Majority of this weekend, I just sat in the prayer room at IHOP (check it out: www.ihop.org) in Kansas City, soaking in His presence. All I asked for was fresh revelation on life, my ministry and even the season I am in. So, I thought I would share some of it with you:
Matthew 12:33 "Either make the tree good, and it's fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit."
I spent a week at my mom's house recently. One day, my stepdad took me to pick pears. Instead of going to a tree close to their house, or even settling for apples from the apple tree in the front yard, we drove to a different pasture to a specific tree that he knew had the best fruit.
At the time, I thought it was rather silly. A pear tree is a pear tree. We had to get in the truck and drive to a specific one? This one tree was hidden in a pasture, and how he ever found it, I have no idea.
The Lord reminded me of this, and begin to give me revelation on how my own life looked. Am I producing good fruit? Can people see the fruit I am producing? Am I attracting people by my fruit? What kind of tree am I?
How do I become like a tree that bears good fruit?
Abiding in His love. "Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me, you can do nothing." John 15:2
Positioning myself to be pruned "Every branch of mine that does not bear fruit He takes away and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit." John 15:5
(He gave me His best when Jesus died on the cross, so I want to give Him my best on this Earth. So, I asked Him for specific, strategic ways to produce good fruit in my daily life.)
1.Saturation in the Word. Going deeper in the Word than I ever have before. 2. Ministering to His heart daily. Worshipping Him simply because He is God. There is a time for Thanksgiving, and a time for adoration. I want to spend time daily adoring Him because of His nature and His character alone. (This revelation came from my wise best friend, Kaytlyn Johnson.) 3.Lifestyle of Fasting. Denying myself simple comforts in order to draw closer to Him. 4. Kingdom Values. Applying the Beatitudes (Matthew 5) to every area of my life. Hungering and thirsting for righteousness. 5. Eternal Mindset. Fixing my eyes on eternal things over things on this Earth that please me temporarily.
There is a difference in producing good fruit, and being known by the fruit you produce.