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Am I Productive? (4 of 5)
Series: Am I
In the Gospel of John, we find Jesus using the statement "I Am" on seven different occasions, and if Jesus is in us, then are we becoming who He is, if He is, then so too we must become…His "I Am" inspires us to ask "Am I?"
-Bruce Wilkinson (The Prayer of Jabez) (The Secrets of The Vine)
"Abundant living is what we were born for and is God's desire for us. All of us want to live a fruitful life and a life of significance. Why do we so often settle for less? Perhaps because we misunderstand God's ways of working in our lives to bring about fruitfulness." (Bruce Wilkinson)
"Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can." (John Wesley)
When Jesus says I Am the Vine and you are the branches, He is saying that every child of God is capable of abounding fruitfulness…Am I productive?
-John 15:2,5 (no fruit, fruit, more fruit, and much fruit)
-The concept of "fruit" in Scripture refers to both inward fruit and outward fruit.
>You bear inner fruit when you allow God to nurture in you a new Cristlike quality.
>You bear outward fruit when you all God to work through you to bring Him glory.
-The 5 inner fruit lists…
>The 8 Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12)
>The 22 Life Responses (Romans 12:9-21)
>The 15 Qualities of Love (1 Corinthians 13:4-8a)
>The 9 Fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23)
>Ephesians 2:8-9…I rest in knowing the heaven to come is promised to me but I work to experience heaven on earth.
>2 Corinthians 9:8
Every child of God has a divine mandate to become a "much fruit" branch based on ...
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