Chosen To Bear Fruit - From Overcome By His Love

by csnyder 30. April 2010 03:54

In John 15:16, it says that we were chosen by God to bear fruit. It is His work and His alone. Our only work is to believe in Him, (John 6:29). Let me say it again, believe in Him, believe in Him, believe in Him. You can’t even believe in Him in your own power. Believe, in the language of the Bible, means the same thing as faith. Faith is a gift of God; you don’t work for it or earn it. You receive faith, by faith. You can’t conjure up faith; it is not magic. It is what the Bible says it is in Eph. 2:8,9; it is a gift.

It is silly for you to try to bear fruit. Bearing fruit is not something that you try to do. To bear means to carry. Don’t you know that God never intended for you to carry anything? He will bear your burdens and your fruit. You are not to try to bear fruit; you will bear fruit because that is what you have been created to do. In Georgia we have many pecan trees. Each year in the fall something wonderful happens. Pecans that have been born on pecan trees fall off of them and they can be eaten. We put them in pies, we roast them, we put sugar on them, we dice them, we chop them and we put them in candy. There is no end to the ways we enjoy them. It is a natural thing for pecan trees to produce pecans. Do you know that the way many people can tell a pecan tree is that it is producing pecans? It is normal, and it is seasonal.

It would be foolish to go into a pecan orchard in the dead of winter and expect to find pecans. Pecan trees produce pecans in the proper season. God knows when the season of your life is. Pecan trees don’t worry what season it is, they just go about the business of being pecan trees. Will you just go about the business of being who that you are; one who was chosen of God, beloved, one who was chosen to produce fruit. All a pecan tree does is abide. It abides in the soil in which it was planted and where all the nutriments are provided. It, in fact, does nothing but abide.

When the pecan tree is not producing the amount of fruit that it is capable of producing, a husbandman will come along and prune the tree and cut off the dead or diseased branches. He does this not because he is mad at the tree or because he is punishing the tree but because he is responsible for the tree and it’s condition. Also, he is responsible for the fruit.

Will you know that the Father is the husbandman, and He cares about you and He cares about your condition? He loves you, and he wants you to rest in Him. It is His job to produce fruit, and it is your job to abide. Don’t try to do His job. Again in James 4:10, it says, “Humble yourself before the Lord, and He will exalt you”. To humble yourself is to totally depend on God, believing in Him for everything in your life. The Word says without faith it is impossible to please God. Trying does not please God, trusting Him, believing in Him pleases Him.

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Come To Me Excerpt From "Overcome By His Love" by Craig Snyder

by csnyder 24. April 2010 19:34

Come To Me

If you are asking the question, “Why is this going on in my life”, I think now is the time to look at what Jesus is saying to you through your circumstances. Jesus is saying, "Come to Me." This may be the main theme of the Bible. When Jesus says “Come to Me”, it tells all. It is His desire to have us come to Him. Jesus said in Matthew 11:27, “…and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.” Jesus has revealed the Father to you, and He has and is revealing Himself to you. He is calling you to Himself when He says, “Come to Me.”

What do we know about Jesus? We know what Jesus said about Himself in the Bible. Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30, "Come to me all who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls."

These verses tell us so much about our Lord Jesus. What He really wants from me is me. He desires for me to come to Him. When my children were small and they saw me; they would run to me. I can't tell you the amount of pleasure that this brought to me. It made my day. I didn't want anything from my children; I just wanted their presence. Having my children with me was a blessing to me, and it still is. Jesus wants us to come to Him. He is blessed by having us in His presence. We don't have to guess about this. He told us so when He said, "Come to me."

Jesus told us who it was that he wanted to come to Him. It was all who were weary and heavy laden. I'm going to share with you some intimate things about myself. Many times when I come to Jesus or to the Father, it is because I am weary. This is not a physical weariness, but it is when I am weary of my own doings. Sometimes, it is when I seem to lack direction in my life. It seems as if the things that I pursue so much of the time are not things that I really want to do. In fact, sometimes they are things that I hate. I can say with Paul, "The things that I want to do, I do not do, and the things that I don't want to do, I do." I can ask the question with Paul, "Who will deliver me from this?"

When I come to the Lord, it is often with a broken heart. I say to Him, "you are my only hope." I also say, "You said come to you if I was weary and heavy laden, well here I am." Have you ever said that to Jesus, if not, why not? Would you be honest with Him? Jesus wants you to know that you can trust Him. He said that He would in no way cast you out. What He wants from you is simply for you to believe Him. The question is, will you? I have come to this conclusion; I will believe Him.

Sometimes I feel like things are weighing me down. I feel heavy laden. Well, this is another clear indication that I am the one that should come to Jesus. Is this you also? I believe that if you're honest you will admit that you feel weary and heavy-laden much of the time. Jesus said that when we come to Him, He would give us rest. Don't you long for the rest that is yours when you come to Jesus? This is called soul rest; it is in knowing that He is mine, and I am His.

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Excerpt From "Overcome By His Love" by Craig Snyder

by csnyder 16. April 2010 05:33
From "Overcome By His Love" by Craig Snyder

What do I mean when I say that Jesus is mine? Let me try to explain this to you from my son's point of view when he was four years old. I was playing my guitar and singing for a group of four year olds on a Wednesday night. They were laughing and singing along with me, and my son was standing beside me. Every so often he would stop singing and point at me and say to the rest of the children, "My Daddy, my Daddy." He was my son, but I was his Daddy. I belonged to him. As far as he was concerned, I was his.

Do you feel like Jesus is yours? If you don't, you don't understand Jesus. He has given Himself for you. He has given Himself to you. He likes you calling Him, yours. Let me ask you again, do you feel like Jesus is yours? If you do, you will quickly come to Him. You will be quick to jump into His arms, not only when you are hurting, but also out of sheer delight.

When my grandson was not quite two years old, he would get his B’s and his P’s mixed up. He would call me Bapa. I didn’t mind because when He saw me, he would get excited and cry out, “Bapa, Bapa.” He loved me because he knew that I loved him. When he is hurt, he wants to be comforted. When he was happy he wanted to be hugged. It is the same way with me and Christ. He wants me to come to Him all the time.

Jesus said that He would give us rest. This is not the kind of rest that comes when you are physically tired and you put your feet up. This is the kind of rest that comes when you realize that everything is going to be okay. Jesus wants us to realize this; in Him, everything is going to be okay. Even when I really mess up, Jesus wants me to come to Him and to know that His love for me is unconditional. Romans 8:28 says, "And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” This verse even applies when the problems that arise in my life are my fault.

In the flesh, we may say this can't be so. God will only cause things to work together for good when I don't mess up. If that's true, then what Jesus did on the cross was worthless. Jesus died for folks who mess up. There is something that I want you to know; you could not save yourself, nor can you keep yourself. You need Christ all the time. It is all grace; you can’t in your own power live a life that is pleasing to God. I will say again, the only thing that I can do that pleases Christ is to believe Him. We see in Hebrews 11:6, “without faith, it is impossible to please Him.” What causes us to mess up is when we try to live our lives in our own power, independently of Him.

Jesus said, "Take my yoke upon you and learn from me.” What am I to learn from Him? I am to learn that He is gentle and humble in heart. The word gentle is only used 10 times in the New Testament. All 10 of those times are relating to the nature of Christ. In Matthew 5:5 it says, "Blessed are the gentle in spirit, for they shall inherit the earth." Who are the ones that are gentle in spirit? They are the ones that have the Spirit of Christ living in them. You cannot be gentle in spirit in your own power. First Thessalonians 2:7 uses the word “gentle” to describe a nursing mother. A nursing mother loves her baby. She cares for her baby, she caresses her baby, she protects her baby, and she would die for her baby. This is exactly how Jesus feels about you.

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The Catastrophe Of Unbelief

by csnyder 7. April 2010 23:02

I am afraid that today just as in days of old there is a catastrophe of unbelief. The Holy Spirit said through the author of Hebrews 3:7-8, 7 Therefore, just as the Holy Spirit says, "Today if you hear His voice, 8 Do not harden your hearts as when they provoked Me, as in the day of trial in the wilderness,

How did the Israelites in the wilderness provoke Yahweh? It was when the Children of Israel were in the wilderness after they had been led out of Egypt. He told them to go in and posses the promised land that He had already given them and prepared for them. They would not and they did not enter His Sabbath rest. Hebrews 3:16 For who provoked Him when they had heard? Indeed, did not all those who came out of Egypt led by Moses? 17 And with whom was He angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did He swear that they should not enter His rest, but to those who were disobedient? 19 And so we see that they were not able to enter because of unbelief.

Did you see that? They were not able to enter because of unbelief. They did not believe God. Believe God for what? They did not believe that what God had said He gave to them was really theirs. It was theirs when He said it as surely as if they were already there enjoying the promised land.

Some people mistakenly equate the promised land as heaven and it will all be ours by and by. This could not be more wrong. It is the same mistake that Christians make today. Once we have believed God to save us, what is there that we can't believe Him for? Our belief will change the way we live as we believe Christ to live His life in us. Our belief will effect not only us, but others as our lives influence them to believe Christ.

Hebrews 4: 1 Therefore, let us fear lest, while a promise remains of entering His rest, any one of you should seem to have come short of it. 2 For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard. 3 For we who have believed enter that rest, just as He has said, "As I swore in My wrath, They shall not enter My rest," although His works were finished from the foundation of the world.

People readily believe God for salvation because they know that there is no other way to be saved. If they don't believe that it is all Him and none of them, they can't enter His rest. So what happens. Many times Christians do not believe that their righteousness, holiness, position in Him, their forgiveness, their cleansing, and even the way Christ feels about them was predetermined by the Triune God. He proved it on the cross when He willingly died and said it is finished. All that is His became ours. What must we do to possess it? Simply believe Him. It seems so simple.

There is a progression to not entering God's rest in Hebrews 4:6. Since therefore it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly had good news preached to them failed to enter because of disobedience. Some had the good news preached to them, they did not believe, they did not enter God's rest. We must believe that Jesus' finished work is accounted to us. God rested when He finished. Jesus said on the cross, "It is finished". There are no works for me to do to gain this Sabbath Rest, to be set apart. If man does it own his own, it is unbelief and he will not enter His Sabbath Rest or be set apart. In other words, he is not saved. For those who have believed Him for the gift of Life, His life and His salvation, go ahead and believe Him for the gift of His rest. It is all yours, walk in not only who you are in Him, but in all that is yours in Him.

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About the author

Craig Snyder has been married to Jonni Gooden Snyder for 37 years.  He has three grown sons and one grown daughter.  He has eight grandchildren.

Craig has been in full time ministry since 1974, having been on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and has pastored for over 25 years.

Craig has ministered  with Grace Walk Ministries since 2001 and serves as Director of Missions and also pastors a home church.  He travels extensively in Latin America, and the U.S. and Canada sharing the Grace Walk of our Lord Jesus Christ.