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Condition For Spiritual Fruitfulness Among Men
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Published: Wednesday, 24th November 2021

By: John Ojoagbene

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CONDITION FOR SPIRITUAL FRUITFULNESS AMONG MEN

Understanding What It Means To Die To Self-Life

There is no good farmer that won't plant grain for the next season because of his satisfaction with the harvest of last season, rather, everyone desires more and more at every season (day). If the seed of grain must die to be able to produce more, then death ought not to be a seasonal thing for a spiritual seed (son), we must keep dying daily and perpetually so we can turn in more harvest into the kingdom. The Bible says in John 12:24: "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain."

 

If death is the only condition that produces more and more fruits in and through our lives unto God, the Father of us all, then the dying of yesterday wouldn't be sufficient for the fruit of today — our dying must be habitual; daily experience. What does it mean to die to self-life? To die to self means choosing or preferring the will and interest of God for our individual life far and above our personal interest, likeness, hunger, ambitions, and experience. It is letting go of our daily choices that lead towards self-pleasing rather than God; pleasing to laying hold of His Will or plans for our lives — preferring the interest of God far above the yearning of our passion and fashion. Saying no to what is not God to embrace His plans and programs for our lives— putting God first in our daily living— seeking God’s will in everything and putting God first in all things whether in words, actions, and walk.

 

Our dying must not exclude anything whatsoever. We must indeed die to all — die to self life, self anger, self ambition, self annoyance, self praise, self thank you, self seeking, self hunger, and self all. No dead man counts any of these anymore. If we must be angry for any just cause, then our anger must be unto the Lord, meaning, our reason for being angry must be against sin, and the result must be that righteousness is birthed, or taught or shown to him/her that has erred. But if being angry is based on self dissatisfaction about a thing just for the sake of being angry, and not spiritual expression of dissatisfaction in order to rebuke, correct, the one who has gone astray, then we are refusing to stay dead, so we can use every opportunity to win souls from error.

 

We must indeed live in this consciousness of a physically dead person. It is because a dead man is actually dead that make it possible for anyone to rob (take away from) him of his possessions, if not he won't leave all his labour for another to inherit. Have you ever seen or heard of a dead body telling anyone that is not a particular person's mate, that it deserves some respect? I have never heard, nor have seen such a situation. A dead body is empty of self-ego, it is left to the mercy of all and sundry. Whether a dead body is disregarded, it is of no interest to it. Whether it is laid on a bed or floor or thorns, nothing else matter.

 

No wonder, many who followed Jesus the other day left Him saying to Him, "Your teachings are hard sayings, who can endure them." But it is the only condition that can make us fruitful unto God, and the GLORY of God will not be at risk in our hands. Except death happens to us— we have reckoned ourselves dead to all that the flesh could agitate for— the self in us will drag with or for what is not meant to be handled (taken) by man — the GLORY of God. That's why many could cry throughout a generation that the Lord should find a use in them, yet, heaven is saying, " Except you die, we can't trust you with our Glory, power, and Mysteries ".

 

Will you accept to die to win the trust of heaven, so that you (and I) don't abide alone in our generation? God won't jump His principles for us, for He didn't spare Christ Jesus. Our personal appetites for self-glory, self-name, self-entity, self-empire, and the likes must be given up if we want to appear approved unto our Father who is in heaven for maximum spiritual fruitfulness. Our dying must not be hypocritical, it must not be seasonal like seasonal seeds, it must be daily for as long as there is breath of life in our nostril. Jesus must be our endless choice regardless of time, place, seasons, and circumstances.

 

We must be truthful, and not count it a robbery to have died for the will of God coming to pass in our lives. It is a robbery when we begin to feel like saying, "if not for the fact that I am a Christian, I won't allow u to do this rubbish to me". No, it means there is still something we are desiring to gain or build for self recognition — meaning we are yet to have self laid to rest. We must endure all things, just like He endured all things and humbled Himself till death on the Cross. Death is gain; a principle that cannot be compromised for anyone man or woman that will make spiritual impact in his or her days. May the Lord help us to attain to this demand daily in Jesus’ name.


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Lord Jesus, I confess to you that I have sinned against the LORD God - in the rebellion of my heart, I have disappointed your expectations on my life. I have fallen from Your grace and followed wrong influences around me. Today, I retrace my steps back to you - and I ask that in your mercy you accept me as your son and give to me (again) the promise of the Father - the Holy Spirit. Lord Jesus, please, come and make my heart your home, and from there rule in the affairs of all men. In Jesus Name I have prayed.

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There is a vacuum in every man that only God can fill. Any effort to fill it with other things is a wasted effort. That feeling of emptiness will always come up because we were not made to be self-sufficient but God sufficient.


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