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Colossians 1:9-14
Psalm 98:2-6
Luke 5:1-11

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more and more fruit

"They caught such a great number of fish that their nets were at the breaking point." —Luke 5:6

Spiritual fruitfulness is based on obeying Jesus, especially when He commands us to do something beyond our human understanding. When we obey the Lord for no reason other than that He said so, we will see the glory of God (see Lk 5:5).

When we are spiritually fruitful, a war explodes. The Lord is calling us to overcome fear, repent of sin, and do greater things than we, or even Jesus, have done before (Jn 14:12). In contrast, the evil one, because we have become a threat to him, rages at us (see Rv 12:12). In this war, if we die to ourselves (Jn 12:24) and live in Jesus (Jn 15:5), we bear abundant and even greater fruit. This dynamic continues so that we become more and more fruitful and holy as we resist the temptations of the evil one. This is the pattern we see in the early Church as described in the Acts of the Apostles.

Obey Jesus; attack the devil; die to self; live in Him. Grow from "grace to grace" (Jn 1:16, our transl.) and "from glory to glory" (2 Cor 3:18).

Prayer:  Father, may I bear increasingly abundant fruit.

Promise:  The Father "rescued us from the power of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of His beloved Son." —Col 1:13

Praise:   Frances prayed to God to enable her to finally conceive, and was blessed with triplets.

Reference:  (The Spirit will pour out love in your heart if you read the Bible daily. For encouragement, order any or all of these audio or video tapes: Ignorance of Scriptures is Ignorance of ChristHow to Pray the Bible on audio AV 82-3 or on video V-82, How to Read the Bible on audio AV 46-3 or on video V-46, Principles of Bible Interpretation, audio AV 79-1, video V-79, Biblical Counseling, audio AV 13A-1, AV 13A-3, AV 13B-3 or on video starting with V-13A.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 27, 2017

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