Expect to be opposed in pursuing fruitfulness.

There are times people disagree with our opinions, not because of enmity, but because they have other opinions quite different from what we share, and this is normal. We all may have experiences of such situations. We should not expect to always have people agree with us on every thought, sometimes, diversity increases our chances to fruitfulness, especially one that does not come with any negative intention.  Our focus in today’s episode is however not about this kind of diversity. Think of the next scenario too. Have you experienced or heard of a situation where others will go to any length to ensure all that you consider fruitful will comes to naught?

Well, if you cannot think of anything on a personal level, we can remind ourselves that the enemy, Satan, wishes above all things that you and I will never be fruitful. Why? It is because that is the direct opposite of what God wants for us and the enemy likes to oppose God, period! Maybe this example seem too abstract, lets search into scripture for an example we can learn from.

Then, the other administrators and high officers begun searching for some fault in the way Daniel was handling government affairs, but they couldn’t find anything to criticize or condemn. He was faithful, always responsible, and completely trustworthy. So they concluded, “Our only chance for finding grounds for accusing Daniel will be in connection with the rules of his religion”.  

Daniel Chapter 6 verses 4 to 5

If Daniel was such a man of excellence why would anyone want to purposefully find fault with him? Whatever our answers are, I think the enemy used these people to get back at God in a manner that will discourage Daniel from being fruitful. But thanks be to God, that He has given us the victory in Christ Jesus and like Second Corinthians chapter 2 verse 11 says, “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his schemes”. Hallelujah!!!

Prayer

Lord, we come to you in the name of Jesus and thank you for all the provision you have given us by your Spirit. We ask that you help us discern and be aware of all plans of the enemy that seek to hinder us from being fruitful. Please help us to be obedient to your direction so we manifest the victory we have through our savior Christ Jesus, in his name we pray, Amen.

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From slave to Prime Minister

We are all want to identify ourselves with prominent people in the society. A group of high school students were asked to do a research on their most influential leaders. One student chose to write on Benjamin Franklin. With very little formal education, he was able to defy all odds and become one of the founding fathers of America. His limitation was a valuable life lesson he cherished and it had an influence on his every decision, making a significant contribution to all the documents that founded the country. (Further reading).

Joseph, the son of Jacob is one of the characters in the Bible I admire a lot. Having been born to the favorite wife of his father, he was envied by his elder brothers. Spending time with his father, he grew up learning the virtues that pleased his father and earned him a coat of many colors. As a dreamer, he knew that he would be great someday, however the road to the greatness was not a smooth one.

Out of jealousy, he was sold into slavery in Egypt. By the hand of God, he got the opportunity to serve in Potiphar’s house, being put in charge of everything owned by Potiphar except for his wife. Although he was offered a free sexual satisfaction with “Mrs Potiphar”, he decided to flee from that. This got Him to prison. Do you know why he would flee from such a glorious opportunity?

But he refused. “With me in charge,” he told her, “my master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care. No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?” And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her.

Genesis chapter 39 versus 8 to 10 (NIV)

His readiness to show forth his light in a foreign land got him into prison. However, his experience in the prison led him to the corridors of Pharaoh’s palace. His desire to be fruitful and live a holy life kept him aligned to the will of God and brought into fulfilment the prophecy that God gave to his great grandfather Abraham.

Why should we be fruitful amidst our current hardships? This story teaches us that each one of us is walking on a path for good works that were predestined for us. It however takes us to fight through the challenges to be able to get there. For we all have the potential to move from being a slave to a prime minister. Why are you to be the prime minister…

…Now do not be upset or blame yourselves because you sold me here. It was really God who sent me ahead of you to save people’s lives. 

Genesis chapter 45 versus 5 (GNB)

It is God’s desire to save people, our families and friends from their current circumstances. You are the answer that He has prepared for them. You are to be fruitful to fulfil that call and assignment over your life. That is why God cuts away any tree that does not bear fruits.

Prayer

It is my prayer that our minds will be opened to understand what our calling is. I also pray that we will receive the power to be fruitful in every endeavors of our lives. This and many other blessesing we ask in the name of Christ our Lord AMEN!!!

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The four Hebrew Men

A class was put into groups of three and each group was tasked to develop a new marketing model. All groups went about researching for a old models and were discussing ways of making it better. To them, that is a safe way of getting a grade that would make them pass to serve the manufacturing company that is organising the graduate intenship for them. In one group were these four boys who decided to try something new. Looking at the background and upbringing, they decided to build a model that would benefit people of these class. Although it was a risk they were going to take, it was worth giving it a try. Lo and behold, their model was adopted by the company and used for the marketing of their products. When they were asked by the board to explain the reason behind their model, they stated that the model is a reflection of their values instilled in them from their childhood.

The same can be said of the three Hebrew boys in Babylon. Although they were under the pressure to succumb to the pressures of the “luxurious” life in Babylon, they still stuck to the beliefs and teaching they know from Jerusalem. To them, risking the pleasures of Babylon for their God was worth a try. Although eating the meat offered to idols seemed pleasureable, they chose to eat vegetables; although bowing to the golden statue seemed safer, they chose to be put in the burning furnace; although closing the doors and hiding to pray would have been a wise option considering the signed decree of the King, Daniel chose to pray and be put in the lion’s den (Daniel 6).

After each of these episodes, one thing was made evident; and that was the glory of God. Every one knew them and branded them as children of the Most High, acknowledging their creator when dealing with them. The reason for their sacrifice of pleasure and safety to bear fruits in Babylon (serve in the corridors of leadership and affect decision making) was to make God known in Babylon. Did they achieve that? Listen to what the great king Nebuchadnezzar said:

At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever.His dominion is an eternal dominion; his kingdom endures from generation to generation. All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: “What have you done?”

Daniel 4: 34-35 (NIV)

Maybe that may not be an enough proof for you. Look at what King Darius also said when Daniel was not devoured by the lions:

Then King Darius wrote to all the nations and peoples of every language in all the earth: “May you prosper greatly! “I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel. “For he is the living God and he endures forever; his kingdom will not be destroyed, his dominion will never end. He rescues and he saves; he performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.”

Daniel 6: 25-27 (NIV)

God mandated us to be fruitful because He wants His glory to be seen by all. That is His goal and that is the reason why to are to be fruitful.

What you do is as important as what you do not do.

Kwaku P. Adjei

Prayer

It is my prayer that God will grant us the grace to be faithful in bearing lasting fruits. I pray that we will walk in newness of life, being revived by the spirit of God to do the bidding of God. May we be transformed into vessels of honor ready for the Master’s use. We ask this and many other things through Christ Our Lord, Amen!!

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That God will be glorified.

The late Dr. Myles Munroe said, “when the purpose of a thing is not known, abuse is inevitable”. I must say that this is very true. Until we know why we are to be fruitful, we may abuse the opportunities God is opening for us to be fruitful. It is there expedient that we spend time to share our views on why we should be fruitful.

This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

John 15:8 (NIV)

The first reason why we are to be fruitful is that God will be glorified. As we have been discussing in this series, the purpose of your fruitfulness is to bring Glory to God. Every car manufacturer puts his logo on his manufactured car, so that whoever sees the car, although owned by someone else, names it by the manufacturer. The logo defined the brand and the description of the car, which always leads to the manufacturer.

I would be deceiving all my readers if I do not make this point very clear. The series nor anything about this blog is to get applause or appreciation from men. I believe that through this, men should come to appreciate what God is doing in their lives by repositioning them to establish His purposes on Earth. You carry on you the brand of God (your manufacturer), so whatever you do goes into His account, either to glorify or tarnish the image of the God.

Your fruitfulness therefore is a sign to everyone else that you are in God’s family. There is no other way but through your life, God is glorified. Jesus Christ emphasized this in the beatitudes when He said,

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Matthew 6:13 (NIV)

In the next few days, we will have a look at some of the men in the Bible who have made this truth a reality in their lives.

Prayer

It is my prayer that we will receive an understanding of what God has for us through Christ Jesus our Lord, and the investment He has made in us. I pray that we will receive the Grace to be fruitful in all things, in Jesus name AMEN!!!

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The essence of fruitfulness (Part 3)

Let me take time to share my perspectives on the essence of fruitfulness (Link to Part 1 and 2))When we are each presented to choose between a tree that has many fruits on it and another that barely has any sign of produce, it is most likely that we will all choose that which has more fruits. This is because we all like to have results and as such good results. We often do not consider instantly the work that was done on this tree or the processes the seed had gone through to produce such beautiful fruits at the end.

If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days. Keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies. 11 Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace and maintain it. 12 The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right, and his ears are open to their prayers. But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil.

1 Peter 3:10-12

As children of God who want to be fruitful in our endeavors, we may have heard of many principles, but I besiege us to focus on our anchor scripture in 1 Peter 3:10-12. All the fruitfulness we desire, usually points to one goal, to enjoy life. This scripture shows us the way to go in order to achieve the results we desire. The scripture looks simple when you see it but let’s take a moment to consciously reflect on it and pray God gives us the Grace to obey.  KEY NUGGETS TO FRUITFULNESS.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, grant us the grace to guard our speech, help us to shun evil and be diligent in doing good, so that your blessings that makes one fruitful will remain with us and your Name Glorified in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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The essence of fruitfulness Part 2

As I sat yesterday to review the blog post, I kept wondering how interesting it would be for the students to have such introduction. However, I kept thinking of how we as Christians have taken this concept of fruitfulness. To some of us, life is about working hard to sustain the family, saving for your pension, and dying afterwards. But is that all that God has to offer you and the world at large? I guess not. Like the students, we are holding in our hands fruits that are results of a farmer we have not seen nor know the process of getting that fruit.

This scripture brought a lot of interesting thoughts to mind. This is what Jesus said in a parable:

Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’ “‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’”

Luke 13: 6-9 (NIV)

Without bearing fruits, you are just using up space. In using up space, you are also wasting other resources that should have been used by other people for their production. Moreover, you also deprive others the benefit of enjoying your fruits and also bear their fruits. When the master sees that you are not being fruitful after various opportunities and seasons, he decides to cut you off. His decision is not because He is wicked, but rather He is just. In His fairness as judge, He cannot make you deprive others from bearing fruits too and waste other resources. However, Christ has always been mediating for us that God should give you yet another chance.

This is the chance to be fruitful. It is the moment for you to bring forth what you have be given. For there is a moment where you will be asked to give an account of what you were given and how you used it. Make good use of your time and bear much fruit. It is the process that makes the journey worthwhile.

Prayer

It is my prayer that our eyes will be opened to understand the hope of our calling and the deposit God has made in us. May we excel in all that we have been predestined to walk in. AMEN!

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The Essence of Fruitfulness

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A high school biology teacher came to class one morning and quizzed his student, “what is the essence of fruits?”. Almost everyone in the class raised their hands. She received responses such as provision of food for man and animals, seeds for planting again, amongst many others. Then she asked the students to reach out to their lunch pack and take any fruit they brought to school. Holding them in their hands, she asked them “how many of you saw the process this fruit went through from when it was planted?” None of the student raised their hands. Then she said to them, “the fruit is a product of a process. The essence of fruitfulness (process) is to get the fruits from the seeds. Without the process, we won’t get the fruits. Today’s class will discuss this process”.

So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’”Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’”

Luke 13:7-9 (NIV)

Every part of life’s process is a contributing factor to the kind of fruits we bear. The courses we take, the activities we invest out time in, the books we read, amongst many others influence the way we think and act and as such impacts the kind of fruits we bear. The fruits are only a reflection of the seed and the process it goes through. What you sow is what you read, but the process of hasan impact on the amount of fruit it bears.

I want you understand that we have a part to play when it comes to the fruits we bear. every life decision we make is a contributing factor to what we become and the impact we leave. It is not only important to have a viable seed, but the conditions that the seed has impacts its growth. How are you nurturing the seed God deposited in you? What decision are you making today to increase the fruits you bear?

Prayer

It is my prayer for you today that God will open our understanding to realise the impact of every decision we make and grant unto us the wisdom to make better decisions. In the name of Jesus we have prayed, AMEN!

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REVIEW OF SPIRIT BOOSTER – EPISODE ONE

Thank you very much for joining us through the week for our spirit booster this week. In today’s blog post, we have a review of one of the blog posts. The topic we treated was “He said, be fruitful“. Kindly take some time to watch the review on our YouTube page.

Review

Review of Spirit Booster Episode 1

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Stay connected to the source

The world is in desperate need of solutions to the many problems it faces today. And therefore, it gives special recognition to personalities that excel in various fields to find some of these solutions. Many of such people are considered wise or even credited to be scholars. If the secular world appreciates good results which I equate to fruitfulness in this case, then God’s children must not settle for anything less.

He controls the course of world events; he removes kings and sets up other kings. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the scholars.

Daniel 2:21

It is a relief to know that Christians have an added advantage, check out the anchor scripture. Our Father in heaven controls the course of the world’s event, he can dethrone and enthrone kings, (leaders, and people in high authority).  He gives wisdom to those considered wise and blesses scholars with knowledge. In our quest for fruitfulness, we must know that he can provide us with all we need to be fruitful. He may not necessarily dethrone any king to cause us to be fruitful, but he created all things and can make space anywhere for us to flourish. Let’s stay connected to the source of all fruitfulness.

Prayer

Our Father, we thank you for making us know that you are the source of all wisdom and knowledge. We ask that you lead us in your righteousness and cause us to excel in our endeavors so that our fruitfulness will bring glory to your holy name, in Jesus’ name Amen.

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He said, “Be fruitful”.

Two commanding officers of different regiments were called forth by the general for a strategic meeting. In the meeting, they were to discuss and implement a directive they have received from their commander in chief. In their discussions, the commanding officers were hesitant in taking the order considering the risks. The general, taking a good look at them and their hesitating arguments said to them, “We have an order guys, He said, “Go for the rescue mission”, and we have to do it.”

When God said be fruitful, He meant it. It was not a tale neither was it a bedtime story. He meant it when he asked us to be fruitful. It mean that we were supposed to let what was deposited in us be made manifested. He knew we could pull it off, so he gave the command “be fruitful”. He has trusted us enough to keep such great deposits in us for the purpose he had for us.

Do we have the chance to object? Do you have the will to run away from our duty and the command? Do you really have a choice to do what He has called you to do? I am thinking of this in the light of God and what He has created us to do. Every product is supposed to operate in the light of what it has been been manufactured to do. That is why most manufacturers add manuals on the purpose, conditions for optimising the product and under what circumstances the product will cease not to function properly. You are existent based on God’s assignment for you.

Whenever you try to run away from the command of God, there are varied ways you are re-aligned to the purposes of God. For example, Jonah had his plans frustrated when he wanted to run away from the command of God. We should understand this:

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)

Whatever he has command, we are to do so. And He said, “be fruitful”, so you do have the option to opt out. He has given you all that you need for the good works that He has prepared in advance for you. You have to live it out.

Prayer

Thank you Father for your wod that I have heard today. I am really grateful that you have created me anew in CHRISt for every good works that you predestined for me. I thank you for counting me worthy to be a vessel for your use. I pray that you will grant me the grace to be steadfast in your assignment and be faithful in fulfilling my purpose. This and many other blessings we ask in the name of Christ the Lord. AMEN!!

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