Why does God want us to train our hearts?  John 15 – Vine & Branches (read)

To bear fruit for Christ, we must live, dwell, abide in him, always.  To bear fruit doesn’t mean to go out and gather converts for Christ.  To bear fruit is to bascially show something…it can be kindness, forgiveness, patience, self-control, peace, gentleness, joy, love (ie:  fruits of the Spirit.)  When Jesus said, ‘I am the vine and you are the branches…” he meant that if we are part of him, we will reflect his attributes.  An apple tree doesn’t produce pears. In this same sense, if we are part of Christ, it should be evident in us; our lives.

God wants to provide us with victories – but we must seek and trust him.  He won’t just barge in without being asked. 

If we’re not bearing ‘fruit’ we need to ask God where the obstruction is and ask forgiveness and get back on the right track.

We need to learn to allow Christ to flow through us.

Then, when people see these attributes flowing through us, they will be drawn to us, then we can share where these quialtities come from – no one wants to be preached at.  They want to see.  A favorite quote of mine is:  “Preach the gospel always, and when necessary, use words.”  All to God’s glory.

We train out hearts so Jesus can shine through us, uninterrupted.

Evans Roberts: “Confess any known sin to God and put any wrong done to man, right.  Put away any doubtful habit.  Obey the spirit promptly.  Confess your faith in Christ publicly.” This is best done and most effective when is simply apparent in your life and actions.

Train your heart because God wants you.  He wants us.  He wants joy for us, to ‘bear fruit’ easily, naturally, without effort or strain.  Imagine what blessed lives we would have if we can get to this point?  And what a blessing we would be to others.  Use me  Lord! 


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