I committed my life to the Lord Jesus and asked Him to do everything in my life He had planned to do. Although I knew He would start something good in my life, I was afraid that the Fruit would not last. I was wrong! Every time I thought my Fruit had dried up and I had come to the end of the road, I discovered MORE FRUIT. The GOODNESS that Jesus launched in me years ago, persevered. The FAITH that Jesus initiated in me long ago, stayed. The PATIENCE that Jesus planted in my heart a while back, lasted. In fact, not only did the Fruit last, but it also multiplied. It multiplied because of its Source.
YOU DID NOT CHOOSE ME, BUT I CHOSE YOU AND APPOINTED YOU TO GO AND BEAR FRUIT—FRUIT THAT WILL LAST
Blessed Child, recognize that I appointed you to BEAR MUCH FRUIT: much Kindness, much Goodness, much Patience, much Faithfulness, much Gentleness, much Self-control, much Forgiveness, much Hope, much Faith, and much Love. Know that I chose you to BEAR FRUIT THAT WILL LAST: Fruit that will outlive the lies of the father-of-lies, Fruit that will hold up in the dark dungeons of despair, and Fruit that will persist when everything else has failed. All this Fruit will be established in you, permanently, if you stop trying to be the vine, but allow yourself to become a branch on MY Vine.
I AM THE VINE; YOU ARE THE BRANCHES. IF A MAN REMAINS IN ME AND I IN HIM, HE WILL BEAR MUCH FRUIT
I urge you to become a branch on the Vine of Jesus; then, His Abundant Life will flow through your veins. Place your abandonment in His hands so He may plant His Love in your heart. Place your sins on His shoulders so that His Righteousness may be established in your being. Bring your darkness into the circle of His Presence so His Light may show you the way. Place your shame on His cross so He may crucify it. Invite Him to remove your guilt so He may lift it off your shoulders. Show Him your condemnation so He may show you His Heart.
Know that if Jesus has started producing Fruit in your life, He will continue. However, you must yield each branch to Him, moment-by-moment, so He may prune it according to His Will.
THIS IS TO MY FATHER’S GLORY, THAT YOU BEAR MUCH FRUIT
If your fruit is not lasting, you are growing it from the wrong vine. Invite the Lord Jesus to become Your Vine. Then, receive the Life, Love, and Light that flow from His being, every day…forever and ever.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, become my Vine—the Source of my Fruit—so they may last, forever.
Maintain an Awareness
How often do we find ourselves doing “good deeds,” just to find out that our “good deeds” were not really good, but merely a reaction to the OLD MAN belief “You are bad”?