Who We Are And Why We Are Here
Life is our most precious possession and we must not take it for granted. Right now, we are either wasting our life, spending our life or investing our life. It is each individual who determines which course (we as individuals) to follow.
Jesus said in:
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
The thief is Satan, the enemy of God and of good. But the thief always has assistance from people and circumstances. But abundant life can be ours. In His message about the vine and the branches, Jesus Christ points out 5 spiritual secrets that take these 5 spiritual secrets to heart; we could be more productive Christians because they work.
John 15:1 (Jesus speaking)
I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
Jesus tells us who we are and why we are here. We are branches and He is the vine. We are here to bear fruit. Just as the branch gets its life from the vine, so the believer gets his life from Jesus Christ.
If we don’t have this living union with Christ, we cannot bear fruit. We are living in a hungry world where people are starving for spiritual reality. Fruit bearing is a beautiful process. First, there are the leaves, then the flowers, then the fruit. God provides the water and the sun and day by day the branches bear fruit.
John 15:8 (Jesus speaking)
Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
As we continue to abide in Christ, we establish a deeper relationship with Him, then the hindrances that affect the fruit-bearing are removed and He is able to do more in us and through us. At least 12 times in John 15 Jesus uses the word “abide”. Why? Because abiding is the secret of fruit-bearing. The branch does not bear fruit by struggling, but by abiding in the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 7:16 (Jesus speaking)
Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
Isn’t it true that by their fruits ye shall know them? But it is also true that by their roots you shall understand and not judge them. Certain areas of our lives need special healing by the Holy Spirit.
Some Christians are so obsessed with the last days that they are oblivious to these days. Others are just the opposite. They’ll tell you Jesus is coming, but they live like He never will. One is too panicky, the other too patient. There is a balance. God wants us to live a balanced life.
The Fruits of the Spirit are:
Love, Joy, Peace, Long Suffering, Gentleness, Goodness, Faith, Meekness, and Temperance.