Four main types of believers
““ I am the true Vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that continues to bear fruit, He [repeatedly] prunes, so that it will bear more fruit [even richer and finer fruit]. You are already clean because of the word which I have given you [the teachings which I have discussed with you]. Remain in Me, and I [will remain] in you. Just as no branch can bear fruit by itself without remaining in the vine, neither can you [bear fruit, producing evidence of your faith] unless you remain in Me. I am the Vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him bears much fruit, for [otherwise] apart from Me [that is, cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in Me, he is thrown out like a [broken off] branch, and withers and dies; and they gather such branches and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you remain in Me and My words remain in you [that is, if we are vitally united and My message lives in your heart], ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified and honored by this, when you bear much fruit, and prove yourselves to be My [true] disciples.” John 15:1-8 AMP
1. Does not bear fruit (A fan of Christ, but not a true follower). If we want to bear fruit we need to have a desire to abide in God and believe in His good and perfect will. This desire comes from having faith in God’s promises and being obedient to the prompting of God’s Holy Spirit. If you do now know how to listen to the Holy Spirit pray and ask the Holy Spirit to open your spiritual eyes and your heart. This is the only way to understand and truly know what God requires of you.
2. Continues to bear fruit (A true follower of Christ learning to be obedient). When we have faith in God we are able to bear fruit, but why settle there. We can bear more fruit by allowing God to prune our lives. But don’t expect God to do everything for you. You have to make a choice and consistently work on not going back to things that God prunes out of your life because these things are not in line with God’s will. If you do not chose to work on these things then ultimately you are putting your wants before your needs because God knows what we need. He has a bigger and better plan for us. Let the things that are no longer good for you expire and fall away.
3. Bears much fruit (A true follower of Christ who tries to be consistently obedient). You are allowing God to prune you and you reap more fruits of the spirit to do God’s works. This is a reward for your obedience. God rewards His good and faithful children on His own timeline. He knows when we are ready to receive certain gifts and He knows when we are not ready. Sometimes we ask for patience, but when we are placed in situations that require us to be patient we moan and complain. We have to learn how to receive gifts from God, regardless of how it is delivered. It helps to to have a “glass half full” perception when we are faced with circumstances so we can continue to bear more fruit.
4. Cut off from the branches (God) (Was a true follower of Christ, but lost faith). Jesus tells us that those who do not abide in Him will be cut off from the branches, thrown into the fire and burned. This is difficult to accept, but it’s the reality of God’s will for us. We have to know God and have a relationship with Him and accept who He says that Jesus is (our Lord and Savior). When we allow the pruning process to take place we accept spiritual transformation, but when we do not we reject it and eternal life with God as well. “Knowing” who Jesus is, is not enough. You must be in a daily and personal relationship with Jesus to bear the fruits of the Holy Spirit.
It is important for us to learn how to be consistent in our faith. This can involve staying in one place for a long time and learning how to cope with our struggles. Yes the struggle can be real… especially in real through the hardest times, but running from the struggle will only cause more pain. We have to learn how to face our challenges so we can learn from it and grow. The struggles that we face is our test and burden to carry. We can conquer every test that we face if we learn how to turn them into testimonies!
What kind of fruit?
“But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] islove [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self–control. Against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature together with its passions and appetites.”
Galatians 5:22-24 AMP
Some people will read this verse and still not understand and that’s okay. Take your time. God knows your heart. Prayer is so important. Jesus said that we must ask for what we want, with faith and in line with God’s will, and that we will receive it. So ask for what you need in order to understand God’s will and you shall receive it.
Fans vs Followers
“If we [claim to] livebythe [Holy] Spirit, wemust also walk by the Spirit [with personal integrity, godly character, and moral courage—our conduct empowered by the Holy Spirit]. We must not become conceited, challenging or provoking one another, envying one another.”
Galatians 5:25-26 AMP
There is a difference between being a “Fan of Christ” and a “Follower of Christ”. A fan of Christ bears no fruit at all. A fan cannot bear fruit because there is no good foundation to plant a seed. A true follower of Christ bears spiritual fruit. This fruit would not wither if it is rooted in Christ, our strong foundation. Some followers have little fruit and some have an abundance of fruit. It is important that we do not covet the fruit of our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. We have to learn how to be thankful for the fruits that we have. If we become ungrateful this can distract us and pull us away from God causing us to lose the fruit because spiritual fruit cannot continue to grow when it is cut off from its God.
Job is the best example of a true follower who bears many fruits
“Then Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head [in mourning for the children], and he fell to the ground and worshiped [God]. He said, “Naked (without possessions) Icame [into this world] from my mother’s womb, And naked I will return there. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; Blessed be the name of the LORD.” Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God.”
Job 1:20-22 AMP
I urge you to read the whole story of Job for yourself so you can see the bigger picture of ho strong his faith in God was. His story is the best example of what it means to be a true follower. Job was consistently faithful and obedient to God whilst facing many hardships and struggles. He had a skin disease, an unbelieving wife, lost his seven sons, three daughters, seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen, five hundred asses and his many servants. He was blameless, but his friends doubted him and asked him what he did to deserve this? Nothing! Did he curse God and die, like his wife instructed him to do? No! I don’t think that the thought even crossed his mind.
Instead, Job abided in God and cried out to Him in the midst of it all. We witness how strong and merciful God is when we acknowledge that we are weak and broken and that we need Him. We are insignificant in comparison to God. God does not owe us anything, but Job’s wealth was returned several times bigger, he had another 10 children and he lived for another 140 years. God loves His children and treats each and every one of us with special care. He knows what each individuals needs. He sees us and accepts us for who we are. We have to let Him do his work within us if we want to bear much fruit and spiritually prosper. Is that not special? ❤️ 🙌🏾
“And he will be like a tree firmly planted [and fed] by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season; Its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers [and comes to maturity].” Psalms 1:3 AMP
The truth will set you free!
“I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose—I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.]” Philippians 4:13 AMP
We need to have a glass half full perspective to survive in this devil ruled world. It’s hard to understand God’s unconditional love and His promises if we look at them from a hopeless perspective. We are disobedient when we lack wisdom (spiritual understanding ) and faith. Yes, God does allow things to happen. Does He put them into action? No! The devil is the ruler of this world. He is free to do what he pleases because he also has free will. There is no “heaven on earth”. That is nonsensical. We are born into sin because we live in a world currently controlled by sin.
Do you want to be a puppet on a string? Everyone has free will, but without God’s help it’s hard for us to know what to do. The devil comes to kill, steal and destroy our hope and faith in God. Do not be a tool at his disposal. We serve a God who has real love for us because He created us with free will so we can choose to willingly serve Him. We can either eat of the fruit of life and have death or eat of the spiritual fruit and have eternal life.