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Summary: Let us consider: GOOD FOR NOTHING... fire wood or fruit trees? If we have no roots there will be no fruits. You will be known by the fruit you bear. 4 degrees of fruit: no fruit, fruit, more fruit, much fruit.

GOOD FOR NOTHING? NO ROOTS NO FRUITS??

By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com

UNDERSTANDING THE JOURNEY? Elijah lead Elisha from Gilgal (rolling stone), to Bethel (prayer, devotions), to Jericho (sweet fragrance, praise), to the Jordon (death to self). Each step of this journey had hidden lessons. Near the end of the journey the old preacher turned to the young preacher and asked a life changing question.

A DOUBLE [ORTION MIGHT REQUIRE A DOUBLE EFFORT.

TEXT:

2 Kings 2:9 And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.

NCAA?

We are in March Madness, a term for college basketball. When certain teams play their fans drop whatever they are doing. The winning NCAA teams require several things, the fastest team, the tallest team the best team does not necessarily win. I was listening to a commentary about what was required to win. The man’s conclusion was clear, there are several issues to a winning team.

1. Whoever puts forth the biggest EFFORT. (practice, body, mind, energy, exertion).

2. The team that has the greatest HUNGER. (strong desire, craving, urgent)

3. A winning team MUST NEVER QUIT, NEVER GIVE UP. (Persistence, continue, correct, adapt, focused-fix, overcome obstacles)

4. The winning team will have to work together not just as individuals but a team.

HAVE YOU EVER HEARD ABOUT THE LADY THAT STANDS IN NEW YOUR HABOR?

We all know the lady holds in her hand a TORCH WITH A BRIGHT LIGHT… to show the way in truth, we need the light to show the way.

Psalm 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

The beautiful lady has a crown with 7 spikes on her head. (7 seas of the world, 7 continents)

SEEMS FEW NOTICE WHAT IS NEAR THE LADY’S FEET. At the STATUE OF LIBERTY’S FEET IS A CHAIN. The lady has been bound and limited, she has been hurt, imprisoned and limited… KNOW THIS THAT THE CHAIN THAT HAD HER BOUND IS BROKEN. She can escape all her bondages with the LIGHT IN HER HAND.

For some time I have had a thought burning in my heart: “THE BEST IS YET TO COME.” That thought has grown in my spirit person and I have weighed God’s plan.

The thought: the best is yet to come then grows into several questions:

“AM I GROWING?” Fruit producing?

Where am I now? Is this where I want to be?

How long have I been here? Do I desire to stay here?

Am I teachable? What am I learning? What am I teaching?

What could I accomplish if I exerted MORE EFFORT?

UNTIL: WE NEED SOME PEOPLE WITH A NEW ATTITUDE, THE DREAM IS SIMPLE. WE NEED TO STAY FOCUSED---WITH A FIXED HEART: A DIRTY DIAMOND IS STILL A DIAMOND.

I have never been in a diamond mine, but I have an opinion that seems logical to me…

I seriously doubt a man walking through the mine has diamonds jump out and sparkle, here I am in a bed of gold.

Someone has to love the diamonds enough to break hard rocks and dig in cold damp mud UNTIL…

A DIRTY DIAMOND HIDING IN THE ROUGH IS STILL A DIAMOND… few recognize the potential.

WE NEED LEADERS TO VAULE DIRTY DIAMONDS… POLISH THEM UNTIL…

No sadder words of pen or tongue than the words, WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN? We must learn to dream and stay focused with a fixed mind. God has a plan. This journey may seem twisted. But God can!

WHAT KIND OF FRUIT AM I PRODUCING? FRUIT:

Fruit will normally start as a bloom, (as a bloom so goes the fruit.) I had a friend, Bob Anderson. He taught me, to grow good fruit you must knock some of the many blooms, too many blooms will limit the size of growth. You must prune the limbs. It is not how tall the tree is.

I was in an apple orchard, there were 5000 yellow apple trees, 5000 red apple trees. The farmer had a contract with a grocery chain to provide the stores with apples. I was disappointed with how small the trees were. The farmer told me the focus was on the fruit, not the size of the trees.

Fruit: The effect or consequences of action, seed bearing-life producing, something that grows and develops, life producing ---seed.

Can we see the seeds of our actions, like the fruit of your faithfulness will produce fruit?

GOOD FOR NOTHING… ARE WE SO GOOD AT WHAT WE DO AND THE PROGRAM THAT WE HAVE THAT WE BECOME GOOD FOR NOTHING.

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