Planted - Series Review
Monday, February 5
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.
Even though you made the choice to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, long before you were born He made a choice to die for you. He chose to leave Heaven, His Father, and glory to come to Earth to pursue a relationship with you. To Him, you were worth all of it: the pain, the suffering, and torment that came with taking your punishment so you could spend eternity with Him. The next time you feel unworthy, useless, and unloved put yourself in place of remembrance of how much He thinks of you. There was no price so great, no hurt so painful that it could pull His affection from you. You are chosen! The King of kings and Lord of lords chose you to be the object of His undying love. He has plans to show you that love for all eternity. If you’re facing insecurity and rejection, cast it down with the power of the Holy Spirit within you. You are loved and accepted by Him and that will never change.
Tuesday, February 6
18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.
One of the lies that the enemy will put in front of you to keep you from bearing good fruit is that your not able to bear good fruit…yet. Either you’ve not been born again long enough, or your life isn’t in a good enough place yet, etc. He will throw every excuse in the book at you to try and get you to not step out and produce the kind of fruit that can be a blessing to others. The truth is this, whether you’ve been born again for 30 seconds or 30 years, the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead is alive in you. He can and will enable you to be a blessing in the lives of others. It doesn’t take a seminary degree to be good to someone. You don’t have to be a Bible scholar to be kind. You can be recognized by the fruit of the Spirit no matter where you’re at in life. It just takes you allowing Him to use you in the place where you’re currently at. Choose to be a bearer of good fruit.
Wednesday, February 7
Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ.
Knowledge vs. Intimacy…it is the unseen battle faced by every believer. Many people fall into settling for a book or head knowledge of who He is, and very few will truly get to know Him. You can put hours of time into studying the Word but without a working relationship you simply learn the facts that are stated in the Bible. Think back to a time in school when you were assigned to write a biography about someone from history. As much as you learned about that person, you would never go so far as to say that you knew him or her. Why then would anyone think that simply reading their Bible or hearing about the Lord from a preacher could constitute a relationship with Him. This is a trap that many find themselves falling into. You may know that He can heal, but is He your healer? You may know that He can provide, but is He your provider? You may know that He can deliver, but is he your deliver? As great and as important as the Bible is, it was never meant to replace your personal relationship with the man, Jesus. Ask yourself this question, “Do I know Jesus, or do I just know about Him?”
Thursday, February 8
But he said to them, “You give them something to eat.” They said, “We have no more than five loaves and two fish—unless we are to go and buy food for all these people.”
One of the lies that people buy into and allow to cripple their faith is that what they have to offer is not sufficient enough to make a difference. By falling for this scheme of the enemy they slip into dormancy and produce no fruit at all. The truth is that no matter how rich or poor, bold or timid, strong or weak you are, you have something to offer. A pat on the back of a co-worker who’s having a difficult day or a quick text to someone who’s dealing with a loss can bring life giving hope back into their lives. The last thing that the devil wants you to know is that you can bear fruit at whatever stage of life, good or bad, you find yourself in. He doesn’t want you reaching out and being Jesus to someone else so He will try to convince you that the ‘little’ you have to offer can’t and won’t make a difference. Have you allowed yourself to go dormant because you feel like your fruit isn’t good enough? Give Jesus a chance to do a miracle through you…step out and bear some fruit. He will use it to change someone’s life.
Friday, February 9
and (He) raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
One truth that you can never remind yourself of enough is the truth that you’re seated with Jesus in heavenly places. When He took His seat at the right hand of God the Father, the seat He took wasn’t just for Him, it was for you also. Religion will tell you that you have to work and labor to ‘some day’ make it to Heaven in order enjoy the fullness of God. That, however, is not what He is tells us in today’s text. The Bible says that you were raised up and seated…past tense. It’s time that the church started operating from her position not for her position. It’s this revelation that will bring the church from where she is today to becoming the spotless, blemish free, bride that Jesus will be returning for. You could never earn your salvation, He gave it to you freely, so why then would you think that you do anything to obtain a seat with Him. It’s all His grace. So honor Him by accepting your position, taking your place, and operating in the authority that comes with it.
Saturday, February 10
So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit.
Comparison…it is one of the most detrimental things a Christian can get caught up in. The problem with comparison is that you only see the other person’s best, you don’t see their backstory. When you compare your backstory to someone else’s highlights you’re always going to feel like you’re coming up short. It’s easy to take on the mindset that everyone else is on top of the world while you’re trudging through the swamp. This is one of the main drawbacks to social media. No one posts a picture of their self as they’re climbing out of bed in the morning with their hair a mess, bags under their eyes, and drool stains on the corners of their mouths. No, instead they take a selfie after spending half the morning getting primped and prepped. Because you don’t see their backstory, it’s easy to assume that they are always on the top of their game. The funny thing is that they’re probably looking at you in the same way. Don’t give the enemy a foothold in your life by letting him tell you that your fruit doesn’t measure up to someone else’s. Focus on your backstory and let God take care of everyone else.
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