RAIN OF FRUITION

By Roy Burner (Minister of the Gospel)


INTRODUCTION

Rain of fruition is an inherent growth when the seed of faith is properly planted; widely disseminated, and received.  For fruition it has to be of the right source or else it will slowly wither and die.

Jebediah Morse stated:  Whenever the pillars of Christianity shall be overthrown, our present forms of government, and all the blessings, which flow from them, must fall with them.


Rain of Fruition
(Flow Cut Off)

Scripture reveals many times of the rain of fruition; as well as when its flow was cut off.  Once such instance:  For the earth which drinks in the rain that comes often upon it, and brings forth herbs meet (or useful) for them by whom it is dressed (or cultivated), receives blessings from God. 

That which bears thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing (or being cursed); whose end is to be burned (Hebrews 6:7-8).  Many nations have enjoyed the rain of fruition when initially birthed as a God-fearing nation, but thorns and briers now replace such by allowing ungodliness to reign in the land.

Blessings of Obedience

Scripture reveals the blessings of obedience (the rain of fruition):  If you walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do (or observe) them; then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit (Leviticus 26:3-4).

And the Lord shall make you plenteous in goods, in the fruit of your body, and in the fruit of your cattle, and in the fruit of your ground, and in the land which the Lord sware (or promised) to your fathers to you.  The Lord shall open to you his good treasure (or storehouse), the heaven to give the rain (the rain of fruition) to your land in his season, and to bless all the work of your hand: and you shall lend to many nations, and you shall not borrow (Deuteronomy 28:11-12).

This assurance was given to Israel; if they were obedient to God, and kept His commandments.  But if not, came this warning:  The Lord shall make the rain of your land (devoid of the rain of fruition) power and dust; from heaven shall it come down upon you, until you be destroyed (Deuteronomy 28:24).

Many once godly nations, in their initial birth as a nation, as previously mentioned, were under the umbrella of God's provision, safely tucked in His divine providence, until they walked away from His protection through ungodliness springing forth.  

HAVOC UPON MANKIND

Scripture reveals: They would (or would have) none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.  Therefore shall they eat the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices (Proverbs 30:30-31).  But whoso hearkens to me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet (or secure) from fear of evil (Proverbs 30:33).

Many once godly nations are seeing havoc beyond human imagination; with many wondering why, and where has the rain of fruition gone?  Is it because such nations have withdrawn from God in allowing the ungodliness of man to flourish; as before the Flood in Noah's day, along with allowing a Sodom and Gomorrah setting?

Scripture reveals:  God spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly.  And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes condemned them with an overthrown (or destruction), making them an example to those that after (or afterward) should live ungodly (2 Peter 2:5-6).

Repulsed or Accepted

Has Christianity, in many Western nations, been repulsed enough towards the ungodliness of man; to cry out in opposition?  Or has it come to the place of acceptance and tolerance?  Napoleon, the French Emperor, one of the greatest military geniuses of all time, stated: The Word suffers not because of the violence done by the wicked but because the righteous have keep silence.

There is an attempt by the ungodly to put Christianity on the sideline; rather than in the forefront.  Where are those who are willing to stand in the gap for the land that God's judgment would not have to be unleashed?  

Withholding the Rain 

The prophet Amos, in speaking the words of the Lord, said:  I have witholden the rain (rain of fruition) from you, when there were yet three months in the harvest: and I caused it to rain upon one city, and caused it not to rain upon another city: one piece was rained upon, and the piece where upon it rained not withered (Amos 4:7).

Devastation has rained upon many nations; godly and ungodly alike.  The difference towards the final outcome:  Who does one look to in such times?  One may suffer loss, and quickly rebound, if their hope lies in the God of heaven and earth!

Hope in the Lord

Scripture reveals:  Blessed is the man that trusts in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.  For he shall be as a tree planted by the rivers, and that spreads out her roots by the river, and shall not see (or fear) when heat comes, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful (or anxious) in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit (Jeremiah 17:7-8).

Nevertheless he (or God) left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave his rain from heaven (or rain of fruition), and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness (Acts 14:17).

Growth of the Early Church

Scripture tells of the growth of the early church: Then had the churches rest throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost (or that of God's Spirit), were multiplied (Acts 9:31).

Three factors were mentioned as the reason for almost ten years in which peace and prosperity prevailed:  Being edified as a church of standing with God, walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, with the result of being multiplied in number.

Dangers Facing the Church

Sometime prior to his death, General Booth of the Salvation Army, uttered this significant prophecy:  I consider that the chief dangers that confront the coming century will be Religion without the Holy Ghost (or that of God's Spirit); Christianity without Christ; Forgiveness without regeneration (or the new birth); Morality without God; and Heaven without Hell.

Paul Harvey stated:  They said that churches were old fashioned, that they must modernize, liberalize, rationalize, compromise.  Now we are gagging, choking, strangling on forbidden fruit.  They meant well, but their intentions are paving the road to Hell.

Greatness of America

A famous 19th century French statesman, and historian traveled to America to discover the reasons for the incredible success of this new nation, he wrote:  I sought for the key to the greatness of America in her harbors; in her fertile fields and commence; in in public school system and institutions of learning.  

I sought for it in her democratic congress and her matchless Constitution.  Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power!

Neglect of God's Word

A legendary evangelist of the first Great Awakening, Charles G. Finney, stated:  Brethren, our preaching will bear its legitimate fruits.  If immorality prevails in the land, the fault is ours to a great degree.  If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it.  If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it.

If Satan rules in our halls of Justice, the pulpit is responsible for it.  If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit if responsible for it.  Let us not ignore this fact; but let us lay it to heart, and awake to our responsibility in respect to the morals of this nation.

Assurance of God's Word

There is an assurance in Scripture concerning God's Word going forth:  For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and returns not thither, but waters the earth, and makes it bring forth and bud that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater. 

So shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth; it shall not return to me void (or without fruition), but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing which I sent it (Isaiah 55:10-11). Throughout Scripture evidence is given of that assurance!

Will Not Return Void

One such assurance:  Now while Paul waited for them (or his co-workers) at Athens, his spirit was stirred (or provoked) in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry (Acts 17:16).  The apostle then addressed those gathered together to identify the unknown God that they ignorantly worshiped.  

Scripture reveals:  When they heard the resurrection of the dead (or the resurrection of Christ), some mocked, and others said, We will hear you again of this matter (Acts 17:32).  Scripture further revealed that some joined to Paul, and believed.  God's Word did not return void as promised!

Leadership of Many Nations

An unknown author wrote: The things which will destroy us are: Politics without principle; pleasure without conscience; wealth without work; knowledge without character; business without morality; science without humanity; and worship without sacrifice. Have we not arrived in these areas identified?  

Leadership of many nations now encourage ungodliness; with laws and rulings made to accommodate and uphold such.  How can a holy God justify a rain of fruition upon nations that no longer hold to His ways, the ways of righteousness?  There is gross immorality that is readily available, for the viewing, on the internet, television, movies, and other ungodly venues.

Scripture reveals: There is a way which seems right to a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death (Proverbs 14:12).  The way which seems right may not be the best or the righteous way!  The ungodliness of man has been made acceptable; with no regard to its destructive ways, or lack of the rain of fruition because of such.

God Desires to Bless His People

Rain of fruition is certainly in the forefront as long as any nation, or individual, puts God first, and foremost, by acknowledging Him and His Word.  It is God's desire to bless His people; and He leaves the door open for such in saying:

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face: then will I hear from heaven,  and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:14).

A Bible commentary noted:  While this promise was originally given to King Solomon regarding the people of Israel, it is certainly applicable to all who will call on the Lord in repentance and faith.  This is a high expression of God's loving readiness to hear the prayers of a repentant people.

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