Pastor Barbara Alexander

Gen. 1:26-29 expressly and profoundly delineates God’s purpose here in the earth for mankind: Be fruitful; Multiply; Replenish the earth; Subdue the earth; HAVE dominion. Five simple commands that, when obeyed, will set the course for your life, establish the present and future for you and your offspring/seed, and influence and transform the world. In order to be fruitful or full of fruit you have to know what fruit is. Fruit is the reproductive body of a seed plant. It’s the part of the plant that recreates the seed of what it was produced from. The fruit is where replication takes place- where what that seed came from, is now reproduced. James 1:18 NIV “He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of all he created”. When God split eternity to create time in “the beginning”, He sowed His Word into the earth and produced man. Then He sowed the seed of His Word into man to reproduce Himself- created in His image and formed in His likeness. And He didn’t stop there, He sowed man into the earth to reproduce after his own kind. Time to produce some God designed and hand-crafted, God breathed, God blessed, God qualified fruit. Look, fruit does more than just make seed - it’s the succulent part of a plant. It’s where juice is produced and where moisture is contained. It’s where the reward is, juice is full of vitality, providing life to those who thirst- it’s the sweet spot. It’s the place where replenishment takes place. We’re called to produce juicy fruit- not prunes and raisins…

We just read in James that we are God’s first fruits and we know that fruit reproduces after its kind. I'm not talking just flesh and blood, human procreation, making babies- but being the first fruits of God, He intended for us to replicate= repeat and imitate who He is and what He does. Cause that’s what fruit does, it reproduces the seed of what it came from. Grapes don’t make grapefruit even though they both have “grape” in their name. The point is that there are Christians and there are "Christians", share the same name but not always the same seed! There’s a pear and a prickly pear- they both have sweet and even succulent fruit but one you can readily eat and be satisfied but the other will stick you and hurt you and drive you away and you’ll never be able to taste the fruit that it produces. Then there’s fruit that has no seed e.g. watermelons that are genetically altered, modified and mutated. The DNA has been subverted, distorted and misappropriated and it’s not what it was initially created to be. How can something reproduce itself without seed? It has to be man-made and manipulated- produced by human/natural effort. Listen, it’s the God part of you that produces God-seed and reproduces Godly acts. If you’re not producing fruit, check out whether you are producing seed. God-produced fruit always contains seed. Seed is also the effect or consequence of what you do. You can reproduce fruit out of your flesh, your pain, your past, your ignorance, your disobedience, your own mind or you can choose to let the God-seed in you produce. You can’t stop at just producing fruit- we’re commanded to be fruitful producing good results; conducive to an abundant yield. You have the freedom to choose whether you are going to just produce fruit, be full of fruit or fruitless. You have the ability to determine whether what comes from you is bare minimum, just enough or an abundant yield. But know this, you have been commanded by God to be full of fruit, to REPLICATE!

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Yours Because of Him, Pastor Barbara
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