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Sunday, December 2, 2012

What Is The Key To Living A Fruitful Life?


2 Samuel 6

What Is The Key To Living A Fruitful Life?
We honor our parents or those who are higher in rank because many of us believe that this is the right thing to do. As a result, we obey and give value to their words.

In today’s reading, the ark of the covenant stands for the presence of God, and those who defied and did not give honor stood facing death (verse 7) [spiritual death today] and unfruitfulness (verse 23).

Today, the very presence of God is His Words because He is one with His Words (John 1:1-2). As we receive His Words, our reverence and honoring for God can be manifested through our obedience to His message, commands or instructions.

When we do not live by the words we heard from God (not putting into application what we heard), we become unfruitful or unproductive because the fruit of the Holy Spirit will not dwell in us. Since Jesus Christ, God and His Words are one, believing or receiving Jesus Christ means obeying His words. If we receive Jesus Christ, then the fruit of the Holy Spirit will be with us and we will obtain life (John 10:10b; John 3:16; John 14:15-16). When we give honoring and reverence for God through His words, we receive love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).

God’ message:

The presence of God needs our honoring and reverence.

God’s promise:

Abundance, prosperity, and blessings come to those who give honor or reverence for the Lord just like what David received (verse 12).

God’ command:

Give honor and reverence for the Lord.

God’s warning:

Death (spiritual death) and unfruitfulness (bearing no fruit of the Holy Spirit) come to those who do not give honor and reverence for the Lord (verses 7; 23).

Application:

Let us evaluate if we are now bearing the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Read Galatians 5:22-23 to know them and the key in acquiring them in John 14:15-16.

Prayer:

Father in Heaven, the mighty God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God yesterday, today and forever, thank You once again for allowing us to receive Your Words today. We thank You for Your constant provision for the nourishment of our souls so that we will continue to live in righteousness. Help us Father to deliberately obey You at all times. We are asking for Your grace that we will always have strength to face and fight our enemies, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life. We renounce all of them in the name of Jesus Christ. Cover and protect us always by the blood of Your Son Jesus Christ. We humble down ourselves before You. Please give us Your grace that You will not bring us to temptation but deliver us from every evil. This we ask and pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen!

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