~ Luke 8:8-11 (NKJV)
"If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit."
~ John 15:7-8 (NKJV)
In my Bible I have the following sermon notes on the parable of the seed and soil of Luke chapter 8. I apologize that I don't have the name of the pastor to whom they should be credited.
There are four requirements for growing fruit in a believer's life:
- Seed (the Word of God, Luke 8:11) planted deeply in good soil of a heart softened by water of the Spirit (Ezekiel 36:26-27) to establish strong roots;
- Eliminate weeds and thorns (worries, riches, pleasures of this world) which compromise strong plants (Luke 8:14);
- Cut off (prune) whatever bears little or no fruit (John 15:2);
- Allow time for maturity (James 1:4).
- Repentance of sin (Matthew 3:8);
- The Spirit's fruit of love, joy, peace, patient longsuffering, kindness, goodness (God-ness, holiness), faithfulness, gentle meekness, temperate self-control (Galatians 5:22-23);
- New shoots (used by God to bring spiritual growth in the lives of others, 1 Corinthians 3:6);
- Service to others (Mark 10:43).
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