Are You Discouraged by the Lack of Fruit?

 

Anything and everything ‘seems fruitless’ until………

 

……there is fruit.

We do not give up on the newly planted orange tree when it does not immediately show signs of fruit because we know that it takes three to five years to mature and produce.

 

We EXPECT the reward, the fruit, in the future if we wait.

 

Have you ‘planted’ and are still waiting to see any sign of results?
Do NOT uproot or chop it down. Do not neglect or stop tending to it. Keep watering.

 

“Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.” Galatians 6:9

 

AND in light of Jesus saying to His disciples in John 4:38,

“I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored and you have entered into their labor”

there may be times when we have to obediently continue ‘laboring’ without ever seeing the results.  Someone else will reap what we have sown, but be encouraged that there will be harvest.

 

You can be sure that no act of obedience to the Lord is ever wasted (no matter what your physical eyes see).

Lord, let us see with your ‘eyes of faith’ and

keep moving forward.

(click here for more encouragement if you ever feel like quitting)


 

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Do You Ever Feel Like Quitting?

God spoke to my heart (or lovingly confronted me) this week with these thoughts:

“I count you in, and you count yourself out.

And take your voice out of play.

I put you in the game, give you the play, and you are afraid to run it.”

 

Can you tell that He’s talking to a football coach’s wife?

I love how He speaks our language.

 

To which I responded, “Really?” Do I really do that? I wasn’t sure where He was going with this yet.

 

And He reminded me of this instance with Paul, “But Jews came from Antioch and Iconium, and having won over the crowds, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing him to be dead. But while the disciples stood around him, he got up and entered the city. The next day he went away with Barnabas to Derby. After they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch, strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying, ‘Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.'” Acts 14:19-22

 

Paul didn’t get dragged out of the city and conclude that his ministry was over, that he was not an effective witness, or that his message was flawed in some way. He did not make any such conclusions from that ‘setback’.

He did not take himself out of the game. Instead he got up, went back into the city, and kept on giving the message he was given to preach.  He stayed on task.

 

God continued with these instruction to my heart:

“You get ‘knocked down’, but get back up again. Do not run to the sidelines.  Stay in the game! Stay.
Don’t run off.
Don’t quit.
Don’t give up.

You are tempted to give up too quickly and close your mouth too fast and retreat. Don’t do that.”

 

If you, dear Reader, are in that place of discouragement and are tempted to ‘shut down’, quit, run to the sidelines and take a seat on the bench, I pray that God would use this to encourage you as well to stay in the game. We all take a few hard tackles and get knocked down. We face harsh criticism or are faced with circumstances that are not what we always dreamed of.

And there are for sure some satisfying results from sitting on the bench. You get some REST. You are not required to put all that time and strenuous effort into something that may not be producing the results that you imagined. You are not taking ‘hits’ or risks.

BUT..

We ARE all team players with a purpose and a calling. We have a job to do and a position to fill, and as nice as it is to rest on the sidelines of life and just watch the game played out in front of us, we can all testify that it is miserably uncomfortable to avoid what you know you are called to.

 

Yet it takes courage sometime to put yourself at risk again.

So if you have currently taken yourself ‘out of the game’ (even just in heart- you are still going through the motions ‘on the field’, but you are not really battling with all you’ve got, with all the time, talents, and gifts that God has given), today is God’s encouragement for you to get back out there and give it all you’ve got (with Him, you have all you need for life and godliness -2 Peter 1:3).

And play the next play.

 

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” Eph. 2:10

Be about your mission!

“..fulfill your ministry.” 2 Timothy 4:5

 

 

 

 


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Step Out in Faith and in His Confidence

 

“On the day I called, You answered me;
You made me bold with strength in my soul.” Psalm 138:3

 

May we have more BOLD CONFIDENCE in the midst of the ‘daily-ness of life’.

 

Oh that we would tap into His power and trust Him and His instructions and His commands
enough to go ‘do the thing’.

 

“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord’ and do not do what I say?” Luke 6:46

 

May we run past the FEAR and do God-sized works as we

step out in faith on the waters of obedience.

 

Let us think more of others so that we reach out in LOVE, rather than shrink back to protect ourselves.

 

We have so much to GIVE.

May we depend upon Him and give it out, having a bold confidence in how He has gifted us and who and what He calls us to be and do.

Take risks.

Move forward.

And keep asking, “God, what are You currently doing here? What are you up to?”

and do what He is doing. Following Jesus’ example:

 

“Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.” John 5:19

 

You have His permission, His anointing, His commissioning.

With a deep dependence on Him, which He loves to meet head on, deny yourself with all your fears and hang-ups and FOLLOW HIM!

Follow where He leads.

We say we want to come, and He says,

 

‘If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.” Matt. 16:24

 

“Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

 

 


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Miracles All Around Us

Perspective: What is He doing on the earth?

 

Because we tend to spend more time listening to the ‘news of this world’ than in God’s truth and in prayer, we can become more influenced by what our eyes ‘see’ than the TRUTH that we can’t see.

 

The truth is that the current state of the world does not surprise God (2 Tim.3:1-9),

and His Truth and His Work SO outweigh the bad that our ‘eyes’ tend to focus on.

 

May our ‘eyes’ and ‘hearts’ be set on truth.

And may we ‘require His Presence as our greatest need’ (Ps. 27:8 AMP), which we HAVE!

 

—— From God’s Heart:

 

I AM Keeper.

Keeper of the stars, the heavens, and the whole earth.

 

Just look around and SEE what I am constantly, continually ‘doing’.

 

PEOPLE live and multiply.

Physical bodies grow,  take breaths,  hear,  taste,  speak.

Hearts beat.

These are all constant, beautiful MIRACLES that you experience for yourselves and are all around you.

Every day is FILLED with them, My beautiful handiwork!

 

Oxygen, gravity,

the sun rises and sets…..

I tell the tide, ‘This far and no farther’.

ALL that I am currently doing is all around you.

 

Miracles.

 

Open your eyes and give Me glory and bow before the Lord, your God, your Maker.

I am your greatest NEED, and I am right here present.

Call out.  Look to Me.

 

Draw near (James 4:8).

 

 


 

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Call Forth Life

“…He cried out with a loud voice,

‘Lazarus, come forth.’

The man who had died came forth, bound hand and foot with wrappings, and his face was wrapped around with a cloth. Jesus said to them,

‘Unbind him, and let him go.'” John 11:43,44

 

May we call out LIFE from what has become death and is dying.

 

Call forth LIFE out of what has been swallowed up by the spirit of death, fear, hatred, offense.

Call forth TRUTH and LIFE.

Call it to step forward and to overcome.

 

Cry, ‘Come forth.’

Do you have authority or not?

What you know or  ‘think’ the answer is to that question, fortunately or unfortunately, IS the answer to that question.

 

Why such hopelessness?

Why such resignation?

Is the evil state of the ‘world’ getting too much of your attention? Is it getting more attention than the TRUTH of His Word?

KNOW Him and His Word and find hope and healing.

 

Do not resign to the evil of this world, but overcome it with good, with power, with truth.

 

Call forth life out of death. Call it forth.

“Spring up, O well. Sing to it!” (Num. 21:17)

Sing.

 

 

 


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How Do We Speak Life?

 

“Therefore prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Behold I will open your graves and cause you to come up out of your graves, My people,…  Then you will know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves and caused you to come up out of your graves, My people. I will put My Spirit within you and you will come to life, and I will place you on your own land. Then you will know that I, the Lord, have spoken and done it,'” declares the Lord.” Ezek 37:12

 

May we just do as He says.
May we not require that it make sense or even require that it be logical.

 

Ezekiel is told to prophesy a message to ‘bones‘,

a message that began with, “O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.”

 

Oh, may this be ‘our new song’:

So I prophesied as I was commanded…” v. 7

 

 

“And AS I prophesied,

there was a noise (voice, or thunder), and behold, a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to its bone.” v.7

 

“These bones are the whole house of Israel; behold they say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope has perished. We are completely cut off.'” Ezek. 37:11

And here we see the results, as Ezekiel obeyed and spoke the words God had given him, the bones came together, bone to its bone.

And

“…flesh grew and skin covered them; but there was no breath in them.”

Then there was another instruction to follow: “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they come to life.”‘” verse 9.

 

Again, “So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they came to life and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great ARMY.” verse 10

 

O breathe, I speak forth, on this frightened, silenced, sleepy church, that we may come to abundant LIFE, stand, and go forth, an exceedingly great army.

 

For movement.

To advance the kingdom.

Forward.

 

Speak forth truth as He gives you utterance, and may an exceedingly great army therefore arise.

 

May we not be,

may we not settle or live content with being,

or encourage other as they are

“like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.” (Matt. 23:27)

 

May we instead sound the alarm to, “Arise! Wake up! And LIVE!”

 

“O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord…”

 

(these thoughts begin here)


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