just a thought forerunnerIn my previous post, Apparent Fallow Ground, I made the following statement:

And while Father is glorified by the fruit produced in/through our lives, I don’t think He considers “fruit” to be what we think it is.

Seeking to further align my thoughts with Father’s, I’ve been meditating on the following quote.

“Fruit is always the miraculous, the created; it is never the result of willing, but always a growth. The fruit of the Spirit is a gift of God, and only He can produce it. They who bear it know as little about it as the tree knows of its fruit. They know only the power of Him on whom their life depends”
― Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship

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  1. Jesus said in John 15:5 “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”

    Bryon, again with your article on “Fallow ground” you have touched on things that our Father is doing within us. His acculturation is taking place in our lives. We have been brought into His kingdom, and He is working His very nature into our lives. We are learning by this nature how to live princely lives, think as He thinks, so we will learn how to reign with Him as kings and priest on this earth. Our focus shouldn’t be the fruit; that’s His business. We should just be honored that we are His branches, abiding in Him (the Vine) and He in us, because “Apart from Him we can do nothing”.

    So let us trust our Father, the Husbandman, (John 15:1), because this Christ like nature that He works in us assures us that “His thoughts toward us are of peace, and not of evil–to give us an expected end” (Jeremiah 29:11). Even when the pruning hurts and we feel like we are dying, we can trust Him, because of His love for us. The quote of Dietrich Bonhoeffer that you gave sums it up quite well.

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