The Intentionality Of Our Walk With God: Sermon By Minister Grace Tuiya
I Am the True Vine, and My Father is the Vinedresser. Any branch in Me that does not bear fruit [that stops bearing] He cuts away (trims off, takes away); and He cleanses and repeatedly prunes every branch that continues to bear fruit, to make it bear more and richer and more excellent fruit.
You are cleansed and pruned already, because of the word which I have given you [the teachings I have discussed with you]. Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me.John 15:1-4 (AMPC)
We need to make a conscious decision to walk with God daily in order to bear fruit.
The fruit of God in our lives comes by the grace of God and causes us to be called Christ’s disciples.
We bear fruit when we are submitted to Christ and enjoy constant fellowship with Him. Being connected to Christ is the same as the branches been connected to the vine and deriving nourishment from there.
Jesus answered, If a person [really] loves Me, he will keep My word [obey My teaching]; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home (abode, special dwelling place) with him.John 14:23 (AMPC)
I have loved you, [just] as the Father has loved Me; abide in My love [continue in His love with Me]. If you keep My commandments [if you continue to obey My instructions], you will abide in My love and live on in it, just as I have obeyed My Father’s commandments and live on in His love.John 15:9-10 (AMPC)
Abiding is a place of remaining in His love and walking in obedience.
The word of God sanctifies us. When God speaks a word to us it is laced with the ability to makes us become.
You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and I have appointed you [I have planted you], that you might go and bear fruit and keep on bearing, and that your fruit may be lasting [that it may remain, abide], so that whatever you ask the Father in My Name [as presenting all that I AM], He may give it to you.John 15:16 (AMPC)
As believers we doubt because we think we are not enough yet we forget that we didn’t call or choose ourselves. We are who God says we are and that is what should matter to us the most. Our God will see His word through, ours is to believe and guard our hearts.
Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.Proverbs 4:23 (AMPC)
The word of God is a seed in our hearts that needs to be guarded. It requires us to say no to the doubts that creep in our hearts and decree the word of God over our lives.
As for what was sown on thin (rocky) soil, this is he who hears the Word and at once welcomes and accepts it with joy; Yet it has no real root in him, but is temporary (inconstant, lasts but a little while); and when affliction or trouble or persecution comes on account of the Word, at once he is caused to stumble [he is repelled and begins to distrust and desert Him Whom he ought to trust and obey] and he falls away.Matthew 13:20-21 (AMPC)
As believers we should be be careful about allowing the worries and cares of this life to destroy the word of God that is already deposited in our hearts.
We cannot be too busy to hear or engage with God. We need to remain plugged in by always surrendering to God.
There is a place of total dependency in God that we need to access to walk in deeper levels with Him.
As believers let us be quick to obey when God speaks as all His words have a corresponding grace.