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Thought and Prayer for Thursday, December 12, 2019

Thursday, December 12, 2019

December 12, 2019 BEAR FRUIT

We don’t have to grow gardens to know bearing fruit requires planting seeds. At a young age, we learn when we put a seed in the ground and water it, it will grow. As good stewards for God, we are to bear fruit by planting seeds. If we want to produce good fruit for God, we plant seeds daily and patiently wait on the fruit to grow. This fruit is defined in God’s word as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Let’s begin planting today.

SCRIPTURE:
Galatians 5:22-23 “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” (NLT)

ACTION STEPS:
1. Write what you do to bear fruit for God.
2. List ways you can plant some seeds today.
3. Know God wants you to have a right relationship with Him.
4. Begin in prayer asking God what you need to do to produce fruit.

PRAYER:
Dear Lord, we know we need Your Holy Spirit in our lives so we are able to bear fruit. We know we are to plant seeds using the fruits of the Spirit in our lives. We know we are to share Your word with others so they can better know You. We also know we are to have a close relationship with Jesus and get to know Him so we can be a godly example to others. We want to bear fruit according to Your will. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

REMEMBER:
God will know us by the fruit we bear. Are we building up others in Christ and developing the fruits of the Spirit in our lives?

Matthew 7:18-20 “A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.” (NIV)

We are called to bear fruit that will last according to the will of God.

John 15:16 “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.” (NIV)

When we remain in God’s word and keep our eyes on Jesus, we can bear the fruit we are called to produce. A right relationship with Jesus will help us bear much fruit.

FOCUS:
John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (NIV)
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