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Bear Good Fruit For God! - The Hem eDevotional
April 02, 2008

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"If I may but touch His garment...I Shall Be Whole!"
~Mark 5:28

Ameerah Lewis- Author

April 2, 2008
Issue #006
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In This Issue:

From Ameerah's Heart to Yours
A short note to you

Monthly Devotional
Time For Some Spring Cleaning!

Guest Columnist Article
How to Get Out of a Rut - by Guest Columnist Daniel N. Brown

New At The Hem!

New Bible lessons and resources from The Hem

From Ameerah's Heart To Yours: A short note to you...

Greetings from The Hem!

Welcome to another issue of The Hem Devotional!  I feel so blessed that you've invited me into your life to share the things God has shared with me with you.

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Well, depending on where you live in this great big world, you may be seeing signs of Spring time.  There's a tradition in many parts of the world called "Spring Cleaning."  It's a designated time where you go through your home and clean, clean, clean.  

In this issue of The Hem Devotional, we aren't  going to talk about spring cleaning our houses, but our lives.

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Monthly Devotional: Let's Do Some Spring Cleaning!

Spring Devotion - Get Your Cleaning Supplies!

Any branch in Me that does not bear fruit [that stops bearing] He cuts away (trims off, takes away); and He cleanses and repeatedly prunes every branch that continues to bear fruit, to make it bear more and richer and more excellent fruit.  -John 15:2-3 (AMP)

As I look out my window, I'm beginning to see s few signs of Spring Time.  The days are getting longer, and I even heard a bird singing its praises to God when I woke up this morning - What a beautiful sound!

For many people, spring time brings with it one of my least favorite traditions: Spring Cleaning - Oh My!  That means scrubbing my house from top to bottom.  Walls.  Windows, and everything in between.

But, you know what my least favorite part of spring cleaning is?  Pulling out all of my old things, and deciding what items have passed their prime.

Why is that so hard for me?  Because,  I have to admit, I'm a bit of a pack rat.  And, sometimes, I have a hard time letting go.   

But, when I take an honest look around my house, it's obvious that something has got to give!  I know in the back of my mind that there's just not enough room to keep everything.  

Have you ever felt that way about things in your daily life?  I know I have.

Sometimes, I take on so many different things that my life starts to look a lot like my house - Cluttered!  

But, God's will is not for your life to be cluttered.  His will is for you to have His peace and His joy - Two things that life's clutter alway seems to crowd out.

I love the way Jesus explains it in John 15, "Any branch in Me that does not bear fruit [that stops bearing] He cuts away."  Really, we have to look at our lives that way.  We have to stop and ask ourselves, what is really bearing fruit for the Lord, and what isn't.  If it isn't, we need God's help to cut it away to make room for things that will bear fruit for Him.

You know, sometimes things that God gives us to do are a lot like clothes - They're just seasonal.  They're things that God has given us to do only for a season, and then to let go.  But, many times we try to hang on to those things much longer than we were ever intended.  

Why? Maybe we have hidden fears that if we stop doing them, we will disappoint someone or let someone down.  Maybe our self-worth has become so attached to that activity that we are afraid of what will happen if we let it go.  

But, Jesus says, "When you bear (produce) much fruit, My Father is honored and glorified" (John 15:8 AMP).  I know that you truly want to glorify God. So, isn't it time to take an honest  look at what you do on a daily basis, and ask God if it is still bearing good fruit?

Of course I am not saying go out tomorrow and ditch all of your commitments (especially your marriage or other covenant commitments).  But, as a child of God, we all have to learn to hear His voice guiding us towards His will for our lives. It's when we are in His will that we truly bear good fruit for Him.  

Just like the 7 year old clothes hanging in the back of my closet,  when we hold on to things God is calling us to let go of, they take up space in our lives that He's already designated for something fresh and new!

If you feel that God is calling you to de-clutter your life, pray and tell your Heavenly Father that you are totally giving  your life over to Him today.  Ask Him to show you what areas in your life need a bit of Spring Cleaning.  Then, ask for His help in getting rid of anything in your life that isn't bearing good fruit for Him.  

Monthly Meditations
Scripture Memory Card

Print this scripture memory card, and meditate on these words from God throughout the month.  Allow His Word to renew your mind as you cleanse your life of anything that does not bear good fruit for Him.

Lord, Help Me To Cleanse My Life of Every Barren Place

THEREFORE, SINCE these [great] promises are ours, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that contaminates and defiles body and spirit, and bring [our] consecration to completeness in the [reverential] fear of God. 
-2 Corinthians 7:1 (AMP)

Any branch in Me that does not bear fruit [that stops bearing] He cuts away (trims off, takes away); and He cleanses and repeatedly prunes every branch that continues to bear fruit, to make it bear more and richer and more excellent fruit. -John 15:2-3 (AMP)

...Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me. Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head.  -John 13:8-9

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Guest Columnist Article: How to Get Out of a Rut
By Guest Columnist Daniel N. Brown

Do you feel like you are caught up in the same old routine day after day and feel like you're getting nowhere? Do you feel like you are capable of having more, doing more, and being more?

When we get the fact that God created us as human "beings" (not human "doings"), we will begin to understand that we must "be" in order to "do," and we must "do" in order to have.

The first step is to "be," and "being" involves change.

Unfortunately, most people hate change, and despise it with a passion. But, life is always in the process of change. There is nothing in life that is stagnant. We are either in the process of growth or in the process of decay. 

Look what happens to a fruit after it reaches it's ripest stage... it rots.

Change is the only thing that is constant in life. It's always happening, and we are either moving forward in life or we are moving backward.

As things continue to change, we just have to accept this fact. And, not only that, but prepare for it. This way, we will be ahead of the curve instead of behind it.

If you truly want to enjoy an abundant and prosperous life you must embrace change. Life is all about change and there is no escaping it.  

Now, the reason most people hate change is because they are insecure and do not trust themselves enough to handle it. But, God says, "Cast your care on Me, for I care for you" (1 Peter 5:7). He holds all of our tomorrows, and nothing in life can touch us, unless He allows it.

Change is good, and a person is the most happy when he or she is working toward a goal. That’s why "success" is not a destination to be reached. "Success" is the journey! And, along the journey there will obviously be change.  

Who really wants to experience a life without a challenge? Be honest, how bored would you be with nothing to strive toward?

If the only difference between being in a rut and a being in grave is the dirt in your face, then I want out of the rut!

God wants us to prosper! But we will not prosper sitting around fearing the inevitable, which is “change.” It’s coming, so don't wait for it, but go after it before it comes after you! Be ahead of the curve instead of behind it. Expect change, and prepare for it. In fact, desire it, and prosper.

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