“Fruit of Jesse”
Jesse would bear fruit.
Jesus is the fruit referenced in the following.
Look at the amazing detail that we learn of “The Fruit of Jesse”…
Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse,
And a branch from his roots will bear fruit.
The Spirit of the LORD will rest on Him,
The spirit of wisdom and understanding,
The spirit of counsel and strength,
The spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.
And He will delight in the fear of the LORD,
And He will not judge by what His eyes see,
Nor make a decision by what His ears hear;
But with righteousness He will judge the poor,
And decide with fairness for the afflicted of the earth;
And He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth,
And with the breath of His lips He will slay the wicked.
Also righteousness will be the belt about His loins,
And faithfulness the belt about His waist.
This is the Lord that lives within each True Believer.
“It Will Go Well…”
The Lord repeatedly warned His people, and us, about the fruit of righteousness vs. the fruit of wickedness.
Hear some of the Word of the Lord through Isaiah…
Read what the Lord was going to do (and did do) to His people…
For behold, the Lord GOD of hosts is going to remove from Jerusalem and Judah
Both supply and support, the whole supply of bread
And the whole supply of water;
The mighty man and the warrior,
The judge and the prophet,
The diviner and the elder,
The captain of fifty and the honorable man,
The counselor and the expert artisan,
And the skillful enchanter.
And I will make mere lads their princes,
And capricious children will rule over them,
And the people will be oppressed,
Each one by another, and each one by his neighbor;
The youth will storm against the elder
And the inferior against the honorable.
When a man lays hold of his brother in his father’s house, saying,
“You have a cloak, you shall be our ruler,
And these ruins will be under your charge,”
He will protest on that day, saying,
“I will not be your healer,
For in my house there is neither bread nor cloak;
You should not appoint me ruler of the people.”
For Jerusalem has stumbled and Judah has fallen,
Because their speech and their actions are against the LORD,
To rebel against His glorious presence.
The expression of their faces bears witness against them,
And they display their sin like Sodom;
They do not even conceal it.
Woe to them!
For they have brought evil on themselves.
Say to the righteous that it will go well with them,
For they will eat the fruit of their actions.
Woe to the wicked! It will go badly with him,
For what he deserves will be done to him.
O My people! Their oppressors are children,
And women rule over them.
O My people! Those who guide you lead you astray
And confuse the direction of your paths.
The Lord caused Jerusalem to stumble and Judah to fall.
Because their speech and actions were against the Lord.
They rebelled against His glorious Presence.
The world does the same today.
Sadly, most of those who say they are of “the church” do also.
Again, they rebel against His glorious Presence.
God removes sustenance.
God removes protection.
God allows the “children” to lead…(sound familiar? Think politically)
Note all the detail!
Woe to the wicked.
It will go badly for them.
They deserve what the Lord does.
But, rejoice in this Word!
It will go well for the righteous.
They will eat the fruit of their actions.
So, again…which fruit do you bear?
Bear the fruit of the Lord.
“Fruit of Labor”
Our lives produce fruit - good or bad.
We labor our entire lives for an outcome - fruit.
Heed the Word of the Preacher from Ecclesiastes…
I made gardens and parks for myself and I planted in them all kinds of fruit trees;
Thus I hated all the fruit of my labor for which I had labored under the sun,
for I must leave it to the man who will come after me.
And who knows whether he will be a wise man or a fool?
Yet he will have control over all the fruit of my labor for which I have labored by acting wisely under the sun. This too is vanity.
Therefore I completely despaired of all the fruit of my labor
for which I had labored under the sun.
As he had come naked from his mother's womb, so will he return as he came. He will take nothing from the fruit of his labor that he can carry in his hand.
If that for which we labor is only what will be left behind…then we labor in vain.
If we labor for that which has eternal value, then we do well.
Labor for/in the fruit of the Spirit…
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
“Product Of Our Lips”
The Word speaks much about fruit.
Here is another one…steps on all our toes…
With the fruit of a man’s mouth his stomach will be satisfied;
He will be satisfied with the product of his lips.
The question must be addressed.
“Am I satisfied with the fruit of my lips?”
Is your stomach satisfied with what has come from your mouth?
We know that the stomach will react.
Now, read the next verse…
Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit.
This is a principle that most Believers know is somewhere in the Word.
Here it is.
The tongue has power for death.
The tongue has power for life.
Remember what James said about the tongue…
If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man's religion is worthless.
So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things.
See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire!
And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell.
But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison.
What fruit is our tongue producing?
Are we speaking death?
Are we speaking life?
The only way to bridle the tongue is through the Holy Spirit.
The only way to tame the tongue is through the Holy Spirit.
Only true Believers have the Holy Spirit.
Walk in the Spirit.
Produce the fruit of life through the tongue.
“Fruit of a Man’s Mouth”
Here is a convicting Word…
What comes out of our mouths?
A wise son accepts his father’s discipline,
But a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.
From the fruit of a man’s mouth he enjoys good,
But the desire of the treacherous is violence.
The one who guards his mouth preserves his life;
The one who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.
The righteous will have good fruit that comes from his mouth.
He will enjoy the good thereof.
The treacherous/wicked’s desire will bring forth violence.
What is the righteous to do?
Guard the fruit of his mouth, thereby preserving his life.
Otherwise, we will be as the wicked, running with mouths wide open to ruin.
Accept this discipline of Father.
Listen to Him.
Be not as the scoffer who does not listen.