Inner fruit can keep you smiling

Jesus, teach me
How to be a field
Where the fruit
Of the Spirit can flourish.

Abundant fruit
Of God’s Spirit
Can’t grow
Inside me
Until I allow
Jesus and His
Rivers of living water
To freely flow
And irrigate me
From within.

The fruit of God’s Spirit
Is a slow grow.
It doesn’t come from
What you know
About God
But from letting His presence
Continually cultivate and hoe
Your heart.

God designed your life to be a fruitful faith farm. Try not to turn it into an overrun weed field. Today, life weeds and forbidden fruit overflow with deceptive appeal, false advertising and misleading marketing. Those who consume them seldom love their after taste and outcomes.

Your life overflows with the fruit of your own doing. If you aren’t happy with it change what you’re doing.

I want to be a fruit basket of God’s Spirit. Then people can “taste and see that the Lord is good.”

Christianity is about “Christ in you.” To experience its fruit in your life it something Christ needs to continually be experienced in your daily life, not just lectured about on Sunday. “The hope of glory” isn’t you in church. It’s “Christ in you.” When God touches your heart, and His tears begin to flow don’t hold back His rivers of living water.

Most of what you find in your personal “produce section” has been produced by your choices and behaviors. It’s the fruit of your actions and reactions. When you plant bad seeds in your life, you’ll grow a lot of bad fruit. However, today’s common nonsense says that you can plant seeds of self-destruction and never have to face their harvest.

Branches loaded with the fruit of God’s spirit bow low. They don’t rise up with pride. Apart from Jesus and His living water, we might grow lemons but we’re unable to produce the fruit of the Spirit.

The further you get from the tree of life, the less good fruit you will have in your heart. Awareness of God is the fruit of observation. Nature and your own inner being reveal His reality.

The fruit of the Christian life is that “Christ is formed in you.” God’s purpose for Christ-followers is that we “be conformed to the image of his Son.” True Christ-followers are the people continually “press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

I’ve noticed that many people who vigorously resist the fruit of being influenced by God, eagerly embrace the fruit of the influence of other people’s destructive behaviors. The fruit having a religious expert lecture you about God is greatly inferior to the fruit of experience Him for yourself.

Self-love goes up and down but God’s love never fails. Which love will you trust? In this spiritually dry world, the fruit of God’s Spirit can be irrigated by reading the Bible with an open humble heart.

To successfully navigate
Your way thru life
And cultivate
Well being
You’ll need to subjugate
Some of your feelings
And desires.

Trees and bushes
Are known by
What they produce:
An apple orchard,
A grape vineyard
A peach plantation.
A blueberry patch,
A lemon grove,
A Mulberry tree,
A tumble weed,
A thornbush.
What kind are you?

The sun at night
Though out of sight
Still shines.
The same with
The Son of God.

Photo by Binti Malu on

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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