31 Jan R3 Alliance Online Prayer, GREATER IS HE IN ME, Wednesday, January 31, 2018
1 John 4:4 KJV
You are of God, little children, and have overcome them;
because GREATER IS HE that is in you, than he that is in the world.
The greatness of God deserves our highest thought, deepest devotion, and ultimate sacrifice. Encountering revealed greatness divine inspires wonder and worship, invokes awe and reverence, and ignites fervency and fire. After having come to know our God we learn that this is bigger than us and neither is it about us but about Him! As sons we are loved unconditionally, but as chosen servants our kingdom-value increases from where His increases have met our decreases.
Jabez prayed …enlarge my borders… (1 Chron. 4:10), Isaiah prophesied, “Enlarge thy tents…stretch forth thine habitations …lengthen and strengthen thy stakes… (Is. 52:23), and John the Baptist concluded …He must increase. (Jn. 3:30). This we glean from Scripture and history that true greatness is never found in the confines of one’s conveniences and comforts. It is not celebrated in our receiving but in our giving. Heidi Baker writes, “God is not looking extraordinary people to do extraordinary things, but for ordinary people willing to do things extraordinarily well.”
Most Christians are not in danger of losing their lives through extreme obedience they are in danger of wasting their lives through apathy and ignorance. Most presume the cost of radical faith exceeds what is necessary and demands too much while failing to measure the larger loss due to idleness and indifference becoming unprofitable servants. This even includes those who’ve done their duty as Christians. Jesus said, ‘Does he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I think not. So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.’ (Luke 17:9-10 NKJV)
Missionary Jim Elliot prayed, Forgive me God for being ordinary while claiming to know an extraordinary God! This from a man who gave his life for the Gospel. When God gives us a command He is more interested in our full obedience than our total understanding. –Pastor Steve Furtick
Greater is in the orbit of the outer limits of our inner world where above and beyond become the rendezvous of divine intervention and supernatural encounter. The fruit is at the end of the branch, the glory on the extra mile, the miracle of the 12 baskets is discovered only after the loaves and fishes have been distributed. It’s when we step out of the boat, it’s when we get thrown into the fiery furnace, or when we break the alabaster box and pour it over His head where the greater dimension is accessed.
He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us. (Eph. 3:20-21) Possibility and potential greatness resides beyond personal comfort, conveniences, and self-preservation. The regions of the greater awaits an “other-side arrival” by leaving a casual, natural, average state of being. Many are called, but few are chosen. –Jesus The few are not willing to settle into the morass of mediocre, mundane, and predictable good enough lifestyles. Many have seen the edge of “other-sidedness” and having taken up their cross they journey into the great adventure of the unknown because of knowing the Greater One indwelling them. Zeal for His house consumes them, passion for His presence woes them into an overcoming—more-than-conquering—all-in—life of greater—greater grace, greater love, greater works and fruits. These have been labeled as foolish fanatics too extreme for the acceptable or normal. They were branded as so heavenly-minded they are no earthly good. Ignorance and envy drives them to ignore their being exposed and incite rejection because they neither know the greatness of God nor has His greatness in them.
We pray today for the dunamis of God—to have its two-fold effect on us. On the one hand, the dynamite-power of demonstration by Holy Spirit power exploding with signs, wonders, and miracles following. On the other hand, the dynamo-effect of unrelenting overcoming faith in the face of lethargy, monotony, and lukewarmness and against the condemnation of religious persecution and enduring tribulation as we enter the kingdom.
Lastly, God is not waiting for us to get our act together with all of our weaknesses, hang-ups, secret-struggles, and dysfunctions. God said, I am your exceedingly great reward. When we magnify His greatness and goodness we enlarge our capacity for greater use and greater reward in Him. All He asks is “If you are willing and obedient….” (Is. 1:19)
Let us magnify the LORD together as we seek an expanding-anointing that swells our spirit-man to break every yoke from us, enlarge our territories of advancement to promised lands, and allow His increase where we decrease. Smith Wigglesworth said it well: God has privileged us in Christ Jesus, to live above the ordinary plane of life. Those who want to be ordinary and live on a lower plane can do so, but as for me, I will not.
- GREATER IS HE
1 John 4:4 KJV
You are of God, little children, and have overcome them;
because GREATER IS HE that is in you, then he that is in the world.
Malachi 1:11 NKJV
“For from the rising of the sun, even to its going down,
MY NAME SHALL BE GREAT among the Gentiles;
In every place incense shall be offered to My name,
And a pure offering;
FOR MY NAME SHALL BE GREAT AMONG THE NATIONS,”
Says the Lord of hosts.
General Direction: To magnify the Lord for who He is and all he’s done, to declare all His goodness and greatness; too worship Him in the beauty of holiness, and by the Spirit of wisdom and revelation know Him greater and more intimately.
- 2 My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; The humble shall hear of it and be glad. 3 Oh, magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together. 9 Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him. –Ps. 34:2-3, 9 NKJV
- 5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. –Phil. 2:5-11 NKJV
- 12 Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great,And He shall divide the spoil with the strong,Because He poured out His soul unto death,And He was numbered with the transgressors,And He bore the sin of many,And made intercession for the transgressors. –Is. 53:12 NKJV
- Who is this who comes from Edom, With dyed garments from Bozrah, This One who is glorious in His apparel, Traveling in the greatness of His strength?—“I who speak in righteousness, mighty to save.” –Is. 63:1 NKJV
- 24 ‘O Lord God, You have begun to show Your servant Your greatness and Your mighty hand, for what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do anything like Your works and Your mighty deeds? –Deut. 3:24 NKJV
- 13 Your way, O God, is in the sanctuary;Who is so great a God as our God?14 You are the God who does wonders;You have declared Your strength among the peoples. –Ps. 77:13-14 NKJV
- 3 For the Lord is the great God,And the great King above all gods. 6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. 7 For He is our God, And we are the people of His pasture, And the sheep of His hand. Today, if you will hear His voice: –Ps. 95:3, 6-7 NKJV
- Bless the Lord, O my soul! Lord my God, You are very great: You are clothed with honor and majesty, –Ps. 104:1 NKJV
- 5 For I know that the Lord is great,And our Lord is above all gods.6 Whatever the Lord pleases He does,In heaven and in earth,In the seas and in all deep places. –Ps. 135:5-6 NKJV
- 16 “Now when I had delivered the purchase deed to Baruch the son of Neriah, I prayed to the Lord, saying: 17 ‘Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You. 18 You show lovingkindness to thousands, and repay the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them—the Great, the Mighty God, whose name is the Lord of hosts. 19 You are great in counsel and mighty in work, for Your eyes are open to all the ways of the sons of men, to give everyone according to his ways and according to the fruit of his doings. 27 “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me? –Jer. 32:16-19, 27 NKJV
- 11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. –Titus 2:11-14 NKJV
- To magnify the greatness of our God in all He had revealed Himself as all-powerful, all-knowing; all-wise, all-sensing; eternal; God of love, truth, hope, justice, patience; holy and righteous; very-present help.
- To worship the living God and enlarge Him in our vision bigger than all of our problems, struggles, or fears.
- To declare the greatness of God above all other so called gods and to exalt and enthroned Him over Satan.
- To develop the mindset of the greatness of God which lets the mind of Christ be in us and make us bold in the face of all evil and confident in the face of all battles.
- To extol the greatness of God for who He is, what He’s done, and what He’s promised to do.
- To enthrone our Great God which produces the joy of the Lord our strength, a hope beyond measure, and peace that passes all understanding.
- To seek the Spirit of revelation and of wisdom in knowing Him in a fuller greater capacity and explore His greatness and we grow in intimacy and walk close by with Him on life’s journey.
- GREATER GRACE
James 4:6 Amplified
But He gives us MORE AND MORE GRACE
[Power of the Holy Spirit, to meet this evil to deny and all others fuller).
That is why He says, God sets Himself against the proud and haughty,
but GIVES GRACE [CONTINUALLY] to the lowly (those who are humble enough to receive it.)
1 Peter 5:7 Amplified
Cloth (apron) yourselves, all of you, with humility [as the garb of a servant, so its covering cannot be possibly be stripped from you, with freedom from pride and arrogance] towards one another. For God sets Himself against the proud (the insolent, the overbearing, the disdainful, the presumptuous, the beastly)—[and He opposes, frustrates, and detects them], BUT GIVES GRACE (favor, blessing) to the humble.
Romans 5:20-21 NKJV
But where sin abounded, GRACE ABOUNDED MUCH MORE, so that sin reigned in death, even so GRACE MIGHT REIGN THROUGH RIGHTEOUSNESS to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
General Direction: To comprehend the correct understanding of God’s grace as the power that lifts us out of sin and empowers us to live upright, holy lives; that the work of grace is the person of the Holy Spirit and we should never grieve Him or use grace to compromise with sin or Satan; to grow full in grace and truth.
- 7 And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. 8 Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. 9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.–2 Cor. 12:7-10 NKJV
- 12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. – Phil. 2:12-13 NKJV
- 29 Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? –Heb. 10:13 NKJV
- 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. –Eph. 2:8-10 NKJV
- 30 He must increase, but I must decrease. 34 For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure. –Jn. 3:30, 34 NKJV
- 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. –1 Cor. 15:10 NKJV
- 20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. 21 I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.” –Gal. 2:20-21 NKJV
- 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. 7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace –Eph. 1:3-7 NKJV
- 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. 16 And[a] of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. –Jn. 1:14, 16 NKJV
- 33 And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all. –Acts 4:33 NKJV
- 24 But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself,[a] so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. –Acts 20:24 NKJV
- 15 For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. –2 Cor. 4:15-18 NKJV
- 6 Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one. –Col. 4:6 NKJV
- You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. –2 Tim. 2:1 NKJV
- 11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, –Titus 2:11-12 NIV
- 29 Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? –Heb. 10:29 NKJV
- 9 Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines. For it is good that the heart be established by grace, not with foods which have not profited those who have been occupied with them. –Heb. 13:9 NKJV
- 21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. –Rev. 22:21 NKJV
- To embrace the true grace of God in both salvation and sanctification.
- To possess an accurate view of God’s grace against the distorted ones of it gives license to sines compromise.
- To know that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of grace (Heb. 12:29) and we should never quench or grieve Him.
- To understand that God opposes the proud but gives greater grace to those humble.
- To learn that where sin abounds to bondage, grace will abound to freedom and glory.
- To comprehend that grace can fail in His work if we harbor unforgiveness or bitterness.
- To realize that grace empowers us to be what God has called us to be and by His grace we are, who we can be.
- To be like Jesus, full of grace and truth.
- GREATER LOVE
John 15:11-13 NKJV
“These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.
12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
13 GREATER LOVE has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”
General Direction: To learn to love the way we are loved; to explore the height, depth, length, and width of love; to possess a conquering love that never fails and always remains; to see that our love is holy and sincere and never perverted, distorted, or idolatrous.
- 9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. 11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” –Rom. 12:9, 11, 17-21 NKJV
- 8 Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. –Rom. 13:8 NKJV
- If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. –1 Cor. 13:1-8, 13 NIV
- 43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? 48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect. –Mt. 5:43-48 NKJV
- 37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” –Mt. 22:37-40 NKJV
- 13 For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” –Gal. 5:13-14 NKJV
- 7 But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. –1 Pet. 4:7 NKJV
- 22 Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, –1 Pet. 1:22 NKJV
- 34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” –Jn. 13:34-35 NKJV
- 9 “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. 13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.–Jn. 15:9, 13 NKJV
- 12 And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all, just as we do to you, –1 Ths. 3:12 NKJV
- 7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the Day of Judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. 19 We love Him because He first loved us. –1 Jn. 4:7-8; 17-19 NKJV
- 16 By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. –1 Jn. 3:16 NKJV
- 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written:“For Your sake we are killed all day long;We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” 37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. –Rom. 8:35-39 NKJV
- 14 For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; –2 Cor. 5:14 NKJV
- 15 “If you love Me, keep[a]My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. –Jn. 14:15-16, 23 NKJV
- 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. –Eph. 3:17-19 NKJV
- To understand and possess the unconditional agape love of God.
- To learn to love others the way Christ loves us.
- To have the power of love that swallows fear and conquers hatred.
- To always allow our love to be sincere and live with indebted love towards God and others.
- To labor to love by laying down our lives in sacrifice to the Lover of our souls.
- To comprehend holy love and flee the love of idols, self-idolatry, and the love of this world.
- To explore love in all its dimensions high, low, long, and wide.
- To remember our first love and love knowing God first loved us.
- GREATER WORKS
John 14:12 NKJV
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also;
and GREATER WORKS than these he will do, because I go to My Father.
Mark 16:20 NASB
And they went out and preached everywhere,
while THE LORD WORKED WITH THEM,
and confirmed the word by the signs that followed.
General Direction: To learn that work is love made visible and hidden love cannot be love; to work because we are loved not to be loved; to know that God will never forget our labor of love and to know that to love God is to keep His commands and finish His work.
- 8 For it is by grace [God’s remarkable compassion and favor drawing you to Christ] that you have been saved [actually delivered from judgment and given eternal life] through faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [not through your own effort], but it is the [undeserved, gracious] gift of God; 9 not as a result of [your] works [nor your attempts to keep the Law], so that no one will [be able to] boast or take credit in any way [for his salvation]. 10 For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works, which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set], so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us]. –Eph. 2:8-10 Amp.
- 12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. –Phil. 2:12-13 NKJV
- 34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’41 “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:42 for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; 43 I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’ 44 “Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ 45 Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ 46 And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” –Mt. 25:34-39-46 NKJV
- 23 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ –Mt. 25:23 NKJV
- 34 So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. –Lk. 10:34 NKJV
- 4 Yet now be strong, Zerubbabel,’ says the Lord; ‘and be strong, Joshua, son of Jehozadak, the high priest; and be strong, all you people of the land,’ says the Lord, ‘and work; for I am with you,’ says the Lord of hosts. –Hag. 2:4 NKJV
- 17 Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you. –Heb. 13:17 NKJV
- 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. –1 Cor. 15:58 NKJV
- 5 But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. –2 Tim. 4:5 NKJV
- 15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. –2 Tim. 2:15 NKJV
- 17 But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me, and that all the Gentiles might hear. Also I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. –2 Tim. 4:17 NKJV
- 9 For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. –1 Cor. 3:9 NKJV
- 34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. –Jn. 4:34 NKJV
- 4 I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. –Jn. 17:4 NKJV
- 24 But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. –Acts 20:24 NKJV
- 16 He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?”He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.”He said to him, “Tend My sheep.” 20 Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also had leaned on His breast at the supper, and said, “Lord, who is the one who betrays You?”–Jn. 21:16, 20 NKJV
- 2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. – Gal. 6:2, 10 NIV
- 6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. –Gal. 5:6 NIV
- 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. –Rom. 12:11 NIV
- To understand that love is a verb and therefore an action.
- To know the love of God and that He so loved He gave.
- To realize that hidden love is not love at all.
- To learn that keeping God’s commands is the only proof we have of loving Him.
- To comprehend that we do not work to be loved by we offer good works because we are loved.
- To abound in the work of the Lord, knowing we will be judged for what we did and didn’t do.
- To realize that good fruit is born of good works; of unconditional love to God and neighbor, not religious ritual or legalism.
- GREATER FRUIT
John 15:8, 16 NKJV
By this My Father is glorified, THAT YOU BEAR MUCH FRUIT; so you will be My disciples.
You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you
should go and BEAR FRUIT, AND THAT YOUR FRUIT SHOULD REMAIN,
that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.
General Direction: To know that by our fruit we shall be known and know others; everything involves sowing and reaping and that the soil of our hearts determines the level of our fruitfulness; that God is most glorified when we are most satisfied with bearing much fruit of for His Kingdom.
- 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. —Gal. 5:22-23 NKJV
- 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. –Eph. 2:8-10 NIV
- 15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. –Mt. 7:15-21 NKJV
- 8 Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, –Mt. 3:8 NKJV
- 10 And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. –Mt. 3:10 NKJV
- 4 Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another—to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God. –Rom. 7:4 NKJV
- 10 that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, 11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. –Phil. 1:10-11 NKJV
- 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account. –Phil. 4:17 NKJV
- 10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; –Col. 1:10 NKJV
- 13 Those who are planted in the house of the Lord Shall flourish in the courts of our God. –Ps. 92:13 NKJV
- 8 But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 22 Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. –Mt. 13:8, 22 NKJV
- 9 (for the fruit of the Spirit[a] is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), –Eph. 5:9 NKJV
- 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. –Jam. 3:17 NKJV
- 3 He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water,That brings forth its fruit in its season,Whose leaf also shall not wither;And whatever he does shall prosper. –Ps. 1:3 NKJV
- 24 Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.—Jn. 12:24 NKJV
- 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away;[a]and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. 5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will[a] ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. –Jn. 15:2, 4-8 NKJV
- 6 He also spoke this parable: “A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. –Lk. 13:6 NKJV
- To comprehend that all of life involves sowing and reaping in the Law of the Harvest.
- To understand that we shall be known by our fruit not false fronts.
- To ask Jesus to lay His ax to the root of our sinfulness and remove it.
- To plant God’s word in our hearts and nurture it with a good and noble soil of 30, 60, 100 fold.
- To allow God’s pruning in our branches in order to bear even more fruit to much fruit.
- To know where to plant ourselves in order to flourish for the kingdom of heaven’s sake.
- To fulfill God’s will to bearing fruit at every level of growth and maturity.
- To provide fruit to the world to taste and see that the Lord is good.
To contact the ministry of Joseph and Mary Bivin in Evans/Derby, New York : http://www.betheavalanche.vistaprintdigital.com/