Friday, February 18, 2011

Be Ye. . .Be thou

Be Ye. . .Be Thou

. . .be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth. . .(Genesis 9:7)
. . .be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God. (Leviticus 20:7)
. . .be ye of good courage, and bring of the fruit of the land. . . (Numbers 13:20)
. . .be ye all ready: (Joshua 8:4)
Be ye therefore very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, that ye turn not aside therefrom to the right hand or to the left; (Joshua 23:6)
Be ye mindful always of his covenant; the word which he commanded to a thousand generations;(1 Chronicles 16:15)
Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded. (2 Chronicles 15:7)
. . .be ye not stiffnecked, as your fathers were, but yield yourselves unto the LORD. . .(2 Chronicles 30:8)
Be ye afraid of the sword: for wrath bringeth the punishments of the sword, that ye may know there is a judgment. (Job 19:29)
. . .be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.(Psalms 24:7)
. . .be ye of an understanding heart. (Proverbs 8:5)
Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. (Isaiah 45:22)
. . .be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the LORD.(Isaiah 52:11)
. . .be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create. . .(Isaiah 65:18)
Be astonished, O ye heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be ye very desolate, saith the LORD.(Jeremiah 2:12)
Be ye ashamed, O ye husbandmen; howl, O ye vinedressers, for the wheat and for the barley; because the harvest of the field is perished.(Joel 1:11)
Be ye not as your fathers. . .(Zechariah 1:4)
Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. (Matthew 5:48)
. . .be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.(Matthew 10:16)
. . .be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. (Matthew 24:44)
Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.(Luke 6:36)
. . .be ye sure of this, that the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you. (Luke 10:11)
Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not. (Luke 12:40)
. . .be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.(Romans 12:2)
. . .be ye followers of me. (1 Corinthians 4:16)
Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. (1 Corinthians 11:1)
. . .be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord. . .(1 Corinthians 15:58)
. . .be ye reconciled to God. (2 Corinthians 5:20)
. . .be ye also enlarged. (2 Corinthians 6:13)
. . .be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, (2 Corinthians 6:17)
. . .be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. (Ephesians 4:32)
Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; (Ephesians 5:1)
. . .be ye thankful. (Colossians 3:15)
. . .be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. (James 1:22)
Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. (James 5:8)
. . .be ye holy in all manner of conversation; (1 Peter 1:15)
. . .Be ye holy; for I am holy. (1 Peter 1:16)
. . .be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:
(1 Peter 3:8)
. . .be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. (1 Peter 4:7)


Neither be ye or be not

And shall say unto them, Hear, O Israel, ye approach this day unto battle against your enemies: let not your hearts faint, fear not, and do not tremble, neither be ye terrified because of them;
(Deuteronomy 20:3)
Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.
(Nehemiah 8:10)
So the Levites stilled all the people, saying, Hold your peace, for the day is holy; neither be ye grieved.
(Nehemiah 8:11)
Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.
(Psalms 32:9)
Now therefore be ye not mockers, lest your bands be made strong: for I have heard from the Lord GOD of hosts a consumption, even determined upon the whole earth.
(Isaiah 28:22)
Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings.
(Isaiah 51:7)
Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.
(Matthew 23:10)
And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet.
(Mark 13:7)
And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.
(Luke 12:29)
Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.
(1 Corinthians 10:7)
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
(2 Corinthians 6:14)
Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
(Ephesians 5:17)

Be Thou
. . .be thou perfect. (Genesis 17:1)
. . .be thou the mother of thousands of millions. . .(Genesis 24:60)
. . .be thou free from this bitter water that causeth the curse: (Numbers 5:19)
. . .Be thou and all thy company before the LORD. . .(Numbers 16:16)
. . .be thou an help to him from his enemies. . .(Deuteronomy 33:7)
. . .be thou strong and very courageous. . .(Joshua 1:7)
Be thou exalted, LORD, in thine own strength. . .(Psalms 21:13)
. . .be thou my helper. (Psalms 30:10)
. . .be thou my strong rock, for an house of defence to save me. (Psalms 31:2)
. . .be thou valiant for me, and fight the LORD'S battles. . . (1 Samuel 18:17)
. . .be thou strong therefore, and shew thyself a man;(1 Kings 2:2)
. . .Blessed be thou, LORD God of Israel our father, for ever and ever. (1 Chronicles 29:10)
For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth. . .(Job 37:6)
Be thou exalted, O God. . .(Psalms 57:5)
Be thou exalted, O God. . .(Psalms 57:11)
Be thou my strong habitation. . .(Psalms 71:3)
Be thou exalted, O God. . .(Psalms 108:5)
. . .be thou ravished always with her love.(Proverbs 5:19)
. . .be thou in the fear of the LORD all the day long.(Proverbs 23:17)
Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds. (Proverbs 27:23)
. . .be thou like a roe or a young hart upon the mountains of Bether. (Song of Solomon 2:17)
. . .be thou like to a roe or to a young hart upon the mountains of spices. (Song of Solomon 8:14)
. . .be thou our ruler, and let this ruin be under thy hand: (Isaiah 3:6)
. . .be thou a covert to them from the face of the spoiler. . .(Isaiah 16:4)
Be thou ashamed, O Zidon: for the sea hath spoken. . .(Isaiah 23:4)
. . .be thou their arm every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble. (Isaiah 33:2)
Be thou instructed, O Jerusalem, lest my soul depart from thee. . .(Jeremiah 6:8)
. . .be thou confounded also, and bear thy shame, in that thou hast justified thy sisters. (Ezekiel 16:52)
. . .be thou laid with the uncircumcised. (Ezekiel 32:19)
Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them. (Ezekiel 38:7)
. . .be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.(Matthew 2:13)
. . .be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.(Matthew 8:3)
. . .if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.(Matthew 21:21)
And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean. (Mark 1:41)
For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. (Mark 11:23)
And he put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will: be thou clean. And immediately the leprosy departed from him. (Luke 5:13)
And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you. (Luke 17:6)
. . .be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. (1 Timothy 4:12)
. . .be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; (2 Timothy 1:8)
. . .be thou ware also; for he hath greatly withstood our words. (2 Timothy 4:15)
. . .be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. (Revelation 2:10)


Neither be thou or be not thou

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. (Joshua 1:9)
And the LORD said unto Joshua, Fear not, neither be thou dismayed: take all the people of war with thee, and arise, go up to Ai: see, I have given into thy hand the king of Ai, and his people, and his city, and his land: (Joshua 8:1)
A Psalm of David. Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.
(Psalms 37:1)
Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked; (Proverbs 24:19)
Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time? (Ecclesiastes 7:17)
Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more.
(Isaiah 54:4)
Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: (2 Timothy 1:8)

Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Road Back to Eden. . .

My favorite way of studying the Bible, is to sit in my easy chair, with my Bible, a notebook, a concordance and look up all the Scripture references for a particular word. I love letting Scripture define words with spiritual contexts. When I find relevant verses, I hand write them in my notebook.

I surely could do this faster on my computer with E-Sword Bible software, but reading and studying the Bible isn’t about seeing how fast and efficient you can be, but to me, it is more importantly about allowing the Word of God to sink as deeply as possible into your soul.

I greatly like the hand writing of the verses. . .often times, I will copy 5 or more verses to provide the proper context of the passage. As I letter each word of Scripture my mind is intently focused upon what I am writing. . .lol. . .savoring each jot and tittle as it were of God’s Word.

I recently did a study on the word ‘fruit.’ This study generated some 30 pages of Scripture verses and notes. I greatly enjoyed this study. I did use my computer to create a list of verses where the phrase “fruit of” was found. Here is the result of that computer search:

The Bible speaks of almost 30 kinds of fruit:

1. The fruit of a (all) (manner of) (the) tree(s) Gen 1:29, Gen 3:2, Gen 3:3, Exo 10:15, Lev 27:30, Neh 10:35, Neh 10:37, Eze 36:30
2. The fruit of the (their) ground: Gen 4:3, Deu 28:4, Psa 105:35, Jeremiah 7:20
3. The (beloved) fruit of the (thy) womb: Gen 30:2, Deu 7:13, Psa 127:3, Isa 13:18, Hos 9:16, Luk 1:42
4. The fruit of the (thy) land: Lev 23:39, Num 13:20, Num 13:26, Deu 1:25, Deu 7:13, Deu 28:18, Deu 28:33, Deu 28:42, Deu 28:51, Deu 30:9, Jos 5:12,
5. The fruit of it (itself): Num 13:27, Joh 15:4
6. The fruit of thy seed: Deu 22:9
7. The fruit of the earth: Deu 26:2, Isa 4:2, Jam 5:7
8. The fruit of thy (thine own) (my) body: Deu 28:4, Deu 28:11, Deu 28:11, Deu 28:18, Deu 28:53, Deu 30:9, Psa 132:11, Mic 6:7
9. The fruit of thy cattle: Deu 28:4, Deu 28:51, Deu 30:9
10. The fruit of thy works: Psa 104:13
11. The fruit of their own way: Pro 1:31
12. The fruit of the wicked: Pro 10:16
13. The fruit of the righteous: Pro 11:30
14. The fruit of his mouth: Pro 12:14, Pro 13:2, Pro 18:20,
15. The fruit of her hands: Pro 31:16, Pro 31:31
16. The fruit of their (his) (your) doings: Isa 3:10, Jer 17:10, Jer 21:14, Jer 32:19, Mic 7:13
17. The fruit of the stout heart: Isa 10:12
18. The fruit of the (our) lips: Isa 57:19, Heb 13:15
19. The fruit of them: Isa 65:21, Amo 9:14
20. The fruit of their thoughts: Jer 6:19, Jer 29:5, Jer 29:28
21. The fruit of lies: Hos 10:13
22. The fruit of righteousness: Amo 6:12, Heb 12:11, Jam 3:18
23. This fruit of the vine (vineyard): Mat 26:29, Mar 12:2, Mar 14:25, Luk 20:10, Luk 22:18
24. Fruit of herself: Mar 4:28
25. Fruit of thee: Mar 11:14
26: The fruit of his loins: Act 2:30
27: The fruit of the Spirit: Gal 5:22, Eph 5:9
28: The fruit of my labour: Phi 1:22

In creating and studying the verses containing the word ‘fruit’ and the phrase ‘fruit of’, it became apparent to me that you could replace the phrase ‘fruit of’ with ‘consequence of’ or ‘result of’. Literal Fruit is not just a noun standing all by itself, but it is the end result of a chain of events. . .it is a consequence of planting, cultivation, fertilization and harvest. Likewise spiritual fruit must also be a consequence.

Imagine that you have in your hands 2 apples. In your right hand, you have a very large beautifully red and juicy apple, and in your left hand you have a stunted, deformed, scabby skinned and wormy apple.

For every acre of exceptionally large juicy apples grown, there are probably 10 acres of average sized apples harvested, and again for every acre of big juicy apples taken, there may well be 100 or a 1000 acres of apple tree which nothing was done to improve. No effort was put into these apples.

Surely everyone in this room has come across an apple tree left to itself. When I lived in Mishawaka, I had a large yard about 1¼ acres in size. On this lot I remember having 6 apple trees. I never sprayed them, never fertilized them or watered them. I did nothing to them.

In the fall these untended trees had an abundance of apples on them, but you could scarcely find any fruit worth eating. They were wormy, misshapen, discolored apples with scabby tough skin. I did not care about apples and my fruit showed it. It takes no effort to grow wormy scabby misshapen fruit.

All fruit is the result of consequences. Each fruit that you might see for sale at the grocer’s, is the result of uncountable decisions and circumstances and actions coming together into one result.

Someone decided to plant a seed, or more probably made a cutting and grafted the cutting to a piece of root stock to propagate a new apple tree. They selected a site on which to grow the tree. They tended the young tender tree for a number of years until it was mature enough to bear apples. They shaped it, kept the weeds away, watched over it for signs of insect damage, or wild animal injury, damage from storms. . .until finally one spring the tree put forth blossoms. A bee visited a flower and pollinated the flower. The tree set fruit. The husbandman fertilized, and cultivated the ground around the tree. He sprayed the tree to keep the apples from being wormy or scaly. The rain came. The sun shown down upon the tree. The fruit grew. Wind and storms, and hail did not strip the fruit from the tree before its maturity and one day the farmer chose to begin his harvesting of his trees. The apples were picked, graded, washed, shipped and bagged to our local store. Where they were made available for our purchase.

A large perfectly beautiful and juicy apple, is the consequence of many many people, many decisions, many acts of God. To be able to harvest a large and juicy apple. Uncountable things must come together in just the right amounts. Fruit is all about consequences of actions.

Again, it bears repeating. . .no effort is required to grow wormy apples. Fruit is the result of choice and consequence.

Jesus said that a tree is known by its fruit:

Matthew 12:33
Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.


Luke 6:44
For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.

I cannot think of a fruit tree, which is not called after the fruit that it bears. Apple tree, pear, cherry, orange, fig, mulberry trees. . .all are called after the fruit that they bear. Likewise, many of us are known by our fruit. . .The fruit of our hands. Roger King is known as a builder. Jeff Faulkner is known as one who works at the Humane Society. I am known as an engineer, and a beekeeper. Many are known as homemakers. Sister Ruby is surely known by the fruit of her signing hands.

At the jail, we minister to men and women who are incarcerated due to the fruit of their hands. . .wife beaters, rapists, molesters, thieves, murderers. . .all known for the ill fruit of their hands.

Another fruit that the Bible mentions is the fruit of our lips. Are we known as gossips? or persons who stretch the truth and lie? or are we know as ones who have kind words, words of wisdom, words of faith, hope, encouragement???

We are known by the fruit of our loins. . .again Jeff and Linda Faulkner. . .What pride they must feel when someone says, ”Oh, you’re Adam Faulkner’s parents. The wonderful man of God preaching in Madison, Indiana.”

How often have we seen, some poor mother with a microphone cruelly thrust in her face. . .asked to account for the terribly violent crime her son has been charged with. . .Now and forever more she will be known as the mother of a son who committed a horrid atrocity. . .Known by the fruit of her loins. . .

You are as a tree. You are designed to bear fruit. . .again Jesus taught and said again and again that a tree which bears no fruit will be cursed. He acted upon this principle:

Matthew 21:19
And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away.

He taught this in parables. He demonstrated it by His actions. We must bear good fruit. It is the great purpose of our existence.

One fruit spoken of in the Bible is unique. It is a uniquely New Testament fruit spoken of by Paul in 2 consecutive letters to New Testament churches:

Galatians 5:22-23
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, (23) Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.


Ephesians 5:8-10
For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (9) (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) (10) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.

The fruit of the Spirit. . .the consequence of the Spirit of God entering into and uniting with the spirit of man. I am struck as a beekeeper how this similar this process is to the pollination of a flower by a honey bee. We repent and come before God. We open ourselves to Him. His Spirit enters us. We are permanently changed. We begin to now mature and bear fruit as a consequence of the Spirit of God filling us. . .

The bee visits the flower, but if the petals of the flower are closed the bee moves on. The bee is very busy. A pint jar of honey contains the nectar from approximately 3 million flowers, but that is not why the bee goes on. The bee surely has the ability to fight its way through the closed petals, but the bee has the knowledge from past experience or possibly instinct that if the petals are closed, if the flower is not fully opened to the bee, then the flower is not yet ready for pollination. Something within the flower is lacking and it would be pointless for the bee to force its way into the flower.

Likewise a person not fully open to God, will not receive the Spirit of God. God will not invade you with His Spirit. You must open yourself fully to Him for His Spirit to merge with yours and to fill you to overflowing.

The result of the Spirit of God merging with your spirit and filling you. . .the consequence of that act of fertilization is fruit. The attributes of this fruit are: love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance. . .these are not 9 different fruits, but characteristics. . .consequences of the 1 resultant fruit arising from the Spirit of God fertilizing your soul and transforming your life.

Is your fruit small or misshapen? Are you consistently lacking in joy or faith or meekness? Does your fruit have tough spots on it? To bear continual crops of fruit, the flower of our soul must remain ever open to God. Opening to God is not a one time occurrence when a person first comes to God. We must continue to be pollinated and fertilized by God for our entire lives. It is a foolish Christian who thinks that their initially being filled with the Spirit of God is the end of their opening themselves to God. We are to bear fruit all our Christian lives. If a flower opens not at all, no fruit will be born. A flower only partially open will result in an imperfectly pollinated. . .and will result in a misshapen and imperfect fruit.

Anything which acts as a barrier between you and God will damage the fruit which you can bear and lessen your harvest. While Adam and Eve were living in the Garden of Eden, in close proximity to God. . .with no barriers between them and God, their lives were filled with fruit. On every side of them, the trees of the garden dripped with succulent fruit in abundance. All around them grew luscious juicy things to eat:

Genesis 2:8-9
And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. (9) And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

And then Adam and Eve sinned. God removed them from His garden and He cursed mankind. . .

Genesis 3:17-19
And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; (18) Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; (19) In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

As a direct consequence of their sinning, Adam and Eve lost their access to the Garden of Eden.

Genesis 3:23-24
Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. (24) So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

Notice that the barrier to the garden of Eden was not a wall between man and God. In the very next chapter of the Bible, God spoke with Cain. God was not present in the same way, with the same familiarity as with Adam and Eve before their sinning, but still He was present and speaking into men’s lives.

The barrier kept the way of the tree of life. . .and indeed kept the way of all the fruit found in the garden of Eden. A barrier guarded by Cherubims. . . the same Cherubims that were depicted as keeping watch over the mercy seat:

Exodus 25:18
And thou shalt make two cherubims of gold, of beaten work shalt thou make them, in the two ends of the mercy seat.

Again two cherubims, it is the same Hebrew word. . .a flaming sword, an instrument of death. . .coupled with the fire that purifies:

Numbers 31:23
Every thing that may abide the fire, ye shall make it go through the fire, and it shall be clean: nevertheless it shall be purified with the water of separation: and all that abideth not the fire ye shall make go through the water.

There was a road back to Eden. . .There was a road back into the garden of the fruit of God. . .It was a road passing by way of the guardians of the mercy seat. . .through the way of the purifying of fire and by way of the sword, symbolic of dying to your sins and being resurrected as newly innocent creature, now able to walk in the cool of the day with God. The road back to Eden is a shadow of the very picture of the door to salvation opened for us by Jesus thousands of years after our being put out of the garden of Eden. . .

I weep. . .we are so so so lucky today. From the day of mankinds being cursed by God for our sins. . .until the day of Pentecost. . . all of humanity lived fruitless lives. Scores of generations of lives void of heavenly created fruit. In isolated instances, the Bible records that the Spirit of God would come upon a man for a specific purpose, for a limited season, but it is not recorded that any bore fruit of the Spirit that we are given today, from that temporary union with God.

Men today of all stripes, who know little or nothing of spiritual things, almost universally morn the fall of mankind from innocence and our subsequent loss of our abode in the garden of Eden. . .but!. . .But!!. . .BUT!!!. . .Today we again partake of heavenly fruit created from God’s Spirit. . .love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance. . . all these well up within us. . .evidence. . .consequences. . .results of the Spirit of God filling us. . .merging with our spirit and fertilizing our lives.

Fruit is a result. . .fruit is a consequence, but fruit is not an end. Fruit is a result. . .fruit is a consequence, but most importantly fruit is also a beginning.

The apple tree does not put forth all the taxing expenditure of energy and effort, merely to produce apples for you to eat. If apple trees could speak, apples are not the apple trees purpose and goal.

The purpose of bearing fruit is reproduction. The seeds contained within the fruit, are the purpose of the tree and the reason for the fruit.

The fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance. . .are wonderful consequences of being filled with God’s Spirit, but it is the seeds of reproduction contained within that fruit which is the purpose of the fruit of the Spirit.

The farmer who harvests his crop and hoards it in a barn, for only his own use is a fool. The wise farmer casts seed of his fruit far and wide, thereby ensuring that another generation of fruit trees will arise in their turn. . . in their season. . . thereby giving an even greater harvest to come. . . .

Though we are surely blessed by it, the reason for the fruit of the Spirit, is not for our own comfort and pleasure. . .The purpose of that heavenly fruit coming down every day upon us, is that by that fruit we might create hunger in others, and ultimately plant seeds in others, which might grow into a might crop of souls ready for harvest for the kingdom of God.

Open yourself to God once, and continually, repeatedly open yourself completely to Him for the rest of your life. . .Allow His Spirit full access to your soul. Use the fruit of this fertilization, to reproduce, to build the Kingdom. . .let your increase be 30, 60, or 100 fold. . .

I love you my God. . .
I love you my Lord. . .

Let my life be fruit full, that I might glorify you. . .

I thank you my God. . .
I thank you my Lord. . .

Dave Stokely

















Saturday, February 5, 2011

Fruit

I'm doing a study on fruit in the Bible.  I thought I'd share the verse speaking of the creation of fruit trees and a list I made of the occurrences of the phrase "Fruit of":


Genesis 1:11-12
And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. (12) And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.



1. The fruit of a (all) (manner of) (the) tree(s) : Gen 1:29, Gen 3:2, Gen 3:3, Exo 10:15, Lev 27:30, Neh 10:35, Neh 10:37, Eze 36:30
2. The fruit of the (their) ground: Gen 4:3, Deu 28:4, Psa 105:35, Jeremiah 7:20
3. The (beloved) fruit of the (thy) womb: Gen 30:2, Deu 7:13, Psa 127:3, Isa 13:18, Hos 9:16, Luk 1:42
4. The fruit of the (thy) land: Lev 23:39, Num 13:20, Num 13:26, Deu 1:25, Deu 7:13, Deu 28:18, Deu 28:33, Deu 28:42, Deu 28:51, Deu 30:9, Jos 5:12,
5. The fruit of it (itself): Num 13:27, Joh 15:4
6. The fruit of thy seed: Deu 22:9
7. The fruit of the earth: Deu 26:2, Isa 4:2, Jam 5:7
8. The fruit of thy (thine own) (my) body: Deu 28:4, Deu 28:11, Deu 28:11, Deu 28:18, Deu 28:53, Deu 30:9, Psa 132:11, Mic 6:7
9. The fruit of thy cattle: Deu 28:4, Deu 28:51, Deu 30:9
10. The fruit of thy works: Psa 104:13
11. The fruit of their own way: Pro 1:31
12. The fruit of the wicked: Pro 10:16
13. The fruit of the righteous: Pro 11:30
14. The fruit of his mouth: Pro 12:14, Pro 13:2, Pro 18:20,
15. The fruit of her hands: Pro 31:16, Pro 31:31
16. The fruit of their (his) (your) doings: Isa 3:10, Jer 17:10, Jer 21:14, Jer 32:19, Mic 7:13
17. The fruit of the stout heart: Isa 10:12
18. The fruit of the (our) lips: Isa 57:19, Heb 13:15
19. The fruit of them: Isa 65:21, Amo 9:14
20. The fruit of their thoughts: Jer 6:19, Jer 29:5, Jer 29:28
21. The fruit of lies: Hos 10:13
22. The fruit of righteousness: Amo 6:12, Heb 12:11, Jam 3:18
23. This fruit of the vine (vineyard): Mat 26:29, Mar 12:2, Mar 14:25, Luk 20:10, Luk 22:18
24. Fruit of herself: Mar 4:28
25. Fruit of thee: Mar 11:14
26. The fruit of his loins: Act 2:30
27. The fruit of the Spirit: Gal 5:22, Eph 5:9
28. The fruit of my labour: Phi 1:22


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Hosea 10:12

In my devotions a few days ago, I found the following verse.

Hosea 10:12
Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.

Cast forth seeds of right doing. Cultivate the ground and plant for yourself, not for another master, not for sale in the market. . . but plant and grow for your own nutrition and sustenance. Grow these crops for your own daily bread. Let this work of your hands be acts of rightness and justice and honor. Of this seed will grow a crop of undeserved forgiveness from God. As much as we may try to live righteous and holy lives, we still fall short of perfection and need repentance and forgiveness. The humble seed of righteousness, brings forth sweet fruit. . .savory fruit of God’s forgiveness when we stumble and transgress.

Clear the neglected weedy area. Tolerate no neglected and idle acreage in your harvest fields. Let every area of your life become productive. This is now the holy season of plowing, planting, cultivation, working of the hard and darkly ruddy earth of our nature. . .righteous working softens the seed bed and allows the life giving Word and water to soak deeply into our souls. . .

Now! It is time to pursue ~ the Hebrew emphasizes ~ THE LORD!!! This work and this preparation, is for the purpose of finding an intimate relationship with God in your harvest, that His righteousness will then arrive. . .abide. . .enter with you as a flowing of water. . .directed as an arrow shot from his bow. . .instructing you. . . teaching you. . .revealing His glory and honor to you . . .covering you with His true righteousness. . .

What beauty. . .what power in this verse. I hunger for you Jesus. I tolerate no barrier to You in my life. . .I thirst for you my God. . .I cannot get enough of You. . .

Thank you my God. . .
Thank you my Lord. . .

Dave