March 2019

The Word: Episode 0775 1 Kings 21

“Fruit of Jesse”

March 24, 2019

“Fruit of Jesse”

Blessings folk!!

Fruit.

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”…

Isa 11:1-5

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.

Reread.

Rejoice!

This is the Lord that lives within each True Believer.


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The Word: Episode 0774 1 Kings 21:1-14

“It Will Go Well…”

March 23, 2019

“It Will Go Well…”

Blessings folk!

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…
Note why…


Isa 3:1-12

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.
Why?
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.

Therefore…
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?
What actions?

Bear the fruit of the Lord.

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The Word: Episode 0773 1 Kings 21:1-4

“Fruit of Labor”

March 22, 2019

“Fruit of Labor”

Blessings folk!

Fruit.

Our lives produce fruit - good or bad.
We labor our entire lives for an outcome - fruit.

Heed the Word of the Preacher from Ecclesiastes…

Ecc 2:5
I made gardens and parks for myself and I planted in them all kinds of fruit trees;

 Ecc 2:18
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.

 Ecc 2:20
Therefore I completely despaired of all the fruit of my labor
for which I had labored under the sun.

 Ecc 5:15
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…

Gal 5:22-23
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.


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The Word: Episode 0772 1 Kings 20

“Product Of Our Lips”

March 21, 2019

“Product Of Our Lips”

Blessings folk!

The Word speaks much about fruit.

Here is another one…steps on all our toes…

Pro 18:20
With the fruit of a man’s mouth his stomach will be satisfied;
He will be satisfied with the product of his lips.

Whew!

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…

Pro 18:21
Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit.

Whoa!

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…

Jas 1:26
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.

 Jas 3:5
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!

 Jas 3:6
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.

 Jas 3:8
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.

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“Fruit of a Man’s Mouth”

March 20, 2019

“Fruit of a Man’s Mouth”

Blessings folk!

Fruit…

Here is a convicting Word…

What comes out of our mouths?

Pro 13:1-3

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.
Not good.

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.

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The Word: Episode 0770 1 Kings 19:19-21

“Booty of Evil Men”

March 19, 2019

“Booty of Evil Men”

Blessings folk!

Quick Word…busy day. LOL
In examining “fruit” in the Word, we see a constant comparison between the righteous and wicked.

Hear…

Pro 12:12-14

The wicked man desires the booty of evil men,
But the root of the righteous yields fruit.

An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips,
But the righteous will escape from trouble.

A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his words,
And the deeds of a man’s hands will return to him.

The wicked will desire/bear the fruit of evil.
They seek such booty.
They are ensnared by the transgressions of evil.

The righteous yields fruit deep from the root.
The righteous will escape trouble.
The righteous will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his words.
The righteous will have good fruit that returns to him.

Does this mean that everything will be “perfect” in the life of the righteous?
Of course not.
But it does mean our ultimate outcome will be good.

Be righteous!

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Hebrews Part 1 - Lesson 10

Hebrews Part 1 - Lesson 10

The Word: Episode 0769 1 Kings 19:9-18

“Fruit of the Righteous…”

March 18, 2019

“Fruit of the Righteous…”

Blessings folk!

Proverbs 11 tells us much about the righteous, especially juxtaposed with the wicked.

(Perhaps we will return to it later&hellipWinking

Look at what is said about fruit…

Pro 11:30-31

The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,
And he who is wise wins souls.

If the righteous will be rewarded in the earth,
How much more the wicked and the sinner!

The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life.
Life.
Not death.
Life.
Not evil.
Life!

True Believers will manifest the Life of the Lord in the world.

We will be rewarded, even during our time on earth.

How much more the wicked and sinner.

Righteousness.

Live it!

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The Word: Episode 0768 1 Kings 19:1-8

“Better Than Gold”

March 17, 2019

“Better Than Gold”

Blessings folk!

Fruit.
Is there fruit better than gold?
Better than silver?

Pro 8:19

“My fruit is better than gold, even pure gold,
And my yield better than choicest silver.

Who/what is “My”?

Pro 8:12-21

“I, wisdom, dwell with prudence,
And I find knowledge and discretion.

“The fear of the LORD is to hate evil;
Pride and arrogance and the evil way
And the perverted mouth, I hate.

“Counsel is mine and sound wisdom;
I am understanding, power is mine.

“By me kings reign,
And rulers decree justice.

“By me princes rule, and nobles,
All who judge rightly.

“I love those who love me;
And those who diligently seek me will find me.

“Riches and honor are with me,
Enduring wealth and righteousness.

“My fruit is better than gold, even pure gold,
And my yield better than choicest silver.

“I walk in the way of righteousness,
In the midst of the paths of justice,

To endow those who love me with wealth,
That I may fill their treasuries.

“My/I” is wisdom.

Look at what wisdom does/provides/etc:

  • Dwells with prudence
  • Finds knowledge
  • Finds discretion
  • Expresses fear of the Lord
  • Hates…
    • Evil
    • Pride
    • Arrogance
    • Evil way
    • Perverted mouth
  • Counsel
  • Sound wisdom
  • Understanding
  • Power is His
  • Reign
  • Justice
  • Judge rightly
  • Loves those who seek Him
  • Riches and honor are with Him
  • Fruit better than gold/silver
  • Walks in the way of righteousness
  • Endows those who love Him with wealth
  • Fills their treasuries

The fruit of Wisdom is far better than anything the world offers.

Which are seeking?

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The Word: Episode 0767 1 Kings 19:1-4

“Eat the Fruit of Their Own Way…”

March 16, 2019

“Eat the Fruit of Their Own Way…”

Blessings folk!

What happens to those who…
  • Refuse the call of God
  • Neglect His counsel
  • Do not want His reproof
  • Hate knowledge
  • Choose not to fear the Lord
  • Do not accept His counsel
  • Spurn His reproof
  • Naive
  • Complacent
  • Fools
???

They will eat the fruit of their own way…

Pro 1:23-32

“Turn to my reproof,
Behold, I will pour out my spirit on you;
I will make my words known to you.

“Because I called and you refused,
I stretched out my hand and no one paid attention;

And you neglected all my counsel
And did not want my reproof;

I will also laugh at your calamity;
I will mock when your dread comes,

When your dread comes like a storm
And your calamity comes like a whirlwind,
When distress and anguish come upon you.

“Then they will call on me, but I will not answer;
They will seek me diligently but they will not find me,

Because they hated knowledge
And did not choose the fear of the LORD.

“They would not accept my counsel,
They spurned all my reproof.

“So they shall eat of the fruit of their own way
And be satiated with their own devices.

“For the waywardness of the naive will kill them,
And the complacency of fools will destroy them.

They will…

  • Have calamity
  • Have dread
  • Have anguish
  • Have distress
  • Call on the Lord, He will not answer
  • Seek the Lord, He will not be found
  • Spurn the Lord
  • Be satiated with their own desires
  • Be killed, destroyed

But, the last verse…

Pro 1:33
“But he who listens to me shall live securely
And will be at ease from the dread of evil.”

Listen to the Lord.
Live securely in Him.
Be at ease from the dread of evil!

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The Word: Episode 0766 1 Kings 18:40-46

“Like A Fruitful Vine"

March 15, 2019

“Like A Fruitful Vine"

Blessings folk!

Ah, the fruit of the womb.

Read this Psalm.
Give close heed to what it says about fruit, etc.

Psa 128:1-6
A Song of Ascents.

How blessed is everyone who fears the LORD,
Who walks in His ways.

When you shall eat of the fruit of your hands,
You will be happy and it will be well with you.

Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine
Within your house,
Your children like olive plants
Around your table.

Behold, for thus shall the man be blessed
Who fears the LORD.

The LORD bless you from Zion,
And may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life.

Indeed, may you see your children’s children.
Peace be upon Israel!

It speaks of the blessed man…everyone.
The man who fears the Lord.
The man who walks in the way of the Lord.
(Yes, yes, yes…it means man/woman…don’t get politically correct on me..LOL )

Such a man will eat the fruit of his hands.
He will be happy.
It will be well with him.
His wife will be fruitful…like a fruitful vine within you house.
His children will be like olive plants around the table…a sign of prosperity, provision. Olives were used for many things!

Our families will be blessed if we fear the Lord and walk in His ways.
So will our cities/communities.

Then, a great blessing.
Children’s children.

What fruit are your pursuing?
What fruit are you producing?
What fruit will you leave?

The Lord bless you from Zion!

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The Word: Episode 0765 1 Kings 18:30-40

“Even In Our Sleep”

March 14, 2019

“Even In Our Sleep”

Blessings folk!

Let’s go back and re-read the Psalm from yesterday.

Give close attention to the first two verses….

Psa 127:1-5
A Song of Ascents, of Solomon.

Unless the LORD builds the house,
They labor in vain who build it;
Unless the LORD guards the city,
The watchman keeps awake in vain.

It is vain for you to rise up early,
To retire late,
To eat the bread of painful labors
For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.

Behold, children are a gift of the LORD,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one’s youth.

How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them;
They will not be ashamed
When they speak with their enemies in the gate.


All our labor is vanity unless the Lord is the one building.

We can work and work…
At projects…
At goals…
But unless it is of the Lord it is vanity.

The Lord alone builds “the house”.
The Lord along guards the city.

Then this.
The Lord gives to His beloved even in his sleep.

We work.
We stress.
We labor.
We try.
All the while, the Lord is saying “rest in Me”, “trust in Me”, “‘work’ in Me”.
He will give to us even as we sleep.

He is the Source.
He is the Provide.

Now, rest upon your night bed in expectation…

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The Word: Episode 0764 1 Kings 18:20-29

“Fruit of the Womb”

March 13, 2019

“Fruit of the Womb”

Blessings folk!

Fruit of the Lord.

Sometime it is the actual physical fruit of the land.
Sometime it is a spiritual outcome.
Sometime it is the following…one of the greatest fruit of all…

Psa 127:1-5
A Song of Ascents, of Solomon.

Unless the LORD builds the house,
They labor in vain who build it;
Unless the LORD guards the city,
The watchman keeps awake in vain.

It is vain for you to rise up early,
To retire late,
To eat the bread of painful labors;A
For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.

Behold, children are a gift of the LORD,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one’s youth.

How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them;
They will not be ashamed
When they speak with their enemies in the gate.

The fruit of the womb is a reward.
Children are a gift of the Lord

Children are like arrows in the hand of a warrior.
How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of children.
Full of the fruit of the Lord.

Such blessed men will not be ashamed.

Tragically, what do we as a nation do with the fruit of the womb?
What do we do with the blessing of the Lord?

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Hebrews Part 1 - Lesson 9

Hebrews Part 1 - Lesson 9

The Word: Episode 0762 1 Kings 18:6-19

“Fruit In Its Season”

March 11, 2019

“Fruit In Its Season”

Blessings folk!

Psalm 1.
A “classic”.

It speaks of a blessed man.
It speaks of the fruit of the blessed.
Fruit in season.

Note how/when the fruit comes.

Psa 1:1-6

How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!

But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.

He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.

The wicked are not so,
But they are like chaff which the wind drives away.

Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

For the LORD knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the wicked will perish.

The blessed man…

  • Who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
  • Who does not stand in the path of sinners
  • Who does not sit in the seat of scoffers

This blessed man…
  • Delights in the the law of the Lord
  • Meditates on His law day and night

This blessed man…
  • Is like a tree
    • Firmly planted by streams of water
    • Yields its fruit in its season
    • Does not wither
    • Prospers in whatever He does

Because he delights in the Lord.
Because he trust in the Lord to bring fruit.

May be bear the fruit of the Lord.

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The Word: Episode 0761 1 Kings 18:1-6

“Tithe Fruit”

March 10, 2019

“Tithe Fruit”

Blessings folk!

Fruit!

Lev 27:30

‘Thus all the tithe of the land, of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD’S;
it is holy to the LORD.

The Lord instructed His people to give a “tithe=tenth” of all to Him.
(This does not apply to the Body of Christ today…another discussion…another time.)

A tenth of the seed of the land.
A tenth of the fruit of the tree.
It is the Lord’s.
It is holy to the Lord.

What is “holy to the Lord” today?

True Believers…

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The Word: Episode 0760 1 Kings 17:16-24

“If You Do Not Obey Me…”

March 9, 2019

“If You Do Not Obey Me…”

Blessings folk!

Here is the basic, foundational truth about fruit.

God brings fruit forth.

Here is an example of the Lord restricting fruit due to obedience.

Lev 26:14-20

‘But if you do not obey Me and do not carry out all these commandments,

if, instead, you reject My statutes, and if your soul abhors My ordinances so as not to carry out all My commandments, and so break My covenant,

I, in turn, will do this to you: I will appoint over you a sudden terror, consumption and fever that will waste away the eyes and cause the soul to pine away;
also, you will sow your seed uselessly, for your enemies will eat it up.

‘I will set My face against you so that you will be struck down before your enemies;
and those who hate you will rule over you, and you will flee when no one is pursuing you.

‘If also after these things you do not obey Me,
then I will punish you seven times more for your sins.

‘I will also break down your pride of power;
I will also make your sky like iron and your earth like bronze.

‘Your strength will be spent uselessly,
for your land will not yield its produce and the trees of the land will not yield their fruit.

Whew!
A tough Word.

If they did not…

  • Obey God
  • Carry out all His commandments

If they…
  • Rejected His statutes
  • Abhored His ordinances in their souls
  • Did not carry out all His commandments
  • Broke His covenant

Then, God would…
  • Appoint a sudden terror over them
  • Appoint consumption
  • Appoint fever
  • Cause the seed sown to be useless
  • Cause the enemy to eat their resources
  • Set His face against them
  • Allow those who hate them to rule over them
  • Cause them to flee when no one is pursuing…fear!

Then, if after all these things they refuse to obey…God will punish them seven times more for their sins…
He will break down their pride of power.
He will make their sky like iron.
He will make their earth like bronze.
Drought/famine.
Their strength would be spent uselessly.
The land would not yield produce.
Trees will not bear fruit.

All because of stubborn disobedience.

Are we as Believers required to adhere to this Law?

Yes, but in a different way.

Jesus came to fulfill the Law, not to do away with it.

Remember this.

We fulfill the Law in/through the Lord Jesus.
Believing in Him.
Faith in Him.
Abiding in Him.
Trusting in Him.
Producing fruit in/through Him.

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The Word: Episode 0759 1 Kings 17:12-16

“Increased Yield”

March 8, 2019

“Increased Yield”

Blessings folk!

As might be expected, the word “fruit” is used through Scripture to refer to the edible product of plant and trees.

Read the following excerpts.
Note what they say about “fruit”.

Exo 10:15
For they covered the surface of the whole land, so that the land was darkened;
and they ate every plant of the land and all the fruit of the trees that the hail had left.
Thus nothing green was left on tree or plant of the field through all the land of Egypt.

After the plague of locust no fruit remained.


 Exo 23:16
“Also you shall observe the Feast of the Harvest of the first fruits of your labors from what you sow in the field; also the Feast of the Ingathering at the end of the year when you gather in the fruit of your labors from the field.

The fruit of their labor was to be gathered…Feast of Harvest, Feast of Ingathering.


 Lev 19:10
‘Nor shall you glean your vineyard, nor shall you gather the fallen fruit of your vineyard;
you shall leave them for the needy and for the stranger. I am the LORD your God.

The people of the Lord were not to be greedy with their fruit.
They were not to “glean” their vineyard…collect every last bit of fruit.
They were to let remain “the corners” and the “fallen fruit” for the needy…for the stranger.
They were used by the Lord as provision.
This also helped to combat a selfish spirit within the people.


 Lev 19:23-25
‘When you enter the land and plant all kinds of trees for food, then you shall count their fruit as forbidden. Three years it shall be forbidden to you; it shall not be eaten.

‘But in the fourth year all its fruit shall be holy, an offering of praise to the LORD.

‘In the fifth year you are to eat of its fruit, that its yield may increase for you;
I am the LORD your God.’

The Lord provided good horticulture techniques for His people.

Be patient as the fruit trees develop.
Short term patience bring long term growth and production.

Allow the fruit/tree to mature.
Offer the first offering to the Lord.
Then, receive the increase it gives you.

Good principles for us today.
In fruit.
Natural and spiritual.

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The Word: Episode 0758 1 Kings 17:6-12

“God Withheld the Fruit…”

March 7, 2019

“God Withheld the Fruit…”

Blessings folk!

We are looking at what Scripture says about “fruit”.

We have seen the fruit in the garden of Eden.
That did not end well…though it will eventually!

Now, let us jump into a family fight…

Gen 30:1-6

Now when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, she became jealous of her sister;
and she said to Jacob, “Give me children, or else I die.”

Then Jacob’s anger burned against Rachel, and he said,
“Am I in the place of God, who has withheld from you the fruit of the womb?”

She said, “Here is my maid Bilhah, go in to her that she may bear on my knees,
that through her I too may have children.”

So she gave him her maid Bilhah as a wife, and Jacob went in to her.

Bilhah conceived and bore Jacob a son.

Then Rachel said,
“God has vindicated me, and has indeed heard my voice and has given me a son.”
Therefore she named him Dan.

Rachel had no children.
Leah, her sister, did.
Jacob was the husband of both.
Well, that could not have been comfortable.
We see that it was not.

Rachel literally cried out to her husband “give me children, or else I die”.

The physical problem was not with Jacob the husband.
He had proved that by children with Leah

Rachel knew that she was the “problem”.
She was frustrated.
She was mad.

Jacob turned angry.
His anger burned against Rachel, the wife he loved.
He questioned, “am I in the place of God?”
He declared it was God that had withheld the fruit of the womb.

Whoa!

The Word shows several women in the lineage of Jesus that were barren…lacked fruit.
Until the Lord moved.

Rachel offered a solution…a family solution used before by Abrah/Sarai.
Use the hand maiden to provide a child.

Jacob agreed.

Dan was born.

Too often we do not see the fruit of God and we develop strategies to bring it forth.
We should trust the Lord.
We should seek the Lord.
We should rest in the Lord.
We should await upon the Lord.

Fruit - offspring/seed of a tree/plant.
Fruit - offspring/seed of an animal/human.

Seek the fruit of the Lord…

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The Word: Episode 0757 1 Kings 17:1-6

“Cain’s Fruit”

March 6, 2019

“Cain’s Fruit”

Blessings folk!

We are looking at the word “fruit” in the Scripture.

Or course, it is used in varied ways.
Context determines meaning.

Read…

Gen 4:1-5

Now the man had relations with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth to Cain,
and she said, “I have gotten a man child with the help of the LORD.”

Again, she gave birth to his brother Abel.
And Abel was a keeper of flocks,
but Cain was a tiller of the ground.

So it came about in the course of time that Cain
brought an offering to the LORD of the fruit of the ground.

Abel, on his part also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions.
And the LORD had regard for Abel and for his offering;

but for Cain and for his offering He had no regard.
So Cain became very angry and his countenance fell.

Though unstated as such, Adam and Eve produced fruit - Cain, a man child from the Lord.
They also had Abel.

Abel kept flocks.
Cain tilled the ground.

Nothing wrong with either.
Both are important and needed.

So, what is the issue?

Nothing…until this.

After a period of time, Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord.
Again, nothing wrong with this.
Except, apparently the Lord had requested/instructed something else.

Cain brought the fruit of the ground.
Abel brought the firstlings of his flocks and their fat portions.

The Lord received/had regard for Abel’s offering of the flock.
The Lord did not receive/have regard for Cain’s offering.

Cain was offering the fruit of the labor of his hands and skills rather than what God requested.

It is said “but Cain was a tiller of the soil…”.
Yes.
He could have traded his goods for that which the Lord required.

He did not.

He offered what he desired.

The error of Cain?
Seeking to approach God in his own way rather than what the Lord instructed.

Too many do the same today.

There is only One Way to approach the Lord and be in “right relation” with Him.
One Way.
One Truth.
One Light.
One Lord.
Jesus.

All else is the way of Cain…and as with Cain, it will lead to anger, a fallen countenance and ultimately to death.

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The Word: Episode 0756 James 5:19-20

“Lust of Flesh/Eyes”

March 5, 2019

“Lust of Flesh/Eyes”

Blessings folk!

Yesterday we saw what Eve did…

Gen 3:6
When the woman saw that the tree was good for food,
and that it was a delight to the eyes,
and that the tree was desirable to make one wise,
she took from its fruit and ate;
and she gave also to her husband with her,
and he ate.

She saw that the tree was good for food.
She saw that it was a delight to the eyes.
She saw that the fruit of the tree was desirable to make one wise.
She took from the fruit and ate.
She gave to her husband.
He ate.

She was deceived.
Adam sinned.
He knew what he was doing.

1 Ti 2:14
And it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression.

Rom 5:12
Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned—


This is a pattern of sin today.

Look at what the Lord says through John…

1 Jo 2:15-17

Do not love the world nor the things in the world.
If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

For all that is in the world,
the lust of the flesh
and the lust of the eyes
and the boastful pride of life,
is not from the Father,
but is from the world.

The world is passing away, and also its lusts;
but the one who does the will of God lives forever.

See the similarity?
The lust of the flesh…tree was good for food.
The lust of the eyes…the tree was a delight to the eyes.
The boastful pride of life…the tree was desirable to make one wise.

The enemy uses the same pattern today.
Such is not from Father.
It is of the world.

The world is passing away.
The lusts of the world also.

Do not love the world.
Do not love the things of the world.
If you do so, then Father is not in you.
You are not in correct relationship with Father.
You are not saved.

The one who does the will of the Lord…rejects the temptations of the world…will live forever.

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The Word: Episode 0755 James 5:17-18

"Fruit, Sin"

March 4, 2019

“Fruit, Sin”

Blessings folk!

The man and the woman ate forbidden fruit.

Note what motivated the woman - Eve.

Remember this.
Eve was deceived.
Adam sinned.

Gen 3:6
When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.

1Ti 2:14
And it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression.

Rom 5:12
Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned—

The woman:

  • Saw that the tree was good for food
  • Saw that the fruit of the tree was a delight to the eyes
  • Saw that the fruit of the tree was desirable to make one wise
  • Took from the fruit
  • Ate
  • Gave to husband

This is the pattern of sin.
Be not deceived.

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Hebrews Part 1 - Lesson 8

Hebrews Part 1 - Lesson 8

The Word: Episode 0754 James 5:13-15

“Eat Nor Touch”

March 3, 2019

“Eat Nor Touch”

Blessings folk!

There was one fruit that man was not allowed to eat.

Gen 2:16-17

The LORD God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely;

but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat,
or in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”

Adam received this command before Eve was created.

Afterward…

Gen 3:1-3

Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman,
“Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?”

The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat;

but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said,
‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’”

They were not to eat from the tree.
(Eve added her own addendum…”or touch it”…God did not say that. Perhaps Adam added it.)

Regardless.
They broke the one rule that God gave them.

Why?
Not “falling”.
Rebellion.

It sounds innocuous…eating the fruit from a tree.

Yet, it brought sin.
It brought death.

Sin not.

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The Word: Episode 0753 James 5:12

“Fruit”

March 2, 2019

“Fruit”

Blessings folk!

Fruit!

Everything that lives produces fruit.
Either by-product or reproduction.

The Word speaks of “fruit”, more than what might be thought.

Let us look at it.

The first “fruit” that we see in the Word is in Genesis - of course.

It is the fruit of plants.

Note what it is.
Note its purpose.

Gen 1:11-12

Then God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them”; and it was so.

The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good.

 Gen 1:29

Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you;

Plants and trees yielded seed and fruit by the Word of the Lord - “then God said…”

The fruit is “after their kind”.

The fruit produced seed for reproduction.

The fruit of the trees yielding seed was for food.

Again, they all produce “after their kind”.

One form does not produce another form.

This is important to understand.

Jas 3:11-12

Does a fountain send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water?

Can a fig tree, my brethren, produce olives, or a vine produce figs?
Nor can salt water produce fresh.

What fruit do we produce?

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The Word: Episode 0752 James 5:1-11

“Unity”

March 1, 2019

“Unity”

Blessings folk!

Ah…today is the beginning of meteorological spring.

Seasons are changing.

Things are are changing in the Body of Christ.

More folk are listening to the Spirit.

He is directing.
He is convicting.
He is empowering.

We are responding.
Together.
In unity.

Unity is a buzz-phrase of late.

Read what the Word has to say about “unity”.

Eph 4:1-3

Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord,
implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called,

with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love,

being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

The “organizational church” (false church of man) goes to extremes to create and maintain “unity”.
Compromise is the standard.
“Unity” is based upon “doing things the way I want”.

Such is not so with the Lord.

True believers, the Organism of the Body of Christ, are by definition “unified”.
We do not “create” unity.
We are unified because we are One in the Lord.

We are not told to “seek/create” unity.
We are told to preserve/maintain that which is there.
We are told to be diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Among true believers there is unity.
Among true believers there is the bond of peace.
Among true believers there is the power to walk in humility, gentleness, patience, tolerance/forbearance for one another in love.

Such is not so with the religionists of the organizations of man.
They move in the flesh.
They manifest the deeds of the flesh rather than the fruit of the Spirit - because they have not the Spirit.

Can dark be unified with light?
Can evil be unified with good?

Be Light.
Reject the way of the dark.

Isa 5:20

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;
Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!

Luk 11:36
“If therefore your whole body is full of light, with no dark part in it,
it will be wholly illumined, as when the lamp illumines you with its rays.”


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