Take Root, Bear Fruit


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Challenging the status quo and why we seem to be getting very little results with the truth we have heard and what to do about it. especially when we dont take time to make sure what we are taught takes root.

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Take Root, Bear Fruit

  2. 2. FAITH & PRAYER Faith is what causes your prayer to work not prayer that causes your faith to work but in prayer God gives us faith. Faith works by love
  3. 3. FAITH & PRAYER Romans 10:17 (NKJV) So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God
  4. 4. FAITH & HEARING It's speaking here about faith in God comes by hearing Gods word but this scripture is true for most things, we have faith to buy things when they are marketed to us and fear also comes by hearing.
  5. 5. FAITH IS AN ACT! People won't act on what they haven't heard Faith is an act or should I say demands action What are we going to do with what we have heard
  6. 6. RECENT DEVELOPMENTS "I was talking to Dr Adegbola about how our people just don't seem to do anything with what they are taught he simply said they will eventually because faith comes by hearing and at the end they will. He also said change that maters is usually not instantaneous but takes time"
  7. 7. IN OTHER WORDS One day if we keep preaching and teaching the truth one day it will take ROOT.
  8. 8. TAKE ROOT 2 Kings 19:30 (NKJV) And the remnant who have escaped of the house of Judah Shall again take root downward, And bear fruit upward.
  9. 9. ROOT DOWN, FRUIT UP! It's interesting how you read the bible and are stunned by the things you thought you knew and understood. Notice the order, Before we can bear fruit we must take root downwards
  10. 10. FOR A LONG TIME I HAVE PRAYED AND ASKED, NOT JUST FOR MYSELF, TO BE FRUITFUL. This is God's commandment to man right from the beginning in Genesis 1:28 (NKJV) Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
  11. 11. NO FRUIT WITHOUT ROOT Interestingly, I concentrated on being fruitful but the concept here talks about taking root downward and being fruitful upward.
  12. 12. NO FRUIT WITHOUT ROOT You can't do one without the other. Concentrating on one without the other would leave us unfulfilled
  13. 13. GOD ACTUALLY SAYS, "BE FRUITFUL" AND ALSO SAYS "I WILL MAKE YOU FRUITFUL". An example is found in Genesis 48:4 (NKJV) ‘Behold, I will make you fruitful and multiply you, and I will make of you a multitude of people, and give this land to your descendants after you as an everlasting possession.
  14. 14. "BE" VS. "MAKE" "Be" is a command but "Make" is a process and this is where taking root helps complete the critical piece.
  15. 15. SCRIPTURE THAT REFERS TO THE ROLE OF THE ROOT Mark 4:3-9 (NKJV) “ Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow. 4 And it happened, as he sowed, that some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds of the air came and devoured it. 5 Some fell on stony ground, where it did not have much earth; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of earth.
  16. 16. SCRIPTURE THAT REFERS TO THE ROLE OF THE ROOT Mark 4:3-9 (NKJV) 6 But when the sun was up it was scorched, and because it had no root it withered away. 7 And some seed fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no crop.
  17. 17. SCRIPTURE THAT REFERS TO THE ROLE OF THE ROOT Mark 4:3-9 (NKJV) 8 But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced:some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.” 9 And He said to them, “ He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
  18. 18. WE MUST ASK THE HARD QUESTIONS I think it's time we look again at what's happening to the truths we know and have been exposed to!
  19. 19. WE MUST ASK THE HARD QUESTIONS We must ask ourselves if it has taken root and see if we can trace a correlation between that and our struggles to bear fruit as a people and a nation.
  20. 20. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? I know that "taking root" in today's christian parlance would mean many things to different people but a dictionary definition of "take root" is "to become established or to take hold for example if an idea, belief, or system takes root somewhere, it starts to be accepted or established there." (Democracy is now struggling to take root in most of these countries.) (idioms.thefreedictionary.com)
  21. 21. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? To me, to take root like natural roots is to allow God's Word and His Will be established in every aspect of life, work and pleasure.
  22. 22. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? In other words, we should be so intertwined with God's word and his kingdom that to pull one is to pull the other out like real roots from the soil.
  23. 23. WHY ARE TREE ROOTS IMPORTANT? The saying goes, “Out of sight, out of mind.” This is especially true for tree roots. We often fail to think about our trees’ roots until there is a problem with the tree, or we are trying to dig a hole in the yard. What most people do not realize is that the root system of a tree spreads out to an average of three times the canopy of the tree.
  24. 24. WHY ARE TREE ROOTS IMPORTANT? This means, if your tree’s branches reach five feet out from the trunk in every direction, the root system probably stretches 15 feet. However, most of the roots are only in the top two feet of earth. While occasional plants will send out tap roots much, much deeper, most trees spread roots only throughout the water table, which is near the surface. The primary function of a root system is to obtain and store nutrients for the tree.
  25. 25. WHY ARE TREE ROOTS IMPORTANT? While plants use leaves to turn light into energy, water, minerals, and oxygen come from the roots. This is why it is important to maintain a healthy level of moisture and nutrients in the soil around the tree. During winter, the tree will store food in the roots. Under the ground, the roots are safer than the rest of the plant from frost and storm damage. As the weather warms, the tree releases food from the roots and moves it to the limbs for fresh growth.
  26. 26. WHY ARE TREE ROOTS IMPORTANT? Tree roots also perform the vital function of stabilizing the tree. A healthy root system anchors a tree in the ground, allowing it to withstand harsh winds and other forces. Without strong roots, the tree would fall over. This function also helps to prevent soil erosion. The roots form a sort of net throughout the dirt, helping keep the soil from blowing away in the wind or washing away during rain.
  27. 27. WHY ARE TREE ROOTS IMPORTANT? Roots are a vital part of a of a tree’s anatomy. They feed, strengthen, and anchor the rest of the plant. Any signs of trouble with tree roots should be taken seriously, and a tree care professional consulted. 1800cuttree's blogLogin
  28. 28. IN THIS COUNTRY WE ARE BATTLING WITH THE SAME PROBLEM OVER THE YEARS Religion, Tribalism and Corruption Those who do not know their history are bound to repeat them!
  29. 29. IN THIS COUNTRY WE ARE BATTLING WITH THE SAME PROBLEM OVER THE YEARS Dr Okolo said when we do not know our family's medical history we run the risk of inheriting the diseases that kill them
  30. 30. KEY TO SATISFACTION The key to satisfaction in life & ministry is hunger and if we are not hungry after God we have something satisfying our hunger.
  31. 31. KEY TO SATISFACTION The same way we either rooted in Gods Kingdom or our root is finding support and nourishment from somewhere else.
  32. 32. KEY TO SATISFACTION When we are not rooted in Gods word we are not fruitful in the things of God
  33. 33. THE TRUE VINE John 15:1-8 (NKJV) 1 “ I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
  34. 34. THE TRUE VINE John 15:1-8 (NKJV) 5 “ I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
  35. 35. EXCEPT THE LORD Psalms 127:1 (KJV) 1 Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
  36. 36. IT WAS BUILT Notice it was built just that it was in vain. You do many things without God Exploratory Prayer about you,the church and or nation to take root in God
  37. 37. WE ARE CONNECTING AT THE LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATORS AS TRIBES, RELIGIONS OR FOR MONEY. John 13:34-35 (KJV) A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
  38. 38. IF YOU ARE NOT SERVING GOD, YOU ARE SERVING THE OPPOSITION Matthew 12:30 (KJV) He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.
  39. 39. I WANT TO TAKE ROOT IN GOD An encounter with God that roots you in God and reveal that God kingdom is the place to be Take root in God and in His Word
  40. 40. DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR PROFESSION IN THE BIBLE How many can describe what they do in scripture Dr Okolo is an embodiment of TBN members Understand the physical part of his profession and he intellectual part and connects it to the spiritual
  41. 41. DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR PROFESSION IN THE BIBLE People pay him for this but he is happy to do it for free that is a calling In other words he is completely rooted in. His faith in God Sold out in Spirit, soul and body and can find their professions in God and in scripture
  42. 42. JESUS SAID Hebrews 10:5-10 (KJV) Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. 7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
  43. 43. JESUS SAID Hebrews 10:5-10 (KJV) 8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; 9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. 10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
  44. 44. TOURISM IS THE BIBLE 1 Kings 10:1-3 (KJV) 1 And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the Lord, she came to prove him with hard questions. 2 And she came to Jerusalem with a very great train, with camels that bare spices, and very much gold, and precious stones:and when she was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart. 3 And Solomon told her all her questions:there was not any thing hid from the king, which he told her not.
  45. 45. INTERNET IN THE BIBLE Daniel 12:4 (KJV) But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end:many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
  46. 46. I WANT A REVELATION OF WHAT MY FOUNDATION IN CHRIST IS! Revelation 1:1 (KJV) 1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:
  47. 47. WHY WOULD GOD NEED A REVELATION? If Jesus Christ needed a revelation of himself from God why don't you think you need a revelation from God of your life.
  48. 48. IT'S THE REVELATION THAT KEEPS YOU ROOTED This Country needs a Revelation of its Purpose and Destiny This Church, The Bridge Network, needs a Revelation of its Purpose and Destiny You need a Revelation of your life Purpose and Destiny
  49. 49. THIS IS WHAT KEEPS YOU ROOTED IN GOD BBC video & visit by Microsoft a young man gets a revelation of his future and it roots him into his purpose and destiny
  50. 50. THIS IS WHAT KEEPS YOU ROOTED IN GOD If you plant good or bad seed, and it takes root it, and you water and tend it will produce either a good or bad harvest
  51. 51. REVELATION IS AN UNVEILING As a country our destiny or the reason we are Together are revealed Corruption, tribalism & religion are or not our common denominator and that's why denominations have done more harm than good in the church.
  52. 52. TOWER OF BABEL VS. AMERICA You forget where you are coming from and you become an American We are Nigerians not Ibo or Yoruba or Hausa
  53. 53. DENOMINATIONS Church's are not denominational, originally was to provide variety God needs to reveal to us it's not about church
  54. 54. MARRIAGE IS A VEHICLE Marriage is a vehicle to make you to a destination, destiny is related to destination. Sex stops being your destination in marriage
  55. 55. POSITIONS & PLATFORMS There is something more important than making money became rich or being an area pastor or GM or governor They are platforms for purpose
  56. 56. APPREHENDED FOR WHAT? Philippians 3:12-14 (KJV) Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect:but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. 13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended:but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
  57. 57. WHY AM I SAVED? To have a beautiful car or house or money? Why am I wired like this? What do you want me to do and what o you want me to be. When you serve God like this it influences everything in your life spirt, soul and body
  58. 58. ROOTED & GROUNDED Ephesians 3:14-19 (KJV) For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
  59. 59. ROOTED & GROUNDED Ephesians 3:14-19 (KJV) 17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
  61. 61. ROOTED & BUILT UP Colossians 2:6-7 (KJV) As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
  62. 62. ONE WITH GOD Construction work on a foundation because the root like the foundation caries the building Get so close to God that people stop seeing you and start seeing God Thinking Gods thoughts after him
  63. 63. CHARACTER Matthew 3:17 (KJV) And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
  64. 64. CALLING Matthew 17:5 (KJV) While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them:and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.
  65. 65. SONS OF GOD Romans 8:14 (KJV) For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
  66. 66. JOSEPH'S EXAMPLE Not just spirit. Not your soul or your body, All Joseph success and that of Egypt was a combination all
  67. 67. JOSEPH'S EXAMPLE Spirit, soul and body he understood the spiritual component, the intellectual component and the physical
  68. 68. JESUS HAD TO STUDY THE BIBLE? John 1:1 (KJV) 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God
  69. 69. BECAUSE HE BECAME A MAN Philippians 2:7 (LivingBible_Taylor) but laid aside his mighty power and glory, taking the disguise of a slave and becoming like men.
  70. 70. HE HAD TO STUDY THE BIBLE TO FULFILL HIS CALLING AND DESTINY Luke 4:14-21 (KJV) And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee:and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about. 15 And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all. 16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up:and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.
  71. 71. HE HAD TO STUDY THE BIBLE TO FULFILL HIS CALLING AND DESTINY Luke 4:14-21 (KJV) 17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, 18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
  72. 72. HE HAD TO STUDY THE BIBLE TO FULFILL HIS CALLING AND DESTINY Luke 4:14-21 (KJV) 19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. 20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
  73. 73. WHAT ABOUT YOU? When are we going to say this day is this scripture. concerning me, fulfilled!
  75. 75. HE SAW THE TRAVAIL OF HIS SOUL Isaiah 53:11 (NKJV) He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities.
  76. 76. HE SAW THE TRAVAIL OF HIS SOUL Isaiah 53:11 (AMP) He shall see [the fruit] of the travail of His soul and be satisfied; by His knowledge of Himself [which He possesses and imparts to others] shall My [uncompromisingly] righteous One, My Servant, justify many and make many righteous (upright and in right standing with God), for He shall bear their iniquities and their guilt [with the consequences, says the Lord].
  77. 77. NOTHING MISSING Nothing would be missing in your life when you have a revelation of your purpose be transformed in our souls and offer up our bodies in worship
  78. 78. GODS FINAL WORD ON THIS! Romans 12:1-2 1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.