Fruit Trees

“By the river on its bank, on one side and on the other, will grow all kinds of trees for food.  Their leaves will not wither and their fruit will not fail.  They will bear every month because their water flows from the sanctuary, and their fruit will be for food and their leaves for healing.”  Ezekiel 47:12

My second son always loved his fruit.  When he was young, he decided that he did not want a mansion in heaven; he would rather pitch a tent in God’s orchard!  I quite agree!  Fruit is sweet and nutritious. 

Psalm 1 compares the man that is a serious student of God’s word to a fruit tree.  One that is planted by streams of life giving water, that yields its fruit in its season, and whose leaves do not wither.  This man will prosper in all that he does.  Are you bearing fruit each season of your life?  Are you standing against the burning accusations and torrential storms of life?  Are you prospering in your spiritual walk?

The answer is to be firmly planted in the word of God and allow the Holy Spirit to teach you and train you through the word.  Fruit will grow naturally when you are being fed and your arms are raisid in  praise and adoration and worship of the Tree Maker and the Son Giver!

Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  Against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22).  Which fruit are you lacking in?  Begin to pray to God to produce this fruit in abuncance in your life.  Look for ways to practice the fruit, and rejoice when each little bloom begins to grow!  This fruit will be sweet and nutritious in your life!

Hint of the day:  Either draw or have your children draw some big pieces of fruit.  Label each one with a different fruit of the spirit and put them on your refrigerator.  Each week choose a different fruit to focus on, pray about, and research.  You can find people in the Bible and in your life that display each fruit and those who don’t!  Role play situations at home when the fruit would be needed.  Look for opportunities to surprise each other with a extra helping of the fruit of the week.

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