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

Do enjoy your day!

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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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Fruits not branches

This morning, I have been reflecting on a contemporary story to introduce the booster. Then I remember a tale I once heard. A mother and her daughter went to the farm to harvest some tomatoes and pepper for dinner (subsistence farming is practised in Ghana where I come from). Upon reaching to the farm, the mother started plucking the vegetables and the daughter wanted to help. She reached out to a tree with no fruit and cried out to the mother, “I cannot find any tomatoes”. The mother picked a tomato from her basket and showed her, then told her “look for fruits and not the branches”.

Every fruit is a product of a seed, with other environmental conditions, as science would make us understand. As the seed germinates, its roots grows deeper to accomodate the stem and the branches. For some fruits that are buried in the soil, the branches serve as immediate host for the fruits. The branches are not the fruits therefore, but grows first to accommodate the fruits which will later come forth.

You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them

Matthew 7:16-20 (NKJV)

What is fruitfulness then? I will define fruitfulness as the manifesting the “seed” that was deposited. To be fruitful then means that you live to the fullest potential and fulfil your purpose on Earth. It then involves all the processes that are needful to bear the fruits that the seed was deposited for. For a fruit is only a manifestation of the type of seed that was buried in the soil.

Note this:

Seeds are buried, fruits are the manifestation of the hidden. No one knows what you carry unless you manifest what has been buried within you.

Kwaku Peprah Adjei.

Necessity has been placed on us to bear fruits. That is the only way the seed that was deposited in us was made manifested. It’s our season to bear fruits and not be just branches.

Prayer

Thank you Father for your word I have heard today. I thank you for the deposit in me and your continuous power that is at work within me. I pray that you will grant me the grace to bear lasting fruits, all to your glory. AMEN!!

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Bear lasting Fruits

This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. John 15:8 (NIV)

“What do you think is the result of my labor?”, a farmer replied the transporter of his produce. It was a very good farming season, and the farmer had worked around the clock to get a bountiful harvest. Because his produce are perishable, they needed to be transported to the factory within some days, else he will risk losing some money due to the rotten products. In anguish to the driver who was delaying in picking the produce from the farm, the farmer’s focus was not just the harvested crops, but the fruits lasting enough to pass the checks of the factory.

A new year has been handed down to us. We have used thirty days out of the 365 days in this year. With time as a seed and other investments that God has granted unto us, he expects us to be diligent enough and put these resources into better use. When man was created, He said unto man:

God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

Genesis 1:28 (NIV)

Every twenty four hours presents unto us the opportunity to be fruitful. God has deposited everything we need to sail through the journey and leave a mark on the Earth. It behoves on us to make good use of the resources and bear lasting fruits. Like the farmer, the goal is not just to bear fruits, but fruits that will last.

This year’s booster will be focusing on bearing lasting fruits. Take time everyday to read the booster as you go through the journey of life. I need to remind us that the spirit booster is to supplement our daily quiet time. Because this is our first booster, we want to wish you a fruitful new year and a lasting impact in the year.

Prayer

Father, we thank you for a glorious year and another opportunity to manifest your glory by bearing fruits. Thank you for granting us everything we need for life and godliness. We pray that you will grant us all grace to diligently bear lasting fruits that will bring glory to God. AMEN!!!

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Made Anew in CHRIST

In a few days, we celebrate the birth of Christ. It is a very remarkable day in the life of every Christian when we celebrate the birth of our Lord Christ Jesus. Not only is the day a memorable one, but it reflects on the gift and love of the Father for all mankind.

I watched a youtube video (link attached)as I retired to bed one evening about a young police officer who made a lot of difference in his area of patrol. One day he imparted the life of a convict who had stolen copper wires because he had a lot of debts to settle. Moved by compassion and the understanding that the young man will increase his debt after serving time and is most likely to resort back to stealing, he took to the social media to raise funds to pay off the debts of the guy. Thankfully, he got people to support his mission and the young convict’s debt was paid off. Breaking down in tears, the young man did not understand what a young “white” police man will do a young “black” convict in a racially prone district. He got our of prison with his debt paid and a new life to live, having learnt a lot from his experiences and the opportunities to make money and stay out of debt.

This is nothing compared to what God did for us. We were nothing to write home about. In sin, we were lost and helpless; as Gentiles we were not Abraham’s seed to enjoy God’s promises. But God, rich in mercy and Grace paid for all the debt we owed through the death of Christ on the cross and made us part of His holy family through the Holy Spirit. Today we have every boldness to call his Father because He saved us out of love and his richness in grace and not out of any good we did. As a result, Paul says that:

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)

The entire book of Ephesians reveals to us what we have been made in Christ Jesus. As we celebrate the birth of Christ, let us spend time to reflect on what God has made us to be through Christ Jesus. His birth in the fullness of time was God’s set time to unveil His love and eternal plan for man. This cannot be expressed by human words, but can only be revealed by the Holy Spirit as we meditate on it.

God bless and remain a blessing. Enjoy your day to the fullest.

Prayer

Thank you Father for your word I have received today. Thank you for your love that transcends my human understanding. I am grateful for you sacrifice of Christ to gain my freedom and add me to Your holy family. I pray that you will enlighten the eyes of my understanding that I will comprehend the mystery of your love for me and humanity at large. Thank you for all I have received from your richness of grace. In the name of Christ Jesus have we prayed. AMEN!!!

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Make a difference

We will all live on this earth for a period and die when it’s time for us to leave. The year 2020 has been a tricky one, with lots of uncertainties and casualties. But by the grace of God, we have survived to this point. We should be grateful for that.

As the year ends, I begin to reflect on how the year went and what contribution I have made to myself and the society at large. I did not do much as I planned for the year 2020, but it was something against nothing. But one question sounded again and again in my ears and I wanted to ask us today, “if you are to give an account of the year, what would you say?”.

This contemplation led me to think about the parable of the faithful servants. We were entrusted with 365 days in this year. Out of these days, some have taken leave of us into eternity. Some of us still have a few days to be granted another blank check of 365 days and more if He so wills. what difference have made in your life and community at large.

In this year, we have heard of so many remarkable deeds done by some people such as Marcus Rashford, a Manchester United forward, who has pioneered feeding programme campaigns across UK. He also had the same number of days we had, but He contributed significantly to His community.

With all the talents we have been given (time inclusive), the master will one day ask us to account for it. Will you be able to make a difference between what He gave you and how effectively you used it to serve His purpose. When we fail to work hard to make a difference, we also join the last servant who said:

He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’ But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents.

Matthew 25:24-28 (ESV)

In this last month of the year, let us take time to reflect on the goodness of the Lord and ascertain how well we have used what God has entrusted unto us. God bless you and remain a blessing.

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