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"Fruit in all seasons"

Summary of sermon by Friedel Stegen, 09 Mar 2014

 

Mark 11

12 And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry:

13 And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet.

14 And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.

Do your life bear testimony that you're betrothed to the Lord Jesus? You may proclaim the truth, but what type of fruit do you bear?

The Lord Jesus said everything the Pharisees say, do that, but don't do as they do (Matthew 23:3).

In our text we read that the Lord Jesus was hungry, and He saw a beautiful fig tree from a distance, but it had no fruit.

You might have the form of godliness, where everyone can see you're a Christian, but you deny the power of God through your life (2Tim 3:5).

In Ezekiel and Revelations we read of the river of life flowing from the throne of God and the trees planted there bear fruit throughout the year (Ezekiel 47:12, Rev 22:1-2)

We might say there are seasons for trees to bear fruit, but Jesus expected fruit from this tree out of season.

We constantly excuse ourselves when we don't bear fruit as we should, but we forget the life from God, that can cause us to be fruitful throughout the year, if we abide in Him.

If you are grounded in the Lord Jesus then you will be like Him and have His Spirit at all times.

The Lord Jesus knows that you're in a difficult situation where it's not time bear fruit, yet He expects fruit from your life in that situation. No matter how great the temptation, and when everything possible goes wrong and you don't understand anymore. Where you've told them and instructed them how to do it but they did it wrong, then the Lord Jesus expects sweet fruit from you.

What are your thoughts like. Does He find fruit?

In Gal 5 we read of two types of people.

The person who lives after the flesh:

19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,

20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,

21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

... and the second type of person, who lives after the Spirit of God:

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

What are your thoughts like towards another person? Is there hatred there? Or is there something you harbor in your heart against your brother or sister. Maybe the Lord sends a person to you that you don't get along with, and in your heart you fight against that person. It's at that moment the Lord Jesus stands next to you expecting fruit.

Do you perhaps have jealously or anger in your life? Maybe you constantly criticize your brother or sister, and you even talk to others about that person, slandering him or her.

Do you long after the pleasures of the world, or have lustful eyes?

The Lord Jesus sends trials across your way to see how you would react and if you will bear fruit.

We tend to act naturally as we feel. But when the Lord Jesus was confronted by the Pharisees about the woman caught in adultery He didn't answer quickly but waited upon the Lord (John 8:1-11).

Can you wait upon the Lord in every situation or do you act impulsively?

What kind of fruit will He find in your and my life? May we act and react in such a way that we'll bear good fruit.

We regularly meet people in desperate need. Can we meet their need or do they leave empty handed?

The Lord Jesus won't come personally, but might send a person you despise because he is hungry and in need. What is your reaction? Is it as we've read ...

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law

Are you willing to give your life for your fellow man, filled with Godly love towards that person? Is your life filled with God's joy, where those closest to you experience God's joy in you? Do they experience God's peace, patience and kindness in you? Do they experience gentleness and self control?

It would be terrible if the Lord Jesus comes to you and me and doesn't find fruit.

(Summary in Italian)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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