What Am I Producing?

July 1, 2020

 

 

Dear Friend, 

 

John 15: 1-18 is one of my favorite passages in the Bible.  In the last 2 years, I’ve read it many times.  The word is alive and active.  Each time I read it, a new revelation comes. Today as I read, the word “produce” caught my attention.  In the New Living Translation of the passage, the word “produce” appears 6 times.  One of the definitions of “to produce” is to create or form something; to cause a particular result or situation to to happen or come into existence.  

 

I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the Gardner.  He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit…...John 15:1-2  

 

Can I be honest?  I don’t always do a good job at staying connected to the Father.  Sometimes, I would rather hit the snooze button on my alarm clock than get up early to spend quiet time with God.  I don’t always think about what I am thinking about until I realize a cycle of negative thoughts have led to negative behaviors.  When I don’t choose to remain in God, I am not fruitful.  I am not producing right thoughts, attitudes, or behaviors.  I am not operating in my kingdom assignment.  

 

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives:  love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  There is no law against these things.  Galatians 5:22-23

 

If we aren’t producing the fruit of the Spirit in our lives, self introspection is necessary.  Ask yourself the following questions:  What am I producing in my life? What are my relationships producing? What is my parenting producing?What is my behavior producing? What is my mouth producing? What is the music I listen to producing in my life?

 

What are the television shows I’m watching produce in my mind?  What are my thoughts producing?  

 

Remain in me, and I will remain in you.  For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. John 15:4

 

Let’s make a daily decision to remain in Christ.  When we remain in Christ, we produce fruit that will remain.  

 

Remaining and Producing in Him, 

 

Tracye M.

 

 

 

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