Be Fruitful: 4 Keys to Help You Receive the Power of God’s Blessing

A man filled with the love of God is not content with blessing his family alone, but ranges through the whole world, anxious to bless the whole human race. ~ Joseph Smith Jr.

“Be fruitful, multiply and replenish.” God spoke those words to us in the beginning. That was His vision for the lives of His people. The Bible says that God released His blessing when He spoke those words. And God blessed them [granting them certain authority], and God said… (Gen. 1:28 AMP). If you’re not living a fully supplied, fruitful, multiplied life, then maybe it’s time to examine why. Let’s look deeper.

When God said, “Light, be”, light burst forth! When He said, “Waters gather”, they did. When He called for grass and trees and fish and animals to ‘be’, they immediately appeared. Then, He created us in His own image (Gen. 1:27) and said, “BE fruitful, and multiply, and replenish … and have dominion.” So, what do you think we’re supposed to BE?

Some chapters later, He explained to Abraham that in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore … and in thy seed shall ALL the nations of the earth be blessed (Gen. 22:17, 26:4). His greatest desire is to see His people blessed, fruitful and multiplied.

God expanded His explanation of the Blessing in Deuteronomy 28:1-14. And it shall come to pass … that all of these blessings shall come on thee and overtake thee. Then He goes on to list those blessings: coming in and going out, storehouses, above and not beneath, lenders not borrowers, head and not the tail. God wants to bless all of His people exceeding abundantly above all that we can ask or think! (Eph. 3:20).

I spent a week at the shore not long ago. Standing at ocean’s edge (or atop a mountain, or beside a bubbling creek or watching a night sky) is great therapy. It helps one realize the magnitude of God’s creation and the perfectness of His plan. I can’t imagine counting all those grains of sand, yet Psalms confirms that God tells the number of the stars; he calls them all by their names (v. 147:4). An all-knowing God knows every grain, every star, every leaf of His creation. Jesus confirmed, “The very hairs of your head are all numbered” (Matt. 10:30).

 

Now, recognize that He designed creation for us, His family. The Garden of Eden was to be our perfect place. God wants us to enjoy our lives, to experience the goodness that surrounds us. He wants us to produce much fruit, to be high-yielding, producing good results that continue to multiply and grow until everyone around us is blessed. That is why He BLESSED us … because He’s a good Abba, Daddy, Father.

 

He said ‘BE fruitful and multiply’ (Gen. 1:28). Every time He said ‘BE’, something happened! He released the power of His Word over our lives. He has already done His part to bless us. Now, it’s our turn. Whatever you need or want is available by believing and claiming (receiving) the promises in His Word. Here are a few examples:

 

Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. (Ps. 34:4)

Goodness and mercy shall follow you all the days of your life (Ps. 23:10)

You shall not want; [instead] your cup runs over! (Ps. 23:1, 8)

I always knew if I wanted something from my dad, I’d better do the things he told me to do. I can’t say I always liked it (cleaning, dishes, yard work or whatever), but it was the best way to gain his favor. Of course, I always had enough to eat, a place to live and clothes to wear. But the special stuff – well, I needed to be grateful for what I already had and be obedient to do what he said.

As a parent, God is no different. His Word is full of promises to us. It is also full of instruction to help us maximize The Blessing in our own lives. Here are four keys that will help us do exactly as He commanded – be fruitful and multiply.

Grow your faith. And this is the confidence that we have in him, that if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: and if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him (I John 5:15).

Promises of abundance and blessing abound in God’s Word. Spend time meditating on those promises until they become powerful (fruitful) in your spirit. You’ll know when that happens because joy and peace expand with your faith. You will know that you know His Word is a direct promise to you. As your faith grows and multiplies, so will your Blessings. Faith comes by hearing and hearing. Read it, speak it. Immerse yourself in His promises until they overflow into manifestation.

Practice love. Know therefore that the Lord thy God, he Is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations (Deut. 7:9).

Faith works by love. Eliminate strife, anger, selfishness and self-pity. Focus on being the blessing God wants you to be. Walk in love, compassion and forgiveness. Immediately after Jesus taught His disciples the Lord’s Prayer, He taught about forgiveness. In Mark’s account on Jesus’ teaching on prayer, He said, “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. And when ye stand praying, forgive” (Mark 11:24-25). Unforgiveness can block your blessing! Stay focused on His promises instead of your hurts. Let love be fruitful in your life. Multiply it and share it with everyone.

Prove your patience. A sower went out to sow … but that [that fell] on good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the Word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience (Luke 8:5, 15).

Notice that fruit and patience are connected. Farmers don’t expect a fruitful harvest the day after they plant the seed. God doesn’t function on our timetable. Give Him the latitude to work out your situations in His way. James 1:4 says, let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. Patience works on your behalf. Coupled with faith and gratitude, patience can accomplish anything you need. God said so, just as surely as He said, “Be fruitful.”

Hold onto peace. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith (Gal. 5:22). As a born-again child of God, all of those ‘fruits’ are in your spirit in abundance. It’s your responsibility, however, to see that they ‘multiply’ into your physical, earthly life. Psalms declares, “The Lord will give strength unto His people; the Lord will bless his people with peace” (v. 29:11). Peace and strength are intertwined. (If you don’t believe me, think about the connection between stress and disease.) Peace has power, just like faith, patience and love. Let it be your umpire, deciding your thoughts, words and actions.

In the Old Testament, the Israelites gave ‘peace offerings’ to God. When Jesus was born, the angels proclaimed ‘Peace’ to the world (Luke 2:4). Then before He left, Jesus blessed us with His supernatural peace (John 14:27). So if it’s not peaceful, stop. Something is out of balance. Change your thoughts, attitudes, words or actions. Commit to peace. It will multiply your joy, goodness and blessing.

BE fruitful and multiply. If you will believe His Word, walk in love and BE patient and peaceful, you will see the ‘glory [abundance, riches and blessing] of the Lord’ in abundance! Then, all you need to do is say ‘thank You’!

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