Joh 15:1-2; Jam 1:2-4; Joh 12:23-26; Phi 3:10; 1The 2:15; Eph 1:18-21.
ROMANS-311-111116 - length: 53:56 - taught on Nov, 16 2011
What is discernment?
“You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?”
“Every branch [believer] in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away [discipline]; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it [suffering for blessing] so that it may bear more fruit.”
Suffering is part of the plan of God for our life.
Once the pruning happens, I can look forward to a new season of tremendous spiritual growth, productivity and fruitfulness in my life.
This EVENT of affliction in our life, suffering for blessing, is designed by God to be the catalyst for many good things.
Several N.T. passages have this string of growth by stages. Each time the growth results from some form of suffering or affliction.
Consider -take the time to change your mind.
Know - why we do what we do in Bible class.
Let - Let the Holy Spirit’s work in you continue.
One of the worst things about affliction is the pressure that seems to come on us about what we are supposed to do.
The plan of God, as you allow it to unfold, it has its own power in residence to do all this!
The power is pre-packaged, progressive, and perfect.