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PASTOR ANITA


If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

(1Corinthians 3:17)


The Greek word rendered “defile” in this verse primarily means to waste; to render inactive, ineffective or inoperative. If anyone renders the temple of God useless or inactive, such that it is not functioning with respect to the purpose for which it was made, the Bible says him shall God destroy! That means God shall pluck him off. You have to read from the beginning of the chapter to see the context of discussion.

 

Little wonder the Lord said in John 15:1-2, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Who takes the unfruitful vine away? God! Every branch in the Vine that is unfruitful is taken away, but every branch that bears fruit is purged and pruned to bear more fruit (John 15:2). The Lord Jesus is the Vine and we are His branches. That means you’re connected to the Lord and therefore pre-destined and ordained to a fruitful life.

 

It’s God’s desire that you’re increasingly fruitful and productive at every stage of your life. The secret is remaining connected to the Lord. He said in John 15:5: “…He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” If you want to be fruitful and productive, bringing forth fruits in increasing measure, stay connected to the Vine. Like the Apostle Paul declared in Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me,” you must continually acknowledge that your strength isn’t in your physical abilities but in the Lord, for without Him you can do nothing.

 

In as much as the Lord is interested in you bearing fruits, He also desires that you bear lasting fruits: “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you” (John 15:16). The way to do that is to keep His Word in you: “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you” (John 15:7).

 

PRAYER

Dear Father, thank you for you have chosen me, and ordained me, that I should go and bring forth fruit, and that my fruit should remain and abide. Therefore, I’m consistently fruitful and productive, making progress and advancing in life on a daily basis in the Name of Jesus. Amen.

 

FURTHER STUDY

John 15:16

Psalm 1:3

 

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING

1 Year Bible Reading Plan

Hebrews 3

Jeremiah 5-6

 

2 Year Bible Reading Plan

John 9:18-27

1 Chronicles 3

 

DISCUSSION

You do your work in the name of the Lord.  Do find that consistently being fruitful and productive, that Jesus's vines continue to grow creating more branches with fruit?

 

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