Posted by: lifestreamsflow1 | July 25, 2010

Best Seasons to Bear Fruit

Through all the adult seasons of my life, since age 28…to the last 35 years, I have cried to my God, called upon His Name, lifted up my voice to Him…and then LISTENED…listened for His still small voice to speak comfort, love, guidance, direction, correction, and insight…teaching me things that I did not know and could not know except through Him, My Counselor!

“Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice! Have mercy also upon me and answer me. When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You, “Your Face, Lord, I will seek! Do not hide Your face from me. Do not turn Your servant away in anger. You have been my help. Do not leave me nor forsake me, O God of my salvation. When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take care of me!

“Teach me Your way, O Lord. And lead me in a smooth path because of my enemies. Do not deliver me to the will of my adversaries. For false witnesses have risen against me, and such as breath out violence. I would have lost heart UNLESS I had believed that I would SEE the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! WAIT upon the Lord. Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart. Wait, I say, upon the Lord,” Psalms 27:7-15

“And let us not grow weary, while doing good, for in due season we shall reap…IF we faint not!” Galatians 6:9

The verse before that speaks of the context of what we will reap in “due season”…and it is this. If we sow to our flesh during the seasons of our lives…our prayers will be fleshly, asking mostly for things that we “want”, and we will reap corruption…that which does not last! BUT if we will sow to the Spirit…the Word of God says that we will, of the Spirit, reap everlasting LIFE!”   Whatsoever we sow, that is exactly what we will reap! As we sow to the Spirit in our lives…our prayers shall be by the spirit. Then the due season result will be everlasting LIFE…IF we do not grow weary and give up before the time to bear fruit!

I have written before of a deep conviction that I hold. Our God “says what He means, and He means what He says!”

He tells us to sow to the Spirit…to breathe in His Spirit in prayer and breath out His Spirit in prayers and supplications…praying always in the Spirit. Praying by the Spirit that is HOLY! Praying as HE would pray…seeking the Father, being still …waiting upon Him in ALL things. Listening for His still small voice of personal direction and guidance…ALL the days of our lives!

Our God knows that prayer is to our spirit what air is to our human life. Without prayer…our spirit shrivels up! It becomes weak and sick, dormant and silent, asleep and unfruitful! He spoke even to His disciples in the garden and said, “Can you not pray with me ONE HOUR?” He longs for our companionship, and He longs for us to be in a position of prayer daily so that we can hear Him when He is speaking to us!

Jesus calls us to fruitfulness…to bear fruit of His Spirit…love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, patience, self-control. This fruit grows only by His Spirit and was not meant to grow in spurts and fits but continuously, daily, air in, air out – prayer in…prayer out! These are living things that are to be nurtured and encouraged to grow in every season of our lives through obedience to enter into a life of prayer…a lifestyle of prayer…a steady, constant “connect” to the Vine. For apart from this living spirit flowing through the Vine to us…the branches…we wither, and we become unfruitful.

In the natural, different fruit are borne in changing seasons…each has a time. And we are to be fruit bearing in each season of our lives…even in the dark seasons…even in the times of sorrow and loss, we can bear the kind of fruit He speaks of in Galatians 5:22. These things are not to wither and die just because life gets hard and seems to close in on us. These are some of the BEST seasons to bear fruit to His glory! These seasons do not excuse us from bearing fruit…but rather they showcase by the stark contrast of light and dark, the beauty of the Lord!

It is then, more than ever, we are to cry out to Him. Call upon the Name of our God and receive of His spirit of might, strength, and counsel. Jesus IS the Light…and it is in times and seasons of darkness that we desperately NEED His light!  Jesus is always as near as the mention of His Name. Look unto Him. Call upon Him…yes, especially in the seasons of pain and hurt and sorrow and loss and confusion…those winter, bleak seasons. Even in them, the Son of Righteousness doth shine!

In my experience of years of prayer, all manner of prayer: thanksgiving, adoration, repentance, praise, intercession, confession, petition, supplication – of ALL these prayers – none have had a greater impact upon me than the “desperate prayers and cries” I have made these last ten years in my widowhood since my husband was suddenly absent from the body and present with the Lord. He hears and answers such desperate cries for mercy, strength, provision, protection, direction, healing, and more knowledge of Him!

“He sent from above, He took me, He drew me out of many waters…deep waters; He delivered me from my strong enemy, from those who hated me, for they were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my calamity…BUT the Lord was my support.” Psalm 18: 16-19

“One thing have I desired of the Lord and that will I seek after. That I may dwell in the house of the Lord ALL the days of my life to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple. For in the time of trouble, He shall hide me in His pavilion, in the secret place of His tabernacle, He shall hide me. He shall set me high upon a rock…a place of safety!” Psalm 27:4-5

DETERMINATION: Working intently to accomplish goals regardless of the opposition.

“Jesus Christ is the SAME…yesterday, today, and forever!” Hebrews 13:8

Looking unto JESUS,

Sandy

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Responses

  1. Sandy,
    This was so heart felt and beautifully written! Thank you so much for glorifying the Lord and gently teaching as you did in this piece.
    I have not been able to keep up with you due to such pressing things happening in the ministry here but you are a “hallmark” of friendship from the past and I really hope to stay more in touch. From the days of Volunteers for Jesus– the Lord has wooed you and developed a mighty warrior for Him. May He always be your first love…
    In admiration and friendship,

    Carla

  2. This is life giving and packed with spiritual food for thought, inspiring me to pray always. When I feel sad or purposeless there is a reason–lack of spending time with Jesus the Lifeline. Simple but profound reminder!

    • Thanks so much, Wilma. You are such an encourager!


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