encouragement today for the fruit you have not seen

Guess who is packing again!? Any guesses on where I am heading tomorrow afternoon? (Here is a hint, it isn’t Africa, it’s a part of the world I have never been) I will keep you updated along this special journey!

Today I felt lead to share this bible verse

“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

I am not sure who needs to be reminded of this but I felt lead to post this verse and remind you in the struggle of your work, family, jobs or ministries that apart from him we can do nothing. Sometimes we have mentalities that it is through our abilities that we can do everything. Unfortunately that can only take us so far.

I believe that everyone can experience seasons of dryness, discouragement, lack of faith, or depression I believe that it is also through these times that God proves to be faithful throughout the desert where we cannot see a way out. I encourage you today to press on, to keep on believing him for his promises, and when the time is right you will see the fruit when you do everything onto his glory.

I remember my first few months in Ghana when I would doubt myself, tell myself that I wasn’t able or worthy to be doing such a large task that seemed bigger than my abilities. Little did I know that the Lord only needed me to trust him, so that I could see how big of a God he is, who epuips us for tasks so big, it could only be achieved through him. In those exact moments I realized that it wasn’t through my abilities anyway, it was through him, and if I trusted him and allowed him to work through me, then in his time I would see the fruit of my labor.

Here is a clip from my morning devotion that I felt tied in beautifully

I understood what “fruit of the Spirit” (Gal. 5:22-23) meant but was never sure which of those qualities, if any, would be apparent in me from day to day. God let me stew in my anxiety until I was fully committed to finding out if His Word was true or not. I encountered my answer in a biography of Hudson Taylor, the founder of China Inland Missions. For a long time he, too, felt that his efforts fell short of the Lord’s expectations. But Taylor came to realize that God wanted believers to trust Him fully and rest on His promises. So when Jesus Christ said to abide in Him, He meant that His followers were to stop striving and struggling. Instead they were to trust Him to subdue their flesh.” – this passage was taken from In Touch Ministries daily Devotions 

I was able to recognize that christians doubt themselves, we feel that our efforts fall short everyday, but when we come to realize that God is worthy of being able to trust with the big things and small things, we can remain in Christ for what God has called us to do.

Over a year later, looking back on this moment where I couldn’t fathom seeing any fruit, I see the fruit through my children. I have seen their sorrows and tramua turn into joy and confience. Through loving them everyday, even when I questioned if it was working, I now see how God works in the small moments and produces bigger results than we could ever imagine. I see their love for the Lord, for each other. Their compassion for the needy in other communities and their desire to serve God in their future. I see how when we press on even when it looks as if nothing is happening, our little day to day tasks will amount to something magnificent if we truly abide in him. It is amazing what God can do when we are willing to allow him to work through us, even when we don’t “see” or “feel” him.

Today I encourage you to abide in him, and fruit will appear in his timing, continue to press into his goodness and hold onto his promises when all odds look against you! He will never leave you for forsake you, the Lord your God is mighty to save and he wants YOU to keep pushing into him. Apart from him, we can do nothing, with him we can do the impossible!

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

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Here is our Sammy who has a passion to farm. He is able to collect his harvest from months and months of attending to his farm 🙂 Have a blessed day

You are all loved,

Devon

 

 

4 thoughts on “encouragement today for the fruit you have not seen

  1. Thank you for this note of encouragement to us, Dev. The song “Before the Morning” by Josh Wilson perfectly describes what you’re talking about.

    Do you wonder why you have to,
    Feel the things that hurt you,
    If there’s a God who loves you,
    Where is He now?

    Or maybe, there are things you can’t see
    And all those things are happening
    To bring a better ending
    Some day, some how, you’ll see, you’ll see

    Would you dare, would you dare, to believe,
    That you still have a reason to sing,
    ‘Cause the pain that you’ve been feeling,
    It can’t compare to the joy that’s coming

    So hold on, you gotta wait for the light
    Press on, and just fight the good fight
    ‘Cause the pain that you’ve been feeling,
    It’s just the dark before the morning

    My friend, you know how this all ends
    And you know where you’re going,
    You just don’t know how you get there
    So say a prayer.
    And hold on, cause there’s good for those who love God,
    Life is not a snapshot, it might take a little time,
    But you’ll see the bigger picture

    Would you dare, would you dare, to believe,
    That you still have a reason to sing,
    ‘Cause the pain that you’ve been feeling,
    It can’t compare to the joy that’s coming

    So hold on, you gotta wait for the light
    Press on, and just fight the good fight
    Cause the pain that you’ve been feeling,
    It’s just the dark before the morning
    Yeah, yeah,
    Before the morning,
    Yeah, yeah

    Once you feel the way of glory,
    All your pain will fade to memory
    Once you feel the way of glory,
    All your pain will fade to memory
    Memory, memory, yeah

    Would you dare, would you dare, to believe,
    That you still got a reason to sing,
    ‘Cause the pain that you’ve been feeling,
    It can’t compare to the joy that’s coming

    Would you dare, would you dare, to believe,
    That you still got a reason to sing,
    ‘Cause the pain that you’ve been feeling,
    It can’t compare to the joy that’s coming

    Com’n, you gotta wait for the light
    Press on, and just fight the good fight
    Cause the pain that you’ve been feeling,
    It’s just the hurt before the healing
    All the pain that you’ve been feeling,
    It’s just the dark before the morning
    Before the morning, yeah, yeah
    Before the morning!

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  2. Hi Devon,

    Thank you for the encouragement to persevere in the work of the Lord, our labor is not in vain. His promise is not to grow weary in doing good but in due time we will reap a harvest!

    What a beautiful picture of Sammy! His countenance is so different from the boy I met last year, so timid and frightened. God is so good and faithful. Have a wonderful trip and I’m looking forward to hear all the God moments on this trip.

    Praying for divine protection and direction!

    Xoxo Pat

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