MEMORY VERSE: “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” Genesis 1:28
BIBLE PASSAGE: Genesis 1:26-31
INTRODUCTION: God commanded all creeping, flying and swimming creatures to be fruitful and it was so. It is the sincere desire of God that we are blessed in all areas of our lives. God hates stagnancy with a passion. Jesus Christ, being the True Vine, is ever ready to spring out branches that shall continuously produce more fruits.
SOURCES OF FRUITFULNESS
God is the only source of complete fruitfulness. At the creation of Man, God gave a fivefold blessing: be fruitful, multiply, replenish, subdue and dominate. These are all-round increase for children of God in this world. Fruitfulness is not only measured in the material possessions but in all other aspects of our lives – 3 Jn.2.
i. Do not forget your Creator, if you want to be fruitful. Jer.17:5-8
ii. The counsel of God – Ps.1:3; Jn.15:4-5.
iii. Diligence. Fruitfulness does not come through laziness – Prov.22:29.
iv. Faithfulness. Joseph passed through trials in the land of Egypt but he was faithful till the end. He became fruitful in the land – Gen.41:39-53.
v. Obedience. Abraham was obedient, so, he was blessed – Gen.22:15-18.
vi. Giving. Giving and receiving go together – Lk.6:38. Prosperity begins with investment.
vii. Total surrender. Peter surrendered his boat to Jesus and had a net-breaking catch – Lk.5:4-7. The Zarephath woman surrendered a little oil in a cruise to the prophet and she became an oil merchant – 1 Kings 17:10-16.
EFFECTS OF FRUITLESSNESS
i. Withering. The withered are those who used to be fat but because something went wrong, things have changed. They were once head but now tail – Jn.15:2.
ii. Dunghill. A fruitless being will eventually become a dunghill or firewood and become useless or a waste – Jn.15:6.
iii. Cursed. A fruitless being has been cursed because that was not the original plan of God for mankind – Jer.17:5-6.
iv. A fruitless being is wicked – Lk.19:12-22.
v. A fruitless being shall be cut down or eliminated – Lk.13:6-9.
God has made provisions for you to be fruitful and He wants you to be fruitful. Beware of the effects of unfruitfulness.
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