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Mark 4:8 & 20

8." And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred.

20. And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred."

The final set of seed fell on fertile soil. The seeds that fell on good ground represent those who hear the Word and receive it,  and consequently become abundantly fruitful. Fertile soil always produces bountiful crops. When soil is well prepared, manured and watered, the crops flourish. It is the Holy Spirit, who prepares and waters our minds for the Word. He helps us to get rid of the 'stones' and the 'thorns' that would impede our spiritual fruitfulness, so that the Word would be well rooted in our minds. His ultimate desire is for us to receive the Word, and be fruit-bearers.

Galatians 5:22 & 23 list the Fruit of the Spirit, which is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance. The aspects of the Fruit of the Spirit are desired qualities that we must exhibit.

Our 'spiritual fertility' is only made possible through a constant surrendered, consecrated life. The Apostle Paul reminds us that we can do all things through Christ who supplies the strength.(Philippians 4:13). May we ever be cognizant of the fact that Jesus gives the enabling power to be fruit-bearers.  Fruit-bearing is a constant, gradual developmental process, which means that it is not achieved overnight. It requires much care and commitment, that can only be gained through prayerful daily study of God's Word.

As we remain in Christ, He works with each one individually, so that the optimal spiritual growth; and spiritual fruit-bearing can be realized

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