TAKE ROOT DOWNWARD, BEAR FRUIT UPWARD
                                                                Isaiah 37:31 (537)
   Introduction

        A.  Comments regarding Isaiah 37:10-22,31,35,38 (536)
              1.  The Jews had suffered two invasions by the Assyrians.

              2.  The King of Assyria, Sennacherib, sent messengers with a letter to Hezekiah, the
                   King of Judah.

              3.  God’s promise to Judah in Isaiah 37:31.
        B.  Let’s apply the principle of v 31 to the lives of God’s people today.

        C.  When this principle is applied, we’ll be involved in Christian service, grow spiritually,
              be dedicated to God and practice obedience.  Ephesians 3:17-19 (864)

   I.  Take root downward

       A.  The root system of a plant is unseen.  Let’s note a few Christian practices that
             are unseen.

             1.  Private prayer.  Matthew 6:6 (707)

             2.  Secret alms giving.  Matthew 6:1-4

             3.  Private study and meditation.  Psalm 119 (selected verses), p 475

             4.  Faith is sometimes unseen.  Hebrews 11:1 (889); John 3:6-8 (780)

  II.  Bear fruit upward.

       A.  How do we know that a plant has a strong and healthy root system?  Matthew 7:15-20
             (708)

       B.  When do we see evidence of a Christian’s “root system?”

       C.  Three fruits that we should bear.

             1.  Obedience.  John 14:15; Matthew 7:20-23 (708)

             2.  Fruitful life.  John 15:1-8 (794)

             3.  The fruit of the Spirit.  Galatians 5:22-25 (862)

Conclusion:  The principle of taking root downward in order to bear fruit upward will bring
glory to our Heavenly Father, and provide us a well-lived life resulting in eternal life.