Psalm 1:1-3

It is Worth Taking the Time

It is imperative that we get God's Word from our mind to the heart.  It is not enough just to have mental knowledge and no heart or life change.  This is a major reason why many lives are not transformed.  Biblical truths that are in the mind but have not influenced the heart, which is the center of life, are not enough.  Just knowing Biblical facts in the mind is not enough.

The life schedule for many believers is to hurry from one event to another with very little time, if any, for spiritual refreshing.  The busy schedule does not allow time for meditation in and on the Bible to know God and His plan for our life.  Meditation is the conscious discipline of the mind to think on Biblical truths until we see from God's perspective and make changes in our life in obedience to the Word.  It is clear from Scripture that meditation is critically important to strengthening one's spiritual life and bringing life into accordance with the Word.   

Meditation is thinking and pondering on God's Word to the point that we have a clear picture of what God is saying to us and then making changes in accordance with the Word.  Meaningful meditation requires time, belief in the Word, discipline, prayer, and obedient response to the Scriptures.

"We love God more as we increasingly come to know and experience His loving heart and actions toward us through meditating on His Word." Robert Saucy

Producing Fruit

The African Encounter team members are eagerly teaching children the truths of God’s Word.  These children have been in bondage to poverty and have not heard the liberating truths of God’s love and freedom.  The African Encounter team members are bearing fruit as they help others to understand the joyful blessings of living in accordance to God’s Word.

Fruit in our passage for today surely would include sharing the good news of salvation, but it also would be the “good works” of believers (II Corinthians 9:8) such as helping a needy person, sharing food or funds, and other acts of kindness.  Paul told Christians that they were “created in Christ Jesus for good works” (Ephesians 2:10).  As the believer abides in Christ and the Bible, their life “fruit” is produced.

Galatians 5:22-23 gives a list of the “inner fruit” produced in a believer who abides in the Word, and II Corinthians 9:8 refers to “outward” fruit of abiding in Christ.  We should regularly take a walk through our life and consider the “fruit” that is being produced in and on our life.  Unfortunately there are times when a believer pretends, and the “fruit” is imitation. 

It is in close fellowship with our Lord and careful attention to the Word of God that “real” fruit is produced by our Lord, and lives are touched by the grace and power of God.  Is our life producing “fruit” that brings glory to God and touches others in a life-changing way?

Fruit on Your “Life-Tree”

One of the subjects of importance to these pastors in Zambia, Africa is the matter of seeing the evidence of God working in their life.  The work and presence of God should be seen in the believer’s life daily.  It is God’s desire to show His grace, power, presence, and desires through the life of each Christian.  John 7:38 refers to this as “rivers of living water” flowing out of one’s life.  The work of God and the changes He is making in each believer should be evident in words, conduct, and the responses to people and situations.

In John 15:1-17 we are reminded that this is not possible unless we “abide” in Him and the Word “abides” in us.  Real fruit of God’s presence and power requires time in the Word as well as obedience to the Word.  Psalm 1:1-3 instructs that we “meditate” in the Word day and night. 

As the gardener checks his garden carefully each day, we too should check our life for the evidence of our obedience to God and His Word. The Apostle Paul writes, “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels that the excellency of the power may be of God and not of us.”  II Corinthians 4:7