Book of Rememberance

Malachi 3:16

Filled with The Fruits of Righteousness

on December 31, 2010

In Philippians 1:11 Paul prays an awesome prayer!     May you abound in and be filled with the fruits of righteousness which come through Jesus Christ, to the Honour and Praise of God that His Glory may be both manifested and recognized.

The Fruits of righteousness – coming through Christ Jesus…… how does this take place in our lives? How can I become a person filled with the fruits of righteousness?

In searching for answers to this very topic I was lead to Hosea 10:11-12.

Ephraim is a trained heifer that loves to thresh; so I will put a yoke on her fair neck. 1)I will drive Ephraim, 2)Judah must plow, and 3)Jacob must break up the ground. Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until He comes and showers His righteousness on you.

1) One Hebrew meaning of Ephraim is fruitful as in Genesis 41:52 “because God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering” Joseph second son was therefore named Ephraim.

The message is God HIMSELF will drive our fruits, direct us in fruitfulness. We know we can not bear good fruit on our own – we need to hang onto the vine and then we will produce the fruit glorifying to Him. (John 15)

2) Judah Shall plow – this is very exciting! We know Judah is praise in Hebrew but one English meaning of plow means to make a way (example plow through a book, plow through the snow) Our Praise literally Makes A Way!!!

Plowing in the agricultural definition is to turn up soil and prepare for seed. We learn in Luke 8:11 that our hearts are the soil and the seed is the word of God.In Hebrew the word plow means to hold peace! If our hearts are full of turmoil…this is particularly important as Hebrews 12:14 and 1 Peter 3:11 tells us to hold and pursue peace!!

In short Holding our peace is to plow and praise is the tool for plowing!

3) Jacob shall break his clods – clods means lump of soil/clay. Of lesser dignity/value.

All the hard stuff in our hearts need softening, breaking up. Jacob means supplanter in Hebrew – to take the place of something else. So good soil needs to be plowed by peace and praise to break up hard soil (hearts) and replace or supplant it with soft hearts instead. God Himself will accomplish this supplanting in our hearts.

Ezekiel 11:19 God says And I will give them one heart [a new heart] and I will put a new spirit within them; and I will take the stony [unnaturally hardened] heart out of their flesh, and will give them a heart of flesh [sensitive and responsive to the touch of their God]

God wants to replace things in our hearts of lesser dignity with fruits that will be growing in soft soil, plowed by praise!

………..TO BE CONTINUED………

Other things are needed for growing good fruit besides good, soft soil. But for today I will leave it here. Meditate on what God wants to do in our hearts, consider the breaking up and supplanting of all the clumps and the work that goes into plowing through clay and hard soil.

I suspect this is exactly what is taking place in my own life right now. My heart is very hard, cold, hurt and broken. But through it all God is continually softening it, churning it and breaking all the clods. As He does this I will cry through the agony but I also am determined to continue to lift His Holy name! Praise Him through it all and know that He will accomplish all the needs to be done and bring me through. He is Worthy of all Honour, Praise and Worship!

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