Genesis 1:26-28 26 Then God said, “Let us make man[h] in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. 28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
God’s first commandment to mankind - Be fruitful and multiply
This is paralleled in the Gospels when Jesus commands - Go into all the world and preach the gospel
First was given to First Adam - Second was given THROUGH the Last Adam
Our command is to be fruitful and multiply (create disciples) - this command is twofold and in specific order...
1. be fruitful
29 And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.
Every fruit carries two things:
1. Nourishment (food)
Galatians 5:16-24 16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy,[d] drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do[e] such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
Being fruitful (filled with fruit) looks like this...The life of the believer should produce the fruit of His Spirit!
This is more than just being productive - Remember fruits nourish and carry seed - There are many malnourished disciples and disciple-makers because their lives lack the nourishment of real fruit!
So what is joy? Joy differs from happiness in that happiness is dependent upon a happening, but joy is constant and remains amidst any circumstance.
- Joy is part of the Kingdom of God (Romans 14:17 - 17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. )
- Joy is associated with the Holy Spirit (Acts 13:52 - 52 And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.)
- Joy is also connected with Love (John 15:10-12 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. 11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. 12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.)
If the fruit of Joy is lacking in my life, I should examine two areas:
1. my proximity and relationship with the Holy Spirit
2. My love walk (how I’m loving others)
In this life there will be tribulation...
Psalm 30:5 ESV For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime.[a] Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.
James 1:2 TPT 2 My fellow believers, when it seems as though you are facing nothing but difficulties see it as an invaluable opportunity to experience the greatest joy that you can!
The valley is the opportunity!
The valley is where your joy is tested - press into the Holy Spirit and endeavor to love those around you and watch how your joy is filled!
Isaiah 61:3 ESV to grant to those who mourn in Zion— to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified
The joy we have didn’t come from the world
1 Peter 1:3-7 TPT 3 Celebrate with praises the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has shown us his extravagant mercy. For his fountain of mercy has given us a new life—we are reborn[g] to experience a living, energetic hope[h] through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.[i] 4 We are reborn into a perfect inheritance[j] that can never perish, never be defiled, and never diminish. It is promised and preserved forever in the heavenly realm for you![k]
5 Through our faith, the mighty power of God constantly guards[l] us until our full salvation[m] is ready to be revealed[n] in the last time. 6 May the thought of this cause you to jump for joy,[o] even though lately you’ve had to put up with the grief of many trials.[p] 7 But these only reveal the sterling core[q] of your faith, which is far more valuable than gold that perishes, for even gold is refined by fire. Your authentic faith will result in even more praise, glory, and honor when Jesus the Anointed One is revealed.[r]
Jesus is the source of our joy...
A seed will only produce the fruit of its kind - what kind of seeds have been planted in your life?
If the fruit in your life isn’t the fruit of the Spirit, then you might need to change gardens...Paul encourages us to WALK by the Spirit, so that you will not satisfy the desires of the flesh - NOT talk about the spirit, not contemplate the spirit, WALK.