruit-bearing is that simple; it simply happens when you are connected to the source of life! When we walk in rebellion, however, our lives and our ministries suffer as we quench the presence of the Spirit of God upon us.

Consider your life for a moment this morning. Are you relying upon the Lord fully as you prepare for your day? Are you seeking Him in His word? Are you taking the hard truths of scripture and applying them to your life, being conformed into the image of Jesus? Consider the ministries you oversee or in which you are involved. Do you ask the Lord’s presence and blessing upon them, signifying your total reliance upon Him? Or are you like the princes of the people who fear failure more than the favor of God? If you rely upon anything other than the Spirit of God in both your personal life and ministry life, you will be fruitless for fruitfulness only comes with faithfulness.

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Mobilization Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Sunday, September 6th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Ezekiel, Fruit of the Spirit, Fruitfulness.
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September 6th, 2012

Fruitfulness Comes from Faithfulness.

“And I will make the land desolate, because they have acted faithlessly, declares the Lord GOD.” Ezekiel 15:8 (ESV)

The Lord declares over His people through His prophet, Ezekiel, that He will take the land of promise, bountiful and flowing with milk and honey, and make it desolate as a result of Israel’s unfaithfulness. The people of God are compared to a vine without fruit, for they have been disconnected from their source of blessing and life. Their rebellion, which they thought would bring ultimate joy, has left them rather barren and desolate.

Certainly, the impact upon us today from this prophecy of old is no less biting. The relationship between faithfulness and fruitfulness still rings true. When you and I faithfully pursue the Lord, we will bear fruit. When we minister faithfully, relying upon both the calling of God and the empowering of the Spirit, our ministries will bear fruit. Fruit-bearing is that simple; it simply happens when you are connected to the source of life! When we walk in rebellion, however, our lives and our ministries suffer as we quench the presence of the Spirit of God upon us.

Consider your life for a moment this morning. Are you relying upon the Lord fully as you prepare for your day? Are you seeking Him in His word? Are you taking the hard truths of scripture and applying them to your life, being conformed into the image of Jesus? Consider the ministries you oversee or in which you are involved. Do you ask the Lord’s presence and blessing upon them, signifying your total reliance upon Him? Or are you like the princes of the people who fear failure more than the favor of God? If you rely upon anything other than the Spirit of God in both your personal life and ministry life, you will be fruitless for fruitfulness only comes with faithfulness.

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 242:  Ezekiel 13-15)

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Associate Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Thursday, September 6th, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category Ezekiel, Fruit of the Spirit, Fruitfulness.
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June 7th, 2009

Staying Connected

“‘I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.’” John 15:5 (NIV)

God will never ask you to do anything without equipping you to do it. God has an assignment for you to complete during your time on this blue and green planet called earth. God’s assignment requires His empowerment. You cannot fulfill God’s agenda without God provision. God’s assignment for your life flows out of your abiding relationship with Christ. God’s command is not for you to bear fruit, but rather to focus your energy on abiding in Christ.

Your fruitfulness will be proportionate to your level of intimacy with Christ. Don’t bypass your love relationship with Christ in order to seek to bear fruit. Your passion is not to be channeled in the area of bearing fruit. As you stay connected to Christ and allow His energy, His strength, and His life to flow through you, you will bear much fruit.

Because He is the vine, you are fruitful. Jesus is the source! Stay connected to Him. Guard your love relationship with Him. Protect your daily walk with Christ. Don’t allow anything or anyone to rob your relationship with Him. Ensure that your abiding relationship with Christ gets your best and not your leftovers. Don’t give Jesus your crumbs. He deserves your passionate pursuit.

Are you connected? Are you abiding? You are the branch. Remain in Him and He will bear His fruit through you. Focus on abiding!

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Sunday, June 7th, 2009 at 1:00 am
Category Abiding in Christ, Connected, Fruitfulness.
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November 11th, 2008

Departure (2)

“Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” John 15:4 (NIV)

How will you live before you go? Your time on earth is limited. James compares life to a mist that appears and then vanishes (James 4:14). Compared to eternity, our time on earth is brief. Yet, how you choose to live your life on planet earth has eternal implications. Each moment matters for eternity.

Jesus identifies the abiding relationship made available to you. Without having an abiding relationship with Jesus, you cannot bear fruit. He is the vine. He is the source of real life. You are the branch. Your role in the relationship is to stay connected to the vine. You become the conduit through which Jesus bears His fruit. Your fruitfulness is proportionate to your abiding relationship with Jesus. To remain in Christ is to stay connected to Him through a growing relationship with Him.

Once you have established the connection through your faith in the completed work of Jesus on the cross, your eternal relationship with Christ is solidified. Now that you know Christ personally, you are to grow in your relationship with Christ progressively. Moment by moment you enjoy the abiding relationship whereby you experience His life flowing through you. As the life of Christ flows through you, His life is expressed through you to a watching world. Fruit is evidenced as a result of your abiding relationship with Christ.

Stay connected!

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Tuesday, November 11th, 2008 at 1:00 am
Category Abiding in Christ, Afterlife, Death, Eternity, Fruitfulness, Legacy.
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