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Daily Reading: 2 Kings 3:1-4:17 ESV, Acts 14:8-28 ESV, Psalm 140:1-13 ESV, Proverbs 17:22 ESV

Daily Verse: “Yet he did not leave himself without witness, for he did good by giving you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.” (Acts 14:17 ESV)

KARPOPHOROS (2593): “Fruitbearing (fig): -fruitful (1x).  As an adjective, denotes “fruitful.”[i]

Fruit-bearing faith.

Paul and Barnabas in Lystra healed a disabled person in front of a large crowd.  Thinking their power came from Greek gods, the people named Hermes and Zeus.  When the apostles hear this, they protest vehemently, reminding them of Jesus and His Spirit that now lives within us.

Because of the Holy Spirit, we become fruitful.  When Jesus departed earth for heaven, He left behind help.  Tuning in to the Spirit’s work in your life happens when you seek God intentionally.

Daily inviting Jesus into your life brings fruitfulness you can find no other way.  Applying Christ’s teachings to your life situations will give you life to the fullest.  Amid the madness, you will produce incredible fruit.

Become fruitful.

Let Jesus help you bear good fruit.  Get to know Christ by reading the gospels.  Feel the love Jesus leads with as you see Him interact with people.  Imperfect, sinful humans whose lives had no hope, Jesus loved.  Learn about Christ’s Spirit through the authors of the Bible who experienced it first.

As you apply Jesus’ teachings to your life, you will become more sensitive to His Spirit within you.  You’ll recognize the nudge that causes you to do what Jesus did instead of what you want to do at pivotal moments.  Leading with grace becomes your calling card the more you follow Jesus.

Recognize the one true God.  Accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior.  Begin doing what Christ did.  Without a doubt, you will produce better fruit than you can even imagine.

[i] Strong, J., & Strong, J. (2010). The New Strong’s expanded exhaustive concordance of the Bible. Greek Dictionary of the New Testament (p. 128) Thomas Nelson

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