Fruitfulness of Your Body
God made man and set up the reproductive systems in both Adam and Eve before commanding them to be fruitful. The pronounced blessing concerning child bearing came to fruition as Eve gave birth to Cain, Abel, Seth and others. The Bible says Cain was the first son and Abel, the second son (Genesis 4:1-2), then after Abel’s murder, another son named Seth was begotten when Adam was 130 years old. Thereafter, Adam had more sons and daughters (Genesis 5:3-5).
“And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, and after his image; and called his name Seth: And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters: And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.”
Adam died at a good old age after fulfilling God’s fruitfulness agenda. So God’s plan for us is to bring forth offspring. For this purpose He made ovaries for a woman and sperm cells for a man as seed. Children are God’s reward to man and He is in the business of ensuring that His children are never barren.
“Lo, children are a heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is His reward.” Psalms 127:3
God made the womb of a woman to be fruitful. Hannah had this understanding and she prayed for a male child but God gave her six children including Samuel (1 Samuel 2:21). Rachel and Rebekah believed God as well for the fruit of the womb after several years of marriage and God remembered them.
“Then God remembered Rachel; He listened to her and enabled her to conceive.” Genesis 30:22
“Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was childless. The Lord answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant.” Genesis 25:21
Another striking case was that of Sarah, as she conceived and gave birth to Isaac at the age of 90. God’s promise to make Abraham a father of many nations came to pass after long years of waiting. For someone reading this message right now, it doesn’t matter how long you have waited, God will remember you, open up your womb and deliver your children to you. Every health challenge or force of darkness hindering your conception is destroyed by the power in the blood of Jesus. So shall it be in the name of Jesus Christ.
As a man, you got a doctor’s report that you are impotent; I urge you to believe the report of the Lord that says,
“Thou shalt be blessed above all people: there shall not be male or female barren among you, or among your cattle.” Deuteronomy 7:14
That report of impotence is rendered null and void. You and your wife shall have those miracle babies in the name of Jesus. The same way Abraham believed God and waited patiently for Isaac, his legitimate child, put your trust in God to deliver your reward. Remember, God said, “He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children..(Psalms 113:9)” In Psalms 128:3, He also said you shall be a fruitful vine.
“Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table.”
Testimonies abound on childless couples who have married for more than 15 years and God gave them children. Your testimony is here already.
The period of waiting on the Lord to deliver your reward is not a time to seek negative alternatives and ungodly advice from people. During one of my long journeys to the western part of Nigeria, I watched a Nollywood movie where a couple was childless after several years of marriage. The man was confirmed impotent by his doctor. He hid the report from his wife, but she discovered it later. They discussed it and agreed on a way out. The option was for his wife to sleep with another man so they can have a child. This option was suggested by a friend of his wife. Behold, it was the man’s colleague in his office that his wife picked unknowingly.
This is a clear narrative of what is happening in some homes and decisions are made that end up with eroded trust and regrets. Sometimes, these decisions are taken because of pressure from people including parents and parents-in-law. It is important to ask the Holy Spirit first, before listening to advice from anyone else as this could complicate the matter as was the case of Abraham and Haggai.
Believe what God has said concerning your reproduction and your Samuel or Isaac will surely be born.
Fruitfulness at Work
Some schools of thought believe that work and job have different meanings because one receives salary for a job and a fee for work done. I will refer to job as work in this discuss because the two terms entail provision of services. God wants His children to be fruitful at work or business as well so that they can dominate the earth (Genesis 1:26-28). Like I said in the first part of this message, I will look at fruitfulness as being productive. It means to produce something or service that can add value to one’s life and the society at large.
When God commanded man to be fruitful, He did not provide chairs, but hid them in trees. God never provided shoes but hid them in animal skin. Likewise, He didn’t provide building materials but hid them in some mineral resources. To be productive is a sure way of coming out of poverty. Productivity guarantees efficient management of resources and business success. Fruitfulness at one’s work is linked to fruitfulness of one’s mind. So many products and services are carefully thought through and developed almost every day across various sectors to solve problems facing humanity. Whatever work you are engaged in as a business owner, entrepreneur or employee in an organization, here are some tips to make you productive.
Set Realistic Goals
Goals are simply proposed achievements with set dates and targets. So one can set daily, weekly, monthly, annual and strategic goals. Setting goals for one’s work helps to avoid distractions and make one to pay full attention to priorities. Goals inform actions and facilitate progress and performance measurement. Goals should be clearly written down and strictly reviewed as the Bible says in Habakkuk 2:2-3.
“And the Lord answered me, and said, write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.”
However, it is advisable to set realistic goals. A farmer who has one hectare of cassava farm cannot harvest all alone in one day. There is bound to be failure where realistic goals are not set for one’s work. It takes self-discipline to set and run with goals at work.
“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” Proverbs 2:18
Learning is a continuous process which is required for one to be productive at work. The world is fast changing; so one has to keep changing strategies to compete favorably and to remain in business. Continuous research and learning are vital to staying up-to-date with the latest trends in market and technology. A learning culture drives productivity. Through learning, one can acquire relevant knowledge which, if applied correctly, could lead to increased productivity and improvement in service delivery.
“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” Proverbs 4:7
“Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established;By knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.” Proverbs 24:3-4
Use Efficient Technologies
There are efficient technologies that can help us to address issues that affect productivity such as stress, miscommunication, time and task management. There are many apps available to increase your productivity and efficiency for you, your business and teams. Some applications that can ease communication among team members are Microsoft teams, SharePoint and Slack.
“If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct.” Ecclesiastes 10:10
Take a Break
“It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.” Psalms 127:2
To reduce stress and ensure our work productivity, we need to take a break. This gives one the opportunity to refresh physically and mentally; and to re-focus. You could take some time to sleep, play games and go on holiday with your family.
“For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.” 1 Timothy 4:8
I pray that you will not cease to enjoy all-round fruitfulness in Jesus’ name. God bless you!