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