Above all else we want to be fruitful in the Lord. But how does the fruitfulness come about? The fruitfulness we desire comes through the word in us. It is a living word grown to maturity within us that produces the fruitfulness of the kingdom of God. But how does the word come to maturity? It comes through many testings and adversity.
16 And He called for a famine upon the land; He broke the whole staff of bread.
17 He sent a man before them, Joseph, who was sold as a slave.
18 They afflicted his feet with fetters, He himself was laid in irons;
19 Until the time that his word came to pass, The word of the LORD tested him.
Every fulfillment for our lives begins with a word from God made real to our hearts. We rejoice in the glow of that word for a season but the glow eventually fades. Then begins the creative force by which that word is made fruitful in our lives. God refines His word in us until all that remains is that word. All of our soulish interpretations of that word die. We die to every hope and aspiration of that word on a human level. What remains is a pure word from God. It is Christ living in us in a practical manifestation.
When we attain this level of the word, fulfillment is assured. The initial word that God speaks goes from the theoretical to a living reality in our lives.
How blessed are the ones that hold the word dear that God has deposited in them! Most of Christianity follows various teachings. Certain teachings and revelation may witness to a Christian’s heart, and they feel blessed by what the hear, but this is not the same thing as God making real His word and us doggedly pursuing it until it is formed in us.
2nd Pet. 1:
1 ¶ Simon Peter, a bond-servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have received a faith of the same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ:
2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord;
3 seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.
4 For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.
It is the pursuit of the word that creates God’s nature in us! Pursuing the promises of God initiates His dealings that refine the word. The reason so few Christians ever produce the fruit of the word is because so few ever hold His word and believe it until it’s refined in their lives. Jumping from one teaching to another is deceptive because those teachings are never given a chance to bear fruit in our lives. For God’s word to live in us, we must first die on it.
Everything pertaining to the kingdom of God is the result of His word fulfilled in us. When Jesus said the kingdom is not coming with signs to be observed, but the kingdom of God is within us, it was a mystical reference to the Word made manifest in us. Everything that eventually manifests itself in the physical realm is first manifested within sons through their holding the word until it’s refined in their spirits. If we are among those who drink from many waters, constantly being “blessed” by various teachings and revelation, we will never produce the fruit of the kingdom. All it takes is one word from God made real to our hearts and refined seven times as gold is refined in the fire to produce the kingdom of God in us and through us. It’s not how much revelation we have, it’s how we take that revelation and believe it until we are made one with it.
The glory and wonder of Christ the Word must live in us! This separates the true from the false. Ultimately, the fruit of the kingdom will be manifested through those who have lived, died, and lived again unto the word made real to them.